Roster moves include selection of Cavalli's contract, García's reinstatement

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

·         Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Cade Cavalli from Triple-A Rochester

·         Returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated infielder Luis García from the 10-day Injured List

·         Optioned right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott to Triple-A Rochester (on Wednesday)

·         Unconditionally released third baseman Maikel Franco

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Nationals homestand highlights vs. Reds and Athletics

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The Washington Nationals are back in D.C. for a six-game homestand that features three matchups against the Cincinnati Reds followed by a three-game series vs. the Oakland Athletics. Single-game tickets start at just $9. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit nationals.com/Tickets.

The season’s 10th homestand features Ladies Night; DC Comics™ Day; Teacher Appreciation Day; City Connect uniforms; an MLB Network clear tote bag giveaway; Filipino Heritage Night; Jewish Community Day; Georgetown University Day; a Nationals Hawaiian shirt giveaway; Grateful Dead Night; Heroes Day; First Responders Night; Summer Reading Sunday; Signature Sunday; Kids Run the Bases; and more.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26 vs. CINCINNATI REDS (7:05 PM)

  • Ladies Night

o   This year, Ladies Night and DC Comics™ Day fall on the same evening, giving the Nationals the unique opportunity to pay tribute to real-world superheroes in the community. The Ladies Night special event ticket includes a limited edition Wonder Woman t-shirt, vendor activations, food and drink tastings, a Q&A panel with women from D.C.’s professional sports teams, and more.

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Birdland mural project details announced for 2022 season

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The Orioles today announced plans for the latest mural installations as part of the Birdland Murals series, powered by PNC Bank. The murals will be featured at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and in the Waverly neighborhood, near the location of old Memorial Stadium on East 33rd Street and are expected to be completed by the end of next week. The collaboration highlights Baltimore’s vibrant arts community and allows Orioles fans to experience the incredible talents of several local artists.

“We are thrilled to build upon our partnership with PNC Bank to continue to support local artists and to highlight the importance of the arts in our communities,” said JENNIFER GRONDAHL, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications.

“PNC Bank is again honored to sponsor these important works for the benefit all Oriole baseball fans and the Baltimore community in general,” said LAURA GAMBLE, PNC Regional President for Greater Maryland. “These murals are a window to Baltimore’s celebrated past and shine a light on the future of our great city.”

The Oriole Park mural, which will be located near Legends Park and the Bullpen Picnic Area, will be created by globally renowned artist LOGAN HICKS. The mural will depict a bustling Eutaw Street, celebrating the more than 72 million fans and visitors Oriole Park at Camden Yards has brought to downtown Baltimore since the ballpark opened in 1992.           

A Baltimore native, Hicks graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 1990s. He is known for his impressive and hyperrealistic multi-layer stencils. Hicks creates stencils based on pictures. His works typically have more than five different layers, cut out piece-by-piece and painted one on top of each other. The result is hyperrealistic art showing urban situations in an exceptional nocturnal light. His work was featured as a part of the opening of Urban Nation Museum in Berlin, Germany in 2017.

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Orioles start last August road trip as the push for the postseason continues

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Scoreboard watching also includes the Home Run Riches winnings tally — now at more than $126,000.

The Baltimore Orioles will head to Houston this weekend to take on the American League’s best team so far this season — the beginning of a six-game road trip to close out the month of August. This time of year is when baseball fans start to do a lot of scoreboard-watching, as teams spend the last several weeks of the season jockeying for playoff spots. That means every game counts, especially for the Orioles, who are in the thick of the hunt for a wildcard playoff berth. The O’s begin the weekend 2 ½ games behind the Seattle Mariners for the final wildcard spot, and the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are nipping at the Birds’ heels, both just 2 ½ games behind Baltimore. 

The games are also meaningful to the hopeful Contestants of the Game participating in the Lottery’s Home Run Riches Bases Loaded FAST PLAY second-chance promotion. Those lucky few who have been selected are watching their own scoreboard as the Orioles' powerful offense has notched 129 home runs to date, providing needed support for the team’s starting pitchers and awarding more than $126,000 in prizes for the Lottery’s Contestants of the Game.

