O's deal for lefty starter Saunders

BALTIMORE - On Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles acquired Joe Saunders from Arizona along with cash considerations in exchange for Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later.

Saunders, who's from Springfield, Va., is 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this season.

He'll likely report on Monday and is likely to start Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.

The Orioles' scheduled Sunday game against the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed by rain. Heavy rain pelted the area, and after waiting for nearly two hours, 30 minutes, the game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 24 beginning at 4:05 p.m.

Chris Tillman, who was supposed to pitch on Sunday, is likely to pitch Tuesday against Chicago. Wei-Yin Chen will make his originally scheduled start on Monday.

The 31-year-old Saunders, a lefthander, is 75-62 with a 4.17 ERA in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona.

"We've liked Joe Saunders for quite a while. We had some discussions with him in the offseason. He's a local kid and a professional left-handed pitcher," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

"He's won more than he's lost in the big leagues, he's pitched in the American League, he's pitched in the playoffs."

Saunders told the Arizona Republic he was happy with the trade.

"I was excited to get traded to a contending team," he said. "They're in the hunt right now, so it's going to be exciting."

Saunders grew up as an Orioles fan.

"I went to a lot of those games," he said.

Saunders has worked out in Arizona with Mark Reynolds, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones.

"I pitched against Adam Jones pretty much my whole life. I know a few of those guys over there," Saunders said.

Lindstrom, who was acquired along with Jason Hammel in February from Colorado in exchange for Jeremy Guthrie, is 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 34 games. He missed seven weeks in May and June with a tear in the ligament of his right middle finger.

"Surprised, but kind of excited," Lindstrom said early Sunday afternoon, just after being informed of the trade. "It's a little bittersweet, obviously because the team has done so well."

Duquette was eager to add a veteran presence to the starting rotation, which includes first-year pitchers Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Steve Johnson. Jason Hammel, who had right knee surgery on July 16, hopes to return next month.

"I've always felt pretty good about this ballclub," Duquette said. "I just like this addition of veteran left-handed depth to our staff. It helps solidify the starting rotation while we're watiing for Jason Hammel to return and then if Jason Hammel does return, it gives us another good left-handed option."

Lindstrom said he will miss his now-former teammates.

"I have a ton of faith in these guys. This is a great team we're on here in Baltimore. I think they're going to go a long ways," he said. "I don't think anybody should be surprised if they end up [in] first. I just wish them well, and I know they're going to have continued success."

NOTES: To make up for Lindstrom's absence, the Orioles recalled Jake Arrieta from Norfolk for Sunday's game, but he may be cut again when Saunders arrrives. ... The Orioles haven't officially decided on Wednesday and Thursday's starters, but Zach Britton could start then. ... The White Sox arrive for a four-game visit beginning Monday. Francisco Liriano, Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Jose Quintana are Chicago's scheduled pitchers.

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