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Zach Britton strikes out 10 in win, gets sent down

Aug 30, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

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It’s just a paper move, but Zach Britton was sent down to the minors Thursday after limiting the White Sox to one run in eight innings and striking out a career-high 10 batters in Baltimore’s victory.

Britton improved to 4-1 on the season. He had never fanned more than seven in 35 career starts before striking out 10 today.

Sending Britton down allows the Orioles to squeeze the newly signed Randy Wolf onto the roster prior to the Sept. 1 deadline, a move that will make him eligible for the postseason. Britton could well be in the Orioles’ postseason plans, too, depending on how he performs in September. He’s allowed a total of three runs in 21 2/3 innings in winning his last three starts.

Baltimore took three out of four games from the White Sox to move to 72-58 for the season. The Orioles are three games behind the AL East-leading Yankees entering this weekend’s series in the Bronx.

  1. joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I understand why they did it. He probably will stay at the stadium and not really leave town.

    Nonetheless, I would have loved to be in the room when they told him.

    • atworkident - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      He’s still starting next week. Still has a chance to be on the playoff roster… not sure why he would be upset or you think he would be. He came off the 25 to make room for an extra relief pitcher. He can be back on that 25 man roster IF the team makes the playoffs.

      This weekend is an important one for Baltimore.

  2. opshuns - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Baltimore, do you honestly think Wolf would get you as far as Britton could take you???

    youthful exburence over veteran presence – ANY DAY!!!

    Remember the Giants rode a rooke LHP and a rookie catcher to Baseball Heaver? That rookie also took apart the best AL team that year.

    • atworkident - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Wolf pitches in relief, Britton is a starter.

      Wolf could potentially pitch this weekend in an important series, Britton cannot.

      Wolf is filling in for Troy Patton. Patton comes back, Wolf is gone.

      • randomdigits - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        With the expanded rosters Wolf won’t be gone, he will just be sitting with Gregg at the end of the bench.

  3. opshuns - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Britton is better than Joe Saunders….

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