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Orioles acquire catcher Johnny Monell from Giants

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired catcher Johnny Monell from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for cash considerations. Monell, 27, batted .275/.364/.494 (114-415) with 20 homers and 64 RBI in 121 games for Triple-A Fresno in 2013. He appeared in eight games for the Giants in 2013, batting .125/.222/.125 (1-8) with one RBI. In his seven minor league campaigns in the Giants

One Direction's "Where We Are 2014" tour comes to Nationals Park

One Direction announced today that the band will perform at Nationals Park - home of the Washington Nationals - on Monday, August 11, 2014 as part of the North American leg of their worldwide "Where We Are 2014" tour. Tickets and parking will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m., online at www.tickets.com and by phone at 888.632.6287.

Nationals acquire outfielder Wooten from A's

The Washington Nationals today acquired outfielder John Wooten from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitter, Wooten spent the 2013 season playing primarily in right field for Single-A Beloit (Midwest League). There, he hit .257 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .430

Orioles claim Phelps off waivers from Indians

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed infielder Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Phelps, 26, appeared in 53 games for Cleveland over the last three seasons, batting .159/.221/.248 (18-113) with two homers and 11 RBI. He saw action at second base, third base and shortstop for the Indians. In 2013, the switch-hitter batted .267/.333/.443 (68-255) with nine homers and 46 RBI

Orioles obtain reliever Brach from Padres

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-hander Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Devin Jones. Brach, 27, posted a 3.19 ERA (31.0IP, 11ER, 31K) in 33 games for San Diego in 2013. In three major league seasons with the Padres, he has gone 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA (104.2IP, 43ER) in 109 relief appearances, averaging 10.1

Statement from the Washington Nationals

On behalf of the Lerner Family and the Washington Nationals, we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Weiner. His commitment to the game of baseball was well-recognized throughout the industry and his contributions will have a lasting impact on its long-term vitality. We send our deepest condolences to his family and the many friends and colleagues who mourn his loss.

Nationals announce front office promotions, addition of Henley as third base coach

The Washington Nationals today promoted Doug Harris to Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development, Kris Kline to Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Scouting Operations, Mark Scialabba to Director of Player Development, Mark Baca to National Supervisor, Jeff Zona to Special Assistant to the General Manager and Fred Costello to National Crosschecker. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike

Orioles select contracts of catcher Michael Ohlman, left-hander Tim Berry and right-hander Eddie Gamboa

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contracts of catcher Michael Ohlman and left-hander Tim Berry from Class-A Frederick and right-hander Eddie Gamboa from Triple-A Norfolk. Ohlman, 22, hit a career-best .313/.410/.524, also setting career-highs in runs (61), hits (113), doubles (29), triples (4), home runs (13), RBI (53), stolen bases (5), walks (56) and total bases (189) in 100 games for the

Nationals add Solis, Taylor, Barrett to 40-man roster

The Washington Nationals today selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis, outfielder Michael Taylor and right-handed pitcher Aaron Barrett. The club also designated left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad and left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. The Nationals' second-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft (University of San Diego), Solis recently led

Orioles sign right-hander Edgmer Escalona

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent right-hander Edgmer Escalona to a one-year contract. Escalona, 27, went 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA (46.0IP, 29ER) for Colorado in 2013, posting career-highs in appearances (37), innings (46.0) and strikeouts (34). He is currently fourth in the Venezuelan Winter League with a 2.10 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched over six starts. In four major league

Nationals seek 2014 in-game host

Do you have an enthusiastic personality and a voice that commands attention? Have you performed in front of large crowds or have any on-air experience? Do you have a deep-rooted passion for baseball and the Washington Nationals? If the answer is yes, yes and yes, don't miss this opportunity to become the Nationals in-game host for the 2014 season! The Nationals are looking for an

