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Veteran Garcia extends contract in Orioles system

SEATTLE -- Veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia agreed Monday to extend the opt-out clause in his contract and will remain in the Orioles organization for at least a few more starts.

"He wants to pitch in the big leagues," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Garcia, who has been throwing for the club's Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. "But he likes the opportunity with the Orioles."

Garcia's new opt-out clause is for May 14, meaning he can elect to become a free agent if he's not on the Orioles' 25-man roster.

The 36-year-old has been throwing well for Norfolk and was named the International League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in a pair of starts last week. Garcia (4-0) is leading the International League in wins and has a 2.67 ERA in five starts with 21 strikeouts and two walks over 33 2/3 innings.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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