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Orioles claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers from the Cubs. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, outfielder Quintin Berry has been released. Lavarnway, 27, batted .283/.389/.370 in 62 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014. In 301 major league plate appearances since 2011, Lavarnway has batted .201/.249/.315 with five home runs. He was claimed off waivers

Orioles name Scott Coolbaugh as major league hitting coach

The Orioles today announced that they have named Scott Coolbaugh as Major League Hitting Coach. Coolbaugh, 48, has been in the Texas organization for the last eight seasons, most recently serving at Minor League Hitting Coordinator in 2014. He was also Major League Hitting Coach through 2012 after being named to the post on June 8, 2011 by the Rangers. In 2012, Texas led the

Washington Nationals acquire right-hander Joe Ross and Player to be Named

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and minor league left-handed pitcher Travis Ott on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The deal was part of a three-team trade that also included the Tampa Bay Rays, who will

Orioles sign left-hander Wesley Wright to a one-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent left-hander Wesley Wright to a one-year contract. Wright, 29, posted a 3.17 ERA (48.1IP, 17ER) in 58 games for the Cubs in 2014, his third straight season making 55 or more appearances. He held left-handed hitters to a .594 OPS, not allowing an extra-base hit to a lefty in 85 plate appearances. Wright also allowed

Orioles name Kristen Hudak as Director of Public Relations

The Orioles today announced that Kristen Hudak has been named Director, Public Relations. Hudak, who returns to the Orioles’ market after three and a half years at ESPN, will oversee the public relations department, including corporate communications, media relations, online communications, photography, and team publications. She will begin her duties on Monday, December 29, reporting directly to Greg Bader, Vice President, Communications & Marketing. As

Nationals acquire second baseman Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel de Los Santos from the Rangers

The Washington Nationals acquired second baseman Chris Bostick and right-handed reliever Abel de Los Santos from the Texas Rangers on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Bostick, 21, has a .270 career batting average and a .341 on-base percentage in four Minor League seasons ranging from Rookie Level to high

Orioles offer unique experiences in MLB online auction benefitting LUNGevity Foundation

The Orioles are encouraging fans to bid on once in a lifetime auction opportunities via www.mlb.com/lungevity until 11:00 p.m. ET tonight, with proceeds going to the LUNGevity Foundation in memory of Orioles’ late Public Relations Director Monica Barlow, who worked closely with the charity. Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, and all 30 Clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction featuring exclusive

Orioles select right-hander Logan Verrett in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles today announced that they have selected right-hander Logan Verrett in the Rule 5 draft from the New York Mets organization. Verrett, 24, went 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA (162.0IP, 78ER) in 28 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. In three seasons in the New York organization, he has gone 28-13 with a 3.89 ERA (411.1IP, 178ER) and 3.5 strikeouts per walk. Verrett

Orioles acquire right-hander Jason Garcia from Houston in exchange for cash considerations

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-hander Jason Garcia from Houston following his selection with the #4 pick in the Rule 5 draft out of the Boston Red Sox organization in exchange for cash considerations. Garcia, 22, went 3-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA (56.1IP, 23ER) in 14 combined games (seven starts) with Class-A Lowell and Greenville. He struck out 9.4

36th annual OriolesREACH holiday party for kids to be held next Tuesday, Dec. 16

Current and former Orioles will host 80 kindergarten through fifth grade students from Callaway Elementary School in Baltimore as part of the 36th Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids next Tuesday, December 16, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall. Manager Buck Showalter, along with current Orioles Brad Brach and Steve Pearce, will be joined by former O’s Al

Buck Showalter named 2014 Manager of the Year by Baseball America

Baseball America today announced that Buck Showalter has been named winner of the 2014 Manager of the Year award. Showalter becomes the third manager to be recognized with the award twice (also 2012) since Baseball America began giving the honor in 1998, joining BOBBY COX (2004 and 2010) and Mike Scioscia (2002 and 2009). He was also the recipient of the publication’s inaugural Minor League

Orioles sign right-hander Eddie Gamboa to a major league contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed right-hander Eddie Gamboa to a major league contract. Gamboa, 29, went a combined 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA (108.2IP, 46ER) and a career-high 8.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 19 games (17 starts) with Double-A Bowie (five starts) and Triple-A Norfolk (14 games/12 starts) in 2014. He is currently pitching for Navajoa in the Mexican Pacific League

Washington Nationals announce NatsFest details

The Washington Nationals today released new details about NatsFest, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, December 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Season Plan Holders will have exclusive access to the event for an entire hour (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) before NatsFest opens to the general public at 11:00 a.m. * For more information on becoming a Season

O’s tender contracts to 11 arbitration-eligible players

The Orioles today announced that they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players: catcher Matt Wieters; infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce; outfielder Alejandrop De Aza; right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman; and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz. Wieters, 28, batted .308/.339/.500 in 26 games in 2014. Davis, 28, batted .196/.300/.404 with 26 home runs and 72

Dan Duquette named 2014 Executive of the Year by Baseball America

Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette has been named Baseball America’s 2014 Executive of the Year. The Orioles were the 2014 American League East champions and advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1997. Baltimore’s 96-66 record was tied for second-best in the majors in 2014 and the club’s best single-season mark since 1997, when they went

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