There is still time for you to be selected for an upcoming game. The Lottery’s final Contestant of the Game drawing for 2022 will be held on Aug. 30, selecting the winners for games in September and October.  To enter, submit any winning or non-winning FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded ticket purchased between March 7 and August 29 into your My Lottery Rewards account. Not yet a member of My Lottery Rewards? Click here to start your free account today!

The $5 FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded game was introduced to coincide with the 2022 Orioles’ season. The ticket has instant prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000 and a progressive jackpot that starts at $40,000 and continues to grow with each ticket sold until a jackpot-winning ticket is sold. 

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Orioles recall Rico Garcia

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Rico Garcia from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned RHP Louis Head to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.
  • Optioned RHP Phoenix Sanders to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Orioles claim RHP Sanders from Rays

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Claimed RHP Phoenix Sanders off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Nationals announce 2023 schedule

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The Washington Nationals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, announced their 2023 schedule on Wednesday. The 19th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup at home against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 30. Opening Day 2023 will mark the fifth time the Nationals (2005-pres.) have faced the Braves on Opening Day.

The 2023 season will be the first to feature a balanced schedule for all 30 Clubs across Major League Baseball since Interleague Play was introduced in 1997. Each of the 30 Clubs will play against one another, and in addition, each of the 30 Clubs will host every other Club in their home market at least once every other season. Specific features of the new balanced schedule include: 

  • Division Games
    • 52 total games against divisional opponents (decreased from 76)
    • 13 games (four total series) against each divisional opponent (decreased from 19 games across six series), including seven home games and six away games (or vice versa), for a total of 26 home games and 26 away games
  • Intraleague Games
    • 64 total games (32 home games and 32 away games) against non-divisional league opponents (decreased from 66)
    • Clubs will play six games against six league opponents, and seven games against four league opponents (previous format was reversed with six games against four league opponents, and seven games against six league opponents)
  • Interleague Games
    • 46 total games against interleague opponents (increased from 20)
    • Clubs will play a home and home series against their natural rivals (four games total)
    • Clubs will play 42 games against other interleague opponents, including seven series (21 games) at home and seven series (21 games) on the road

Washington’s initial homestand will feature three games against the Braves before a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday through Wednesday, April 3-5. The Nationals will host 13 homestands and 14 weekend series during the 2023 season. No homestand will be longer than nine games. Washington’s first road trip will take the team to Colorado, April 6-9, and Los Angeles to face the Angels, April 10-12.

The annual Beltway Series vs. the Baltimore Orioles will renew April 18-19 at Nationals Park, and Washington will travel to Baltimore during the final road trip of the season, Sept. 26-27.

Including their first road trip of the season, the Nationals will make four visits to the West Coast by the end of June. They play at the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants May 5-10; at the Los Angeles Dodgers May 29-31; and at San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners June 23-28.

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Orioles announce 2023 schedule

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The Orioles today announced the 2023 regular season schedule, which will open in Boston on Thursday, March 30. After three games with the Red Sox, Baltimore continues its opening road trip with a three-game set at the Texas Rangers from April 3-5. Baltimore welcomes the New York Yankees to Oriole Park for the Home Opener on Thursday, April 6. The opening homestand of the season features three games against the Yankees before a four-game set with the Oakland Athletics from April 10-13.

ALL ABOUT BALANCE: Major League Baseball’s new balanced schedule will see all 30 teams play each other for at least one series during the season. Every team in MLB will play fewer divisional games to account for those games. Teams will play divisional opponents for two series at home and two series on the road.

