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Jamie Moyer throws five shutout innings in debut start with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate

Jun 9, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

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The dream is still alive for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, the veteran lefty threw five shutout innings Saturday in his first start with Triple-A Norfolk. He allowed just one hit and struck out five while displaying pinpoint control.

Moyer posted a 5.70 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 53 2/3 innings with the Rockies before getting released last week and would almost certainly struggle badly in the American League East. But that doesn’t mean he won’t get a shot anyway if he rattles off a couple more impressive outings down on the farm. Granted, we’d love to see him in this hat:

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  1. boomerdt - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I wouldn’t call it pin point control. He pitched well…better than some of the current oriole starters. Roberts looked good as well. Looking forward to seeing them both in Baltimore soon!

    Imagine my surprise when a family reunion brought us to buffalo and we got to see the O’s triple A team in action. Pleasant surprise.

  2. sknut - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    O’s fans is your system that bad that you need 5 or 6 former major leaguers on your triple a squad? or is there a hope that you catch lighting in a bottle and a couple help you this year?

    • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      What is that horrible cartoon on the Orioles cap – some kind of racist caricature? I think it’s time we retired Chief Tweet Tweet. If you agree and want to put an end to this disgrace, send your congressman money.

      • rarson - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        I like the cartoon bird just fine, although I think it needs to be slightly smaller.

      • rarson - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Also, I don’t get your illusion to racism. It’s a cartoon oriole bird.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        Oh really? And do you mean to tell me that if you were an Icterus galbula, you wouldn’t be offended by that smirking caricature? How would you like it if someone drew a picture of you with a mindless leer on your beak and stuck a stupid hat you couldn’t get off on your head like that – not to mention getting your colors all wrong? And if you knew that all the other Icterii were going to be tarred and…er…feathered, too, by that dopey image? Even the early worms would be laughing at you.

        Chief Tweet Tweet is not merely a disgrace, he’s politically incorrect. This will not stand…er…perch!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        It’s (without a doubt)…clearly a racist hat.

    • rarson - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Do you think the O’s are paying Moyer much? This year’s management is all about getting the most for the money. They’ve made some pretty smart pick-ups this year. It’s not like the days past where the O’s would pay ridiculous amounts of money for big names that were already past their prime. I’m betting Moyer could give us some good outings as a relief pitcher. And he’s probably really cheap, considering he’s 49.

      Tejada is down there on an evaluation basis (our third basemen have had some problems fielding this year), Roberts is rehabbing, and Bill Hall has gone back and forth, filling in as necessary. It’s not like we’re loading up the team for some Triple-A wins, we’re just trying to keep a reserve with decent talent.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Go Jamie, go! We’re all rooting for you.

  4. dan1111 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    First the Rockies, and now the AL East? Why can’t he really extend his career by pitching for the Padres or someone that gets to face the Pirates a lot?

    • jarathen - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      I really don’t understand why he’s not pitching for the Padres. They picked Jason Marquis over this guy?

  5. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Jamie Moyer is the Dave Cummings of baseball. How can you not love this guy?

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Time to retire, should have 6 years ago

  7. mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    In a post game press conference Moyer kept referring to his teammates as “whippersnappers” and “youngins”….

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