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The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Chris Lambert off waivers from the Detroit Tigers, according to a news release from the team.

Lambert was immediately optioned to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, but it's unclear whether he will be available for tonight's game against the Gwinnett Braves at Harbor Park.

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The 26-year-old pitcher was 0-1 with a 14.85 ERA in two relief appearances for the Tigers earlier this season. Lambert was designated for assignment by Detroit earlier this week.

Lambert posted a 6-7 record with a 3.55 ERA as a member of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens this year, and he is 40-41 with a 4.40 ERA in 142 career games (118 starts) while splitting time in the minor leagues between the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Lambert is 12th in the International League in ERA so far this season, and he is tied for sixth in the league with 106 strikeouts in 126 2/3 innings.

Last season, Lambert was 12-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 starts for the Mud Hens. He struck out 124 batters and issued 48 walks in 149 1/3 innings while registering three complete games.

The Cardinals selected Lambert with the 19th overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft.

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