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Left-Handed Pitcher Atahualpa Severino Recalled from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today recalled left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Severino (pronounced ah-ta-WALL-pa sev-er-E-noh) went 4-2 with one save, nine holds and a 3.55 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Chiefs. The 25-year-old pitched scoreless ball in 30 of his 40 outings and posted a .237

Nationals Acquire Top Catching Prospect Wilson Ramos from Twins in Three-Player Trade

Nationals Also Acquire Lefthander Joe Testa, Send Matt Capps to Minnesota The Washington Nationals tonight acquired catcher Wilson Ramos and left-handed pitcher Joe Testa from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed closer Matt Capps and cash considerations. The Nationals then optioned Ramos to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and assigned Testa to Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League. Nationals Senior Vice President and

Miss Iowa to Throw Out First Pitch in Series Opener Against Philadelphia

The Washington Nationals have invited Katherine Connors, Miss Iowa USA, to throw out a Ceremonial First Pitch before the team opens their series against the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow, Friday, July 30, at 7:05pm. The invitation was coordinated after Tuesday evening's game against Atlanta, when the Nationals' Miguel Batista replaced rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the start of the game. Following a successful performance which included

Orioles Acquire Minor League RHP Wynn Pelzer from San Diego Padres in Exchange for 3B Miguel Tejada

The Orioles announced that they have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Wynn Pelzer from the San Diego Padres in exchange for 3B Miguel Tejada and cash. Pelzer, 24, is 26-23 with a 3.83 ERA (364.1IP, 155ER) and 330 strikeouts in 79 games (68 starts) over three minor league seasons. The right-hander is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA (94.1IP, 44ER) and 83 strikeouts in 22 games

Orioles Name Buck Showalter Manager

17th full-time Manager in club history to take over Monday, August 2 The Orioles today announced that Buck Showalter has been signed to a multi-year contract to serve as the club's 17th full-time manager. Showalter will officially take the helm of the Orioles on Monday, August 2 and will be introduced in a press conference that day at Camden Yards. Showalter, 54, has compiled an

Scott Olsen Reinstated from DL; Stephen Strasburg Placed on DL

The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to July 22. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Olsen, who will get the starting nod in today's series finale against Atlanta, missed the last 59

MASN Returns Saturdays at Saratoga Starting July 31st

MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment, will return the ever-popular Saturdays at Saratoga live thoroughbred racing program beginning on Saturday, July 31st, and continuing on consecutive Saturdays through early September. The one-hour, live shows will include 10 championship-caliber stakes races including the Travers, Jim Dandy, Whitney, Betfair TVG Alabama and Woodward. Each program will be televised live from historic Saratoga Race Course, named

Nats Ratings on the Rise

As we have seen since the start of the season, more and more Nationals fans are tuning in to watch the team compete on a nightly basis. Today, Sports Business Journal took note of the team's ratings increase. The Nationals' 1.34 household rating in the Washington market rates higher than both the Angels and the A's. In fact, the team's ratings are up 139% on

Orioles Reinstate Catcher Matt Wieters from Disabled List

Catcher Craig Tatum optioned to Triple-A Norfolk The Orioles today announced that CA Matt Wieters has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Wieters on the roster, CA Craig Tatum has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Wieters was placed on the disabled list on July 10 with a strained right hamstring. At the time of his injury, Wieters was batting .245

Orioles Reinstate 2B Brian Roberts From 60-Day Disabled List

INF Scott Moore Designated for Reassignment The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated 2B Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list, where he had been since April 10 with an abdominal strain. To make room for Roberts on the roster, the team has designated INF Scott Moore for assignment. Roberts played in four games for the Orioles this season, going 2-for-14. In three rehab

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Hosts NatsTown Green-Up

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is once again teaming up with the Earth Conservation Corps to host the second annual NatsTown Green-up, which gives area residents and local businesses the opportunity to make a difference by beautifying the neighborhood surrounding Nationals Park. Three locations have been selected to benefit from this year's Green-Up: · Matthew Henson Center, 2000 Half Street, SW · 1st and Q

Orioles Reinstate RHP Kevin Millwood from 15-Day Disabled List

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated RHP Kevin Millwood from the 15-day disabled list, where he had been since July 6 with a strained right forearm (flexor mass). Millwood is 2-8 with a 5.77 ERA (107.2IP, 69ER) in 18 starts for the Orioles this season.

