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By Jon Meoli and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 9, 2013
In abandoning the traditional arsenal he honed for decades to start throwing a knuckleball this spring, Orioles minor leaguer Eddie Gamboa gave his career over to a fickle and foreign pitch that frustrates both hitters and the pitchers who throw it. Gamboa had been a reliable, strike-throwing right-hander who spent parts of four seasons in Double-A. On Wednesday night, he'll take his knuckleball to Triple-A, one step closer to becoming the latest in a line of major league pitchers including R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield to have that pitch breathe new life into his career.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
CHICAGO - The Orioles optioned designated hitter Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk before Wednesday's game to make room for new acquisition Scott Feldman, who made his debut with the team Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Valencia batted .230/.277/.508 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 61 at-bats with the Orioles, providing a right-handed bat with pop against left-handed pitching. With the Orioles facing three left-handed starters in Chicago, Valencia seemed an option to remain on the roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Right-hander Freddy Garcia has agreed to return to Triple-A Norfolk and pitch for the Tides after being optioned to the minors on Monday. Because of the veteran's service time, Garcia had 72 hours to explore his options and could have refused the assignment and become a free agent. Garcia opted out of his contract and then signed a new minor league deal with the organization by Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline. Garcia, 36, was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles. He was 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five games with the Tides earlier this year after signing a minor-league with the Orioles on March 27. When the Orioles sent him out Monday, manager Buck Showalter told him they would like him to stay with the organization in case he'd be needed later this season.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Orioles promoted outfielder Henry Urrutia to Norfolk from Double-A Bowie on Thursday. The 26-year-old Cuban defector was batting an Eastern League-best .365 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in his first 52 games of baseball in the United States. He posted a .433 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage, and finished his time with the Baysox on an eight-game hitting streak. “He was a guy that draws your eyesight to him when he plays,” Showalter said. Showalter said Urrutia has sharpened his defense and benefited from outfielder Nolan Reimold's rehab assignment in Bowie.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
DETROIT - Inside a silent visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta sat and stared blankly at his locker until he was summoned into manager Buck Showalter's office. Following the Orioles' 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Arrieta's return to the starting rotation lasted just one night. Selected to fill a void created when right-hander Jason Hammel couldn't make his scheduled start Monday because he was still weak from a stomach virus, Arrieta had an opportunity to jump back into the Orioles' rotation.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
The Orioles reinstated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. Wada, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2012, had to approve the move to Norfolk because of a clause in his contract. Wada will pitch a few more times at Triple-A Norfolk, and then the club will re-evaluate the situation and decide whether to promote him at that time, according to club executive vice president Dan Duquette.  The 32-year-old has been rehabbing at Norfolk since May 16, and his 30-day rehab window was scheduled to close Saturday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
After right-hander Kevin Gausman allowed six hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox, he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. It had little to do with how he pitched. The Orioles needed another arm in the bullpen after Thursday's 13-inning, 5-4 win . They used six relievers - and three threw more than one inning. Gausman has options, and most of the relief corps doesn't (only Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day could be sent to the minors without passing through waivers)
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
In his sixth rehabilitation start for Triple-A Norfolk, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and two walks at Indianapolis. Wada struck out two batters and allowed a grand slam to Brett Carroll in the first inning. He's allowed at least three runs in five of his six rehab starts and has an 8.14 ERA with the Tides. Wada, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May. He signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the Orioles before the 2012 season but has never thrown a pitch for the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
HOUSTON -- With Steve Johnson going on the disabled list and right fielder Nick Markakis away from the team due to the death of his paternal grandmother, the Orioles decided to call up outfielder Xavier Avery to give the team some bench depth on Thursday. Avery did not play in the game and was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after the game. The team is expected to call up a reliever Friday. Avery, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter with speed, batted .192 in 15 games at Triple-A Norfolk after hitting .300 in 39 games at Double-A Bowie this year.
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