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Orioles sign Danny Valencia to a minor league deal

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The Baltimore Orioles have signed utilityman Danny Valencia to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Valencia could platoon with Colby Rasmus and back up multiple other positions, which is valuable in these days of 13-man bullpens and tiny position player benches. He hit .256/.314/.411 with 15 homers for the Mariners last season.

If Valencia makes the big league roster he’ll make $1.2 million with $3 million more available in incentives.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.