Urrutia didn't play professionally last season because he was suspended after an unsuccessful defection attempt from Cuba, but he hit .350 (394-for-1127) over five seasons with Las Tunas of the Cuban League from 2006 to 2010.
The first Cuban defector signed as an amateur by the Orioles — they inked big-league free agent reliever Danys Baez before the 2007 season — Urrutia agreed to a $778,500 deal a few weeks ago.
Scott excited for Orioles fans
Former Oriole Luke Scott, who is on the Tampa Bay Rays' disabled list with a strained oblique, was at Camden Yards on Tuesday — his second series back since signing a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
And he said he hopes his old team — and his new one — can stay in playoff contention all season.
"This is such a great baseball town, so I think it is great," said Scott, who played four seasons with the Orioles and was Most Valuable Oriole in 2010. "I'm really happy for them."
Around the horn
Heading into Tuesday night, 56 of the Orioles' remaining 66 games are against clubs currently winning their respective divisions or teams within 4.5 games of the American League wild-card lead. … Infielder Omar Quintanilla made his first Orioles start at second base after starting at shortstop Monday. It also was his first start in front of the home crowd. … Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who hadn't pitched since taking a liner off his left knee on Friday, said some swelling and soreness remain in his upper calf, but was available to pitch.
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.
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