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O's option Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles tonight announced that they have optioned right-hander Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter is 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA (81.0IP, 55ER) in 15 games (13 starts) for the Orioles this season.

Orioles acquire Jim Thome from Philadelphia

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired DH Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league RHP Kyle Simon and CA Gabriel Lino. Thome, 41, is a five-time All-Star and is currently tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time home runs list with 609. He is second among active players in home runs behind Alex Rodriguez (642) and

Nationals Wounded Warrior Softball Team reps will play in celebrity game on ESPN

Washington Nationals Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team players Saul Bosquez and Matt Kinsey along with three-time All-Star and ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe, who is a Kansas City native, will join the star-studded roster for the 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on ESPN. Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, hosts of MLB Network's "Intentional Talk," will join the game as the in-park announcers

O's place N. Johnson on disabled list, recall Avery from Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk and placed infielder Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain. Avery batted .217/.299/.317 in a 15-game stint with the Orioles earlier this season. He batted .268/.372/.411 with 16 stolen bases, 18 extra-base hits, 36 walks and 39 runs scored in 59 games for the Tides. Johnson

Orioles' #VoteOrange campaign concludes Thursday with Vote Orange T-shirt giveaway

With voting for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game ending tomorrow at 11:59 p.m., the Orioles will conclude their two-month #VoteOrange campaign with Vote Orange T-shirt Thursday. The first 10,000 fans age 15 and over in attendance at tomorrow night's game against the Cleveland Indians will receive a Vote Orange T-shirt. The Orioles' Vote Orange promo team has made numerous appearances in neighborhoods throughout

Orioles to conduct first-ever girls softball clinic with BATS and Y of Central Maryland on Saturday

On Saturday, June 23, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. the Orioles will partner with The Y of Central Maryland, Baltimore Area Travel Softball (BATS), and the Coppin State University women's softball team to conduct their inaugural youth softball clinic at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y on the Ripken Youth Development field, located on the same site where Memorial Stadium once stood.

Orioles urge fans to Vote Orange and help send O's players to 2012 MLB All-Star Game

With online voting for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game continuing through June 28 at 11:59 p.m., the Orioles are urging all fans to Vote Orange to send their favorite O's players to the Midsummer Classic. The starting lineup and reserve players will be announced on July 1, while the game itself will be played on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network earns five National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards

MASN adds to collection of 44 creative, marketing and promo awards earned since 2008 BALTIMORE (June 19, 2012) - Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) today announced it was the recipient of five Emmy Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The awards were presented Saturday evening at the 54th Emmy Awards ceremony at the Newseum

RHP Ryan Mattheus reinstated from DL, RHP Brad Lidge designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus from the 15-Day Disabled List and designated right-handed pitcher Brad Lidge for assignment. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Mattheus missed the last 24 games with a plantar fascia strain (left foot). The 28-year-old went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (3 ER/3.0 IP)

Orioles place OF Endy Chavez on 15-day disabled list; recall INF Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have placed OF Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, retroactive to June 13, and recalled INF Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Norfolk. Tolleson has batted .237/.275/.447 in 12 games for the Orioles this season. Chavez has batted .171/.202/.219 in 32 games for the Orioles this season. He was previously on the disabled list from

Game time for July 14 Orioles-Tigers game at Oriole Park moved from 7:05 to 4:05 P.M.

Major League Baseball and the Orioles today announced that the start time for their Saturday, July 14 game against the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. The change in time is due to the selection of the game for broadcast by FOX. July 14 also marks the unveiling of the Jim Palmer sculpture as part of the

Orioles reinstate 2B Brian Roberts from 60-day disabled list; option infielder Steve Tolleson to Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated 2B Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list. To make room for Roberts on the roster, the club has optioned INF Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk and transferred OF Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list. Roberts has been on the disabled list with a concussion since May 17, 2011. He batted .238/.340/.429 with five doubles, a

Nationals sign 23 players from draft

The Washington Nationals today announced the signing of 23 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft: second baseman Anthony Renda (second round), outfielder Brandon Miller (fourth round), catcher Spence Kieboom (fifth round), center fielder Hayden Jennings (sixth round), right-handed pitcher Derek Self (ninth round), catcher Craig Manuel (tenth round), right-handed pitcher Brian Rauh (11th round), third baseman Carlos Lopez (12th round), left-handed pitcher Elliott

Orioles Reach to host 26th annual food and funds drive at Camden Yards June 8-10

The Orioles, along with the Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and MASN personalities, Von Paris Moving and Storage and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold their 26th annual Food and Funds Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this weekend, June 8-10, during the Orioles' series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Members of these groups will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations from fans at

Nationals reinstate RHP Brad Lidge from DL, place RHP Henry Rodriguez on DL

The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Brad Lidge from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to June 6, with a strained right index finger. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Lidge, who missed the Nationals' last 38 contests with an abdominal injury,

Nationals recall 1B/OF Tyler Moore from Syracuse, place C Carlos Maldonado on DL

The Washington Nationals today recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and placed catcher Carlos Maldonado on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 30, with a lower back strain. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Moore has played in 12 games this season with Washington, going 3-for-19 at the plate.

