Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to throw out ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Night OUT on Tuesday

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Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Washington Nationals’ Night OUT celebration on Tuesday, June 6, as a special guest of the game’s presenting partner, Team DC.

This year’s Night OUT celebration is the club’s 18th, making it the longest-running Pride event in Major League Baseball. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Screech Night OUT bobblehead, and fans who purchase a special Night OUT ticket will also receive an exclusive t-shirt with $5 of every special ticket purchased donated to Team DC, a charitable organization that educates the LGBTQ community on the benefits of individual and team sports participation.

Speaker Emerita Pelosi is being recognized for her long-standing commitment to fighting for the rights and dignities of the LGBTQ+ community, dating from her first congressional speech in 1987 on the AIDS crisis, up through leading recent legislation guaranteeing civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Orioles select contract of INF/OF Lester, Tate to 60-day IL


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of INF/OF Josh Lester from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear #49.
  • Placed LHP Danny Coulombe on the Bereavement List.
  • Transferred RHP Dillon Tate to the 60-day Injured List with a right elbow flexor strain.

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

Orioles place Givens on IL, recall Zimmermann

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled LHP Bruce Zimmermann from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Placed RHP Mychal Givens on the 15-day Injured List with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 1.

Orioles sign Aaron Hicks


The Orioles today announced that they have signed outfielder AARON HICKS to a Major League contract. He will wear No. 34 and be active for tonight’s game. Additionally, outfielder CEDRIC MULLINS has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a right groin strain. The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 40 players. 

Hicks, 33, appeared in 28 games with the New York Yankees this season, making 15 starts in left field and five in center field. He slashed .188/.263/.261 (13-for-69) with two doubles, one home run, nine runs scored, five RBI, and seven walks. He ranked in the top 11 percent of the majors in Statcast Arm Strength with a 90.8 mph average on the top 10 percent of his throws.

Hicks has appeared in 898 games across 11 Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2013-15) and New York Yankees, slashing .230/.329/.384 (661-for-2,878) with 113 doubles, 14 triples, 101 home runs, 428 runs scored, 356 RBI, 420 walks, and 65 stolen bases. He has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, making 619 starts in center field, 104 in left, and 69 in right, and owns a career fielding percentage of .993 (13 E/1,811 TC). From 2013-15, he led Twins outfielders in assists (22) and games played in the outfield (243). He has made nine career Opening Day rosters (2013-14, 2016-18, 2020-23), including seven as a Yankee. From 2017-18, he posted an .838 OPS and a .368 on-base percentage, one of just eight American Leaguers over the stretch to reach both of those marks with at least 200 games played, along with Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Alex Bregman, Aaron Judge, J.D. Martinez, José Ramírez, and Mike Trout.

A native of San Pedro, Calif., Hicks was selected by the Twins in the first round (No. 14) overall of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. He made his Major League debut with Minnesota on April 3, 2013, after making his first career Opening Day roster. He was acquired by the Yankees from the Twins in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy on November 11, 2015, and signed a seven-year contract extending through the 2025 season with a team option for 2026 on February 25, 2019. He is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Hicks played golf growing up and has participated in numerous charity golf tournaments.

Orioles and BARCS to hold two-day pet adoption event at Oriole Park


BARCS’ BFF Waggin’ will be at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 for fans looking to adopt a dog or cat. The mobile adoption vehicle will be parked at Maryland Square, located near Gate A. 

Over the past week, BARCS has taken in more than 300 new animals, putting them in a state of emergency. In order to help these animals, BARCS is waiving all adoption fees, effective immediately. Fans with game tickets who adopt an animal can pick up their pet after the game. 

Rodriguez optioned to Triple-A Norfolk


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

- Recalled LHP Keegan Akin from Triple-A Norfolk.

