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Patton lights up Baysox home opener

Won't be long before Orioles fans are clamoring for Troy Patton to get the call to enter the major league rotation, especially after he dominated the Akron Aeros for the second time in this new Double-A season.

Patton pitched six scoreless innings tonight in the home opener at Prince George's Stadium, giving up three hits and striking out six. He now has pitched 11 scoreless innings in his first two appearances for the Baysox. Not bad for a guy coming off labrum surgery.

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Patton lights up Baysox home opener

Club officials indicated during the spring that they believe Patton should stay in the minors for much of the season because of the time and experience he lost after getting his shoulder fixed. That may be the plan, but Andy MacPhail told me on Tuesday that he will not hold a guy back if he's "cutting through his level like a knife through butter."

Patton definitely isn't a candidate to come up soon, but he might be headed to Triple-A ahead of schedule, which could put him in position to get a call later in the season.

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Left-hander Wilfrido Perez, who was so impressive in major league spring training, nailed down the 2-0 victory to record his third save. He has yet to give up an earned run.

Bonus minor league update: Chris Waters bounced back from a rocky first Triple-A outing and pitched six shutout innings against Charlotte. He gave up just two hits and struck out four and, yes, is under consideration for a start next week.

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