Orioles Option LHP Troy Patton to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles announced after today's game that they have optioned LHP Troy Patton to Triple-A Norfolk. Patton was recalled before today's game against Tampa Bay but did not pitch. He is 6-9 with a 4.91 ERA (99.0IP, 54ER) in 18 starts for the Tides this season. A corresponding roster move will be announced prior to tomorrow's game against Minnesota.

Orioles Reinstate LHP Michael Gonzalez from Disabled List; Recall LHP Troy Patton from Triple-A Norfolk

INF Josh Bell optioned to Tides; RHP Jim Johnson transferred to 60-day disabled list The Orioles announced a series of roster moves prior to today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. LHP Michael Gonzalez has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, LHP Troy Patton has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and INF Josh Bell has been optioned to the Tides. In addition, to make

Orioles Option RHP Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk. Tillman, 22, is 1-4 with a 7.92 ERA (25.0IP, 22ER) in six starts with the Orioles this season. He made two starts after being recalled for the second time this season on July 10, going 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA (10.0IP, 8ER), including a victory in which he pitched a career-high

Nationals Option Justin Maxwell to Syracuse

Following tonight's 7-2 loss at Great American Ball Park, the Washington Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Maxwell, 26, has 14 walks and a .340 on-base percentage in 24 games with the Nationals this season. He is 4-for-38 (.105) with one double, one home run, three RBI

Orioles Reinstate of Luke Scott From Disabled List

RHP Frank Mata optioned to Triple-A Norfolk The Orioles today announced that OF Luke Scott has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Scott on the roster, RHP Frank Mata has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Scott was placed on the disabled list on July 1 with a strained left hamstring. At the time of his injury, Scott was batting .274

Major League Baseball and Baltimore Orioles Encourage Fans to Arrive Early for Game on Tuesday, July 20

Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Orioles are encouraging fans to arrive early to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, July 20. Security will be significantly increased due to the attendance of First Lady Michelle Obama, who will be a part of the first pitch ceremonies. All fans will be required to pass through magnetometers which

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to Visit Camden Yards on Tuesday

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will visit Camden Yards next Tuesday, July 20 for the announcement of a new joint initiative between Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the White House. Following the announcement, Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays players will conduct a clinic on the field for 50 young baseball players from local RBI (Reviving Baseball in

Orioles Recall INF Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles have announced that they recalled INF Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk. Bell, 23, was batting .266 (76-286) with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 74 games for the Tides. He made his major league debut for the Orioles on July 1, and batted .200 (3-15) in five games.

Orioles Place Catcher Matt Wieters on 15-Day Disabled List

The Orioles today announced that they have placed CA Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, retroactive to July 10. Wieters, 24, has batted .245 (66-269) with six home runs and 29 RBI in 77 games for the Orioles. A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow.

Orioles Announce Upgrades and Additions to the Carvel Kids' Corner at Camden Yards

The Orioles will unveil a new and improved Carvel Kids' Corner when the team opens their homestand tomorrow, Friday, July 16, against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m. Improvements and enhancements to the new Carvel Kids' Corner, located inside Gate C at Camden Yards, include two new interactive games that young fans will be able to play whenever they visit Oriole Park. "Home Run

MASN 2 HD Launches on Verizon FiOS in Washington D.C.

Starting on Friday, July 16, Verizion FiOS will launch MASN 2 HD, MASN's overflow HD channel, on systems in Washington D.C. Customers in the D.C. metro area will now enjoy every available Nationals and Orioles game in high definition. Verizon FiOS customers in Washington can find MASN 2 HD on channel 501 for the rest of the baseball season. Viewers with Verizon FiOS in Arlington,

Statement from the Washington Nationals on the Passing of George Steinbrenner

"The Washington Nationals and the Lerner Family are deeply saddened by the loss of George Steinbrenner - a monumental figure of the baseball world for more than 35 years. He will be remembered as a driven competitor and champion, but also a man who gave much to the people and communities he loved. George was a one of a kind owner, sports figure, and man.

