Orioles acquire outfielder Travis Snider from Pirates

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have completed a trade for Pirates outfielder Travis Snider. Pittsburgh’s return is a player to be named later and 21-year-old pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley.

The O’s lost Nelson Cruz this offseason to the Mariners and Nick Markakis to the Braves, so they’ve been desperately looking for an outfielder, courting free agents like Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and even Ichiro Suzuki. Ultimately the addition came via trade, and it could be a good one.

Snider had a very strong second half for Pittsburgh in 2014 and carries some upside at age 26. He was expendable for the Bucs because stud prospect Gregory Polanco is due to take over the right field gig.

This is a return to the AL East for Snider, who was drafted 14th overall by the Blue Jays in 2006. He batted just .248 with a .306 on-base percentage in 242 games with Toronto between 2008-2012 but slashed .288/.356/.524 over his final 60 games with the Pirates last year.

The O’s will hope he proves to be a legitimate late-bloomer.

Stephen Strasburg homers, knocks in five runs vs. Braves

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Stephen Strasburg‘s bat was on fire Thursday night in Atlanta. He hit a three-run home run off of Touki Toussaint to cap off an eight-run third inning, then added a two-run single off of Toussaint in the fifth.

The last time a pitcher knocked in at least five runs was on April 11, 2014 when Madison Bumgarner homered and drove in five runs at home against the Rockies. Strasburg is just the seventh pitcher since 2000 to knock in five runs in one game. The others, along with Strasburg and Bumgarner:

  • Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) vs. Reds, October 1, 2009 (HR, 6 RBI)
  • Jason Marquis (Cubs) vs. Mets, September 22, 2008 (HR, 5 RBI)
  • Micah Owings (Diamondbacks) vs. Braves, August 18, 2007 (2 HR, 6 RBI)
  • Robert Person (Phillies) vs. Expos, June 2, 2002 (HR, 7 RBI)
  • Shawn Estes (Giants) vs. Expos, May 24, 2000 (HR, 5 RBI)

Strasburg is 3-for-3 overall as he also singled to lead off the third. Tonight’s homer marked the fourth of his career and he’s now up to 25 RBI.

Strasburg is performing well on the mound as well. At the time of this writing, he has held the Braves to a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings as the Nationals lead 10-1.