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Wada set to have season-ending elbow surgery

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--LHP Tsuyoshi Wada will undergo season-ending ligament transplant surgery on his pitching elbow May 11. Orthopedist Lewis Yocum will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Wada, 31, signed a two-year, $8.14 million deal with the Orioles in December, but he hurt his elbow in spring training and opened the season on the disabled list. He made one rehab start for Class AAA Norfolk, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings April 19.

--C Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with his seventh homer of the season. He also scored twice and drove in two runs, and he reached base on a walk, as well. His average climbed to .303 in the all-around solid performance, which also included calling a phenomenal game for RHP Jake Arrieta.

--RHP Jim Johnson was sharp in a quick workout in the ninth inning Wednesday. Johnson threw nine strikes on 16 pitches, striking out one to close out the Orioles' 5-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

--RF Nick Markakis hit a long homer, his third of the season, to give the Orioles an extra boost in the seventh inning. He finished 2-for-5. It was his first homer since April 7, his second game of the year.

--RHP Tommy Hunter will gain an extra day of rest, starting Sunday in Boston as RHP Jason Hammel moves up a day. Manager Buck Showalter tinkered with his rotation thanks to Thursday's off day. Showalter said Hunter was battling an ingrown toenail.

3 -- Hits in nine at-bats over two games against the Yankees for 1B Nick Johnson, who was previously hitless on the season.

"He was calm, he was down in the zone, and he was able to use the breaking ball as the punch-out pitch. He was in control all night." -- C Matt Wieters, on RHP Jake Arrieta, who beat the Yankees on Wednesday.

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