Cowser started in center field and batted third for the orange team against the Rays’ Matthew Peguero. He lined a single into center field in his first at-bat, homered to right and was called out on strikes.
Norby started at second base and batted second. He grounded out 3-1 and struck out twice.
The Orioles made Cowser the fifth-overall selection out of Sam Houston State and signed him for $4.9 million, below the slot value of $6,180,700. Norby, who played at East Carolina University, signed for $1.7 million, below the slot of $1.81 million.
Both players are expected to move up to low Single-A Delmarva later in the summer.
The assignment of draft picks to minor league affiliates has created a roster crunch that led to a handful of releases this morning.
The Orioles released pitchers Cody Carroll and Evan Phillips and infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw from Triple-A Norfolk’s roster, left-hander Kevin Magee from high Single-A Aberdeen and right-hander Jonathan Pendergast from Delmarva.
Carroll was obtained from the Yankees in the 2018 Zack Britton deal. He appeared in 18 games with the Orioles, none this season, and registered a 13.74 ERA and 2.526 WHIP in 19 innings. He made 22 appearances this summer with Norfolk and had a 5.57 ERA and 1.524 WHIP with 11 walks and 23 strikeouts in 21 innings.
Phillips was part of the return from the Braves in the 2018 Kevin Gausman/Darren O’Day trade. He appeared in 44 games with the Orioles from 2018-20, had a 7.36 ERA and 1.867 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings and averaged 6.8 walks and 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The Salisbury native had a 5.04 ERA and 1.400 WHIP this summer in 18 games with the Tides, walking 14 batters and striking out 35 in 25 innings.
Shaw was 1-for-39 with Norfolk, but he hit a grand slam on his injury rehab assignment with Aberdeen.
The Orioles drafted Magee, 25, in the ninth round in 2018 out of St. John’s University. He was 8-9 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.108 WHIP in three minor league seasons consisting of 22 starts and 15 relief appearances.
Magee was 0-2 with an 8.15 ERA and 1.698 WHIP this season in seven games (four starts) covering 17 2/3 innings. He allowed 21 hits, walked nine batters and struck out 20.
Pendergast, 23, was a 28th-round pick in 2019 out of Pepperdine University. He made 28 relief appearances in the minors and posted a 4.54 ERA and 1.296 WHIP with 44 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
In three games this summer, Pendergast allowed three earned runs (five total) and four hits with two walks, five strikeouts and a hit batter over 4 1/3 innings. He also threw three wild pitches.
In New York, Jorge López is trying to end a streak of six starts in a row of fewer than five innings. He’s faced the Yankees three times this season and allowed 10 earned runs and 11 total in 10 2/3 innings.
In six career starts against the Yankees, López has gone 1-3 with a 7.23 ERA and 1.690 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings. He’s allowed eight earned runs and nine total in in 11 2/3 innings in two starts in the Bronx.
Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu are 4-for-10 lifetime against López.
Left-hander Andrew Heaney is making his Yankees debut after arriving at the trade deadline. He spent seven seasons with the Angels and is 6-7 this year with a 5.27 ERA and 1.309 WHIP in 18 starts. He’s averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Heaney had back-to-back quality starts in July. He’s made three career starts against the Orioles and allowed 10 runs and 22 hits in 16 2/3 innings.