- Optioned RHP Grayson Rodriguez to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

Birdland Murals project details announced for 2023 season


The Orioles today announced plans for the latest mural installations as part of the Birdland Murals series, powered by PNC Bank. The first mural will be unveiled at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday, May 26, as part of the Orioles City Connect campaign. The second mural, which is expected to be completed by late summer, will be located in downtown Baltimore. The collaboration will continue to honor Baltimore’s rich culture, storied history, unique neighborhoods, and incredible people, while allowing Orioles fans to experience the remarkable talents of several local artists.

“We are proud that we are able to utilize our partnership with PNC to continue to amplify Baltimore’s vibrant arts community and use it as another avenue to connect to our city and community, highlighting the people and things that make Baltimore so special,” said JENNIFER GRONDAHL, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications.

“PNC Bank is again honored to sponsor this important work for the benefit all Oriole baseball fans,” said LAURA GAMBLE, PNC Regional President for Greater Maryland. “The mural offers a visual connection into Baltimore’s remarkable community and celebrates the diversity of our great city.”

The Oriole Park mural, which will be located on the concourse behind home plate, was created by SHAN WALLACE, an award-winning visual artist, photographer, and educator from East Baltimore. The vinyl mural will depict scenes from Baltimore’s iconic neighborhoods, while blending in elements from the team’s City Connect uniforms.

Inspired by her day-to-day experiences in Baltimore, SHAN’s work is focused on demonstrating the cultural and political narratives of black life, confronting and challenging the ideas that surround existing collections, cultures, and archives of Blackness. Her artwork has received national attention from publications like The Daily BeastEssence Magazine, Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Washington PostVICE, and the New York Times. SHAN’s work has also been featured in public and private collections across the United States, including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. 

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Urías activated, Ortiz returns to Norfolk


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Reinstated INF Ramón Urías from the 10-day Injured List (left hamstring strain).
  • Optioned INF Joey Ortiz to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles reinstate Givens, option Irvin


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:


- Reinstated RHP Mychal Givens from the 15-day Injured List (left knee inflammation).

- Optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Triple-A Norfolk.

Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams throws first pitch at Nationals Game

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The Washington Nationals welcomed 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, USC quarterback and graduate of D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School Caleb Williams to Nationals Park for today’s game vs. the Detroit Tigers. Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which was caught by Nationals pitcher Mason Thompson.

You can watch Williams' first pitch here.


City Connect gear debuts at Team Store on May 22


City Connect merch will be available exclusively at the Orioles Team Store at Oriole Park on Monday, May 22. Join us for the opportunity to purchase from the complete line of Orioles City Connect gear. It's the fastest way to get your merch including jerseys, caps, hoodies, t-shirts and more. Plus, enjoy exclusive fan photo ops, ballpark food options at SuperBook Bar & Restaurant and Boog's BBQ, and more.

  • Date: Monday, May 22
  • Location: Orioles Team Store
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Free Parking: Lots C
  • Entrance: Gate A Eutaw Street Entrance

Kuhl activated, Harris to Rochester


The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Chad Kuhl from the 15-day Injured List and optioned right-handed pitcher Hobie Harris to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Kuhl, 30, returns after being placed on the Injured List on May 1 with right foot metatarsalgia. Prior to being placed on the Injured List, he appeared in five games, going 0-2 with a 9.41 ERA. 

For his career, Kuhl is 31-43 with a 4.92 ERA in 132 games (116 starts) across seven Major League seasons with Washington (2023), Colorado (2022) and Pittsburgh (2016-21). He’s made 16 appearances out of the bullpen in his career, going 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

Harris, 29, posted a 5.40 ERA in 15 games out of the bullpen in his first Major League season.

Hot hitting leads to cool celebrations and even colder cash


The Orioles are continuing March and April’s hit parade this May with a smattering of taters up and down the lineup, and the slugging performances have kept Mr. Splash busy at Camden Yards. But as the fans were cooling down in the Bird Bath Splash Zone, the excitement was also heating up for the Orioles’ 50th home run of the season, all due to the Maryland Lottery’s Home Run Riches Contestant of the Game Promotion

When would it happen? Who would hit it? And who would be the Lottery’s Contestant of the Game at the time? Those questions have been on the minds of Orioles fans and Lottery players alike with each Orioles home run because when the team’s 50th homer was hit, someone was going to win a $50,000 prize!

