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Orioles option Berken to Triple-A Norfolk, recall LHP Viola and bring up LHP Ballard

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk, recalled LHP Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie and selected the contract of LHP Mike Ballard. Berken, 27, has gone 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA (37.1IP, 26ER) in 31 games with the Orioles this season. Viola, 28, went 3-1 with three saves and a 2.10 ERA (30.0IP, 7ER) in 28 games for

Orioles acquire 1B Aaron Baker from Pirates in exchange for Derrek Lee

The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired minor league 1B Aaron Baker from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for 1B Derrek Lee. Baker will be assigned to Single-A Frederick. Baker, 23, has batted .285/.353/.474 with 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 72 RBI in 102 games for Single-A Bradenton this season. The Pirates' 11th round pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft, Baker

O's acquire RHP Tommy Hunter & INF Chris Davis from Rangers in exchange for RHP Koji Uehara

The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired RHP Tommy Hunter and INF Chris Davis from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP Koji Uehara. Hunter, 25, is 23-13 with a 4.36 ERA (266.1IP, 129ER) and 151 strikeouts in 53 career games (44 starts) over parts of four seasons with Texas, including 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (128.0IP, 53ER) and 68 strikeouts in 23 games

Nationals recall RHP Yunesky Maya from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The 29 year-old Maya joins the Nationals for a second time this season, as he went 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts with Washington from May 29-June 14. Maya, who will get

Nationals acquire SS Zachary Walters from Diamondbacks

The Washington Nationals today acquired 21 year-old switch-hitting shortstop Zachary Walters from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. In his second professional season, Walters is a career .302 (192-for-636) hitter with 45 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs and 26 stolen bases in 166 games. Walters

Orioles option RHP Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk, recall LHP Zach Britton from Double-A Bowie

The Orioles announced after today's first game that they have optioned RHP Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled LHP Zach Britton from Double-A Bowie. Britton will start the second game of today's doubleheader. Britton, 23, is 6-7 with a 4.05 ERA (104.1IP, 47ER) in 18 starts for the Orioles this season. Tillman, 23, started today against the Yankees in game one of the doubleheader

Bixler recalled from Syracuse by Nationals

The Washington Nationals today recalled infielder Brian Bixler from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Bixler posted a .314 batting average and .439 on-base percentage in 25 games this season with Syracuse. The 28-year-old scored 17 runs with five doubles, one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases for

Nationals acquire Erik Komatsu from Brewers in exchange for Hairston

The Washington Nationals today acquired 23 year-old outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Komatsu was named the Brewers' 2010 Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .323 with 31 doubles, five home runs and 63 RBI and 28 stolen bases in

Orioles place Bergesen on paternity leave list, recall Tillman

The Orioles today announced that they have placed right-hander Brad Bergesen on the Paternity Leave List and recalled right-hander Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk. Tillman will start game one of today's doubleheader. Tillman, 23, went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA (49.2IP, 23ER) in 10 starts for the Tides. He was 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA (48.0IP, 25ER) in 10 starts for the Orioles earlier this

Nationals reinstate Chien-Ming Wang from 60-day disabled list, option Roger Bernadina to Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today reinstated right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang from the 60-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Roger Bernadina to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Wang will make his Nationals debut in tonight's series opener against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. The 31-year-old returns to the big

Orioles release PSA in support of "It Gets Better" Project and the Trevor Project

The Orioles today announced that they have released an 80-second anti-bullying video public service announcement (PSA) in support of the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project. Produced by Orioles Productions, the video features pitchers Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Kevin Gregg and Mike Gonzalez delivering encouraging messages to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are being bullied. The Orioles' message can

Nationals add Jonny Gomes to 25-man roster; Matt Stairs designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals today added outfielder Jonny Gomes to their 25-man roster and designated outfielder/first baseman Matt Stairs for assignment. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. On Tuesday, Gomes was acquired along with cash considerations from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-handed pitcher Chris Manno. Gomes is a career .244 hitter

Nationals acquire Jonny Gomes from Cincinnati for minor leaguers

The Washington Nationals today acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-handed pitcher Chris Manno. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Gomes is a career .244 hitter (554-for-2274) with 109 doubles, 115 home runs and 352 RBI in 738 career games spanning portions of nine

