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Orioles option right-hander Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk, bringing their spring roster to 33 players. Tillman posted a 2.92 ERA (12.1IP, 4ER) in five games (one start) for the Orioles this spring.

Nationals select the contract of outfielder Rick Ankiel

The Washington Nationals today selected outfielder Rick Ankiel to their 40-man roster. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The Nationals 40-man roster now includes 39 players.

Nationals trim spring roster

The Washington Nationals today optioned left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino and right-handed pitcher Ryan Perry to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the Nationals reassigned infielder Andres Blanco to minor-league camp and released outfielder Jason Michaels. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Orioles claim infielder Zelous Wheeler off waivers

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed infielder Zelous Wheeler off of waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Wheeler, 25, is a career .271/.371/.408 hitter in 538 minor league games over five seasons. He spent last season with Double-A Huntsville (65 games) and Triple-A Nashville (17 games), hitting a combined .272/.378/.459 with 33 extra-base hits in 329 at-bats. Wheeler

Mussina, Dauer, Youse joining Orioles Hall of Fame

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, the team announced today. Former O's second baseman Rich Dauer will also be enshrined as a selection of the Veteran's Committee, and longtime Orioles scout Walter Youse will be inducted posthumously as this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner. Mussina spent the first 10 of his 18 major league seasons with the

Orioles trim camp roster by eight players

The Orioles today announced eight spring training roster cuts, bringing their spring roster to 35 players. The Orioles optioned infielder Matt Antonelli and right-handers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk. Outfielder Scott Beerer, catcher John Hester, infielder Steve Tolleson, right-hander Armando Galarraga and left-hander Dontrelle Willis have been reassigned to minor league camp. Additionally, left-hander Zach Britton (left shoulder impingement) and second baseman

Orioles unveil rendering showcasing Camden Yards renovations

Today, the Orioles unveiled the first rendering showcasing the improvements taking place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 2012. The renovations, which are part of a multi-year plan, represent the club's continued commitment to honor the proud history of the franchise, improve the design aesthetic and functionality of the park, and enrich the overall fan experience. "This most recent phase of upgrades continues to

Washington Nationals receive Legacy of Hope award from USO of Metropolitan Washington

The Washington Nationals' extensive efforts in the military community were recognized last night when the team was presented with the USO of Metropolitan Washington's Legacy of Hope Award during its 30th Annual Awards Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va. Established in 2004, the award is named after famed entertainer and longtime USO advocate Bob Hope and is presented annually to an organization that exhibits

Orioles trim spring roster by four

The Orioles today announced that they have reassigned right-handed pitchers Willie Eyre, Jon Link, Miguel Socolovich and Oscar Villareal to minor league camp, bringing their spring roster to 43 players.

Orioles sign left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract and invited him to major league camp. Willis will report to the Orioles' spring training complex at Ed Smith Stadium today. Willis, 30, was a two-time All-Star and won 22 games in 2005 as a member of the Florida Marlins, finishing second in National League Cy Young Award

Orioles announce Military Appreciation Day details

The Orioles today announced that they will celebrate Military Appreciation Day, presented by Budweiser, this Saturday, March 24 for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. All active, retired or reserve military members, as well as Department of Defense employees, can receive $3 off any lower box, reserved grandstand or left field pavilion ticket at the Ed Smith

Sarasota County tourism receives boost from partnership with O's

Sarasota, Florida - The Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has seen a significant increase in requests for destination information and visitation from the Mid-Atlantic region, largely due to the continued relationship between Sarasota County and the Baltimore Orioles. Over the last three years, inquiries from the Mid-Atlantic region grew 2.2 percent in 2009, 6.4 percent in 2010, and 7.3 percent for 2011 during the

Nationals option Harper, two others to Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today optioned catcher Jhonatan Solano, first baseman Tyler Moore and outfielder Bryce Harper to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the Nationals re-assigned infielder Mark Teahen to minor-league camp. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. The Nationals currently have 37 players in their big league camp.

Nationals trim roster to 37

The Washington Nationals today optioned catcher Jhonatan Solano, first baseman Tyler Moore and outfielder Bryce Harper to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the National reassigned infielder Mark Teahen to minor-league camp. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. The Nationals currently have 37 players in their big league camp.

