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The Orioles claimed Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Chris Lambert off waivers today and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Lambert is a 26-year-old right-hander with decent numbers the last two years in the International League. He was the St. Louis Cardinals' first-round draft choice (19th overall) in 2004.

Don't know much about the guy, but this obviously is one of those no-risk moves that Andy MacPhail likes to make once in awhile. The guy ranked fifth in the International League last year with a 3.50 ERA for Toledo. He was 6-7 with a 3.55 ERA for the Mud Hens this season and has made a handful of appearances at the major league level. He struggled in two appearances for the Tigers this year, giving up 11 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

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Maybe the Orioles hope to catch Jeremy Guthrie in a bottle again. They claimed Guthrie -- the 22nd overall pick in 2002 -- off waivers in 2007 from the Indians and he pitched quite well during his first season in Baltimore. He also won 10 games with a decent ERA (3.63) last year, but has struggled mightily this season.

Lambert has decent ratios and gives the Orioles a little more minor league inventory going into spring training next year, but he obviously didn't impress the Tigers enough to hold his place in that organization. In that regard, the move is reminiscent of the O's picking up Red Sox prospect David Pauley after he went 14-4 with a 3.55 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket last year.

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