Orioles announce additional spring training game

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The Orioles today announced that the club will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Ed Smith Stadium for an additional Spring Training game on Monday, March 27, 2023.

For the complete 2023 Spring Training schedule, please visit Orioles.com/Spring. A printable schedule is also attached. Game times and report dates will be announced at a later date. To be among the first notified for 2023 ticket offers, fans should subscribe to the free Orioles Insider digital newsletter at Orioles.com/Newsletter.

Nats select contract of Israel Pineda

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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 catcher Israel Pineda from Triple-A Rochester
  • Recalled right-handed pitcher Jordan Weems from Triple-A Rochester
  • Placed catcher Keibert Ruiz on the 10-day Injured List with a testicular contusion
  • Designated left-handed pitcher Jake McGee for assignment

Pineda, 22, hit .258 with 20 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 71 RBI, 36 walks, three stolen bases and 49 runs scored in 99 games between High-A Wilmington, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Rochester. He ranked among Nationals Minor Leaguers in RBI (2nd, 71), home runs (5th, 16), slugging percentage (5th, .458), extra-base hits (6th, 38) and OPS (8th, .783) this season.

Washington’s No. 23 prospect by Baseball America and No. 26 per MLBPipeline.com, Pineda has recorded a .429 slugging percentage with 31 doubles, two triples and 30 home runs in 175 games since the start of the 2021 season.

Pineda signed with the Nationals on July 2, 2016 out of Maracay, Venezuela. With his debut, he will become the third member of Washington’s 2016 international class to appear in the Major Leagues, joining right-handed pitcher Joan Adon and infielder Luis García.

Weems, 29, returns for his third stint with the Nationals after tossing 10.0 scoreless innings and going 5-for-5 in save opportunities across his last eight games with Triple-A Rochester. He allowed just two hits (.067 opp. AVG) with 10 strikeouts and four walks over this stretch.

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Orioles nominate Dillon Tate for 2022 Roberto Clemente Award

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The Orioles and Major League Baseball today announced that DILLON TATE has been named the Orioles’ 2022 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One. The most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB, the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One, is the annual recognition of a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, sportsmanship, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. 

The Orioles will join all of Major League Baseball in celebrating the 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day, presented by Capital one, wearing jersey patches as they face the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Friday, September 16. The commemorative day was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards, all players will wear a ‘21’ patch on their jersey, and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. Once again this season, each team’s Clemente nominee will wear a ‘21’ patch on their jersey that indicates their nomination for the prestigious award.

As part of this nomination and in recognition of Tate’s exemplary commitment to serving his community, MLB will make a $7,500 donation to his foundation, Baseball Academia Corp. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will match the donation, for a total of $15,000 contributed. The Orioles will recognize Tate in a special on-field ceremony on Monday, September 19, as they host the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.

Tate exemplifies the spirit of Roberto Clemente. With his giving nature, kindhearted attitude, and passion for the community matched with his stellar performance on the field, he embodies what it means to be an Oriole.

While growing up in California, Tate frequently played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, taking advantage of free resources to help sharpen his skills. It was here that he learned the significance that professional sports teams can have on the development of youth on and off the diamond. He carried that knowledge with him throughout his career and has recognized the importance of giving back.  

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Orioles to participate in Habitat for Humanity build day Friday

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WHO: BRANDON HYDE, Orioles Manager;

           MIKE ELIAS, Orioles Executive Vice President & General Manager;

          JENNIFER GRONDAHL, Orioles Senior Vice President, Communications & Community Development;

           SELECT ORIOLES PLAYERS

WHAT: Members of the Orioles Orange & Black Gives Back employee volunteer program, as well as Manager Brandon Hyde, General Manager Mike Elias, and other representatives from the team will participate in a Habitat For Humanity build day on Friday, September 9. Projects will include painting, attaching siding, cleaning the build site, and more.

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Wells comes off IL, Watkins optioned to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Reinstated RHP Tyler Wells from the 15-day Injured List. He will start tonight’s game.
  • Optioned RHP Spenser Watkins to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles to host "Thanks Brooks Day" on Sept. 24

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In recognition of the 45th anniversary of the celebratory day to honor the retirement of BROOKS ROBINSON in 1977, the Orioles will host ‘Thanks Brooks Day,’ on Saturday, September 24, as they face the Houston Astros at 7:05 p.m. Robinson will be in attendance for the game at Camden Yards, to participate in the festivities which include:

Gate Giveaway: The first 15,000 fans, 15 and over, will receive a poster print of Norman Rockwell’s ‘Gee, Thanks Brooks’ painting.

Pregame Ceremony: Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. as Robinson will greet fans throughout the ballpark as he is driven around the warning track, an ode to the ceremonial events of 1977.

