Pitcher Gabino claimed off waivers from Twins
The Orioles on Monday claimed right-handed pitcher Armando Gabino off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Gabino, 26, went 6-4 with three saves in 38 games (seven starts) for Triple-A Rochester in 2009 and had a 17.18 ERA in two appearances for the Twins. He made his major league debut against the Orioles on Aug. 25, allowing four earned runs and five hits and walking three in 2 2/3 innings while getting a no-decision in the Twins' 7-6 victory. The Orioles have 34 players on their 40-man roster. ... Third baseman Melvin Mora was classified as a Type B free agent, but that's essentially a moot point because the Orioles have no interest in offering him arbitration, a necessary step for getting draft-pick compensation for the player. Relievers Danys Baez and Mark Hendrickson, who are free agents after playing for the Orioles last season, didn't get either Type A or Type B classification.
- JEFF ZREBIEC
Cuban pitcher: : The pitcher who helped Cuba defeat the Orioles at Camden Yards a decade ago tried to stop a fight Sunday and was smashed in the face with a blunt object. His injuries are not life-threatening but he will need reconstructive surgery. Norge Luis Vera is in "delicate, stable condition and fully conscious," the government-controlled Radio Rebelde said Monday. He is in the intensive care unit of Saturnino Lora Hospital in Santiago, Cuba's second-largest city. Vera, now 38 and a pitcher for Santiago, allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings against the Orioles in relief of Jose Contreras.
Terps women's soccer team to open NCAAs at home
The Maryland women's soccer team has been selected as the No. 4 seed in the North Carolina bracket and will serve as a host school for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I tournament. The 20th-ranked Terps will take on Monmouth at 5 p.m. Friday at Ludwig Field. Maryland, one of 64 teams selected to play in the tournament, is making its 10th overall appearance and has a record of 12-5-2. The Hawks, 15-4-1 overall, earned their bid by winning the Northeast Conference championship. The other two teams selected to the College Park pod were Villanova (11-5-5) and Washington State (13-5-2). The Wildcats and Cougars will play at 8 p.m. Friday. The winners will play at 1 p.m. Sunday. ... Stevenson received its fifth postseason appearance in the program's 16-year history, as the Mustangs were one of eight teams selected to the ECAC Division III South championship and will host Moravian at Caves Athletics Complex at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Men's soccer: : Salisbury will host four teams competing in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The Sea Gulls (14-3-1) will play Virginia Wesleyan (14-3-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the winner of that match will play at 1 p.m. Sunday against Johns Hopkins (15-3-2) or Misericordia (12-4-3), who play in the other semifinal. ... Hopkins seniors John Scheuch and Ravi Gill were named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. ... Stevenson drew the No. 6 seed in the eight-team ECAC South tournament, which begins Wednesday. The Mustangs will visit third-seeded Penn State-Altoona. ... Loyola junior forward Phil Bannister moved into a tie for first in NCAA Division I for assists per game after recording two in the Greyhounds' regular-season finale at Manhattan on Sunday to raise his season total to 10 and his per-game average to 0.67. Bannister and the Greyhounds open play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships as the No. 2 seed Friday, when they take on No. 3 seed and tournament host Fairfield at 4 p.m.
Field hockey: : St. Mary's freshman forward Lauriann Parker (Glenelg) was voted the school's October Athlete of the Month after scoring nine goals and adding four assists in eight games.
Football: : Maryland's Torrey Smith was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist of the Week after he returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and totaled 268 all-purpose yards. Smith set the Maryland all-time record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns (three) and tied the single-season mark (two) set in 1975 by Richard Jennings. He had a career-high 204 kickoff return yards and stands in fourth place all-time on the ACC career list (2,202). ... Salisbury's Regents Cup game against Frostburg State on Saturday, originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, has been moved back to 4 p.m. to accommodate the NCAA Division III field hockey tournament at Sea Gull Stadium.
- From Sun staff and news services