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Not that it should come as a surprise to anyone at this point, but the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has finalized a deal to put Mike Flanagan back in the broadcast booth alongside Gary Thorne for about half the 2010 television schedule.

Flanagan, who served the Orioles as a player, coach and television broadcaster before his stint as executive vice president of baseball operations, has been projected as the replacement for the departed Buck Martinez for several months. MASN also is expected to have a rotation of guest baseball analysts, believed to include Brady Anderson, Eddie Murray and Mike Boddicker.

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"The talks were ongoing for quite some time and a number of various roles were discussed,'' Flanagan said in a telephone interview. "It's a great year to be back. I'm really looking forward to working with MASN. I'm excited about it.

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