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Orioles one of two finalists for Duchscherer (updated)

The Orioles are one of two finalists in the sweepstakes for right-handed pitcher Justin Duchscherer.

According to an industry source, the pitcher has narrowed his choices down to the Orioles and the Washington Nationals after seriously considering the Seattle Mariners.

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All three offered one-year deals, and more than one has offered a major league contract.

A source confirmed the Orioles have offered Duchscherer a major league roster spot. That makes sense since the Orioles have a spot left on their 40-man roster and they had been saving it for a starting pitcher.

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Duchscherer is expected to make his decision soon, perhaps as early as today. He has interest in relocating to the East Coast because his son lives in southern New Jersey.

The 33-year-old Duchscherer, who is attempting to come back from hip surgery, made just five starts because of a hip injury in 2010 and missed all of 2009 because of injury and a bout with clinical depression.

However, when Duchscherer starts, he can be extremely effective. In his career, he is 14-11 with a 3.01 ERA in 32 starts, all with the Oakland Athletics.

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