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 later.
Saunders, who was scheduled to start Sunday against San Diego, was 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA 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.”
Saunders was born in nearby northern Virginia, played high school ball in Virginia and pitched at Virginia Tech before being drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.
The Orioles have only one left-hander in the bullpen and a rotation that includes rookies Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and Steve Johnson.
Saunders, 31, has pitched for the Angels and Diamondbacks since 2005.
Voice of Dodgers to return
Vin Scully is sticking around another season to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games.
The 84-year-old hall of fame broadcaster will return for a record 64th season in 2013. Scully will call all Dodgers home and road games in California and Arizona.