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Placed on DL: Ponson, Surhoff

Sent to Bowie: Chris Ray

Up: Aaron Rakers, Eric DuBose, Alejandro Freire

Rakers (2.48, 11.06 K/9) and Freire (.299/.376/.512, 19 HR) were dominating at Ottawa. Both are minor league veterans, though Freire is coming to the bigs for the first time in his career, and he's 31 years old. Good for him, I guess, and even at 31 it's hard to ignore the .888 OPS he was putting up. Can he be worse than Surhoff? Probably not.

DuBose was 8-10 with a 3.25 ERA, but that was at Bowie and he's 29 years old. But as the fifth starter, it's not like he'll be worse than Ponson, or, at the least, it's not likely that he'll be worse. He probably won't be a whole lot better either.