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Orioles option LHP Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles announced after tonight's game that they have optioned LHP Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk. Matusz has gone 1-4 with an 8.77 ERA (25.2IP, 25ER) in six starts for the Orioles this season. A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow.

Buck and Angela Showalter to support National Nonprofit KidsPeace

COLUMBIA, MD JUNE 30, 2011 - KidsPeace, a 129-year-old national children's charity with offices throughout the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia areas, today announced a commitment from Baltimore Orioles Manager William "Buck" Showalter and his wife Angela to lend their voices in support of the organization's mission. KidsPeace provides Foster Care and Community Services to hundreds of children with mental and behavioral health issues.

O's activate Simon from DL, Rapada designated for assignment

The Orioles announced today that they have reinstated right-hander Alfredo Simon from the 15-day disabled list, where he was placed retroactive to June 13 with a right hamstring strain. To open up a spot for him on the 25-man roster, left-hander Clay Rapada has been designated for assignment. Simon has appeared in five games for the Orioles this season, going 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA

Nationals name Davey Johnson field manager

The Washington Nationals today announced that Davey Johnson has been named to serve as field manager and will be in uniform Monday for the Nationals game against the Los Angeles Angels. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Johnson, a senior advisor to Rizzo since 2009, will direct the Nationals on the field for the remainder of

Nationals name John McLaren interim manager

The Washington Nationals today announced that John McLaren will serve as the club's Interim Manager. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. McLaren's appointment begins effective today when Washington begins a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox. The 59-year-old has served as Nationals' bench coach for the last two seasons (2010-11), after being named to

Statement from Mike Rizzo regarding Jim Riggleman's resignation

The Washington Nationals have announced the resignation of Manager Jim Riggleman effective immediately after today's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. "I learned of Jim's decision just prior to today's game. He told me that unless his current contract was extended for another season by the end of today's game he intended to immediately resign as manager and would not be accompanying the team on

"The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" taking July 4 holiday

Because of the Independence Day holiday, "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" will not air on MASN on Monday, July 4. "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" will return to its regular schedule at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Vacation, holiday alter "The John Riggins Show" airdates

Because host John Riggins is on vacation, "The John Riggins Show" will not air on MASN between Wednesday, June 29 and Friday, July 1. Additionally, the show will also be off the air Monday, July 4 because of the Independence Day holiday. "The John Riggins Show" will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, July 5 at 4 p.m.

Nationals agree to terms with 18 players from '11 Draft

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 18 players selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft: third baseman Matt Skole (fifth round), right-handed pitcher Brian Dupra (7th round), right-handed pitcher Manny Rodriguez (10th round), outfielder Caleb Ramsey (11th round), left-handed pitcher Blake Monar (12th round), shortstop Deion Williams (16th round), left-handed pitcher Todd Simko (21st round), right-handed pitcher Travis Henke (22nd round), second baseman

Nats activate Gorzelanny, place Ankiel on DL

The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny from the 15-day disabled list and placed outfielder Rick Ankiel (left intercostal strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 15. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Gorzelanny missed the last 24 games after being placed on the DL on May 27,

O's recall Bergesen, select Davis' contract from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles announced today that they have recalled right-hander Brad Bergesen and selected the contract of infielder Blake Davis from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Bergesen and Davis, the Orioles optioned infielder Ryan Adams to Norfolk and designated right-hander Jeremy Accardo for assignment. Bergesen, 25, has appeared in 10 games (nine starts) for the Orioles this year, going 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA (50.1IP,

Nationals announce "MVP Dad" winner, Wayne Schlauch

Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2011 "My Dad, My MVP" contest to recognize extraordinary fathers and father figures as part of the MLB Father's Day celebration. The Washington Nationals are proud to announce that Wayne Schlauch, of College Park, Md will be honored as their "MVP Dad." As the Nationals' winner, Wayne will have the unique opportunity to deliver the lineup card

Nats recall Balester, option Maya

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and optioned right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya to Syracuse. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Balester went 2-0 with one save and a 3.24 ERA in 19 relief appearances with Syracuse, posting 29 strikeouts in 25.0 innings at Triple-A this season.

