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Tides' Snyder honored by International League

Triple-A Norfolk Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder was named the International League's Batter of the Week for Aug. 3-9, the league announced in a news release.

The 22-year-old infielder batted .500 (12-for-24) with four RBIs and five runs scored in six games during the week. Snyder struggled initially after being promoted to the Tides in June, but he is hitting .421 with nine RBIs in his past 10 games.

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Snyder is now hitting .280 with two home runs, eight doubles and 33 RBIs in 48 games at the Triple-A level. The Orioles' 2005 first-round selection batted .343 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 58 games with the Double-A Bowie Baysox before his promotion.

Snyder is the second Tides player to earn the weekly award. Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold was honored from April 13-19 when he was still in Norfolk.

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UPDATE: Two other players in the Orioles' minor league system received a weekly award from their respective leagues.

Baysox starting pitcher Brandon Erbe was named Pitcher of the Week by the Eastern League after tossing eight no-hit innings against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Aug. 6. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out five batters and issued three walks, but he wasn't given an opportunity to return for the ninth to attempt to finish the no-hitter.

The Carolina League named Single-A Frederick Keys first baseman Robbie Widlansky as the Batter of the Week. The 24-year-old utility player batted .586 (17-for-29) with two home runs and nine RBIs from Aug. 3-9, and he had six games with at least two hits during the week.

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