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Mike Flacco promoted to Delmarva

The Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles concluded their season Tuesday, so three players were promoted to the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds for the final stretch in 2009.

Infielder Mike Flacco is the most recognizable name to Orioles fans in the group because he is the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

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Flacco will be joined at Delmarva by shortstop Gary Helmick, a Towson University alum, and left-handed pitcher Michael Mechaw.

Outfielder Kyle Hudson, shortstop Greg Miclat and right-handed pitcher Shane Mathews are heading from Delmarva to the Single-A Frederick Keys.

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Outfielder Brian Conley, who also played baseball at Towson, is returning to Delmarva from the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.Flacco led Bluefield with 34 RBIs, and he batted .272 with three home runs in 60 games. The 22-year-old infielder also led the team with 14 doubles and five triples.

Helmick was third on Bluefield with a .275 batting average, and he contributed four home runs and 13 RBIs. The 22-year-old infielder also added 10 doubles, four triples and 31 runs scored.

Mechaw, the Orioles' 26th-round selection in this year's MLB draft, was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 games for Bluefield. The 21-year-old left-hander struck out 16 batters and issued 12 walks in 25 1/3 innings.

Hudson batted .284 with 61 runs scored and 31 stolen bases in 117 games with the Shorebirds, and Miclat hit .228 with 49 runs scored and 25 stolen bases in 111 games.

Mathews was 1-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 27 appearances, including one start, for Delmarva after joining the team in May. Opponents batted .284 against him.

Conley is playing for Delmarva for the second time this season after hitting .163 with one home run and six RBIs in 24 games for the team in June and July.

The 23-year-old outfielder batted .263 with one home run and eight RBIs in 31 games for the IronBirds. Conley was also 1-for-7 in four games with the Double-A Bowie Baysox in 2009.

The regular season for the rest of the affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system ends Monday, so these players will be with their respective teams for less than a week.

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