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09/25/2006 4:54 PM ET
Tides sign affiliation agreement with Baltimore Orioles
Player development contract extends through the 2010 season
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NORFOLK, Va. -- The Norfolk Tides and Baltimore Orioles announced today that the two clubs have agreed on a four-year Player Development Contract that extends through the end of the 2010 season.

"We are extremely delighted to begin a partnership with the Baltimore Orioles franchise," said Tides' president Ken Young. "The proximity of Baltimore is a natural geographical fit for the Hampton Roads area, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work alongside such a successful and established franchise for the next four years."

"We are obviously thrilled to reach an affiliation agreement with Norfolk," said Jim Duquette, Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles. "Having worked with the Tides in the past, I know first hand that Norfolk is one of the elite franchises in all of baseball. We have an outstanding relationship with Tides' president Ken Young and General Manager Dave Rosenfield, and we are excited to be able to place our top minor league players in a great facility like Harbor Park."

Norfolk replaces the Ottawa Lynx as the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles, which had been stationed in Ottawa since 2003. The change in affiliation also ends the Tides' partnership with the New York Mets, which had been in place since the 1969 season.

The Tides will begin their 2007 season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 5th, and Norfolk will begin the home portion of their schedule with a seven-game homestand beginning Friday, April 13th against the Louisville Bats at 7:15 pm.

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