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Around the horn: Orioles sign Jamie Moyer and he'll start for Norfolk here Saturday night

Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment last week by the Colorado Rockies but the 49-year-old still isn't ready to call it a career. He signed a minor-league deal Wednesday with the Baltimore Orioles, one of his eight former organizations, and will report to the Norfolk Tides.

Lo and behold, where will Moyer's first start be? Saturday night in Coca-Cola Field against the Bisons during the team's ultra-popular Star Wars Night.

It will be Moyer's first minor-league game since a 1997 rehab assignment for Tacoma in the Seattle chain and his first real minor-league assignment since going 6-0 in eight starts for Rochester in 1993. Check out Moyer's career record here. Moyer's 269 career wins are tops on the active list.

Moyer went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts for the Rockies in his return to the big leagues after seemingly going into retirement following the 2010 season. His best year was a 21-7 mark for Seattle in 2003 but he was 16-7 as a 45-year-old for the Phillies when they won the World Series in 2008 and 12-10 for them the next season as they repeated as NL champions.

This year, Moyer set an MLB record by becoming the oldest man to win a game (April 17 against San Diego and May 16 against Arizona). He also became the oldest player with an RBI, as he collected a two-run single in that win. When he pitched May 21 at Miami, Marlins Park became the 50th MLB stadium in which he has appeared -- a record for any player since 1900.

You want Star Wars? In addition to Moyer, the Norfolk roster includes former big-league all-stars on rehab in infielder Miguel Tejada and Brian Roberts and a former Pittsburgh all-star outfielder Nate McLouth, just signed on a minor-league deal.

----Elsewhere, the Bisons lost Chris Schwinden to waivers last week and might lose Josh Satin next. Satin was designated for assignment by the Mets on Wednesday to allow Jason Bay and Pedro Beato to rejoin the roster. Schwinden was claimed by Toronto, waived again and claimed Wednesday by Cleveland. He'll be sent to Columbus -- where the Bisons are, no less.

---In MLB draft issues, the Mets spent their 37th round pick on Texas high school catcher Benny Distefano. Yep, son of the beloved former Bisons outfielder and current Class A St. Lucie hitting coach of the same name. In the 35th round, the Padres took Niagara University outfielder Wynton Bernard -- a San Diego native.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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