Ex-Twin, ex-Royal to help arm spring pitching staff Orioles notebook

General manager Roland Hemond found two more pitchers to bolster the Orioles' spring training roster yesterday.

Righthander Roy Smith, whose seven years in the major leagues include a 4-0 career record against the Orioles, and lefthander Israel Sanchez were both signed to Rochester contracts and extended invitations to spring training.


Smith was released by the Twins after going 5-10 with a 4.81 earned run average last year. Sanchez, who had a combined 2-3 record and 2.36 ERA at two minor-league levels before being promoted to the big leagues by Kansas City, was signed as a minor-league free agent.

* DOWN ON FARM: The Orioles announced yesterday that they have expanded their farm system to six teams for the first time since the early 1970s.


The Sarasota Orioles will compete in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, a short season league made up mostly of high school players selected in the June free-agent draft. The Orioles have a more advanced rookie team in Bluefield, W.Va., in addition to two Single A, one Double A and one Triple A teams.

* ON CARIBBEAN CIRCUIT: The Orioles will be represented on three of the four teams playing in the Caribbean series this weekend in Miami.

Shortstop Juan Bell is playing for Licey, the Dominican Republic representative; Ossie Peraza is pitching for Lara, the Venezuela League champion; and Leo Gomez is with Santurce, the Puerto Rico winner.

* UP OFFICE LADDER: The Orioles announced four front office promotions yesterday, and confirmed the elevation of Paul Swaska to head groundskeeper, succeeding the retiring Pat Santarone.

Michael Fiorelli has been named marketing coordinator; Scott Indorf is the new assistant director of stadium services; Richard Simmons becomes a full-time sales representative; and Aric Holsinger is the new chief financial officer.