Orioles sign De La Cruz to one-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz to a one-year contract. De La Cruz, 25, was a combined 3-1 with seven saves and a 2.67 ERA (67.1IP, 20ER) in 50 relief appearances for Double-A Chattanooga (3G) and Triple-A Albuquerque (47G) in the Dodgers organization in 2013. He finished third in the Pacific Coast League and set a

Nationals request release waivers on first /third baseman Mauro Gomez

The Washington Nationals today requested release waivers on third baseman Mauro Gomez, who plans to play the 2014 season in Japan. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Gomez, 29, briefly joined the Nationals organization, but never appeared in a game, after being claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on September 5, 2013. Last season, Gomez hit 29

Orioles name Dom Chiti bullpen coach

The Orioles today announced that they have named Dom Chiti as their new bullpen coach. Chiti, 54, has worked in front offices, or on major or minor league staffs, since 1982. He joins the Orioles from Atlanta, where he had served as Special Assistant to the General Manager since 2008, additionally serving as Pitching Development and Special Assignment in 2013. Prior to working Atlanta, Chiti

Orioles lead major leagues with club-record three Silver Slugger awards

Louisville Slugger tonight announced that first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones have been awarded the Silver Slugger Award for their 2013 seasons. The three Silver Slugger Awards won by the Orioles are the most of any team in the major leagues in 2013 and are the most by the club since the award began in 1980. Davis was awarded

Nationals announce 2014 spring training schedule

The Washington Nationals today released their 31-game 2014 Spring Training schedule, which features 14 home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL, including their Grapefruit League home opener on Saturday, March 1 vs. Atlanta. The Nationals begin their Grapefruit League campaign on February 28 in nearby Port St. Lucie against the Mets, and conclude their exhibition slate by hosting the defending AL Central Champion

Desmond earns Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond tonight was named the recipient of the 2013 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger for National League shortstops. The Silver Slugger citation is the second of Desmond's career. He earned his initial Silver Slugger last season. Desmond hit .280 with a career-high 38 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs, 80 RBI and 21 stolen bases to garner the annual award that recognizes

Orioles to host first-ever ice show at Ed Smith Stadium on December 20

Tickets On Sale This Saturday for "Ice on the Diamond - A Holiday Celebration" In a first for Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles will present "Ice on the Diamond - A Holiday Celebration," a dazzling, holiday-themed show featuring world-class ice skaters on a specially engineered ice stage at the ballpark on Friday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. The stadium will be decorated for the

MASN Announces 2013-14 College Basketball Schedule

Key local matchups, top-ranked programs and exciting tournament action will be part of the extensive Division I basketball schedule this winter on MASN, the region's leader in live sports entertainment. Utilizing both MASN and MASN2, more than 100 men's and women's games will be broadcast during the 2013-14 season, including MASN's annual airing of the BB&T Classic in December. The 2013-14 schedule tips off

Fans enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences at 2014 Orioles Dream Week

Orioles fans of a variety of ages and abilities will enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the team's 2014 Dream Week. Held at the Orioles' two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex) from January 26 to February 1, 2014, Dream Week participants will receive full major league treatment, playing daily doubleheader intrasquad games and receiving instruction

Orioles select the contract of left-hander Chris Jones

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of left-hander Chris Jones from Triple-A Norfolk. Jones, 25, was acquired from Atlanta on April 10 in exchange for RHP LUIS AYALA. In 36 games (two starts) in 2013, he went 4-4 with a 2.85 ERA (79.0IP, 25ER) and 54 strikeouts for Double-A Mississippi (Atlanta - one game), Bowie (four) and Triple-A Norfolk (31). Jones

Adam Jones to participate in ribbon-cutting ceremony at Brooklyn O'Malley Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore Wednesday

Hundreds of members of the Brooklyn O'Malley Boys and Girls Club and the local community now have access to the latest technology thanks to an extensive renovation of the club's Technology and Learning Center. The project, which began in July, was made possible through a $75,000 donation from OriolesREACH, a community program funded by the Orioles Charitable Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club alumnus Adam

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