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In the clubhouse after the game, Baysox players were congratulating Brandon Snyder.

The 22-year-old first baseman was promoted to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides following Bowie's 2-0 win over the Reading Phillies at Prince George's Stadium.

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Snyder will head to Norfolk in the morning, and he plans to be ready for tomorrow night's game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

No corresponding move was announced, but one is expected tomorrow afternoon.Snyder was 0-for-3 with a walk in tonight's game, and he batted .343 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 58 games for the Baysox this season.

"It definitely means a lot to me," Snyder said about the promotion. "I've been fortunate to play with these guys, and everything I've done here, you have to tip your hat to the guys you play with."

Orioles director of player development David Stockstill spoke highly of Snyder after the game.

"He has swung the bat really well, and he has made improvements on how he reads offspeed pitches," Stockstill said. "He's matured in taking the pitches and driving the ball all over the field, so we feel like it's the time that he can move up and make adjustments and compete at that level."

Stockstill didn't rule out a possible promotion for Snyder to the Orioles before the end of this season, but he stressed that the young prospect would need to excel in Norfolk.

"I think it's better to talk to [Orioles president of baseball operations] Andy [MacPhail] to do the call-ups, but if Snyder goes up there [to Norfolk] and shows what he showed here, there's a lot of possibilities," Stockstill said.

With the Baysox improving to 35-30 after tonight's victory, the move to Norfolk is bittersweet for Snyder.

"It's tough to leave, but at the same time, it's going to be good to start the new adventure," he said.

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