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No need to worry about Wieters

Top prospect Matt Wieters had a couple of hits for the Norfolk Tides last night to raise his average to .200, which should ease some of the concern that had cropped up with his 1-for-11 performance in the team's first regular-season series against the Durham Bulls.

Nobody in the organization was worried about Wieters getting off to a slow start at the Triple-A level. He just spent spring training hitting anything that got within sniffing distance of home plate, so the Orioles are confident he'll hit at any level. I don't believe there is a competitive scenario at Norfolk that would change the date of his eventual arrival at the major league level.

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Meanwhile, teammates Lou Montanez and Nolan Reimold continued to scorch the ball, getting three hits each in last night's 7-0 victory over Charlotte. Montanez is batting .588 and Reimold is batting .412, but it wasn't the best day to make the argument that either one of them should be starting ahead of Felix Pie on the major league club.

Pie's three-hit performance, which included his first Orioles home run and a key single in the Orioles' five-run rally in the fifth, raised his average to a respectable .278. His defensive performance is more of an issue at this point, since he continues to look uncomfortable in left field.


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