• The Orioles officially announced the signing of 24-year-old outfielder Dariel Alvarez to a Minor League contract. Alvarez will be assigned to Class A Frederick after reporting to Sarasota, Fla., this week. The signing was first reported last week by MLB.com.
• There is interest in outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was designated for assignment on Friday, and the expectation is he will be elsewhere in the big leagues in the next few days. The Phillies and Yankees are reportedly among those with interest.
• Steve Johnson pitched 2 1/3 innings -- allowing two runs on three hits and a walk -- for short-season Class A Aberdeen on Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from a left oblique strain.
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