Nationals extend working agreements with four minor league affiliates

The Washington Nationals today announced they have agreed on two-year Player Development Contract extensions (2013-14) with the Syracuse Chiefs of the Triple-A International League, the Harrisburg Senators of the Double-A Eastern League, the Potomac Nationals of the Single-A Carolina League and the Auburn Doubledays of the Short-season Single-A New York-Penn League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant

Nationals option Maya and Perez, reassign two others

The Washington Nationals today optioned right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and outfielder Eury Perez to Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. Additionally, the Nationals reassigned right-handed pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin to minor-league camp. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. The Nationals currently have 41 players in their big

Orioles to auction game-worn, autographed green cartoon bird caps to benefit Keep Sarasota County Beautiful

The Orioles today announced that they will auction game-worn, autographed caps from their St. Patrick's Day game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 17 vs. Boston, with proceeds to benefit Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. The caps have a white front panel with green replacing orange on the bill, the button and in the cartoon bird logo. Ed Smith Stadium is one of the most environmentally-friendly

Orioles option Drake to Double-A Bowie

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake to Double-A Bowie, bringing their spring roster to 47 players.

Orioles trim spring roster by one

The Orioles today announced that they have optioned infielder Joe Mahoney to Triple-A Norfolk, bringing their spring roster to 48 players.

Nationals trim roster to 45

The Washington Nationals today optioned left-handed pitcher Matt Purke and infielder Anthony Rendon to Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League and optioned infielder Carlos Rivero to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, the Nationals re-assigned right-handed pitchers Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Rafael Martin, catcher Sandy Leon, infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir and outfielders Corey Brown and Xavier Paul to minor-league camp. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball

O's trim roster by eight

The Orioles today announced eight spring training roster cuts, bringing their spring roster to 49 players. The Orioles optioned infielders Ryan Adams and Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Dylan Bundy has been optioned to Single-A Delmarva. Outfielders Xavier Avery and LJ Hoes, catchers Michael Ohlman and Brian Ward, and right-hander Steve Johnson have been reassigned to minor league camp.

O's complete 2012 contract signings

The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with 17 players on one-year contracts. The list of players signed includes Ryan Adams, Jake Arrieta, Josh Bell, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Chris Davis, Oliver Drake, Ryan Flaherty, Tommy Hunter, Joe Mahoney, Troy Patton, Zach Phillips, Nolan Reimold, Alfredo Simon, Pedro Strop, Taylor Teagarden and Chris Tillman. Additionally, the Orioles renewed the contract of catcher

Orioles and OriolesREACH host second annual Food Drive at Ed Smith Stadium this Sunday

The Orioles and OriolesREACH, along with media partners SNN-6 and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, will host the second annual Food Drive at Ed Smith Stadium this Sunday, March 11. Fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items with them for donation to the All Faiths Food Bank. In addition to food items, the Orioles will also

Orioles and OriolesREACH announce series of upcoming youth initiatives in Sarasota

The Orioles and OriolesREACH have announced a series of upcoming youth initiatives in the Sarasota area and at Ed Smith Stadium. On Friday, March 9, the Oriole Bird will fly to Tuttle Elementary School to participate in the Tuttle Turtle's Walk to help students raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tuttle Elementary is located just across the street from Ed Smith Stadium, at

MASN announces 2012 Orioles broadcast schedule

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, today announced its Major League Baseball schedule for the 2012 season. Once again, all Orioles games broadcast by MASN will be available in crystal-clear high definition, including the home and season opener against the Minnesota Twins on April 6 and interleague games against the Washington Nationals (May 18-20, June 22-24), Philadelphia Phillies (June 8-10), Pittsburgh Pirates (June

MASN announces 2012 Nationals broadcast schedule

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, today announced its Major League Baseball schedule for the 2012 season. Once again, all Nationals games broadcast by MASN will be available in crystal-clear high definition, including the April 5 season opener in Chicago against the Cubs, the April 12 home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, and interleague series against the Baltimore Orioles (May 18-20, June 22-24),

New Voice of Oriole Park Ryan Wagner to serve as PA announcer at tomorrow's spring training game

Fans attending tomorrow's spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium will be the first to hear the new voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ryan Wagner. The life-long Orioles fan and former MLB Fan Cave resident will serve as public address announcer for the 1:05 p.m. contest against the Minnesota Twins, a one-game preparation for his new role in Baltimore . The Orioles announced

OriolesREACH seeks youth participants for free baseball clinic at Ed Smith Stadium on April 7

The Orioles and OriolesREACH will conduct a free baseball skills clinic for pre-registered Sarasota youth on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. The clinic is open to youth ages 8-14 who reside in Sarasota County. Those interested must complete an application form available now at Ed Smith Stadium or at www.orioles.com/sarasota and clicking "Community Calendar." Print and

Orioles announce 2012 spring training opening night plans

The Orioles have announced plans for the first game of their 2012 spring training season and their third season in Sarasota. The team will face the Pittsburgh Pirates at the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, March 5, at 7:05 p.m. On Monday and throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. All fans will receive a

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