BALTIMORE -- Utility man Bill Hall was in Baltimore and starting in left field for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay after the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk.
Hall homered in the eighth inning as the O's beat the Rays, 5-3.
Hall signed a Minor-League deal with the club after failing to make the Yankees' 25-man roster out of Spring Training. Hall's line was .222/.269/.281 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 15 games with Norfolk. While the 32-year-old Hall usually plays third base, the Orioles will look to utilize his versatility, according to manager Buck Showalter.
"I have always had that mentality of moving around and doing whatever I needed to do to help the team win," said Hall, who hit seventh against the Rays. "I don't think that's ever gonna change, no matter how old I get. I feel like you put me anywhere on the field and I'm not going to embarrass us. Hopefully, I'll be better than average. That adds a lot of versatility to me. Obviously, that is a good thing."
Hall also was excited to join a first-place team and he was impressed by the way the Orioles have battled through numerous injuries this season. He had no concerns about adjusting to the outfield.
"I've been watching all along," Hall said about the big league club. "They got off to a great start and they've been maintaining it. This team has stayed consistent throughout. I'm very excited to be a part of that and add something to it in some ways."
With the addition of Hall to the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated pitcher Brad Bergesen for assignment. Bergesen, a fourth-round pick by the Orioles in 2004, is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in eight games for the Tide.