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JULY 4 vs. TEX at 1:05 P.M.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

The Orioles will join Major League Baseball in celebrating Independence Day on Monday, July 4. As part of the celebration, all uniformed personnel will wear Independence Day-themed caps and socks. The specialty game-worn, autographed caps will be available for purchase at Orioles.com/ Auctions from Monday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, July 17 at 10:00 p.m. to benefit The Orioles Charitable Foundation.

UMPS CARE CHARITIES AND WOUNDED WARRIOR UMPIRE ACADEMY

The Orioles will host members from UMPS CARE CHARITIES, the official philanthropy of the MLB Umpires, and the WOUNDED WARRIOR UMPIRE ACADEMY. UMPS CARE and the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy partnered to train COLLINS HALSTEAD, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Gunnery Sergeant, and EUGENE DEIMLER, who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Kosovo, to be umpires in the Baltimore community. 

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Nats recall Clay, option Perez

The Washington Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sam Clay from Triple-A Rochester and optioned left-handed pitcher Francisco Perez to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Clay, 29, joins the Nationals for his fourth Major League stint this season. He went 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA (7 ER/20.1 IP) with 20 strikeouts and seven walks in 21 relief appearances for Rochester. He tossed scoreless relief in 17 of the 21 outings. Clay has appeared in five games out of the Nationals’ bullpen this season.

Perez, 24, recorded a 7.27 ERA across 10 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2022.

Kids Eat Free returns

The Washington Nationals today announced the return of Kids Eat Free, the popular first-of-its-kind program that debuted to rave reviews in 2019. Kids ages 12 and under can receive a free meal including a hot dog, choice of chips or applesauce, and bottled water or apple juice at all Nationals home games beginning Monday, June 27 (7:05 PM vs. PIT) through Wednesday, Aug. 3 (4:05 PM vs. NYM).

“When we became the first MLB team to launch a free meal program for young fans in 2019, we aimed to provide our fans with the best game day experience possible,” said Alan Gottlieb, Chief Operating Officer, Lerner Sports. “This season, we’re excited to bring Kids Eat Free back with some additional enhancements that make the process easier and more convenient, helping families spend more time together watching baseball at Nationals Park.”

Kids meals will be available via mobile ordering on the MLB Ballpark app at five concessions locations throughout the ballpark (Sections 110, 129, 141, 229 and 301). The offer is redeemable once per game per child by using the code KIDSEATFREE in the app. Children must be present to pick up their meals. For more information, visit nationals.com/KidsEatFree.

The return of Kids Eat Free is the latest way the Washington Nationals, recently named among Sports Innovation Lab’s most innovative teams in the world, are making the game day experience more affordable and more convenient for fans. The ball club also offers monthly Value Days, with discounts on tickets, concessions, merchandise and parking, as well as Harris Teeter Family Fun Packs for every regular-season home game. Mobile ordering minimizes time spent waiting in lines so fans can enjoy more of the game from their seats. Click HERE to download Kids Eat Free photos and video. 

Additional family-friendly amenities and activities include:

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Diplán recalled as Bradish placed on IL

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Recalled RHP Marcos Diplán from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed RHP Kyle Bradish on the 15-day Injured List with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 21.

Lowther clears waivers, goes to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • LHP Zac Lowther has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nationals reinstate Alcides Escobar

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The Washington Nationals returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated infielder Alcides Escobar from the 10-day Injured List on Tuesday. On Sunday, the Nationals optioned right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott to Triple-A Rochester. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Escobar, 35, appeared in four rehab games, going 3-for-13 (.231) with one double, one homer, one RBI and two runs scored. He played three games at shortstop and one as the designated hitter with Triple-A Rochester.

Prior to being placed on the Injured List on June 1, Escobar hit .220 with four doubles, two triples, eight RBI, five walks, two hit by pitch, one stolen base and 11 runs scored in 35 games. He was hitting .311 (19-for-61) in 18 games prior to suffering a strained right hamstring on May 31.

Abbott, 26, appeared in one game out of Washington’s bullpen. He tossed one inning of scoreless relief on June 19 vs. Philadelphia.

Nationals recall Andres Machado

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Andres Machado from Triple-A Rochester and placed left-handed pitcher Evan Lee on the 15-day Injured List with a left flexor strain on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Machado, 29, joins the Nationals for his fourth Major League stint this season. Prior to being optioned on Friday, he offered scoreless relief in two of his previous four outings, pitching to a 2.35 ERA (2 ER/7.2 IP) with nine strikeouts and one walk during that stretch. He tossed more than an inning in each of the four outings and 2.0 innings in three of the four. On the season, Machado has recorded a 5.48 ERA with 21 strikeouts and nine walks in 23.0 innings across 17 relief appearances.