DIVISION RIVALS: The Orioles will not face AL East divisional opponents the same number of times with the new schedule format. Baltimore will play Boston, New York, and Tampa Bay for 13 games apiece, while facing Toronto 12 times. Baltimore hosts the Red Sox and Rays for seven games and the Yankees and Blue Jays for six games at Oriole Park.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: Baltimore hosts 13 weekend series, including four against American League East foes the Yankees (April 6-9 and July 28-30), Rays (September 14-17), and Red Sox (September 28-October 1).

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: The 2023 home schedule features three games played on holidays, including Easter Sunday (April 9 vs. Yankees), Mother’s Day (May 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates), and Memorial Day (May 29 vs. Cleveland Guardians).

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Nats recall Adams, reinstate Fedde, DFA Clippard

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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 announcement.

  • Recalled catcher Riley Adams from Triple-A Rochester
  • Returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde from the 15-day Injured List
  • Designated right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard for assignment
  • Optioned catcher Tres Barrera to Triple-A Rochester (Monday, August 22)

Adams, 26, returns for his second stint in the Major Leagues this season after making the club out of Spring Training. He hit .192 with a double, three home runs, five RBI, and nine walks in 27 games with Washington. After he was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on July 1, Adams hit .224 with eight doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and 11 walks in 29 games.

Fedde, 29, returns from the Injured List after missing 22 games with right shoulder inflammation. Before heading to the IL on July 30, he was 5-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts. He allowed 96 hits and struck out 70 in 92.2 innings. In his only rehab appearance for Triple-A Rochester, Fedde worked 4.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts on August 17 at Worcester.

Clippard, 37, was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA in four games for Washington this season.

Barrera, 27, hit .182 with a double, four RBI and two walks in 14 games for the Nationals in 2022.

Nationals' ladies night celebrates real-life wonder women

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The Washington Nationals celebrate real-life Wonder Women in the D.C. area during Ladies Night and DC Comics™ Day on Friday, Aug. 26. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a DC Comics™ Wonder Woman bobblehead doll, and fans who purchase the special Ladies Night event ticket will receive early access to the ballpark, including an exclusive t-shirt, food and beverage tastings, appearances by local vendors, Team Store shopping with a 15% discount and a Q&A panel with women from local sports teams. 

The ballpark opens at 4:00 PM for guests with special Ladies Night tickets, guaranteeing this group of ticket holders access to the limited edition Wonder Woman bobblehead as well as a Washington Nationals x Wonder Woman t-shirt. Before gates open to the general public, Ladies Night participants can enjoy food and beverages; sampling from NUTRL and woman-owned local business Pratt Standard Cocktail Co.; five-minute manicures from Varnish Lane; yard games and prizes courtesy of BetMGM; and more. Guests can also strike the perfect pose in two different 180-degree cameras on the concourse, and the Center Field Team Store will open early, offering Ladies Night guests an exclusive shopping window with a 15% discount. The Breakaways will perform at Budweiser Terrace from 4:00-5:00 PM before playing their regular Friday night set when gates open to the public at 5:30 PM. Visit nationals.com/LadiesNight for more information and to purchase special event tickets.

At 5:00 PM on the Budweiser Terrace, the Nationals welcome a panel of women working in D.C. sports for a special Q&A session. Among the attendees are Dana Campbell, Vice President, Marketing, for the Washington Mystics; Washington Capitals Video Coordinator Emily Engle-Natzke, the first full-time female coach in franchise history; and D.C. United General Manager and Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis Lucy Rushton, the second woman GM in MLS history. Staff from the Washington Spirit will also be on hand to prep fans for the squad’s remaining regular-season games. 

Nats on Base, the club’s year-round initiative providing experiences that contribute to the quality of life for service members and their families in the Washington D.C. area, is hosting a separate all-female panel of Nationals front office executives, who will share their expertise and discuss challenges faced by professional women. This session, which does not require a special Ladies Night ticket and is tailored toward military spouses and transitioning service members, begins once gates open to the public at 5:30 PM. Visit nationals.com/NatsOnBaseWomen for more information and to register for the free event, which includes tickets to the evening’s game. Additional details will be sent by email to those who have registered before Friday.

