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Orioles acquire Feldman in deal with Cubs

Scott Feldman is taking his talents to the South Side.

The right-handed starter will make his Orioles debut Wednesday, but will not have to travel very far. Feldman, who was acquired from the Cubs on Tuesday, will take the mound at U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox.

Feldman was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.134 WHIP in 15 starts with the Cubs. Now in his ninth Major League season, Feldman spent eight campaigns with Texas, and was managed by Orioles manager Buck Showalter for two years.

Showalter is trying to lead the Orioles to the playoffs for the second straight season and will be reunited with Feldman, who owns a 4.66 career ERA.

"He's had a couple things in his arsenal that are a little different than when I had him," Showalter said of the 6-foot-7 pitcher. "He was more of a relief pitcher there, had a little different arm angle. There's a lot of things that work in his favor. He's been in the American League. Should be a pretty seamless transition to the locker room."

Meanwhile, the White Sox will send Hector Santiago to the mound as they look for a second straight victory after ending a five-game losing streak on Tuesday. The lefty is coming off a forgettable start against the Indians in which he allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings of what turned out to be a 19-10 loss.

White Sox: Konerko says off-day can help team regroup
The White Sox have been buried in the American League central standings for just about the entire 2013 campaign, but the end of June was a particularly rough stretch.

Chicago lost six of its last seven games in the month, and the team was swept in four games by the Indians over the weekend.

However, the White Sox had an off-day Monday and followed it up with a 5-2 victory against the Orioles on Tuesday night. The White Sox still have the second-worst record in the American League, but veteran Paul Konerko said having an off-day helps a team to put some things behind it.

"I think the off-day helped," Konerko said. "I think everyone gathers themselves and there's no magic formula. Everyone knows, everyone has been going out there and playing as hard as they can. If anything, we as a team, our struggles stem from trying too hard."

Orioles: Roberts hits first homer since return from injury
Brian Roberts gave the Orioles the lead with a solo homer Tuesday night, the first for the second baseman this season.

Roberts spent almost three months on the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring in early April. Tuesday's game was just the second Major League contest for Roberts since the injury, but he blasted a third-inning home run off John Danks.

It was Roberts' only hit of the night, and he also walked once. He is 2-for-6 in two games since coming off the DL.

Worth noting
• Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold was 1-for-3 with a single on Tuesday night in his first game since May 11. He was sidelined with a strained right hamstring.

• The White Sox have brought Jim Thome back to the organization as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. Comments