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MLB roundup: Orioles acquire pitcher Saunders

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The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-handed starter Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for right-hander Matt Lindstrom.

The Orioles, who also received cash considerations, recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta to take the 25th spot on the roster for Sunday's game.

Saunders was placed on waivers Tuesday and the team began to seek trade offers for him. After going 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts this season, he was likely out of the D-backs' price range after his $6 million contract expires this winter,

On Monday, he gave up a career-high nine earned runs and tied a career high by giving up 12 hits while lasting 3 2/3 innings.

Saunders, an eight-year veteran, is 75-62 with a 4.17 ERA in 182 career starts with the Los Angeles Angels and the Diamondbacks, for whom he has played the past three seasons.

Lindstrom has a 1-0 record with 2.72 ERA. He was acquired during the off-season as part of the trade that sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies.

---The Los Angeles Dodgers, fresh off the biggest trade of the season, will have Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully back for the 2013 season.

The team announced Sunday the 84-year-old broadcaster will return for a 64rd season next year.

Scully has been calling games for the franchise since 1950 season, when it was located in Brooklyn. It is the longest tenure of any broadcaster in professional sports history.

---The Boston Red Sox made room for newly acquired first baseman James Loney by optioning outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Class AAA Pawtucket, the team announced Sunday.

The Red Sox also recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Beato from Pawtucket.

Beato was acquired Aug. 16 from the New York Mets in the trade for catcher Kelly Shoppach.

---The Boston Red Sox suspended closer Alfredo Aceves for three games, the team announced Saturday night.

Aceves, who was sidelined for "conduct detrimental to the team," was suspended after a closed-door meeting Friday with manager Bobby Valentine. That was preceded by Aceves showing anger that he was not used to close Friday's victory over Kansas City.

Aceves, who is in his second season with the Red Sox, has 27 saves this season. He has struggled in the role recently, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits in his last 9 2/3 innings.

---Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who has been sidelined since Wednesday with a right calf injury, is not expected back until at least Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Pujols left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning with a right calf injury. He underwent an MRI exam on Thursday that revealed inflammation and no structural damage.

Pujols had been on a torrid pace lately, clubbing 14 homers since the All-Star break (the most in the majors) and compiling a .747 slugging percentage over his past 21 games.

---One day after being activated, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was back on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a wrist injury that could end his season.

The left wrist strain had sidelined Bautista for 5 1/2 weeks before he felt discomfort in his wrist during the third inning of Saturday's game.
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