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Orioles name Gary Rajsich Director of Amateur Scouting

The Orioles today announced that Gary Rajsich (pronounced Ray-sitch) has been named Director of Amateur Scouting. “We have added a very good, veteran baseball man with this hire,” said Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette. “Gary is an excellent judge of talent at all levels.” Rajsich, 57, began his scouting career with the Boston Red Sox, serving in both the amateur and

Orioles sign free agent infielder Matt Antonelli

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent infielder Matt Antonelli to a major league contract. Antonelli, 26, was the Padres’ first round selection (17 th overall) in the 2006 First Year Player Draft. He spent 2011 with Double-A Harrisburg (four games) and Triple-A Syracuse (86 games) in the Nationals’ system, batting a combined .298/.390/.457 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs, finishing

O’s add right-hander Drake to 40-man roster

The Orioles today announced that they have added right-hander Oliver Drake to the 40-man roster. Drake, 24, spent the 2011 season with Class-A Fredrick (14 games), Double-A Bowie (12 games) and Triple-A Norfolk (one game), going a combined 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA (162.2IP, 60ER), striking out 129 and walking 43 in 25 starts. Selected by the Orioles in the 43rd round of the 2008

Nationals add five players to 40-man roster

The Washington Nationals today selected the contracts of first baseman Tyler Moore, catchers Derek Norris and Jhonatan Solano, and outfielder Eury Perez. Additionally, the Nationals claimed right-handed pitcher Cole Kimball off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. Moore hit .271 with 35 doubles, 31 home runs and 90 RBIs in

Nationals announce coaching staff for 2012

The Washington Nationals today announced that hitting coach Rick Eckstein, pitching coach Steve McCatty, third base coach Bo Porter, first base coach Trent Jewett and bullpen coach Jim Lett will return as members of manager Davey Johnson’s coaching staff for the 2012 season. The Nationals also announced that Randy Knorr will join the staff as bench coach. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and

Orioles announce uniform changes for 2012

The Orioles today unveiled their uniform changes for 2012, highlighted by the return of the cartoon bird as the logo on the club’s home and road caps and the introduction of an alternate orange jersey for Saturday home games. The 2012 cartoon bird head is a new design, utilizing elements from both the 1970 and 1983 versions. It will replace the ornithologically-correct bird on both

Fans encouraged to visit Orioles.com on Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m. to see 2012 uniform changes

Orioles fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. ET for a special announcement. As part of the club’s continued efforts to enhance the Orioles brand, the changes to the 2012 uniforms will be unveiled at this time, exclusively on the team’s website.

Orioles to honor 100th Anniversary of Buck O’Neil’s birth this Sunday at Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex in Sarasota

The Orioles will honor Negro Leagues pioneer Buck O’Neil in a ceremony at their minor league facility, the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, this Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. The date marks the 100th anniversary of O’Neil’s birth. O’Neil, who spent a portion of his childhood in Sarasota, was a star first baseman and manager in the Negro Leagues. He also

MASN sets 2011-12 NCAA basketball broadcast schedule

MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment, will broadcast up to 200 college baseball games this season, offering viewers a lineup of everything from local college games to contests featuring Top 25 teams. The regional sports network’s extensive hoops schedule includes regional favorites from Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, covering 12 conferences and major tournaments, including the BB&T Classic and the

Dream Foundation to take part in “Give to the Max” day

Beginning at midnight on Wednesday, November 9, Washington Nationals fans are encouraged to visit http://give2max.razoo.com/story/Washington-Nationals-Dream-Foundation to donate money to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation as part of “Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington,” a one-day regional online fundraiser to help raise money for D.C.-area nonprofit organizations. The Dream Foundation is calling on the support of Nationals fans across the region to donate money during

Orioles name Dan Duquette executive vice president of baseball operations

The Orioles today announced that they have named Dan Duquette as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. A veteran of over two decades in baseball operations at the Major League level, including 10 of those seasons as General Manager with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, Duquette has a proven track record of utilizing strong scouting and player development to construct contending franchises. “I

MASN to air documentary on Hoya basketball team’s trip to China

When the Georgetown University men’s basketball team traveled to China this past summer, the Hoyas went with a videographer who documented the trip, from start to finish. The end product of that historic 11-day trip can now be seen by all as MASN will air “From the Baseline” on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Produced by the Georgetown Athletics Department and Futureview, Inc., “From

Nationals agree to one-year contract with Chien-Ming Wang

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang on a one-year contract for the 2012 season. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Wang went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts with the Nationals in 2011, returning to the big leagues after missing more than two seasons with a right

O’s claim O’Day on waivers, reinstate trio from 60-day DL

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed right-hander Darren O’Day on waivers from the Texas Rangers. O’Day, 29, was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (16.2IP, 10ER) in 16 games for the American League champions this season. He was also 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA (21.1IP, 6ER), 27 strikeouts and four walks in 18 total games with Double-A Frisco (one game) and Triple-A Round Rock

Wieters and Markakis claim first Gold Gloves

Late tonight, Rawlings announced that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and right fielder Nick Markakis have been named this year’s American League Gold Glove Award recipients for defensive excellence at their respective positions. The award for Wieters culminates a season in which the 25-year-old was also named to his first All-Star team and set new career-highs in eight offensive categories, including hits, home runs, runs and

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