The answers to these questions came on May 16 during the second game of the Orioles’ series against the Los Angeles Angels when two Ryans — O’Hearn and Mountcastle — went yard, hitting the 50 home run mark and winning Shady Side, Md. resident Barbara Phelps Anderson a total of $51,500!

In the 2023 campaign, the Birds have hit 53 HRs, winning the Lottery’s Home Run Riches Contestants of the Game $98,500. Contestants of the Game are drawn monthly, and the winners for the 24 games in June will be selected on May 23. The deadline to be part of that drawing is 11:59 p.m. on May 22.

The Maryland Lottery selects a Contestant of the Game for each of the Orioles’ 162 regular season games. Each winner receives $500 for being picked and is designated as the Contestant of the Game for an upcoming Orioles matchup. They’ll also win an additional $500 for each home run the Orioles hit during their designated game. 

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Irvin recalled, Gillaspie optioned

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

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

Dickerson activated, Alu optioned

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The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated outfielder Corey Dickerson from the 10-day Injured List and optioned infielder/outfielder Jake Alu to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Dickerson, 33, saw action in two games this season before he was placed on the Injured List with a left calf strain on April 2. In three games with Triple-A Rochester on rehab assignment, he went 2-for-10 with a double and a walk. Last season, Dickerson hit .267 with 17 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 36 RBI and 12 walks in 96 games for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also collected two hits in six at-bats (.333) during the 2022 Postseason.  

Dickerson has hit .281 with a .324 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging percentage in 1,036 games across 11 Major League seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals. He recorded 230 doubles, 36 triples, 134 home runs, 452 RBI, 220 walks and 471 runs scored in that time fame. Dickerson was named an American League All-Star in 2017 with Tampa Bay and won a National League Rawlings Gold Glove in 2018 with Pittsburgh.

Alu, 26, played in three games for Washington. He went 1-for-9 with a walk and a stolen base while starting three games in left field.

Gillaspie recalled, Stowers optioned


The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned OF Kyle Stowers to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

O's recall Vespi

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Recalled LHP Nick Vespi from Triple-A Norfolk.

Rom returns to Norfolk


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Optioned LHP Drew Rom to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday's game.

Krehbiel clears waivers, heads back to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • RHP Joey Krehbiel has cleared outright waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nats recall Alu, put Robles on IL

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The Washington Nationals recalled infielder Jake Alu from Triple-A Rochester, and placed outfielder Victor Robles on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to May 7) with back spasms on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Alu, 26, joins the Nationals after going 6-for-21 (.286) with two doubles, one homer, three RBI, two walks and two runs scored over his last six games with Triple-A Rochester. He hit his second home run of the year on Sunday. Overall, Alu hit .247 with four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, eight walks and three stolen bases in 21 games for the Red Wings. He appeared at third base (16 G), left field (2 G), designated hitter (2 G) and second base (1 G).

Alu was the 2022 “Nationals Way” Award winner after he led Washington’s Minor League system in average (.298), slugging percentage (.507), OPS (.872), doubles (40), extra-base hits (62) and total bases (252). He finished the season on a 20-game on-base streak, hitting in each of the final 14 games and tallying hits in 19 of 20 games during the streak. At third base, Alu led all of Minor League Baseball (infielders and outfielders) with 17 defensive runs saved, according to Baseball Info Solutions.

A former 24th-round pick from Boston College, Alu was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2022 season. If he appears in a game with Washington, he will be the lowest drafted position player to make his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals in team history (2005-pres.).

Robles, 25, is hitting .292 with four doubles, a triple, eight RBI and eight stolen bases in 31 games this season.