Guerrero activated from DL, O's option Worrell

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Mark Worrell to Triple-A Norfolk. Guerrero, 36, is batting .279 (87-312) with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games for the Orioles this season. He went 1-for-4 on Sunday in a rehab game with Double-A Bowie. Worrell, 28, pitched to a 36.00 ERA

Bordick, Bancells to be honored at Aug. 12 O's Hall of Fame luncheon

Former shortstop Mike Bordick and longtime head Athletic Trainer Richie Bancells will be honored at this year's Orioles Hall of Fame luncheon on Friday, August 12, at the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The luncheon begins at noon and will take place on the sixth floor. In his six seasons with the Orioles, Bordick compiled the highest fielding percentage by a shortstop in club history, setting

Orioles place Luke Scott on disabled list, recall Josh Bell

The Orioles today announced that they have returned outfielder Luke Scott to the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and recalled infielder Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk. Bell, 24, is in his second stint with the Orioles this season. He singled and scored a run as a pinch hitter on July 18 against Boston after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the

Orioles reinstate Luke Scott from disabled list; option Matt Angle to Triple-A

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated outfielder Luke Scott from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfield Matt Angle to Triple-A Norfolk. Scott, 33, is hitting .223 (46-206) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in 63 games with the Orioles this season. He batted .500 (5-10) with a double and three home runs in three rehab games with Double-A Bowie . Angle,

Blue Jays-O's Sept. 1 game moved to 12:35 p.m. to accommodate Grand Prix prep

As a proud partner of the Baltimore Grand Prix, the Orioles are committed to assisting in the logistical planning surrounding the Labor Day weekend races. The Orioles recognize the importance that this event plays to the City of Baltimore, area hotels, restaurants and businesses, and the tens of thousands of fans who will be a part of Baltimore Grand Prix weekend. In an effort to

Nationals release Chad Gaudin

The Washington Nationals today unconditionally released right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Gaudin, 28, went 1-1 with two holds and a 6.48 ERA in 10 relief appearances this season with Washington.

Chad Gaudin reinstated from disabled list, designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals today announced that right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin has been recalled from rehab, reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Gaudin missed the last 75 games after being placed on the DL on April 27, retroactive to April 26, with right shoulder inflammation. He is

Simon reinstated from restricted list, Bell sent to Triple-A

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated right-hander Alfredo Simon from the Restricted List and optioned infielder Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk. Additionally, second baseman Brian Roberts has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Simon on the 40-man roster. Simon, 30, is 2-2 with a 4.36 ERA in nine games (two starts) for the Orioles this season. Bell, 24,

Orioles acquire lefty Phillips from Rangers for Green, cash considerations

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired left-hander Zach Phillips from the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Nick Green and cash considerations. Phillips will be added to the 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Phillips, the Orioles have designated right-hander Chorye Spoone for assignment. Phillips, 24, is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA (44.2IP, 22ER), 38 strikeouts and three

Orioles place Simon on Restricted list, recall Bell, select contract of Worrell

The Orioles today announced that they have placed RHP Alfredo Simon on the Restricted List, recalled third baseman Josh Bell from Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of RHP Mark Worrell from the Tides. Bell, 24, batted .254 with 52 runs, 11 doubles and a team-high 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 86 games for Norfolk this season. He has batted .214 in 53

Orioles sign J.J. Hardy to contract extension

The Orioles announced today that they have signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season. Hardy, 28, was acquired by the Orioles from the Minnesota Twins on December 9, 2010 with minor league in fielder Brendan Harris in exchange for minor league RHPs Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Through 65 games this season, Hardy is batting .278 (71-255) with 13

Nationals option infielder Brian Bixler to Triple-A Syracuse

Following today's 9-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, the Washington Nationals optioned infielder Brian Bixler to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The 28 year-old Bixler hit .196 (9-for-46) with a double, one RBI, four stolen bases and four walks in 45 games with the Nationals this

Orioles place Guerrero on DL; recall Angle, Patton

The Orioles announced today they have placed designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with a fractured right wrist. The club has also recalled outfielder Matt Angle and LHP Troy Patton from Triple-A Norfolk. Angle, 25, hit .266 with four home runs, 29 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 81 games for the Tides. He batted .380 in

Orioles option Viola to Double-A Bowie

The Orioles announced after tonight's game that they have optioned left-hander Pedro Viola to Double-A Bowie. Viola has appeared in four games for the Orioles and pitched to a 9.82 ERA (3.2IP, 4ER). A corresponding roster move will be announced tomorrow.

