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Posted: Saturday June 23, 2012 5:43PM ; Updated: Saturday June 23, 2012 5:43PM

Orioles release Moyer at his request

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BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have released 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer, who requested the move after the team failed to promote him from the minor leagues.

Moyer started the season with Colorado, where he became the oldest pitcher to win a game in the big leagues. He was released by the Rockies after going 2-5 and signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on June 6.

Moyer signed the contract with the stipulation that he make three starts with Triple-A Norfolk. After that, the team had to promote him or grant his release.

Following his third start with Norfolk on Wednesday, the Orioles offered Moyer another start with the Tides. The left-hander instead opted to become a free agent.

Moyer, a former Oriole, went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA at Norfolk.

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