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Baseball Blue Jays: Reassigned P John Frascatore to minor- league camp. Brewers: Added 3B Tony Fernandez, P Ben Sheets and OF James Mouton to 40-man roster. Designated P Kane Davis for assignment. Cardinals: Released OF Quinton McCracken and 3B Shane Andrews. Placed former Orioles P Garrett Stephenson, P Jason Christansen, P Luther Hackman and C Carlos Hernandez on 15-day DL retroactive to March 23. Devil Rays: Optioned P Jason Standridge to Double-A Durham and IF Jace Brewer to Single-A Charleston.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Orioles announced their organizational minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners Thursday. And while neither player started the season among the team's top 10 prospects, both worked their way to the doorstep of the major leagues with breakout years. First baseman Christian Walker was named the team's Brooks Robinson Player of the Year, while right-hander Tyler Wilson is the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year recipient. Walker, the Orioles' fourth-round selection from the University of South Carolina in 2012, hit .288/.357/.489 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
The Orioles have purchased the contract of 24-year-old minor leaguer Peter Fatse from the Newark (N.J.) Bears of the independent Can-Am Baseball League, according to the Bears' team website. Fatse played for the Pittsfield (Mass.) Colonials of the Can-Am league last season, hitting  .279/.345/.418 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Newark aquired him in October through Pittsfield's dispersal draft. In affiliated minor league ball, he's never played above the high single-A level, when he hit .250/.322/.303 in 132 at bats with the Marlins' Florida State League team in Brevard County.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
In scouring the trade waiver wire, the Orioles hoped to add a left-handed bat to balance their righty-dominated lineup. The club accomplished that on Saturday by acquiring veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, spent the past five seasons with the White Sox and hit .246/.312/.358 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 121 games with Chicago this season. Last season, De Aza set career highs in homers (17)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2012
Right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom's minor league outing, his first game action since re-tweaking his hamstring, was quick and effective today. Lindstrom pitched one inning, recording four outs against the Orioles' Triple-A team. He struck out two batters, including Orioles 40-man player Josh Bell. Lindstrom said he went through the first three hitters he faced quickly in about 9-10 pitches. He said he felt his velocity was good and there was no pain in the hamstring, which is in his pushing-off leg. He threw all his pitches, including his split-fingered fastball and his slider.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
The Orioles announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2012 season, most notably making official the hiring of longtime minor league manager Ron Johnson as manager of Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson was the first base coach for the Boston Red Sox the past two seasons. Also of note, the team announced that former Orioles player Mike Bordick, who this month joined MASN as a color analyst, will remain with the organization as special assignment instructor. Ex-Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor, formerly the pitching coach at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, will be the minor league rehabilitation coordinator working out of Sarasota, Fla. Former Orioles pitcher Alan Mills will take over McGregor's spot in Aberdeen.  Former Norfolk manager Gary Allenson will be the manager at Aberdeen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
Lefty Dontrelle Willis, who signed a minor league deal with the Orioles late in the spring, left a game for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon after throwing his ninth pitch in relief. Willis told the Virginian-Pilot that he had been dealing with pain since spring training and felt a knot in his forearm from the beginning of his outing Wednesday. “I tweaked my forearm,” Willis told the newspaper. “I've worked hard. Maybe it's overuse. " Given the fact he is trying to become a reliever and make a new team, Willis called the setback “frustrating, especially in the new position I'm in.” Willis was examined by the club's trainer, and the injury does not seem to be too serious.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
The Orioles reassigned a pair of non-roster invitees, catcher Jose Gil and infielder Nuiman Romero, to minor league camp on Thursday. The moves leave 51 players remaining in big league camp, 14 of them non-roster invitees. Romero was 4-for-11 with and RBI and a walk in 12 Grapefruit League games. Gil was 0-for-10 with five strikesouts in seven spring games.  
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By Steve Gould and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Left-hander Dontrelle Willis , who left Triple-A Norfolk's game Wednesday after nine pitches, has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Willis, whom the Orioles signed to a minor league deal late in spring, told the Virginian-Pilot that he "tweaked" his forearm yesterday and had been experiencing pain since spring training. “I've worked hard. Maybe it's overuse," Willis, who is being converted into a reliever, told the newspaper.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2012
The Orioles have traded minor-league left-hander Cole McCurry to the Braves, reportedly for cash. McCurry was 0-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 2/3 innings this season, mostly at Double-A Bowie, but had joined Triple-A Norfolk to work two outing in relief. Six days ago, when the Orioles added 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer to Norfolk's roster, McCurry was assigned to short-season Class-A Aberdeen. On Saturday morning, McCurry -- a 43rd-round selection of the Orioles in 2007 -- acknowledged the trade on Twitter, saying, "Would like to thank the orioles for the opportunity.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Triple-A Norfolk Two Norfolk players, OF Julio Borbon and OF Quintin Berry , rank in the top eight in the International League in stolen bases. Borbon, who is hitting .291, has 30 steals through Friday, and Berry, who is batting .287, has 23. … OF Dariel Alvarez has hits in 17 of 20 games in August through Friday, and an 11-game hitting streak in which he's hit .381 and raised his season average to .294. … RHP Mike Wright carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning, and struck out 11 while lowering his ERA to 4.83.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy suffered an injury to his left shoulder over the weekend that likely will end his season at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation. He suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder while diving into second base on a pickoff play Friday. He left that game and hasn't played since. An MRI was performed on the shoulder this week, and player development director Brian Graham said it showed “some minor changes.” The MRI is still being evaluated by team doctors, Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right lat strain, the club announced Thursday. Bundy injured the muscle after his last start at High-A Frederick, and ge did it while running. The injury isn't related to his arm, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Bundy was evaluated by Orioles team doctors Thursday in Baltimore before the decision was made to place him on the DL. Bundy, 21, returned to the mound in June after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow ligament surgery last year.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - When the Orioles were discussing trades last month with various teams, they fielded requests targeting their top four pitching prospects: right-handers Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who they ultimately dealt Thursday to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Andrew Miller. But there was another wave of inquiries this summer, too. According to multiple sources, teams asked about the availability of several Orioles position prospects, including Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and Low-A Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
  The Orioles have signed left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor league deal and the Virginia native will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.   Although he has never relieved in his 229-game, big league career, the Orioles are, at least initially, planning to put him the bullpen at Norfolk to see if he can adapt into that role.     Saunders, 33, spent two months with the Orioles in 2012, starting and winning the club's first playoff game in 15 years. Saunders allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington as the Orioles won the first one-game Wild Card playoff in AL history.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
The Orioles acquired more minor league pitching depth Sunday, sending minor league outfielder Ronnie Welty to the Philadelphia Phillies for 22-year-old right-hander Julio Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who is 6 feet 4 and 200 pounds, spent last season at Double-A Reading, going 7-7 with a 4.23 ERA in 29 games (22 starts).  Drafted by the Phillies in the eighth round out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in 2008, Rodriguez was selected to last year's Futures Game in Kansas City. He was also a mid-season Eastern League All Star in 2012 and a Florida State League All Star in 2011.
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