Orioles community events to include 25th annual food drive for Maryland Food Bank

For the 25th consecutive year, the Orioles, along with Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV, and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold their 25th annual Food Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this weekend, July 15-17, during the Orioles' series with the Cleveland Indians. Members of these groups will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans at each entrance from the time gates

Nationals agree to terms with four 2011 more draft picks

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with four players selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft: right-handed pitchers Taylor Hill (6th round), Greg Holt (8th round) and Dixon Anderson (9th round) and left-handed pitcher Nicholas Lee (18th round). To date, the Nationals have now agreed to terms with 22 players from this year's Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager

Orioles will host 25th annual food drive at Camden Yards July 15-17

The Orioles, along with the Orioles Wives, Orioles Advocates, WJZ-TV, and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold their 25th annual Food Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this weekend, July 15-17, during the Orioles' series with the Cleveland Indians. Members of these groups will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans at each entrance from the time gates open until the middle

"The John Riggins Show" off July 13-15, will return July 18

"The John Riggins Show" will not air on Wednesday, July 13 through Friday, July 15. Regular programming will return to MASN/MASN HD on Monday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m.

"The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" off until Thursday, July 14 for All-Star break

It's the All-Star break, and like most of Major League Baseball, "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" will be taking some time off. The program will not air Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 13. You can tune into "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" again beginning Thursday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at 5:30 p.m. on MASN/MASN HD.

Orioles purchase contract of Mark Hendrickson, option Zach Britton to Double-A Bowie

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Hendrickson on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned left-handed pitcher Zach Britton to Double-A Bowie. Hendrickson, 37, went 2-4 with a 2.87 ERA (47.0IP, 15 ER) in 19 games for the Tides. He did not allow an earned run in seven of his

Nationals place C Ivan Rodriguez on 15-day DL, recall C Jesus Flores from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today placed catcher Ivan Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7, with a right oblique strain and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Flores, 26, joins the Nationals after batting .234 (49-for-209) with 15 doubles, five homers and 30

Orioles and Nationals teaming up to have fans vote the "Beltways Ballot" into the All-Star Game

The Orioles and Washington Nationals have announced that they have teamed together in an effort to help send the "Beltways Ballot" of outfielder Adam Jones and first baseman Michael Morse to Arizona for this year's All-Star Game. Fans voting for Jones will be eligible to win a VIP Meet & Greet with Adam, parking and four (4) field box seat tickets to an Orioles home

Orioles select contract of Mitch Atkins, place Luke Scott on 15-day DL

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins from Triple-A Norfolk and placed outfielder Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4, with a right shoulder strain. Atkins, 25, is 2-3 with a 3.11 ERA (46.1IP, 16 ER) in eight starts with the Tides. He has also pitched in games for Single-A Frederick and Double-A

Nationals recall Detwiler from Triple-A, Balester designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals today recalled left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and designated right-handed pitcher Collin Balester for assignment. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Detwiler was 6-6 with a 4.53 ERA (44 ER/87.1 IP) in 16 starts for Syracuse at the time of the promotion. Detwiler, 25, went 3-1 with

Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard named National League All-Star, 1B Michael Morse Part of '11 All-Star Game Final Vote

Washington Nationals right-handed middle reliever Tyler Clippard today was named a National League All-Star by Giants field manager Bruce Bochy and Major League Baseball. The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, July 12. Clippard is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 37 appearances with the Nationals. The All-Star citation is the first of his

Orioles recall left-handed reliever Pedro Viola

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie. Viola is 3-1 with two saves and a 2.25 ERA (28.0IP, 7 ER) in 24 games for the Baysox, striking out 25 and walking nine. He appeared in one game for the Orioles this season, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and striking out two on May 30 versus Seattle.

Nationals reinstate OF Rick Ankiel from DL, place INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. on DL

The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated outfielder Rick Ankiel from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. (right wrist fracture) on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to June 30. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Ankiel missed the last 14 games after being placed on the DL on June 19,

Hairston placed on DL, Ankiel activated

The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated outfielder Rick Ankiel from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. (right wrist fracture) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 30. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Ankiel missed the last 14 games after being placed on the DL on June 19,

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