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Orioles Acquire Ex-National Lombardozzi In Deal With Tigers

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Steve Lombardozzi was traded to the Tigers in December and didn't have an opportunity to play in a regular season game before being shipped to the Orioles. (credit: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Steve Lombardozzi was traded to the Tigers in December and didn’t have an opportunity to play in a regular season game before being shipped to the Orioles. (credit: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Detroit Tigers for infielder Alex Gonzalez.

The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBIs for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister.

Gonzalez, a 37-year-old infielder, has a .246 average with six major league teams. He was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins.

He agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract and has a .429 batting average during spring training.

Detroit was seeking a shortstop because of the shin injuries to Jose Iglesias.

To make room for Lombardozzi on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Johnny Monell for assignment.

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