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Flaherty to play Dominican winter ball

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Flaherty to play Dominican winter ball

Ryan Flaherty spent lots of time on the Orioles’ bench watching other guys play in 2012. He hopes to play more in 2013.

To help Flaherty play more, the Orioles have recommended that their Rule 5 draft choice go to the Dominican Republic for winter ball.

It will be Flaherty’s first time playing winter ball. As manager Buck Showalter explained during the season, it would help make up for some of Flaherty’s lost at-bats during the season.

As a Rule 5 draft choice, Flaherty couldn’t be sent to the minor leagues without being offered back to the Chicago Cubs, who didn’t keep him on the 40-man roster.

Flaherty, who played in 77 games and batted .216, will try to snatch the second base job. That may be the only position truly open at spring training. While Flaherty can play the other infield positions as well as left and right, second is his best spot. He’s also the emergency third catcher.

He’ll no longer be on scholarship in 2013, so he’ll have to make the team on his own merits. If he doesn’t make the team, Flaherty will have to go to Triple-A Norfolk.

Flaherty will leave for the Dominican after Thanksgiving.

 

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news. 

Player Updates:

Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season. 

LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. 

Injuries:

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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