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28 Steve Pearce 1B
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 4/13/1983 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: South Carolina | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 57/37 | Average Draft Position: 182.37
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Orioles' Steve Pearce likely to get playing time at multiple positions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Orioles slugger Steve Pearce expects to see playing time at multiple positions in 2015, per MLB.com. Pearce could see playing time at first base, right field, left field, third base and DH.

“It definitely will be fun,” Pearce said of being used in a versatile role. “You never know what you’re going to get. If I’m in the lineup, I’ll play anywhere.”

Pearce had a breakout season in the majors in 2014, batting .293 with a .556 slugging percentage, .930 OPS, 21 home runs, 26 doubles and 49 RBI in 102 games.

“Just a chance to show what I could do last year and getting the opportunity and seizing it,” Pearce said of what he was proud of last year. “It’s been a long road for me on that part but I’m just glad that I got the chance.

“It took a while [for the 2014 season]  to sink in. For me, last year was so fun for what we accomplished as a team. Not just my individual stats. How we surprised people like nobody said we’d do. When I look back on it that was probably the best for me.”


Orioles likely to use a combo of players to replace Markakis in RF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter is expecting to use a few players in right field to replace Nick Markakis, who signed a free-agent deal with the Braves in the offseason.

"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of Travis SniderSteve PearceDelmon YoungAlejandro De Aza and Chris Davis, per MLB.com. "It also allows us to keep everybody in the flow and have everybody make contributions with their skill set. But somebody steps out there and takes off with it … that's why I think Steve [Pearce] graduated a little bit from that [role as a part-time player]."


Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce agrees to $3.7M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Orioles avoided arbitration with outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce, agreeing to a $3.7 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Pearce reportedly filed for $5.4 million, while the Orioles reportedly offered $2 million.

Pearce is coming off his best season as a major leaguer, batting .293 with a .373 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, .930 OPS, 21 home runs, 26 doubles and 49 RBI in 102 games.


Report: First baseman Steve Pearce files for $5.4 million in arbitration


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles and first baseman Steve Pearce have begun the process for arbitration with Pearce asking for $5.4 million and Baltimore offering $2 million, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Pearce earned $850K in 2014, when he hit .293 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI.


Duquette: Orioles have internal replacements for open OF slot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette said Thursday that the team has internal options on hand to replace outfielder Nick Markakis, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Markakis is heading to Atlanta, leaving the Orioles with a hole in the outfield, but it appears they're leaning towards plugging that slot internally. Duquette mentioned Alejandro De Aza, David Lough and Steve Pearce as potential options, while Dariel Alvarez and Mike Yastrzemski are minor-leaguers who could also figure into the mix. The Orioles will still be looking for outfield depth on the market, even if the team's starting replacement for Markakis is already in the organization. Duquette also mentioned the bullpen as an area of priority this offseason.

Of the major-league options mentioned, Pearce shined the brightest offensively in 2014, hitting .292/.373/.556 with 21 home runs, 49 RBI and five stolen bases in 338 at-bats in the best season of his career by far. De Aza spent much of the season with the White Sox before coming to Baltimore, and he hit .252/.314/.386 between the two teams with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 477 at-bats. Lough hit .247/.309/.385 with four home runs, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases in 174 at-bats.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Steve Pearce starting again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) As expected, Orioles hot-hitting first baseman Steve Pearce has returned to the lineup for their Thursday night game against the host Yankees.

Pearce, who played in the field Wednesday and had one at-bat, had been out since Friday with a wrist ailment. He lost a seven-game hitting streak with his hitless plate appearance Wednesday.


Steve Pearce back in action Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has returned as a defensive replacement late in the Wednesday game against the Yankees. He's expected to start Thursday in the finale of the series.

Pearce, who has been out since Saturday with a wrist issue, has been among the most pleasant surprises for the playoff-bound team this season. He owns a .297/.376.,557 stat line with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Steve Pearce's return pushed back to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce will take batting practice Wednesday before potentially returning to the lineup Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pearce, who has been recovering from a wrist injury, had been aiming for a Wednesday return. He has hit .297/.376/.557 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Steve Pearce looking at Wednesday return


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce was out of the lineup for a third straight game because of a sore wrist Monday at the Yankees, and according to MASNsports.com, he's not aiming to return until Wednesday.

