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Pie designated for assignment; Angle recalled

The Felix Pie era in Baltimore appears to be officially over.

The talented but mistake-prone outfielder was designated for assignment today and replaced on the Orioles' 25-man roster by Matt Angle.

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Pie, 26, was batting just .220 with seven RBIs in 85 games, while also struggling defensively. He had started just one of the Orioles' past eight games as Nolan Reimold has been playing nearly every day in left field.

The Orioles acquired Pie, once one of the game's top prospects, from the Chicago Cubs in January 2009 for pitchers Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson.

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Pie was acquired to be the Orioles' everyday left fielder, but he was never able to hold down that spot, due largely to offensive inconsistency and ill-advised decisions on the base paths and in left field. In 268 games for the Orioles over the past three seasons, Pie has batted .259 (182-for-704) with 14 homers and 67 RBIs.

Since Pie was designated, the Orioles will have 10 days to pass him through waivers and option him to the minors, trade him or grant him his outright release. His 40-man spot will be taken by infielder Jake Fox, whose contract was purchased today.

Angle will assume the fourth outfielder role. The 25-year-old batted .272 in 107 games for Triple-A Norfolk, and his 27 stolen bases rank third in the International League. Angle, a seventh-round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, played in two games for the Orioles earlier this season and went 0-for-7.

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