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Orioles to play exhibition game against State College of Florida on April 3

The Orioles today announced that they have reached an agreement with State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Manatees Baseball, to play an exhibition game at Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:05 p.m. There will be no admission charge to attend the game, with the exception of reserved tickets near the SCF dugout which will be sold by the college with proceeds supporting

Orioles sign Korean left-handed pitcher Seong-Min Kim to a minor league contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed left-handed pitcher Srong-Min Kim from South Korea to a minor league contract. Born April 26, 1994, Kim is a 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pound left-hander that throws a fastball, curveball, change up, and slider. He had been pitching for the 18 and under South Korean national team. "We are glad to sign a player that our scouts feel is

Orioles sign right-handed pitchers Armando Galarraga and Pat Neshek and catcher Ronny Paulino as non-roster invitees

The Orioles today announced that they have signed and invited 14 non-roster players to their major league spring training camp, nine of whom have previous major league experience. Pitchers invited to camp include: Left-handed pitchers Ryan Edell and Dennys Reyes and right-handed pitchers Willie Eyre, Armando Galarraga, Steve Johnson, Jon Link, Pat Neshek, Miguel Socolovich and Oscar Villareal. Position players invited include: Catchers John Hester,

Sarasota County libraries and the Baltimore Orioles team up to promote reading

For the second consecutive year, Sarasota County libraries and the Baltimore Orioles are teaming up to promote reading through the Orioles Big League Reader program. Children who sign up for the program and read three or more books in the month of February will receive a reserved grandstand ticket to the Wednesday, March 14 game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season over one hundred Sarasota-area

Orioles name minor league managers, coaches and staff

The Orioles today announced the coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2012 season. Ron Johnson joins the organization as the manager at Triple-A Norfolk after spending the last 12 seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, including the 2010-11 seasons as the first base coach for the major league club. Johnson has posted a 1,261-1,262 record in 18 seasons as a

Nationals agree to terms with right-hander Brad Lidge

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Brad Lidge on a one-year contract. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. One of the game's most accomplished active relievers, Lidge is 26-31 with 67 holds, 223 saves and a 3.44 ERA (227 ER/594.0 IP) in 592 career games/one start. In 10 seasons with the

WBAL Radio to broadcast 16 Orioles spring training games

The Orioles and 1090 AM WBAL Radio, the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network, have announced that 16 Orioles spring training games will be broadcast in 2012. The schedule includes the spring opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates from Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, March 5 at 7:05 p.m., and nine additional home games from the new Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Six of the

Orioles spring training tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles' spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. It is recommended that fans purchase tickets online, by phone or at select area Wal-Mart locations . Last season, the Orioles set an all-time Sarasota attendance record at Ed Smith Stadium with 115,506 fans over 16 games, including 10

Orioles agree to terms with infielder Robert Andino

The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with infielder Robert Andino on a one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Andino, 27, batted .263/.327/.344 in 2011 for the Orioles, setting career-highs in games (139), at-bats (457), runs (63), hits (120), doubles (22), home runs (5), RBIs (36), stolen bases (13), walks (41) and total bases (157). He appeared defensively at second and third base,

Washington Nationals announce 2012 spring training broadcast schedule

Washington Nationals broadcast partners Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and 106.7 The Fan will broadcast a total of 13 Nationals Spring Training matchups throughout the weeks leading up to the start of the 2012 regular season. The Nationals 2012 Grapefruit League schedule features six games televised by MASN and nine games airing on 106.7 The Fan, with one broadcast on partner station WNEW 1580 AM. 106.7

MASN announces Nationals spring training broadcast schedule

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, has announced its 2012 spring training schedule. The network will televise seven Nationals spring training games, and all will appear on MASN's dedicated high-definition channel, MASN HD. The Nationals' March 4 home game against the Houston Astros in Viera, Florida, will kick off MASN's Grapefruit League coverage. MASN will broadcast four more games from Space Coast Stadium,

MASN announces O's spring training broadcast schedule

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, has announced its 2012 spring training schedule. The network will televise six Orioles spring training games and all will appear on MASN HD. The Orioles' March 5 prime time Grapefruit League opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota, Florida, will kick off MASN's spring training coverage. MASN will broadcast five more games from Ed Smith Stadium, the

