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Orioles add four players from Norfolk to bring roster to 34

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Orioles add four players from Norfolk to bring roster to 34

BALTIMORE – Now that Norfolk has ended its season, the Orioles added four players from the Tides. Right-handed pitchers Oliver Drake and Tyler Wilson, first baseman Christian Walker and outfielder Junior Lake were recalled on Tuesday.

All four have played with the Orioles this season. Drake, who had an 0.82 ERA in 42 games with 23 saves for Norfolk has pitched eight games for the Orioles this season with a 4.42 ERA.

Wilson was 5-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 17 starts with the Tides, and was 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in six games with the Orioles.

Walker hit .257 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs for Norfolk. He played one game for the Orioles in July and was 1-for-2.

Lake, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs for Tommy Hunter on July 31, batted .300 in 15 games with Norfolk. He’s batting .167 in five games with the Orioles.

Outfielder Henry Urrutia, catcher Audry Perez and infielder Rey Navarro were sent to Sarasota to stay ready in case the Orioles need them.

Urrutia and David Lough were both considered for recalls, manager Buck Showalter said. But, he thinks there wasn’t a need for them.

“We’re at 34 now? That’s enough,” Showalter said.

Lough would have had to be added to the 40-man roster. If Perez is needed, he’d have to be added to the 40-man as well.

NOTES: FanFest will be held on December 12 at the Baltimore Convention Center. … Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin will join the Orioles in Washington next Monday. … First baseman Chris Parmelee, who batted .216 in 32 games for the Orioles, will need surgery for a broken forearm he suffered in Norfolk. Showalter indicated the Orioles were interested in re-signing him.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park