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Orioles extend Duquette, Showalter contracts

Orioles extend Duquette, Showalter contracts

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have extended the contracts of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through 2018.

The moves were announced Wednesday.

In his first season with the Orioles, the 54-year-old Duquette put together a club that earned an AL wild-card berth, ended a 14-year run of losing seasons and won 24 more games than in 2011.

Showalter managed Baltimore to a 93-69 record last year. The Orioles beat Texas in a one-game playoff to advance to the second round against the Yankees, who won a five-game series.

The 56-year-old Showalter was hired by the Orioles in August 2010. He is 196-185 with Baltimore and was heading into the final year of his contract.

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Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced former pitchers Roger McDowell and Alan Mills will be joining the team for the upcoming season. McDowell will be the Orioles new pitching coach and Mills will coach the bullpen.

Replacing Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching at the end of the season, McDowell spent the past 11 years as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. While in Atlanta he oversaw the development of All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.

Before his coaching days, he played in the league for 11 seasons as a reliever with a 3.30 ERA and 129 career saves. His last career stop was in Baltimore.

Mills has been a member of the Orioles organization for five seasons, his most recent assignment being in Bowie. There, he served as the pitching coach for the past two seasons. 

Both players are former Orioles even played with each other in 1996. A majority of Mills 12 year career was with Baltimore, in the team's bullpen. 

Last season, Baltimore's pitching staff averaged a 4.22 ERA (19th in MLB).

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Bengals' A.J. Green carted off with hamstring injury; ruled out

Bengals' A.J. Green carted off with hamstring injury; ruled out

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an apparent hamstring injury early in the first quarter on Sunday in Cincinnati's Week 11 game against the Bills.

The medical staff had to take Green off the field on a cart after Bills' defensive back Stefon Gilmore hit him during an incomplete pass on the second play of the game.

Shortly after heading to the locker room, the Bengals announced that Green was questionable return with a hamstring injury. The team later updated his status and ruled him out for the rest of the game.

With the Ravens playing the Bengals in Week 12, this injury could prove to be very significant in terms of the AFC North race. Green entered Sunday with 964 yards on 66 receptions and four touchdowns.

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