Lee, 25, went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four games (one start) in his first stint in the Major Leagues.

Orioles reinstate Akin, Santander

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Reinstated LHP Keegan Akin from the Restricted List.
  • Reinstated OF Anthony Santander from the Restricted List.
  • Returned Substitute Player RHP Rico Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.
  • Returned Substitute Player OF Kyle Stowers to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Nationals recall Cory Abbott

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott from Triple-A Rochester and optioned right-handed pitcher Andres Machado to Triple-A Rochester on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Abbott, 26, joins the Nationals for the first time this season. He struck out 24 batters in 19.0 innings between Triple-A Iowa in Chicago’s (NL) system and Triple-A Rochester. He went 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in eight games (four starts) between the two stops.

Abbott was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 4. He was acquired by the Giants from the Chicago Cubs on April 21 in exchange for cash considerations.

Selected in the second round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, Abbott made his Major League debut on June 5, 2021. He went on to appear in seven games (one start) for the Cubs in 2021, posting a 6.75 ERA across 17.1 innings pitched. Abbott is 21-23 with a 3.82 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 80 career Minor League games (76 starts).

Machado, 29, has posted a 5.48 ERA in 17 games out of Washington’s bullpen.

Ryan Zimmerman Weekend details

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The Washington Nationals have announced full details ahead of Ryan Zimmerman Weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at Nationals Park. Due to other events in Washington, D.C. this weekend, fans are encouraged to arrive EARLY on Saturday. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., and fans are asked to be in their seats by 3:00 p.m. before pregame ceremonies begin promptly at 3:10 p.m.

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

  • Q&A Sessions with Ryan Zimmerman and Former Teammates
    • Prior to Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Phillies, Zimmerman and some of his former teammates will hold special live Q&A sessions.
      • 5:30 p.m.: Gates open for all fans
      • 6:00 – 6:20 p.m.: Q&A with former players hosted by Bob Carpenter from top of visiting dugout
      • 6:00 – 6:20 p.m.: Q&A with former players hosted by Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes on Instagram
      • 6:20 – 6:40 p.m.: Q&A with Ryan Zimmerman hosted by Bob Carpenter from top of visiting dugout
    • Former players scheduled to appear throughout Ryan Zimmerman Weekend include:
      • Ian Desmond
      • Danny Espinosa
      • Adam LaRoche
      • Jordy Mercer
      • Daniel Murphy
      • Laynce Nix
      • Brian Schneider
      • Jayson Werth
      • Gio Gonzalez
      • Jordan Zimmermann
        • Subject to change
  • Ryan Zimmerman Employee #11 T-Shirt giveaway presented by Budweiser
    • The first 25,000 fans in attendance (ages 21 & up) at Friday evening’s game will receive a Ryan Zimmerman Employee #11 T-Shirt presented by Budweiser.
  • The Nationals Team Store will sell exclusive Ryan Zimmerman merchandise, including a limited-edition Mr. National bobblehead and commemorative tickets, while supplies last.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

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JUNE 17

vs. TB AT 6:05 P.M.

BIRDLAND SUMMER MUSIC SERIES, PRESENTED BY MILLER LITE

Multi-platinum selling artist FLO RIDA will kick off the Birdland Summer Music Series,

presented by Miller Lite, with a postgame concert on Friday. The concert is the first

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Statement from Georgia Kousouris Angelos

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In light of the false and painful claims that have been alleged in the lawsuit that my son Louis has brought against me and my older son John, I want to set the record straight.

My husband of fifty-six years, Peter, has appointed me his sole Attorney in Fact and the sole controlling trustee of his revocable trust. I, alone, have the authority to manage the family’s assets and make decisions, and I take this responsibility very seriously.

Since I appointed John Angelos as Chairman and CEO of the Orioles in 2020, he has led the organization thoughtfully and effectively, including through unprecedentedly challenging times. John has my full faith as well as the trust and confidence of Major League Baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive leadership group, and the “control persons” of the 29 other MLB Clubs who voted to approve John as the Orioles’ control person. 

At my direction, John worked exhaustively and successfully for two years with Governor Larry Hogan, MSA Chairman Tom Kelso, Mayor Brandon Scott and the Legislative leadership of Maryland to pass the law to modernize Camden Yards and ensure that the Orioles remain in Baltimore in perpetuity. 

I was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, within walking distance of Memorial Stadium, attending City public schools at PS 50, PS 49, and Eastern High School. I attended the first Orioles Opening Day in 1954. Four decades later, our partnership group restored the team to local ownership, thereby avoiding the constant threat of relocation that had taken the Colts away from Baltimore. Any suggestion that Peter, John, or I would explore moving the Club is false and intentionally divisive.

