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Minor Change, Big Results

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If Jim Johnson can't crack a major league rotation, perhaps he can make a nice living in the bullpen. He certainly made an impression on the Orioles, who added him to the major league roster as a 13th pitcher and watched him thrive in a relief role. Johnson didn't allow a run in his first nine innings and might compel the club to keep him once it returns to a 12-man staff.<br/>

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Sliver Of Hope

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Once the Orioles begin interleague play in National League ballparks, where the designated hitter is not used, 29-year-old infielder Oscar Salazar finally could return to the majors. It's been a while. Salazar appeared in eight games with the Tigers in 2002, batting .190 in 21 at-bats. Injuries kept him down the next few years, but he's on the rise again.

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Orioles Organization Report

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Catcher Matt Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the June draft out of Georgia Tech, was trying to get into playing shape after a long layoff following the draft. He reported to short-season Aberdeen after signing his contract, but he didn't appear in a game until the Orioles assigned him to the Honolulu Sharks in Hawaii Winter Baseball.

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Orioles Organization Report

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Brandon Tripp was selected as the Orioles' minor league player of the year after he batted .288/.377/.531 in 371 at-bats at low Class A Delmarva. Liz, 24, was the Orioles' clear-cut choice as their minor league pitcher of the year after going 11-4, 3.22 at Double-A Bowie and earning a surprise promotion to the majors, where he immediately joined an injury-depleted rotation.

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