Touch 'Em All: Padres, Street agree to 2-year deal

(Jeff Chiu/AP)

The Padres and their all-star closer, Huston Street, have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract through 2014.

The deal announced Sunday includes $7 million salaries for each of the next two seasons and a $7 million team option for 2015. Street, who turns 29 on Thursday, is 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA and has converted all 17 save opportunities in his first season with the Padres.

"You find a place that you're comfortable with, obviously success makes you feel more comfortable, but also the team, my teammates, wanting to be a teammate with these guys for an extended period of time," Street said.


Ford back in the bigs

Outfielder Lew Ford's five-year wait to return to the major leagues started Sunday with little fanfare.

The Orioles purchased Ford's contract from triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, and put him to work right away against the Athletics.

Unfortunately, Ford, in his first MLB game since 2007, went 0 for 3 with a walk in Baltimore's 6-1 win.

Ford, 35, batted .272 with 32 homers from 2003 to '07 with Minnesota. He played in Japan, Mexico, and the Atlantic League before the Orioles signed him to a minor-league deal in May.


Arcane stat central report

Speaking of the Orioles, rookie Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday set a record for strikeouts by a pitcher born in Taiwan, fanning 12 Athletics in an outing that lasted just 52/3 innings.

The lefthander surpassed Chien-Ming Wang's record of 10 strikeouts set on June 17, 2007, with the Yankees. Chen gave up one run on just three hits and got strikeouts for 12 of the 17 outs he recorded.

Chen also became the first Oriole to strike out at least 10 batters in fewer than six innings. Finally, those 12 strikeouts were the most by a Baltimore pitcher since Erik Bedard tied the franchise record with 15 against the Rangers on July 7, 2007.


Roberts done for season

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

"It just hasn't responded the way we were hoping it would," Roberts said. "Deep down in my gut, I think I knew before last night."

Roberts, 34, missed the start of the season with a concussion. He returned June 12 and was batting .182 in 17 games before going on the disabled list on July 3.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.