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Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-09

Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-05-09
Ryan Freel got his wish: he's no longer an Oriole.

The versatile veteran, who was injured while diving back to a base last month just days after coming public about his disdain for riding the bench, was dealt to the Chicago Cubs Friday for minor league outfielder Joey Gathright.

Freel, who was acquired in the December trade that sent Ramon Hernandez to the Reds, met with Orioles president Andy MacPhail to discuss his role with the club, and within a week, was on the disabled list after being struck in the head by a pick-off throw to second base in Boston.

"Ryan and I talked a couple times, and he saw himself more as a National League player... and I really couldn't fault his logic," Orioles president Andy MacPhail told The Sun. "To me, you could kind of see that there wasn't going to be as many at-bats here as we originally forecast. I think this gives him a new lease, and hopefully he'll get back to the type of player he was before."

Gathright, 28, was 3-for-14 with the Cubs after batting .254 with 21 stolen bases in Kansas City last year. Much like Freel, Gathright was lost in the shuffle of a crowded outfield. He'll report to Class-AAA Norfolk, and will be among the first recalled should the club need a veteran outfield reserve.

YANKEES 4, ORIOLES 0: CC Sabathia threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak. The Orioles put two runners on base for the middle of the lineup in the ninth, but Sabathia escaped with his first shutout as a Yankee.

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Added: May 9, 2009

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