Baltimore trades for left-hander Saunders, sends Lindstrom to Arizona
Eager to bolster an inexperienced pitching staff during their first playoff run since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles obtained left-hander Joe...
BALTIMORE — Eager to bolster an inexperienced pitching staff during their first playoff run since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles obtained left-hander Joe Saunders on Sunday in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Baltimore gave Arizona right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom and cash considerations or a player to be named.
Saunders was 6-10 with a 4.22 earned-run average in 21 starts with Arizona this season. He won 12 games last season while helping the Diamondbacks win their first NL West title since 2007.
Baltimore began the day tied for the second American League wild-card spot with Oakland and in third place in the AL East, only four games behind the division-leading New York Yankees.
"I like our ballclub's chances," said Dan Duquette, the Orioles vice president of baseball operations. "There's an old saying: If you're going in the right direction, keep walking. So the addition of Joe Saunders gives us a chance to keep walking in the right direction. And I think it gives us better balance against the left-handed lineups that we're going to be facing."
The Orioles have one left-hander in the bullpen and a rotation that includes rookies Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and Steve Johnson.
Scully will return to Dodgers' booth in 2013
LOS ANGELES — Vin Scully, one of baseball's most beloved broadcasters, is sticking around for another year with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 84-year-old Hall of Famer will return for a record 64th season in 2013. He began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.
Scully said he is feeling energized after the Guggenheim Baseball Management group bought the team from Frank McCourt this spring for $2 billion.
• Texas right-hander Yu Darvish threw 39 pitches in a bullpen session and is expected to make his next scheduled start. Darvish was scratched from his start Thursday with right quadriceps tightness. Rangers manager Ron Washington said that the Japanese rookie will take his turn in the rotation Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
• Boston manager Bobby Valentine said the team will meet with David Ortiz (Achilles) on Monday to decide whether the designated hitter needs another trip to the disabled list, one that could end his season.
• Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday at Class A Dayton, perhaps the last step of his comeback from two surgical procedures on his left knee.