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Two new additions to the Diamondbacks' roster on Friday - 3B Ryan Wheeler has been called up from AAA Reno, and RHP Brad Bergesen has been claimed off waivers from the Orioles. They will be taking the roster spots of 3B Geoff Blum, who will be released, and RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, who will go back to AAA.
Third Base has been a problem for the Diamondbacks all year, with the team trying Ryan Roberts, Willie Bloomquist, Cody Ransom, John McDonald, Josh Bell, and Blum at the position. As a group, the Diamondbacks' third basemen have hit .230/.281/.351, and their .632 OPS is 100 points lower than any other position on the team. Wheeler will get a chance to win the 3B job after hitting .351/.388/.572 at AAA Reno with 15 HR and a minor league-leading 90 RBI. He has hit very well in the hitter-friendly PCL, but it remains to be seen how well that translates to the Majors. One worry is Wheeler's low walk rate in the PCL - 26 BB in 399 Plate Appearances (6.5%), but he also has a fairly low strikeout rate (16.8%). He will make his Major League debut tonight against the Astros, batting 8th against Bud Norris.
With Josh Collmenter moving back to the starting rotation, Brad Bergesen will slide into the long relief role. He has started 59 games in the Majors, with a career 4.60 ERA as a starter, and an overall ERA of 4.68 in 394 IP. He doesn't strike out many batters (career 4.7 K/9), but he does get a lot of ground balls (47.3 GB%) and doesn't walk many (2.6 BB/9). He's the type of pitcher who needs his defense to make plays behind him.
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Baltimore’s Jim Thome hit his 610th home run to pass Sammy Sosa and move into seventh place on the Major League Baseball all-time list.
The 41-year-old Thome led off the fourth inning for the Orioles Friday night and connected off Cleveland's Derek Lowe.
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome blasted a home run in the fourth inning of off Cleveland Indians pitcher Derek Lowe and passed Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list with his 610th career homer.
The homer was Thome sixth of the season and his first since joining the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the month in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Jim Thome's two-run homer in the seventh inning led the Baltimore Orioles to their fourth straight victory, a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Thome, who passed Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time home run list on Friday, hit his 611th and second with Baltimore since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1 off Zach McAllister (4-2).
Jim Thome hit his 610th career homer to move into seventh place on the career list and the Baltimore Orioles pounded out a 10-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
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Im really looking forward to it. There is definitely a little bit of nervousness, but a good nervousness, Bergesen said.
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