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Stop me if you've heard this

Garrett Olson had another dominant start at Triple-A Norfolk.

Olson allowed two hits in eight shutout innings last night in a 4-1 win over Ottawa. Both hits came in the third inning. He walked two and struck out seven.

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Olson lowered his ERA to 2.95, second-best in the International League. He's tops in strikeouts with 117.

The left-hander has won his last six decisions, clear proof that he's not pouting after the Orioles optioned him. He's surrendered seven earned runs in 54 innings in his last eight games with the Tides, with 28 hits, 16 walks and 59 strikeouts.

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I've been raving about this guy since spring training, and with good reason. What's in his head impresses me every bit as much as what's in his left arm.

Olson gets it. He deserved to stay in the majors, but he took the news of his demotion as an opportunity to work on a few things and force the Orioles to bring him back up.

His numbers demand it.

So does his attitude.

Reward him and find a place for him in the rotation. And this time, make it stick.


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