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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The Orioles lost their final season tuneup, 6-4, to their top affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, on Wednesday, but the important thing for the big league club is that lefty Brian Matusz again pitched well. Matusz allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five in four scoreless innings, throwing 57 pitches (35 for strikes). “He threw well. Very good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's been good about every time out.” Matusz, who had a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts with the Orioles in 2011, made this year's club with a 3.65 ERA in 24 2/3 big league innings.
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By Spencer Israel and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Xavier Avery is not satisfied. Since being taken in the second round by the Orioles in 2008, the 23-year-old outfielder has risen through the minor league system and consistently found himself listed among the organization's best prospects. Last season, he played 32 games in three stints with the big league club and spent the rest of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. But after just a brief look this spring, Avery finds himself at Double-A Bowie, a victim of improved outfield depth in the organization, as he battles for another shot to impress the Orioles.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Two older gentlemen sit in the back of the press box, arguing over the validity of the diving catch the Bowie Baysox right fielder just made. "I'm going to give Barfield defensive player of the game after that catch," one of the two Baysox staffers exclaims, while his counterpart shakes his head and looks down at his scorebook. "No way. He took the wrong angle," the other says. "It was a nice catch but only because he was out of position. " So it goes in the career of Josh Barfield, the former top prospect of the San Diego Padres who now finds himself as a 29-year-old utility man for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
After more than a year of being out of big league baseball while attempting to rise above concussion symptoms, second baseman Brian Roberts is back in the game. He started his rehab assignment Wednesday in Double-A Bowie. The clock now starts ticking. He has 20 days to be activated by the big league club, though the team can halt the clock if he suffers a relapse or another injury. Otherwise, they would have to waive him, and the Orioles won't do that with their most veteran player and $10 million man. So the next three weeks are going to be interesting.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is recovering from last May's Tommy John surgery, will make his first minor league rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley. It will be the first time Wada pitches in a minor league game since last April, when he lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a minor league rehab start for Norfolk. Wada, a former standout in the Japanese Pacific League who signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract before the 2012 season, has yet to pitch in a regular season game for the Orioles.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are working on a minor league deal with right-hander Luis Ayala, according to industry sources. Ayala, who was a valuable reliever on the Orioles' 2012 playoff team, was released by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday following a rough spring training in which he allowed nine runs and 10 hits in six innings. The move would give the Orioles added bullpen depth with a familiar reliever. The 36-year-old reliever would report to minor league camp in Twin Lakes Park.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
PHOENIX -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was planning to go over potential September call-ups on the flight home from Arizona on Wednesday night. With Triple-A Norfolk competing for a wild-card spot in the International League playoffs, Showalter said he will try not to raid the Tides' roster, but he will rely heavily on the input of Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, whom Showalter lauds for his ability to know who can help the major league club. “I was looking at it a little bit today,” Showalter said before Wednesday's game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Right-handed reliever Heath Bell, who was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Friday night and will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. A former, three-time All Star closer with the San Diego Padres, the 36-year-old Bell has struggled since signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. He has been traded twice since then and compiled a 7.27 ERA in 13 games with the Rays this year before being released.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 46 (with nine non-roster invitees) on Friday by optioning injured right-hander Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie. It was a procedural move, because Bundy needed to be placed on the minor league disabled list by Friday. “It just changes where I am going to be,” Bundy said. “I'm going to be working with [minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker] down there [at the minor league complex] and that's who I've been working with the first six months of my rehab.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Several questions remain as to when and how - or even if - two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana will help the Orioles, but the club believes signing him is worth the chance and could end up paying dividends down the stretch. The Orioles finalized a minor league deal Tuesday with Santana, who will turn 35 next week. The lefty would earn $3 million if the major league club purchases his contract, and the deal includes incentives for days on the major league roster and games started.
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