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Tatum claimed; Jakubauskas, Fox outrighted

The Orioles have made three moves to clean up their 40-man roster.

Backup catcher Craig Tatum was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.

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Pitcher Chris Jakubauskas and catcher/infielder Jake Fox passed through waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Because they have prior outrights, they both can refuse the assignment and become free agents. That's procedural since they also could elect to become minor-league free agents in five days anyway.

It is expected that both will explore their options.

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Jakubauskas, 32, was 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA (72.1IP, 46ER) in 33 games (six starts) for the Orioles in 2011.

Fox, 29, batted .246 (15-61) with two homers and six RBI in 27 games for the Orioles, while

Tatum, 28, batted .195 (17-87) with three doubles and seven RBI in 31 games.

The moves leave the Orioles with 36 players on their 40-man roster.

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