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Beimel goes to Pittsburgh; Orioles still searching for a lefty

The Orioles are still in search of the second left-hander for their bullpen.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal with Joe Beimel, beating out the Orioles and Boston Red Sox, according to an industry source.

The Pirates did not really enter the mix until Wednesday, but they hold a certain appeal for the 33-year-old lefty. He is from Western Pennsylvania, went to school at Duquesne in Pittsburgh and was selected by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 1998 draft.

He spent three of his 10 big league seasons with the Pirates. Last year he was 1-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 71 games for the Colorado Rockies.

The Denver Post first reported the signing.

The Orioles are still looking for a second lefty to join Michael Gonzalez in the bullpen. Potential candidates include recently signed Clay Rapada as well as Pedro Viola and Troy Patton. Mark Hendrickson, who is a free agent but has been offered a minor league deal by the Orioles after pitching the past two years with the team, is also a possibility.

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