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Orioles acquire Valencia from Boston

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The Orioles today announced that they have acquired INF DANNY VALENCIA from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations.  To make room on the 40-man roster, INF JOE MAHONEY has been designated for assignment.

Valencia, 28, appeared in 44 games for Minnesota (34G) and Boston (10G) in 2012, batting a combined .188/.199/.299.  He is a career .316/.359/.472 hitter in 326 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.  In 2011, Valencia led the major leagues in games played at third base (154) and led the AL in assists as a third baseman (260), while batting .246/.294/.383 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI for the Twins.

Mahoney, 25, batted .265/.319/.389 in 132 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2012.  He also made his major league debut, appearing in two games for the Orioles, going 0-for-4.

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