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C Steve Clevenger was acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with RHP Scott Feldman in a trade that sent RHP Jake Arrieta and RHP Pedro Strop to the Cubs along with two international signing-bonus slots. Clevenger, 27, was immediately optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after batting .327 with a .596 slugging percentage in 15 games for Iowa -- Chicago's Triple-A affiliate. Clevenger has a .199 average with a paltry .262 on-base percentage in 79 career major league games with the Cubs, dating back to 2011. He's also from Baltimore.

LHP Wei-Yin Chen will make his second and last rehab start on Thursday for Bowie, the Orioles' Double-A affiliate. Chen, who has been on the disabled list with an oblique strain, will then return to Baltimore's rotation. The Orioles are hoping he will throw around 90 pitches and last at least five innings -- after giving up four runs on five hits and two walks in five innings during his first rehab start this past weekend. Prior to the injury, Chen posted five quality starts in eight outings for the Orioles.

2B Brian Roberts crushed a first-pitch fastball from LHP John Danks 382 feet to left field on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field for a solo home run. The blast was Roberts' first homer since April 13, 2011, in New York against the Yankees.

RHP Scott Feldman will make his first start as an Oriole on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago White Sox, following a trade that sent him from the Chicago Cubs to Baltimore along with minor league C Steve Clevenger. Feldman will face Chicago LHP Hector Santago, who was lit up for five runs in just 2 1/3 innings in his previous outing. Feldman, who pitched for Orioles manager Buck Showalter when the skipper was leading the Texas Rangers, went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA for the Cubs in 15 starts this season -- posting nine quality starts.

RHP Jason Hammel took the loss Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, pitching seven innings and allowing all five runs in a 5-2 defeat. Hammel was strong through five innings, allowing just one run, but was touched for home runs by Conor Gillaspie and Adam Dunn. Hammel hasn't won since May 27, but manager Buck Showalter was pleased with his performance. This was the eighth time this season he has gotten four runs of support or less. "We just didn't score any runs tonight," Showalter said. "That's what some people will remember, but I look at how he pitched up until that home run to Dunn there. I thought he pitched well enough to win tonight."

OF Nolan Reimold was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after a right hamstring injury had sidelined him since May 12. Reimold, who played left field against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, was hitting .188 with a .257 on-base percentage and .327 slugging percentage in 31 games played prior to the injury. He went 1-for-3 against Chicago on Tuesday. "I want Nolan to get his feet wet, just like (Brian Roberts) did DH'ing and now he's going to play second," manager Buck Showalter said. "I just want to go into the All-Star break with a good idea what we have and what we don't have. It's encouraging to get some of these guys back."

RHP Miguel Gonzalez was slated to start for the Orioles on Wednesday in Chicago, but the team's trade to acquire RHP Scott Feldman pushed him back in the rotation. Gonzalez likely will pitch again Friday in New York against the Yankees.

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