A few more tidbits

* Orioles sixth-round Draft pick Nick Delmonico was at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon, taking pregame batting practice with the Major League club and the young infielder –selected out of Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) High School, called the experience a “dream come true”.

Delmonico, who will head back to Sarasota to participate in instructional league was struck with how nice all of the current Orioles players and coaches was and said he would use the experience on Monday as motivation.

“Now every time I take the field I’ll have this in the back of my mind,” Delmonico said. “You know, that this is there for me in the future. I’m going to go out there and work that much harder. It’s a blessing to have, I’m very fortunate.”

*The Orioles haven’t been shy in calling up a large number of players for roster expansion, but the one notable name left out of September callups was right-hander Chris Tillman. Tillman, who made the team out of Spring Training but struggled to establish any kind of consistency. He went 3-6 with a 5.19 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A and ends the season with a 3-5 mark at the Major League level, pitching to a 5.52 ERA in 13 starts for the Orioles.

“We just felt like as an organization, with the innings and everything that has [been] going on…let him rest from the season and hopefully be ready to come in and compete next year for a spot,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said when asked to explain the reasoning regarding Tillman. “Overall, thinking about all the factors, it was in his best interest to be done with the season.”

*On Saturday, the Orioles and Oriole Advocates will hold the annual Cardboard to Leather Collection at Oriole Park before the O’s take on the Angels. Volunteers at each gate of the park will accept donations of new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Those contributing to the collection will receive an autographed player card while supplies last.

A silent auction will also be held inside Gate E on the main concourse to support Cardboard to Leather. The auction will begin when gates open and will conclude at 8:30 p.m. and will feature memorabilia from current Orioles, including Nick MarkakiS, Adam Jones and Matt wieters.

In a special ceremony prior to the game, Legg Mason will present the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation with a $20,000 contribution for the Cardboard to Leather Equipment Collection. In addition, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation for the purchase of new equipment.

Proceeds from the collection, silent auction, and check presentations will benefit the following: LaTrinidad Little League and Sebaco Valley Little Leagues in Nicaragua, Association Capitanan de Arecibo and Association Recreative Arbeja in Puerto Rico and Sapporo Youth Baseball and Softball Program in Japan that were affected by the tsunami.

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