O’s acquire RHP Tommy Hunter & INF Chris Davis from Rangers in exchange for RHP Koji Uehara

The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired RHP Tommy Hunter and INF Chris Davis from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP Koji Uehara.

Hunter, 25, is 23-13 with a 4.36 ERA (266.1IP, 129ER) and 151 strikeouts in 53 career games (44 starts) over parts of four seasons with Texas, including 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (128.0IP, 53ER) and 68 strikeouts in 23 games (22 starts) in 2010. A Rangers’ first round draft pick (54th overall selection) in the 2007 First Year Player Draft, Hunter went 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA (15.1IP, 5ER) in eight relief appearances for the Rangers this season and 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA (26.2IP, 15ER) in eight games (five starts) for Triple-A Round Rock.

Davis, 25, has batted .248/.300/.454 with 49 doubles, 42 home runs and 124 RBI in 265 career major league games over parts of the last four seasons with the Rangers. A corner infielder, Davis batted .250/.299/.403 with three home runs and six RBI in 27 games with Texas and .368/.405/.824 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI in 48 games with Triple-A Round Rock this season. He was the Rangers’ 5th round pick in the 2006 First Year Player Draft.

Uehara, 36, pitched to a 1.72 ERA (47.0IP, 9ER) with 62 strikeouts in 43 games for the Orioles this season. In 98 career games for Baltimore over the past three seasons, he went 4-7 with a 3.03 ERA (157.2IP, 53ER) and 165 strikeouts.