The Baltimore Orioles announced yesterday that they have extended their minor league affiliations with all of the full-season clubs in their farm system -- Bowie (Class AA) and Frederick (advanced Class A), as well as less-advanced Class A Delmarva and Class AAA Ottawa -- through the 2006 season.
"This agreement ensures that fans throughout the region will continue to see future Orioles up close," said Frank Miceli, vice president of minor league operations for Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Baysox, Keys and Shorebirds.
"We are happy to continue our working relationships with each of our full season clubs," said Darrell "Doc" Rodgers, the Orioles' director of minor league operations.
The Keys and Baysox have been Orioles affiliates since 1989 and 1993, respectively. . . .
When Bowie closer Jacobo Sequea entered a tight game in the bottom of the ninth inning at Altoona last week, it was just like his previous 52 appearances this season. Except for one huge difference -- a no-hitter was in the balance.
Bowie starter Dave Crouthers pitched seven no-hit innings, reliever Andy Mitchell escaped the eighth without giving up a hit, and so it was up to Sequea to close it out. He came through to wrap up a 2-0 victory over the Curve and a combined no-hitter.
Crouthers, who got the win, struck out six and walked four. Tuesday he was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week.
Bowie first baseman Walter Young hit three home runs in two days last week to improve his season total to 31, tying the club's single-season mark set by Calvin Pickering in 1998.
Sequea, meanwhile, picked up his 25th save last night in a victory over Akron to set the team record. Gabe Molina had 24, also in 1998.