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Orioles minor league report: Tides' Julio Borbon could be speed option for O's in September

Orioles minor league report: Tides' Julio Borbon could be speed option for O's in September

Triple-A Norfolk Julio Borbon remains a staple in the Tides lineup for a second straight year, with the former Texas Ranger batting .295 in his first 30 games before Friday to bring his season average to .275. Borbon hit his first home run of the season on Aug. 22, and had 21 steals on 29 attempts through Thursday. He could be a speed option off the bench for the Orioles in September. Double-A Bowie Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda has made a smooth transition to the Eastern League, winning five of his first seven starts with a 2.38 ERA while striking out 38 in 41 2/3 innings for the Baysox. In stops in the Gulf Coast League, Frederick and Bowie, Miranda, 26, is 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA in...

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