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Roster moves bring Tetreault, Garrett, Pérez to Nationals

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The Washington Nationals announced the following roster moves on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements: 

·       Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jackson Tetreault (TAY-troh) from Triple-A Rochester

·       Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Reed Garrett from Triple-A Rochester

·       Recalled left-handed pitcher Francisco Pérez from Triple-A Rochester

·       Placed right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day Injured List (retroactive to 6/11) with a stress reaction of the ribs

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Garcia, Stowers selected as subs for Akin, Santander

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected RHP Rico Garcia from Triple-A Norfolk to the Major League roster as a Substitute Player. He will wear No. 63.
  • Selected OF Kyle Stowers from Triple-A Norfolk to the Major League roster as a Substitute Player. He will wear No. 83 and his first appearance will be his Major League debut.
  • Placed LHP Keegan Akin on the Restricted List.
  • Placed OF Anthony Santander on the Restricted List.
  • INF Chris Owings has cleared unconditional release waivers and been released.

Statement from Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos

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As I have said before, as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore.

My mother was born and raised in northeast Baltimore, attended city public schools at Eastern High School, and has worked with my father their entire lives to help the city, including by restoring the club to local ownership and preventing its relocation. For them, as for me, the Orioles will forever play at Oriole Park, and at no time ever have we contemplated anything different.

Since I was appointed Chairman and CEO according to my parents’ expressed wishes, and voted as the control person for the team by the 30 Major League Clubs, I have taken significant steps to ensure that our beloved franchise’s future remains in Charm City. Just two months ago we celebrated the Maryland General Assembly passing a bill promising to put $1.2 billion into reinvesting and reimagining the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which includes Oriole Park, ensuring the team will continue to play right here in downtown Baltimore for generations to come. Maryland is committed to keeping our team in this great state, and I am equally committed to keeping the Orioles at the heart of our state. As stewards of “The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball,” we will continue to strengthen our community, generate another $10 billion in economic impact for the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland, and welcome another 70 million people to downtown Baltimore over the next 30 years and beyond. There is nothing uncertain about the future of the Baltimore Orioles. 

I want to assure our Orioles players and coaches, our dedicated front office Senior Leadership Team and staff, and our devoted fans, trusted partners, elected, civic, and non-profit leaders, and our entire community, that the Orioles will never leave. From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, the Birds of Baltimore, the iconic team of Brooks, Earl, Jim, Frank, Cal, and Eddie, will forever remain in the only city that our family and our partnership group has called, or will ever call, home – the finest city and birthplace of our national anthem of which we are enduringly proud and to which we are forever committed.

Orioles place Owings on unconditional release waivers

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Placed INF Chris Owings on unconditional release waivers.

Orioles place Ramón Urías on 10-day injured list

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Selected the contract of INF Richie Martin from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 1
  • Placed INF Ramón Urías on the 10-day Injured List with a left oblique strain, retroactive to June 10

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Nationals reinstate Stephen Strasburg

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The Washington Nationals returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day Injured List and optioned left-handed pitcher Sam Clay to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 33, went 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in three rehab starts between Single-A Fredericksburg and Triple-A Rochester. He struck out 13 batters, walked six and allowed four hits in 13.2 innings pitched. Strasburg made his final rehab start on June 3 vs. Buffalo, allowing just one hit in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and one walk.

Strasburg is Washington’s all-time (2005-pres.) leader in starts (246), wins (113) and strikeouts (1,718). Since his debut in 2010, Strasburg ranks among Major League starting pitchers (min. 1,400.0 IP) in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 10.55), opponents’ slugging percentage (3rd, .353), opponents’ OPS (4th, .634), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6th, 4.38), opponents’ batting average (5th, .223), opponents’ on-base percentage (5th, .280), walks and hits per innings pitched (5th, 1.09), ERA (6th, 3.21) and strikeouts (11th, 1,718).

Clay, 28, did not appear in a game during his most recent Major League stint.

Orioles' game vs. Cubs postponed due to rain

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Tonight’s scheduled game between the Orioles and Cubs has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on Thursday, August 18, at 3:05 p.m. ET. 

Tickets for tonight’s postponed game will be valid for the August 18 game, no exchange is necessary. If you are unable to attend the makeup date, you can exchange your tickets and have the value applied to any remaining 2022 regular season home game. Exchanges must be completed by Wednesday, August 17, 2022. For more information, please visit Orioles.com/Weather

The game will be broadcast on MASN and on the Orioles Radio Network, including the flagship station of Hearst Baltimore’s 98 Rock FM and WBAL NewsRadio AM/FM.  

Complimentary tickets are non-exchangeable and must be used for the makeup date on Thursday, August 18. 

Fans who purchased tickets on StubHub for tonight’s game will need to contact StubHub regarding their policy for postponed events. 

Orioles option Watkins to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Reinstated RHP Spenser Watkins from the 15-day Injured List and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.