Ladies Night and DC Comics™ Day programming extends into the pregame ceremonies, as the Nationals will honor real-life Wonder Women in the local community as part of the club’s Unsung Heroes program with a special on-field recognition. Additional super hero activations will be featured throughout the ballpark during the game.

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Araúz to Norfolk after coming off IL

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Reinstated INF Jonathan Araúz from the 10-day Injured List and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nationals recall Palacios

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The Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Josh Palacios from Triple-A Rochester and placed outfielder Yadiel Hernandez on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to Aug. 19) with a left calf strain on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Palacios, 27, returns for his second stint with the Nationals after leading Washington’s Minor League system in batting average (.298) and on-base percentage (.382) this season. He hit .298/.382/.433 with 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 44 RBI, 33 walks, 19 stolen bases and 43 runs scored in 76 games with Triple-A Rochester prior to this promotion to Washington.

Palacios appeared in eight games for the Nationals after being recalled on Aug. 2. He collected three hits while appearing in right field (5 G/4 GS) and left field (1 G).

Hernandez, 34, hit .269 with 16 doubles, nine homers, 41 RBI, 19 walks, two stolen bases and 30 runs scored in 94 games this season.

Roster moves include selection of Stowers' contract

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of OF Kyle Stowers from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Recalled INF Richie Martin from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Recalled LHP Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned RHP Logan Gillaspie to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed INF Terrin Vavra on the Paternity List.
  • Designated OF Brett Phillips for assignment.

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AUGUST 18 vs. CHC

*MAKEUP OF JUNE 8

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GIVEAWAY: Adley Rutschman Rookie Season Digital Collectible

All fans ages 18 and over will receive an ADLEY RUTSCHMAN ROOKIE SEASON DIGITAL

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Nationals recall CJ Abrams

The Washington Nationals recalled shortstop C.J. Abrams from Triple-A Rochester and placed infielder Luis García on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to Aug. 13) with a left groin strain on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Abrams, 21, is Washington’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 11 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. Acquired on Aug. 2 from San Diego, Abrams hit .290 (9-for-31) with two doubles, two RBI, two walks and four stolen bases in eight games for Triple-A Rochester.

The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Abrams was San Diego’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering the 2022 season, according to both Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com. He was cited by Baseball America as being the “best hitter” and having the “best speed” in all of Minor League baseball entering the 2022 season.

Abrams made San Diego’s Opening Day roster and his Major League debut this season, starting the second game of the season at shortstop. He hit .232 with five doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, four walks, one stolen base and 16 runs scored in 46 games across two Major League stints with the Padres this season.

He was selected to represent the Padres in the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. He has been cited by Baseball America as the “best defensive infielder” (2021, 2022), “best athlete” (2020-22), “fastest baserunner” (2020-22) and “best hitter for average” (2020-22) in San Diego’s Minor League system throughout his professional career. Following the 2019 season, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the rookie-level Arizona League and to Baseball America’s Rookie All-Star team.

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Nats bring up OF Call, option Palacios

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The Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Alex Call from Triple-A Rochester and optioned outfielder Josh Palacios to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Call, 27, hit .292 with 18 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 52 RBI, 51 walks, nine stolen bases and 62 runs scored in 76 games between Triple-A Columbus (CLE) and Triple-A Rochester this season. He posted a .423 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage in his sixth professional season in 2022.

The Nationals acquired Call off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians on Aug. 7. He went 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, two walks, three stolen bases and six runs scored in five games with the Red Wings. This will be his second Major League stint of the season after he made his Major League debut on July 11 at Chicago (AL). He went 2-for-12 with four walks and two runs scored in 12 games for the Guardians.

Call was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Ball State (IN) University. He was acquired by the Guardians in exchange for Yonder Alonso on Dec. 14, 2018.

Palacios, 27, went 3-for-16 (.188) with a double and two runs scored in eight games for the Nationals.

