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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BASEBALL

Orioles pass over Tillman for Hernandez

The Baltimore Orioles named David Hernandez their fifth starter, a move that means 21-year-old Chris Tillman will head to the minor leagues.

Hernandez and Tillman both made their major league debuts last year with Baltimore. They were competing this spring to fill out the rotation behind Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen.

"Hernandez has come into camp looking and pitching with more confidence," Manager Dave Trembley said. "He's had a good camp and I think we feel like he's ready to take the fifth slot."

Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Tillman was 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA. . . .

The Florida Marlins acquired Nate Robertson from the Detroit Tigers for Jay Voss. The move enables Robertson to start with the Marlins and ensures left-hander Dontrelle Willis a spot in the Detroit rotation. . . .

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will likely start the season in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system. General Manager Walt Jocketty said the left-hander has adapted well but had his chances of making the team scuttled by a back injury that cost him a week. . . .

New York Mets shortstop José Reyes played in a minor league game, his first action since being sidelined with a thyroid problem. Reyes went 1 for 5 against the Cardinals' AAA team and played three innings in the field.

SOCCER

D.C. United is in preliminary talks concerning a possible charity friendly against El Salvador's national team at RFK Stadium, club officials said. Several dates have been discussed. The club also is close to finalizing a match with Spanish club Valencia in early August. . . .

Wayne Rooney scored an early goal then limped off with an ankle injury as Manchester United lost to Bayern Munich, 2-1, in the first leg of the European Champions League quarterfinals. He could miss Saturday's game against Chelsea. . . .

The New York Red Bulls gave a contract extension to assistant coach Richie Williams, a former D.C. United player.


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