The AFL is under way

For those Orioles fans who are already going through withdrawal, the Arizona Fall League opened yesterday, and Matt Wieters had a triple and a walk in four plate appearances in his first start behind the plate. Nolan Reimold (0-for-2) and Wieters batted third and fourth for the Surprise Rafters in a 10-3 loss to the Peo Javelinas.

Bowie reliever Chad Thall struggled through one inning in relief of Rangers pitcher Willie Eyre, giving up three runs on seven hits. Yankees prospect Phil Hughes pitched five innings and gave up one hit for the Javelinas.

Top 2008 Orioles draft choice Brian Matusz (right) will be making his professional debut soon in the area where he grew up, and talked about that in an article on the Baseball America Web site that you can read right here.

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