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O's Baez takes over as closer while Ray does DL stint

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Danys Baez is taking over as the
Baltimore Orioles' closer while Chris Ray is on the disabled list.

Baez had 71 saves with Tampa Bay during the 2004-05 seasons.

"He's closed games before," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said
before Friday night's game against the Devil Rays. "He's got the
most experience."

The move allows Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford to return to
situational roles in the seventh and eighth inning.

Ray was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow
strain on July 25. Ray, is 5-6 with 16 saves, hasn't been cleared
to resume throwing.

Baltimore recalled left-hander Kurt Birkins from Triple-A
Norfolk and optioned reliever Cory Doyne to the International
League club. Trembley said Birkins will pitch in relief.

Third baseman Melvin Mora, sidelined since July 13 by a sprained
foot, went 2-for-4 with a double in a minor league rehab game with
the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He is scheduled to play with GCL
team again Saturday and could rejoin the Orioles on Sunday.

"He did very well," Trembley said. "He reported no
discomfort, no pain."

Outfielder Freddie Bynum, out with a strained left hamstring,
was set to play this weekend with Class-A Frederick and Double-A
Bowie.