Pearce, who received a cortisone shot in his wrist Saturday, was red hot before the injury, batting .405 (15 for 37) with four home runs in 11 games.


Steve Pearce to miss a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce will miss a few days after receiving a cortisone shot, according to MASN. 

Pearce was scratched Saturday with a wrist issue. He received a cortisone shot, and will miss the next few days as the shot kicks in. 


Steve Pearce scratched due to sore wrist


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has been scratched due to a sore wrist Saturday.

Pearce will likely be replaced by Christian Walker. With the Orioles bound for the playoffs, the team wants to make sure Pearce is healthy down the stretch. Pearce is hitting .297/.376/.557 over 327 at-bats. 


Steve Pearce goes yard twice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Orioles pitcher Steve Pearce hit two home runs Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce struck for the first time in the bottom of the third. With the bases empty, Pearce belted an 82 mph slider out to left for a solo shot. He struck again in his next at-bat. With two men on, Pearce clubbed a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the three-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 


Steve Pearce could be in line for occasional break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The promotion of prospect Christian Walker could mean a bit of rest for blossoming Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce downt the stretch after the team clinched the American League East title Tuesday night, per the Baltimore Sun.

Pearce has received more significant playing time than at any point in his major league career. He has been particularly hot lately with eight hits, including two home runs, in the last 17 at-bats. Despite having made his debut in 2007, his 320 at-bats this year nearly doubles his previous single-season high.


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Steve Pearce slugs 17th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Yankees Saturday.

Pearce hit his first home run of the month in the sixth inning Tuesday to cut his team's deficit to one run, but the Orioles weren't able to find any more offense in the game. He has hit .287/.364/.529 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 310 at-bats.


Steve Pearce returns from lengthy absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce is finally healthy enough to make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Rays, after missing more than a week with an abdominal strain.

Pearce is batting second and starting at first base for Saturday's game, his first appearance since suffering the injury last Friday. 


Steve Pearce likely out until Saturday, at least


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce is making slow progress in his recovery from an abdominal strain, but he has his eye on a potential return to the lineup Saturday against the Rays according to MASNSports.com.

Pearce, who has not played since last Friday as a result of this injury, will hit off a tee Thursday. He will then try to take batting practice Friday, and if he can get through that without incident, he could return to the lineup Saturday. 


Steve Pearce still not back in lineup Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce is out of the lineup yet again Thursday, the sixth straight game he has missed due to an abdominal strain.

Pearce is likely available off the bench in an emergency, but the expanded roster allows the Orioles the chance to keep him out of the lineup until he fully heals. 


Steve Pearce out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Pearce has been dealing with an abdominal issue.

Steve Pearce could play in emergency


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce could play Tuesday if it were an emergency, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Pearce was not in the team's lineup Tuesday due to an abdominal strain. Despite being out, Pearce is improving. He's hit .289/.354/.532 over 284 at-bats. 


Steve Pearce misses fourth straight with abdominal strain


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday, as he continues to deal with an abdominal strain. Pearce has not played since leaving Friday's game due to the injury, which has now cost him four games. 

Steve Pearce held out of starting lineup Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was held out of the starting lineup Monday afternoon against Minnesota, as he continues to work his way back from a right abdominal strain. Pearce is hitting .289 with 16 homers and 37 RBI over 284 at-bats.

Steve Pearce doesn't return to lineup Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce missed a second straight start Sunday against the Twins due to an abdominal injury. Chris Davis, who had been starting at third base, was back at first base Sunday in Pearce's absence.

MRI for Steve Pearce shows no oblique issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce underwent an MRI Saturday which showed no additional damage beyond a strained abdominal muscle, MASNSports.com reports.

Pearce's MRI showed good news, in that he did not suffer an oblique or intercostals strain, which would likely cost him more time. He is not in the lineup for Saturday's game, but appears to be day to day at this point.