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BALTIMORE (AP) —  The Baltimore Orioles have recalled catcher Craig Tatum from Triple-A Norfolk, and placed him in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

Tatum, 28, batted .200 with seven RBIs in 21 games with Norfolk, and recently came of the disabled list because of a right shoulder impingement.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the arrival of Tatum will give him the flexibility to shift Jake Fox, who had been starting catcher Matt Wieters’ primary backup, into a more traditional utility role.

Tatum, a career .236 in two major league seasons, hit .281 with nine RBIs in 43 with the Orioles last season. Baltimore acquired him off waivers from Cincinnati in November 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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