Orioles recall Gillaspie, option Hall

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Recalled RHP Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned LHP DL Hall to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Nationals reinstate Clippard and activate McGee

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

Returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard from the 15-day Injured List:

  • Activated left-handed pitcher Jake McGee
  • Optioned right-handed pitcher Andres Machado to Triple-A Rochester
  • Optioned right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson to Triple-A Rochester (on Wednesday)

Clippard, 37, appeared in one game for the Nationals before being placed on the Injured List with a groin strain on July 22. He tossed 2.0 innings of one-hit, shutout relief on July 14 vs. Atlanta. Clippard appeared in three rehab games with Triple-A Rochester, tossing 4.0 innings of scoreless relief across the three outings.

McGee, 36, was claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 9. He appeared in 30 games between San Francisco and Milwaukee in 2022, going 1-2 with three saves and a 7.00 ERA along the way. A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, McGee has pitched to a 3.67 ERA with 79 saves in 638 career games. He recorded a career-high 31 saves with San Francisco in 2021.

Machado, 29, is 1-0 with a 4.57 ERA in 38 games for the Nationals this season.

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Rutschman joins Taylor Hooton Foundation's advisory board of MLB players

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McKinney, Texas (Tuesday, August 9, 2022) – The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Adley Rutschman of the Baltimore Orioles has joined its “Advisory Board” of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against the use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances by the youth of America.

The Orioles catcher joins 26 other members of the Hooton Foundation’s “Advisory Board,” which will include at least one player from all 30 major-league teams.

“We’re thrilled to have Adley join an incredible group of major-league players who have stepped up to serve as positive role models,” said Taylor Hooton Foundation President Donald Hooton, Jr. “We’re also very proud of the support that Major League Baseball and these elite athletes provide in sending a positive message to kids that they, too, can accomplish all of their dreams without the use of drugs. The participation of these players in our efforts to educate young people that using these substances is not the right choice cannot be overstated.”

As members of the “Advisory Board” – formed in 2014 and fully endorsed by Major League Baseball – the players are participating in the THF’s 2022 public-service campaign, ALL ME®For the campaign, a print PSA featuring each of the Foundation’s “Advisory Board” members has been created – with images provided by THF national partner, Getty Images – and will be made available to each player’s respective team for its program/magazine and other team platforms for the ‘22 season. In addition, ALL-ME-themed print PSAs will appear in Major League Baseball’s 2022 All-Star-Game, League-Championship-Series and World-Series programs. 

In addition to their participation in the public-service-ad campaigns since 2015, members of the “Advisory Board” also take part in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities. Board members have also provided their input on the most-effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.   

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Birds return to Camden Yards hoping to continue the home run heatwave

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Lottery’s contestants clean up with $107,000 in winnings!

The Orioles have been hot as of late, capping a series sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 6-3 win in Arlington on Aug. 3. And as the temperatures have headed up in the dog days of summer, so have the Birds’ bats.

Anthony Santander leads the team with 19 home runs this season. Other home run leaders Ryan Mountcastle with 14 and Austin Hays with 12 have formed the heart of an Orioles lineup that has helped the team accumulate 25 home runs in July.

This is a great news for fans that have been taking part in the Maryland Lottery’s Home Run Riches Bases Loaded FAST PLAY Second-chance promotion. With a total of 109 home runs to date in 2022, the Lottery has awarded $107,000 to Contestants of the Game selected in this year’s promotion.

There is still time for you to be selected for an upcoming game. The Lottery will select this year’s final Contestants of the Game in the promotion’s final drawing on Aug. 30.  To enter, submit any winning or non-winning FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded ticket purchased between March 7 and August 29 into you MY Lottery Rewards account for a chance to win. Not yet a member of My Lottery Rewards? Click here to start your free account today!

The $5 FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded game was introduced to coincide with the 2022 Oriole’s baseball season. The ticket has prizes from $5 to $5,000 and a progressive jackpot that starts at $40,000 and continues to grow with each ticket sold until someone buys a jackpot-winner!

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