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The Orioles' top draft choice of 2008 is now the franchise's top minor league pitcher for June. Brian Matusz was named Organizational Pitcher of the Month for June, after going 2-0 with an 0.79 ERA in his first two starts at Double-A Bowie. He also pitched six shutout innings in his last start for Class-A Frederick in June, so he gave up just one run over 17 1/3 innings and struck out 21. He has remained on a major role this month and now is 4-0 with an 0.34 ERA at Bowie, giving up just one earned run over 26 1/3 innings. Delmarva outfielder Donnie Welty was named Player of the Month.

Cesar Izturis looked good in his first rehab game for the Baysox last night, getting two hits in three at-bats.

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The Orioles rank second in the American League with 18 outfield assists. Nick Markakis has eight to also rank second in the AL.

Dennis Sarfate, who has been sidelined two months with a circulatory problem in his hand, is scheduled to begin his injury rehabilitation assignment with the Baysox this weekend.

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