Orioles re-sign Nate McLouth to one-year contract

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Nate McLouth resurrected his career after joining the Orioles in June, hitting .268 with a .777 OPS in 55 games following years of terrible production and the 31-year-old outfielder has decided to stay in Baltimore.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that McLouth has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles, who were said to be talking to Nick Swisher as a potential outfield replacement. Of course, giving McLouth a one-year deal doesn’t preclude the Orioles from trying to upgrade the lineup or at least bringing in some more depth in case he resumes being the guy who hit terribly in 2010, 2011, and the first half of 2012.

For now McLouth is slated to be the Orioles’ starting left fielder.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the one-year deal is worth $2 million, plus $500,000 in potential incentives.

Another interestingly named player is promoted by the Pirates

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When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the rest of us.

The Pirates are doing that. The other night Dovydas Neverauskas made his big league debut. In addition to being the first Lithuanian born-and-raised player in major league history, it’s a solid, solid name. Now the Pirates are making another promotion: Gift Ngoepe.

Yep, Gift Ngoepe. He’s an infielder from South Africa, making the leap to the bigs due to David Freese‘s hamstring injury. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, his ninth in the minors, so he’s not exactly a prospect. But man, that’s a killer name.

It’s also worth mentioning that Gift and Neverauskas were arrested together in a bar fight last August in Toledo, so there is already a good basis for some bonding here.

Good luck, Gift. Gift Ngoepe. Mr. Ngoepe. G-Ngo. Man, I could do this all day.

Manny Machado teaches us to never give up

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The Rays beat the Orioles last night, but the play of the game belonged to an Oriole defender.

Evan Longoria was batting and he chopped a ball foul down the third base line. At least it started out foul. As we all know, however, it doesn’t matter where the ball starts, it matters where it is when it crosses the bag.

Manny Machado knows this and didn’t give up on the ball despite it starting several feet in foul territory. He watched it come back, stayed with it and threw out Longoria who, unlike Machado, did give up on it, assuming he’d merely get a strike and another hack. Watch:

Longoria would get Machado back, however, fielding a ball Machado smoked to third base in the ninth inning, recording the second to last out of the game.