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Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles
Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles

The inability of the Orioles' rotation to go deep into games claimed its first victim of 2011: left-handed reliever Clay Rapada. The lefty specialist who was 0-0 with a 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season was designated for assignment Wednesday when the Orioles activated Alfredo Simon from the 15-day disabled list. Although efficient against left-handed hitters, Rapada became expendable because the Orioles need to keep several long relievers around because of a rotation that has pitched seven full innings just once in 23 June games. "Obviously, I think a lot of the move was dictated by [the fact] we need some length in the bullpen," manager Buck Showalter said. "And...

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