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Is it possible the Orioles have found another diamond in the rough in the Mexican League? Former Monterey Sultans pitcher Alfredo Simon pitched a strong 7 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays itonight at Camden Yards and is making me all nostalgic for Rodrigo Lopez.

Rodrigo came to the Orioles from the Culiacan Tomato Growers and won 15 games in his first season with the Orioles (2002), finishing second behind Eric Hinske in the ballotting for American League Rookie of the year. He would go on to win 14 games in 2004 and 15 in 2005, making him quite a find.

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Trivia time: Hinske was one of two players on the current Tampa Bay roster to finish among the 10 players receiving votes in the 2002 Rookie of the Year election. Lopez was one of two former Orioles to finish among the Top 10. Can you name the other two players?

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