O's place Simon on DL, recall Berken

The Orioles announced today that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Jason Berken from Triple-A Norfolk and placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with a right hamstring strain. Berken was with the Orioles earlier in the season until being optioned to Norfolk on May 20 after pitching to a 7.94 ERA (17.0IP, 15 ER) in 15 appearances. He was

O's pitching coach Mark Connor resigns; Adair named pitching coach

The Orioles today announced that pitching coach Mark Connor has resigned for personal reasons. Bullpen coach Rick Adair will assume pitching coach duties while Organizational Hitting Instructor and Evaluator Terry Crowley will serve as interim bullpen coach. These changes will be effective starting with tonight's game in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Adair, 53, joined the Orioles' staff this season after working the past two

Zimmerman activated from DL by Nationals

The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-Day Disabled List and optioned right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Zimmerman missed the last 58 games (27-31 team record during that span) after being placed on the DL on

O's reinstate Derrek Lee from bereavement list

The Orioles announced today that they have reinstated first baseman Derrek Lee from the bereavement list. Lee has batted .229 (40-175) with four home runs and 15 RBI in 45 games for the Orioles.

Orioles option INF Brandon Snyder to Norfolk

The Orioles announced after today's game that they have optioned INF Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder was 3-for-13 (.231) in six games over two stints with the Orioles this season.

Orioles recall Snyder from Triple-A

The Orioles announced today that they have recalled first baseman Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder, 24, batted .222 (2-9) in five games for the Orioles earlier this season. In 47 games for Norfolk, Snyder batted .253 (48-190) with eight homers and 26 RBI.

Derrek Lee placed on bereavement list

The Orioles announced today that they have placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the bereavement list. Lee will be eligible to be activated on June 12. Lee was batting .229 (40-175) with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 45 games for the Orioles. A corresponding roster move will be announced at a later time.

Orioles complete 2011 Draft

The Orioles made 20 picks on day three of 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, completing rounds 31-50. The Orioles selected 50 players overall, 28 pitchers and 22 position players, with 32 of their 50 selections being college products. The Orioles selected 9 left-handed pitchers and 19 right-handed pitchers, 4 catchers, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 4 third baseman, 4 shortstops and 8 outfielders.

Nationals select 20 players to complete 2011 First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 20 players on the final day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement. During the three-day Draft, the Nationals selected a total of 51 players:

Nationals select 28 players on second day of MLB's First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 28 players on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement. The Nationals selected Texas Christian University left-handed pitcher Matt Purke, widely considered

Orioles complete Day Two of 2011 Draft

The Orioles made 29 picks in day two of 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, completing rounds 2-30. After two days of the draft, the Orioles have selected 30 players overall, 15 pitchers and 15 position players, with 21 of their 30 selections being college products. The Orioles selected 5 left-handed pitchers and 10 right-handed pitchers, 1 catcher, 4 third baseman, 3 shortstops and 7

Nationals to launch tornado relief efforts

The Washington Nationals will launch a special initiative to support relief efforts in areas devastated by recent tornadoes. During the team's series against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Orioles from June 14 to June 19, a portion of proceeds from tickets purchased at nationals.com/relief will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Tickets eligible for the donation include: * LF/RF

Nationals select right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer at No. 23, outfielder Brian Goodwin at No. 34

The Washington Nationals today selected University of Kentucky right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer (23rd overall) and Miami Dade College outfielder Brian Goodwin (34th) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement. Meyer went

Nationals make Rice 3B Anthony Rendon sixth overall pick in draft

The Washington Nationals today selected Rice University third baseman Anthony Rendon with the sixth-overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement. Rendon hit .371 (253-for-682) with 46 doubles, 52 home

O's select RHP Dylan Bundy with first-round draft pick

The Orioles tonight selected right-hander Dylan Bundy of Owasso (OK) HS with their first selection in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, the fourth overall pick of the draft. Bundy, 18, is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Sperry, OK. In his senior season, he went 11-0 with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts and five walks in 71.0 innings. He also batted .467 with

Nats place Slaten on DL, recall Stammen from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today placed left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten (left elbow ulnar neuritis) on the 15-Day Disabled List and recalled right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Stammen went 5-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 10 starts with Syracuse, posting a 4.0/1 (52 SO/13 BB) strikeout-to-walk

O's activate Lee from DL, option Viola to Bowie

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated first baseman Derrek Lee from the 15-day disabled list. Lee was placed on the DL on May 19, retroactive to May 17, with a strained left oblique. To make room for Lee on the 25-man roster, left-hander Pedro Viola has been optioned to Double-A Bowie. Lee has batted .231 (36-156) with six doubles, four home runs and

O's activate Matusz from disabled list, Fox designated for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated left-hander Brian Matusz from the 15-day disabled list. Matusz was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 30 with a strained left intercostal muscle. Matusz is scheduled to make his season debut for the Orioles today in Seattle. In order to make room for Matusz on the 25-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Jake Fox for

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