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Orioles' pitching depth a blessing and curse to those riding the Norfolk Shuttle

Orioles' pitching depth a blessing and curse to those riding the Norfolk Shuttle

Through the first six weeks of this season, the Orioles' pitching shuttle to and from Triple-A Norfolk is 10 pitchers deep. The Orioles have used their bevy of optionable arms to keep their bullpen fresh and to make spot starts.

By now, the pitchers involved know it's a part of the way this club operates, using depth to keep the staff ready for any situation on a daily basis. But that doesn't make it any easier for those pitchers looking to stick in the major leagues, many of whom get rewarded for a strong outing with a ticket back to Norfolk.

Take right-hander Logan Verrett, who is responsible for two extra-inning wins nine days apart, but was optioned to the minors the...

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