Liz, Majewski, Salazar chosen for All-Star Game

The Baltimore Sun

Three members of the Double-A Bowie Baysox have been chosen to participate in this week's Eastern League All-Star Game in Norwich, Conn., including right-hander Radhames Liz, the first pitcher in franchise history to throw a complete-game no-hitter at Prince George's Stadium.

Liz, selected by fans to Wednesday night's game, will be joined by outfielder Val Majewski and third baseman Oscar Salazar.

One of the top pitching prospects in the Orioles' organization, Liz leads Bowie with 101 strikeouts in 17 games and is 6-4 with a 3.73 ERA, lowest among Baysox starters.

Majewski also made the league's All-Star team in 2004 and appeared in nine games with the Orioles after a September call-up. He missed the 2005 season with a shoulder injury. He received another promotion to the majors in April 2006 but stayed for only one day.

Heading into yesterday, he led the Baysox with a .287 average to go with 86 hits, 20 doubles, three homers and 40 RBIs. The Orioles considered making him a first baseman, but he's mostly played right field this season.

Salazar, also chosen by fans, ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Before yesterday, he was batting .274 with 90 hits, 20 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBIs.

The Orioles chose Salazar as the organization's Player of the Month for May after he batted .345 with seven homers and 28 RBIs.

Salazar is a veteran of the Eastern League with stints in Erie and Binghamton in 2002 and Akron in 2004. He played in Italy last season.

Triple-A Norfolk

Corner infielder Mike Cervenak extended his hitting streak to 12 games Saturday. He was batting .321 with four homers and 13 RBIs during the streak. His 101 hits led all Orioles minor leaguers and ranked second in the International League. ... Cory Doyne's 26 saves heading into yesterday tied Derek Wallace's franchise record. ... Eider Torres' 18 stolen bases led all Orioles minor leaguers. ... Reliever James Hoey recorded his first win with the Tides Friday night.

Double-A Bowie

Beau Hale, the 14th overall selection in the 2000 draft, made his second start Saturday since coming off the disabled list and picked up the win after allowing three runs and five hits in five innings in an 8-5 victory over Altoona. Hale, who was sidelined with a strained pectoral muscle, is 6-3 with a 4.24 ERA. ... Shortstop Blake Davis, a fourth-round pick in last year's draft, was promoted from Single-A Frederick and went 2-for-4 on Friday. ... Catcher Eli Whiteside, on the disabled list with a broken nose, should return this week. ... Outfielder Jeff Fiorentino hit two home runs Thursday giving him six.

Single-A Frederick

The Orioles named Ryan Finan the organization's Player of the Month for June after he batted .343 with a home run, 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 22 games. He celebrated by hitting two home runs Friday, including a walk-off blast in the 10th inning that gave Frederick a 6-5 victory over Salem. Finan also won the award in June 2006. ... Catcher Zach Dillon had his nine-game hitting streak stopped Saturday.

Single-A Delmarva

Timothy Bascom, the Orioles' fourth-round pick in last month's draft, gained his first affiliated professional win on Friday after allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in an 8-3 victory over Hagerstown. ... Brandon Snyder went 9-for-15 with a grand slam and six RBIs in the three-game series against Hagerstown. ... Third baseman Billy Rowell committed two errors on Friday, giving him four on the year. ... Brandon Tripp hit his 12th homer on Saturday.

Short-season teams

Aberdeen's Zach Clark pitched six scoreless innings Friday night against Hudson Valley, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out six. ... Bluefield's Cliff Flagello is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA. ... Third baseman Matt Tucker was hitting .436 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games. Now the bad news: He had seven errors.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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