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Orioles to send eight players to Arizona Fall League

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec asked me to pass along the Orioles players who will represent the organization with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

Triple-A Norfolk Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder and right-hander Josh Perrault will be joined by four players from the Double-A Bowie Baysox, as well as Single-A Frederick Keys center fielder Matt Angle.

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Baysox third baseman Josh Bell and right-handed pitchers Brandon Erbe, Ryohei Tanaka and Eddie Gamboa will be members of the Desert Dogs, who play at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the spring training home of the Oakland Athletics.

Keys infielder Brandon Waring is listed on the team's taxi squad, which means he is eligible to play in two games per week.

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Snyder is making his second consecutive trip to the Arizona Fall League. He batted .349 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games for the Surprise Rafters last season. The 22-year-old first baseman is hitting .300 with 12 home runs and 83 RBIs in 118 games while splitting this year between the Tides and Baysox.

Bell, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last month for George Sherrill, is batting .317 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 17 games with the Baysox. Before coming to the organization, the 22-year-old infielder had a .296 batting average, 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 94 games with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

In 117 games for the Keys this season, Angle is batting .289 with 36 stolen bases and 74 runs scored. The 23-year-old outfielder was the Orioles' seventh-round selection in the 2007 MLB draft.

Perrault is 1-4 with a 2.22 ERA and 17 saves in 54 relief appearances at two different levels in the Orioles' minor league system in 2009. The 27-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 16 saves in 35 games for the Baysox before being promoted to Triple-A. Perrault has posted a 1-2 record and 2.88 ERA in 19 games since joining the Tides.

In 12 starts for the Baysox in 2009, Erbe is 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out 49 hitters and issued 33 walks for Bowie this season. Erbe was 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in four starts with the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds in an injury rehabilitation assignment after missing time for a fatigued arm.

Gamboa, who has played at three different levels in the organization in 2009, is 10-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 34 appearances overall. Tanaka has a 4-2 record and 2.27 ERA in 18 games (nine starts) with the Baysox this season.

Waring leads the Carolina League with 35 doubles and 87 RBIs, and he is second in the league with 25 home runs. The 23-year-old infielder is batting .276 with 68 runs scored in 123 games for the Keys this season.

Frederick trainer Pat Wesley will also take part in the league as one of the trainers for the Desert Dogs.

The Desert Dogs begin the 2009 campaign against the Mesa Solar Sox at home on Oct. 13. The championship game is scheduled for Nov. 21. There is a Rising Stars Game on Nov. 7, which features the top prospects in the league.

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