O's complete 2012 draft

The Orioles made 25 picks on day three of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, completing rounds 16-40. This year, the Orioles selected 40 players overall, 20 pitchers and 20 position players, with 28 of their 40 selections being college products. The Orioles selected seven left-handed pitchers and 13 right-handed pitchers, six catchers, two first basemen, two second basemen, three shortstops and seven outfielders.

Nationals select 24 players on Day 3 to conclude 2012 First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 24 players on the third 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. Over the three-day Draft, the Nationals selected a total of 40 players:

Orioles activate LHP Zach Britton from 60-day DL and option him to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated LHP Zach Britton from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Britton was originally placed on the 15-day DL on March 26 with a left shoulder impingement. He made a total of three rehab starts with Double-A Bowie (two games; 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 12.0IP, 8H, ER, 3BB, 11K) and Triple-A Norfolk (one game; 1-0,

Nationals select 14 players on second day of First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 14 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 kicked off today's action selecting University of California-Berkeley second baseman

Orioles complete Day 2 of 2012 draft

The Orioles made 14 picks in day two of 2012 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, completing rounds 2-15. After two days of the draft, the Orioles have selected 15 players overall, 10 pitchers and five position players, with 11 of their 15 selections being college products. The Orioles selected four left-handed pitchers and six right-handed pitchers, one catcher, one first baseman, two shortstops and one

Orioles select RHP Kevin Gausman in first round of draft

The Orioles tonight selected RHP Kevin Gausman of Louisiana State University with their first selection in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, the fourth overall pick of the draft. Gausman, 21, is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound draft-eligible sophomore from Centennial, CO. He went 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA (115.2IP, 35ER), 128 strikeouts, 27 walks and two complete games in 16 starts for LSU this season. Gausman

Nationals select prep right-hander Lucas Giolito 16th overall in 2012 First-Year Player Draft

The Washington Nationals today selected 17 year-old right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake School, California) with the 16th-overall pick in the 2012 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. The 6-foot-6, 230 lbs. Giolito is

Orioles select contract of Steve Johnson and option him to Triple-A Norfolk; Britton transferred to 60-day DL

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of RHP Steve Johnson and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson, 24, is 1-3 with a 2.62 ERA (44.2IP, 13ER) in eight games (seven starts) for the Tides. Johnson was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30, 2009 with INF Josh Bell in exchange for LHP George Sherrill. To make room for Johnson

Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper capture National League Pitcher and Rookie of the Month awards

Washington Nationals left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez was named National League Pitcher of the Month, while outfielder Bryce Harper was named National League Rookie of the Month, for the month of May. Major League Baseball made the announcements this afternoon. Gonzalez and Harper's monthly citations are the second and third earned by the Nationals this season. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named National League Pitcher of

Orioles acquire Pearce from Yankees; Hall designated for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce from the New York Yankees organization in exchange for cash considerations. Pearce, 29, was batting .321 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBI and a .996 OPS in 52 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 185 major league games over five seasons (2007-11) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pearce batted .232 with 29 doubles,

Nationals-Braves game at Nationals Park postponed

Today's Nationals-Braves game scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., has been postponed due to inclement weather. The make-up date will be announced in the coming days.

Orioles place OF Nick Markakis on disabled list and select contract of IF/OF Bill Hall

The Orioles today announced that they have placed OF Nick Markakis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 30, with a right hamate bone fracture and selected the contract of INF/OF Bill Hall from Triple-A Norfolk. Markakis is batting .256/.333/.452 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 50 games for the Orioles this season. This is his first career trip to the DL.

Nationals reinstate OF Michael Morse from DL, option OF Corey Brown to Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated outfielder Michael Morse from the 15-Day Disabled List and optioned Corey Brown to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Morse began the season on the DL and missed the Nationals' first 50 games with a latissimus dorsi strain. The 30-year-old batted

Big & Rich to take the place of Dierks Bentley in Free NatsLive Post Game Concert

The Nationals regretfully announce that Dierks Bentley will be unable to play his previously scheduled June 2 concert at Nationals Park due to a serious illness in his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dierks and his family during this difficult time. Fans who purchased tickets to Saturday's Nationals-Braves game will now be able to enjoy a performance by country superstars Big & Rich

J.J. Hardy selected as the AT&T Fans' Choice Bobblehead

The Orioles today announced that shortstop J.J. Hardy has been selected as the AT&T Fans' Choice Bobblehead. For the first time in Orioles history, fans were able to select the player they wanted immortalized in a bobblehead giveaway. The bobblehead is scheduled to be distributed during Fan Appreciation Weekend on Sunday, September 30 to the first 20,000 fans age 15 and over. Voting began on

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