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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Orioles have exercised 2015 club options on LHP Wei-Yin Chen and RHP Darren O'Day.</p>— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a> have 32 players on 40-man roster. Declined options on Markakis and Hundley. Also as expected. No surprises today</p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="

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