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Orioles sign Logan Ondrusek from Japan to bolster pen

Orioles sign Logan Ondrusek from Japan to bolster pen

The Orioles reached all the way to Japan in an attempt to bolster their bullpen. On Friday, the Orioles signed 31-year-old right-hander Logan Ondrusek, who spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and the last two with the Yakult Swallows. 

Ondrusek immediately joins the Orioles in Toronto, and Chaz Roe was designated for assignment. 

From 2010-14, Ondrusek was 21-11 with a 3.89 ERA in 281 games with Cincinnati. In 2015 and 2016, Ondrusek was 8-3 with 11 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 102 games with the Swallows. 

“Ondrusek is a proven major league pitcher with good stuff and we believe he can help our major league club now,” Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette wrote in a text message. 

Roe, who was 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in nine games this season. 

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Nats place C Jose Lobaton on disabled list, call up Severino

Nats place C Jose Lobaton on disabled list, call up Severino

The Nationals will be without Jose Lobaton for at least a few days, as they placed the backup catcher on the disabled list Friday retroactive to July 20. Lobaton is dealing with left elbow tendinitis.

Taking his place on the roster will be catcher Pedro Severino, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. This is Severino's second stint with the Nats this season.

Lobaton, 31, takes a break after holding a .194 average with one homer and three RBI through 22 games. He last played on July 19 against the Dodgers and has only appeared in four games this month.

Severino, 23, only made one appearance with the Nats when he replaced Wilson Ramos, who went on the bereavement list in late April. Severino also played two games with the Nationals last season.

Known more for his defensive abilities, Severino has a .259 average with two homers and 17 RBI in 73 games at Triple-A this season.

MASNsports.com first reported Severino's call-up.

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Maryland gets commitment from 2017 North Carolina kicker

Maryland gets commitment from 2017 North Carolina kicker

North Carolina kicker Jonathan Doerer has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon. 

Doerer stands 6-3 and is listed at 188 pounds pounds, per Rivals.com. Watch his highlights below.

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