Statement from Orioles Principal Owner and Managing Partner Peter Angelos Regarding the Passing of George Steinbrenner

"The Orioles are saddened to learn of the passing of George Steinbrenner. As an active participant in the organizational direction and operations of the New York Yankees, his name is as synonymous with that franchise as any of the legendary athletes who have played in pinstripes. On behalf of the Orioles organization, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Joan, and the members of

Stephen Strasburg's Historic Debut Added to Nationals Classics

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, will add Stephen Strasburg's historic debut as a Nationals Classic starting this week. The network will re-air the game on Wednesday, July 14th and Sunday, July 18th, both at 7:00 p.m. on MASN and MASN HD. This special production includes a new introduction from Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight. In front of a national audience and a

MASNsports.com launches team-specific landing pages

MASNsports.com, the premier online destination for Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles news and analysis, has launched new team-specific landing pages. The new look showcases MASN's extensive coverage of both teams. One of the most notable additions to the site is a layout that introduces all of MASN's dedicated and talented contributors -- from beat writers, to current players and baseball executives, to World Series MVPs

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Selected for First-Ever Fans Choice Bobblehead

Stephen Strasburg Debut Commemorative DVD Promotion Announced With the All-Star break in sight, the Washington Nationals are gearing up for the second half of the 2010 baseball season by announcing two additions to the team's promotional schedule: Saturday, August 28 - Fans Choice Bobblehead Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has been selected by Nationals fans to be featured as this season's Fans Choice Bobblehead. In his first

Nationals Recall Outfielder Justin Maxwell From Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today recalled outfielder Justin Maxwell from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Maxwell was hitting .296 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games for Syracuse at the time of the promotion. Maxwell's 55-game International League stint included 11 stolen bases, 30 walks and a strong

MASN Programming Note for Saturday, July 10

Due to an unexpected illness to MASN's lead Nationals analyst, Rob Dibble, and the planned absence of Ray Knight, MASN will utilize a mix of contributors in the booth for tonight's telecast. Bob Carpenter will call the first, eight and ninth innings, in a one-man booth. He will be joined by: MASN contributor Phil Wood for the second and third innings; Nationals GM Mike Rizzo

Orioles Option 3B Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk; Recall RHP Chris Tillman From Tides

The Orioles have announced that they optioned 3B Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk following last night's game, and today recalled RHP Chris Tillman from Norfolk. Tillman will start tonight's game at Texas. Bell joined the Orioles on July 1, making his major league debut and recording his first major league hit that night against the Oakland A's. Bell went 3-for-15 in five games for Baltimore.

Nationals and Rangers Partner on "Third Base Ticket" to Elect Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Young in 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Balloting

The Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers today announced they are joining forces to help return their respective third basemen to the 2010 All-Star Game. Nationals fans are encouraged to cast their ballots not only for Ryan Zimmerman in the 2010 All-Star Final Vote sponsored by Sprint, but also for Rangers third baseman Michael Young as the "Third Base Ticket." Zimmerman and Young are one of

Orioles Place RHP Kevin Millwood on 15-Day Disabled List; Reinstate of Felix Pie From Disabled List

The Orioles today announced that they have placed RHP Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm (flexor mass). Millwood is 2-8 with a 5.77 ERA (107.2IP, 69ER) in a team-high 18 starts for the Orioles. To fill Millwood's spot on the roster, the Orioles have activated OF Felix Pie, who has been on the disabled list since April 16 with

Orioles Place OF/DH Luke Scott on 15-Day Disabled List; Recall 3B Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have placed OF/DH Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Scott was injured running the bases after hitting a home run in the 7th inning of last night's win over the Oakland A's. The club has recalled 3B Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk to take Scott's place on the roster. Bell will be making

Orioles 1970 World Series Anniversary Auction Continues Until July 5

The auction of items worn by current and former Orioles and current Washington Nationals from the Orioles 1970 40th Anniversary Celebration this past Saturday continues at www.orioles.com through Monday, July 5 at 6:00 p.m. All members of the Orioles and Nationals have autographed their game-worn jerseys and hats from Saturday's game, and each Orioles player also has his signed game-worn helmet up for bid. The

Carlos Maldonado Reinstated From DL & Optioned to Syracuse

Following tonight's game, the Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated catcher Carlos Maldonado from the 15-Day Disabled List then optioned him to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Maldonado missed the last 24 contests after going on the 15-Day DL (right thumb) on June 5, retroactive to June 4. The 31-year-old batted

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