Orioles sign veteran infielder Wilson Betemit

The Orioles today announced that they have signed infielder Wilson Betemit to a two-year contract with a vesting option for 2014. Betemit, 30, batted .285/.343/.452 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 97 games for Kansas City (57) and Detroit (40) in 2011, including a .303 average and .865 OPS in 263 plate appearances from the left side. He has batted .298/.367/.501 with 54

Nationals agree to terms with Michael Morse on multi-year contract extension

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse on a multi-year contract extension, thus avoiding salary arbitration. This contract was agreed upon prior to arbitration figures being exchanged and was contingent upon a since-completed physical. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Morse, 29, is a career .296 (338-for-1140) hitter with 69 doubles,

Orioles announce baseball operations staff

The Orioles today announced numerous promotions within, and the re-structuring of, the Baseball Operations department. Orioles Hall of Famer Brady Anderson has been named Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. He will assist Dan Duquette with player relations and player development and oversee conditioning throughout the organization. A veteran of 15 major league seasons, 14 with Baltimore, Anderson ranks among the

Orioles 2012 promotion schedule highlighted by Orioles Legends Celebration Series

Series to feature the unveiling of the 6 Hall of Fame sculptures, as well as giveaway of replica sculptures to all fans in attendance The Orioles have scheduled a variety of giveaways and promotions designed to appeal to fans of all ages during the upcoming season, the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The highlight of this year's schedule includes giveaways of replicas

Orioles agree to terms with left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland and right-handed pitchers Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day

The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland and right-handed pitchers Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day on one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration. Eveland, 28, was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA (29.IP, 10 ER) in five starts for the Dodgers last season after making 25 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA (154.0IP, 75 ER)

Nationals agree to terms with Gio Gonzalez on long-term contract extension through 2016

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez on a contract extension through the 2016 season, with options for the 2017 and '18 campaigns, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The Nationals acquired Gonzalez from Oakland as part of a six-player trade on Dec. 23, 2011. The

Washington Nationals announce mini plans for 2012 season

Starting this week, Washington Nationals fans will have the opportunity to choose between four affordable mini ticket plans to see some of the hottest games of the 2012 season. As an added value, each plan will also include one game free. This year's mini plans include: * Manager's Plan (15 games for the price of 14): For the second consecutive year, fans can create their

MASN adds Mike Bordick as color analyst on Orioles broadcast team

MASN today announced that they have added Mike Bordick as a color analyst on their Baltimore Orioles broadcast team. Bordick will join Jim Palmer as the network's analysts for Orioles games and will be paired with play-by-play announcers Gary Thorne or Jim Hunter for approximately 80 games during the 2012 season. A 2011 inductee into the Orioles Hall of Fame, Bordick played for the Orioles

Orioles sign Wei-Yin Chen; Hudson designated for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have signedleft-hander Wei-Yin Chen (pronounced Way-Ying) to a three-year contract with a club option for 2015. He will wear number 16. Chen, 26, will be the first Taiwanese-born player in Orioles history. The 6-foot, 195-pound left-hander went 36-30 with a 2.48 ERA (631.1IP, 174ER) and 1.06 WHIP in 117 games (88 starts) over the last four seasons with the

Orioles name Ray Poitevint as executive director, international baseball

The Orioles today announced that they have named Ray Poitevint as Executive Director, International Baseball . "I am delighted to have Ray Poitevint return to the Orioles where he began his career and to have his veteran baseball leadership as part of our global recruiting and marketing efforts," said Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette . Now entering his sixth decade working

Orioles FanFest autograph vouchers on sale this Saturday at orioles.com

Vouchers for autograph sessions at the Orioles' 2012 FanFest will go on sale this Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 6. Orioles FanFest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early

O's acquire Miller from A's, deal Snyder to Rangers

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder Jai Miller from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations and have also traded infielder Brandon Snyder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. Miller, 26, batted .276/.368/.588 with 32 home runs, 88 RBI and 16 stolen bases without being caught in 110 games for Triple-A Sacramento in 2011. He also appeared in

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