Infielder Corban Joseph, the brother of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, entered Friday with an 18-game hitting streak for the Baysox. A career .280 minor league hitter who appeared in two games with the New York Yankees in 2013, Joseph hit .349/.394/.465 with a home run, five doubles and 12 RBIs in his first 22 games of the season. He has played first base and second base for Bowie, and entered the weekend leading the Eastern League in hitting.
Orioles first baseman Christian Walker made a strong impression in his first spring training game Tuesday, driving in three runs and hitting a two-run homer in the Orioles' 4-4 10-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.
Left-hander Andy Oliver is making a bid for the Orioles bullpen after rosters expand Sept. 1, allowing just four runs with 25 strikeouts in his first 10 appearances (18 innings) after joining Norfolk on July 17. The 2009 second-round draft pick allowed four hits in 28 at-bats to left-handed batters through Friday, and could be a valuable piece in the bullpen down the stretch.
Steve Pearce, who has started at five different positions this season, said he has been getting treatment while on the disabled list, but he hasn¿t been able to do any hitting or throwing as a precaution to avoid aggravating the injury.