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Jordan doesn't expect to 'set any records' with Bundy's deal

Orioles' amateur scouting director says club's top draft pick isn't alone in his lofty contract demands

June 10, 2011|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

Fox, 28, batted .188 with two homers and four RBIs in 48 at-bats for the Orioles this year. He started six games at catcher, two at first base and four at left field. Because of his versatility, the Orioles thought he might be claimed.

"I'm pleased about it," said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. "There was a period there where I didn't think that he'd get through. But I'm glad to still have him. I really think Jake could contribute in a certain role."

Snyder up, Lee on bereavement list

First baseman Brandon Snyder was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk Friday to replace Derrek Lee, who was placed on the bereavement list to attend his grandfather's funeral in California.

Lee likely will not play again until Tuesday in Toronto, though he would be eligible to come off the bereavement list Sunday if he desired.

Snyder, 24, was with the Orioles earlier this season, playing in five games and getting two hits in nine at-bats (.222 average). He may get a start Saturday before being sent back to Norfolk, where he batted .253 with eight homers and 26 RBIs.

Orioles have contacted Hall; have tepid interest

The Orioles have contacted the agent of infielder Bill Hall, but the club's interest is considered tepid at this point. If they had received worse news about Brian Roberts' status earlier this week — the second baseman was re-examined by a concussion specialist, is progressing and potentially could return before the all-star break — the Orioles would have been more interested in Hall.

Still, if Hall were willing to accept a minor league deal, the Orioles likely would have interest in the veteran of 10 big league seasons. Hall, 33, was released by the Houston Astros on June 3 after hitting .224 with two homers in 147 at-bats. He hit .247 with 18 homers in 344 at-bats with the Boston Red Sox last season.

Robinson misses announcement, battling illness

There was a notable absence at Wednesday's news conference to unveil the rosters for the 30th annual Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game: the Orioles' Hall of Fame third baseman and the event's namesake.

"And the reason Brooks is not here today is because, as many of you know, he is battling a very, very serious illness and [is] a little under the weather once again," WBAL-TV's Keith Mills said during his opening remarks Wednesday. "I know I speak for all of you in wishing the best for Brooks as he continues this incredible fight that he has partaken the last couple of years."

Around the horn

Friday's start was delayed one hour and eight minutes due to a thunderstorm. … Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has led off a game twice in his career — on Tuesday and Friday. He homered to lead off each game. … Coach John Russell has returned to the third base coach's box. He had been relegatd to the bench because of knee problems. ... Manager Buck Showalter said he's not ready to announce how many times Vladimir Guerrero will play the field during next week's interleague contests in National League parks. The designated hitter will not be available in those games. … Minor league pitching coordinator Alan Dunn has been hired to serve as the new pitching coach at Louisiana State University. The club is not expected to fill his position during the season. … The first 20,000 fans age 15 and older at Sunday's game against the Rays will receive an orange Orioles hat presented by DAP.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Zrebiec and Matt Castello contributed to this article.

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