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Ex-Orioles RHP Maine to rehab against IronBirds

New York Mets pitcher John Maine, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue, will start for the Brooklyn Cyclones against the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday at Ripken Stadium as part of his injury rehabilitation assignment.

The 28-year-old right-hander pitched for the IronBirds in 2002 on his way to the major leagues in the Orioles' minor league system. Maine was 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in four games (two starts) for Aberdeen that year. He struck out 21 batters and issued only three walks in 10 1/3 innings.

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Maine was 2-4 with a 6.60 ERA in parts of two seasons with the Orioles before being traded with relief pitcher Jorge Julio to the Mets on Jan. 22, 2006 for starting pitcher Kris Benson.

The Orioles' sixth-round selection in the 2002 MLB draft won a career-high 15 games for the Mets in 2007, and he finished sixth in the National League with 180 strikeouts. Maine is 5-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts for New York this season.

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The IronBirds and Cyclones are scheduled to play at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Ripken Stadium.

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