In-Game Items: Throughout the game, lucky fans will have the chance to win posters autographed by Robinson himself, and the videoboards will show highlights of his illustrious career. Additional in-game elements will be announced at Orioles.com/ThanksBrooks.

In the Community: On behalf of ‘Thanks Brooks Day,’ the Orioles will host members of local community organizations, with donated tickets to thank them for their commitment to the Baltimore community.

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Cano recalled, Reed activated; Vespi and Zimmermann optioned

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Yennier Cano from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 78.
  • Activated RHP Jake Reed. He will wear No. 61.
  • Optioned LHP Nick Vespi to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned LHP Bruce Zimmermann to Triple-A Norfolk.

Baumann back to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Returned 29th man RHP Mike Baumann to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles option Sulser, recall Zimmermann

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled LHP Bruce Zimmermann from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned RHP Beau Sulser to Triple-A Norfolk after Game 1.

Orioles claim RHP Reed from Dodgers

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Placed INF Jonathan Araúz on the Restricted List.
  • RHP Phoenix Sanders has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

The 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Sulser recall among roster moves

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Added RHP Mike Baumann from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader.
  • Recalled RHP Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned RHP Rico Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.

O's make waiver claim as Martin assigned to Norfolk, Sanders DFA

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Claimed RHP Anthony Castro off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • INF Richie Martin has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Designated RHP Phoenix Sanders for assignment.

The 40-man roster currently has 40 players.

Reyes clears waivers, assigned to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • RHP Denyi Reyes has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Orioles recall Hall, select Aguilar, designate Martin

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of INF Jesús Aguilar from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 99.
  • Recalled LHP DL Hall from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Designated INF Richie Martin for assignment.

Nationals recall Barrera, Thompson

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The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Tres Barrera and right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Barrera, 27, returns for his second stint with the Nationals this season. He batted .182 with a double, four RBI and two walks in 14 games with Washington. In 55 games for Triple-A Rochester this season, he hit .254 with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 25 RBI and 20 walks. Barrera had a hit in all three of his starts behind the plate for Rochester since being optioned on August 22.

Thompson, 24, returns for his fourth stint with the Nationals this season. He is 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA and seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings over nine games. Thompson was 0-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15.1 innings for Triple-A Rochester this season. He made his first start for Rochester on Aug. 27 allowing one run on three hits in 2.0 innings.

This Week at the Yard

SEPTEMBER 1 

INNER HARBOR SOCCER GOAL CHALLENGE 

Fans will have the opportunity to meet the Oriole Bird and enter-to-win free giveaways, including  an Orioles Soccer Jersey and tickets to the September 3 game, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside  of the Baltimore Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor. Fans can win free Pepsi products and Orioles  tickets when they attempt to kick a goal at the net located outside of the Baltimore Visitor Center,  and all fans who stop by will receive free Pepsi samples.  

SEPTEMBER 2

OAK

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Orioles assign Travis Lakins Sr. to Norfolk

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • RHP Travis Lakins, Sr. has cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nats place Cavalli on injured list, recall Abbott

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott from Triple-A Rochester and placed right-handed pitcher Cade Cavalli on the 15-day Injured List (retroactive to Aug. 28) with right shoulder inflammation on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Abbott, 26, returns for his fourth stint with the Nationals this season. He is 0–2 with a 4.74 ERA in eight games (four starts) with Washington. He struck out 23 in 24.2 innings, while walking 12. He did not appear in a game for Triple-A Rochester after being optioned on Aug. 24.

Cavalli, 24, made one start for the Nationals. He allowed seven runs on six hits and struck out six in 4.1 innings in his Major League debut on Aug. 26.

Orioles announce 2023 spring training schedule

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The Orioles today announced their 2023 Grapefruit League schedule, which is slated to begin Saturday, February 25, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. against the Minnesota Twins. The club’s 2023 spring schedule features 16 home games, including eight weekend games.

The Orioles will face nine different opponents during Grapefruit League play, with 11 of the club’s 31 games against American League East divisional rivals – Boston Red Sox (3 games; 2 at home), New York Yankees (2 games; 1 at home), Tampa Bay Rays (2 games; 1 at home), and Toronto Blue Jays (4 games; 2 at home).

The O’s will play a spring-high six games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, three of which will be at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles will also host the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Twins during their 2023 Spring Training slate.

The team’s 15-game road schedule features three games at the home ballpark of the Pirates, and two games at the Blue Jays, Phillies, Tigers, and Twins. The Orioles will also play one game at the Braves, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees.

The 2023 season will mark the Orioles’ 14th Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 13th season at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

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Orioles select contract of Gunnar Henderson

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of INF Gunnar Henderson from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear No. 2 and his first appearance will be his Major League debut.
  • Optioned INF Tyler Nevin to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Designated RHP Denyi Reyes for assignment.