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The Orioles have claimed left-hander Brian Burres, 24, off waivers from the Giants. Don't pretend you've never heard of him. He went 9-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 26 games at Double-A Norwich, and was 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 games in May and June.

Still not sure? He was drafted in the 31st round in 2000 and made the California League All-Star team in 2004, going 12-1 with a league-leading 2.84 ERA. He's 32-21 with a 3.84 ERA in five minor league seasons.

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Oh come on, you're not even trying!

The Orioles have placed Burres on the 40-man roster. I don't think they've invited him to FanFest.

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It might not be too difficult for Burres to make the club at some point next season, given John Parrish's Tommy John surgery. The only projected left-handers in the bullpen on Opening Day are Tim Byrdak and Eric DuBose.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has dismissed quarterback Marcus Vick from the football team. I hear he left kicking and screaming. Or at least kicking.

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