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17-19 5-5 W2
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Top Pat Valaika News

  • Braves' Pat Valaika: Signs with Atlanta

    Valaika signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Valaika split time between Triple-A Norfolk and the major-league club while playing for the Orioles last year, and he hit .201 with five home runs, 25 RBI and 17 runs across 91 appearances with Baltimore. The 29-year-old will compete for a depth role with Atlanta prior to the 2022 campaign.

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  • Pat Valaika: Heads to open market

    Valaika cleared waivers Monday and elected free agency, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika hit a surprising .277/.315/.475 in the shortened 2020 season, but he didn't come anywhere near that this year. His .201/.250/.290 line in 91 games was even worse than the .214/.256/.400 line he posted in his first four years in the league. He's unlikely to generate much interest in anything more than a minor-league deal on the open market.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Loses spot on 40-man roster

    Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

    Valaika took on a starting role across the final few weeks of the 2021 campaign but failed to generate much production. Across 91 appearances in 2021, he hit .201 with five home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs and a stolen base.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Knocks two-run homer

    Valaika went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 6-4 loss to Toronto.

    The second baseman contributed half of Baltimore's offense in a four-run eighth inning. Valaika has hit a reasonable .273 (9-for-33) in his last 10 games, adding a homer and three doubles in that span. He's slashing just .199/.250/.291 with five long balls, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and a stolen base in 273 plate appearances overall.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: On bench Thursday

    Valaika isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika will get a breather after he went 5-for-12 with a double and three strikeouts across the last three games. Richie Martin will take his place at shortstop and bat seventh.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Two hits in loss

    Valaika went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

    The infielder was the only Oriole to record multiple hits in the contest. Valaika has seen regular playing time with Ramon Urias (groin) out, although the former hasn't done much by hitting just .242 in his last nine games. For the year, Valaika has an uninspiring .199/.256/.279 slash line with four home runs, 21 RBI, 14 runs scored and a stolen base in 247 plate appearances.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Starting in second straight

    Valaika will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against the Yankees.

    After getting a call-up from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday and taking over Jorge Mateo's (back) spot on the 40-man roster, Valaika entered the lineup for the Orioles' 7-2 loss and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. He'll pick up another start Wednesday, this time stepping in against a left-handed pitcher (Nestor Cortes). With Jahmai Jones on the bench for a third straight contest, Valaika looks as though he'll get a look in a near-everyday role in the infield along with Kelvin Gutierrez and Ramon Urias.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Back in big leagues

    Valaika's contract was selected by the Orioles on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika gives the Orioles another option in the middle infield after Jorge Mateo was shut down for the year with right lumbar inflammation. He'll head straight into the starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, batting eighth and playing shortstop. Valaika could see regular playing time down the stretch, but he'll have to hit a lot better than the .192/.251/.280 line he managed in 72 games earlier this season if he's to have any fantasy value.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Accepts outright assignment

    Valaika cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Valaika had served as the Orioles' preferred option at second base in July after Freddy Galvis (quadriceps) landed on the IL, but he was designated for assignment after he hit just .192 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 13 runs in 72 games this year. He was unable to land another spot on a 40-man roster and will remain in the organization.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Booted from 40-man roster

    The Orioles designated Valaika for assignment Thursday.

    Since Freddy Galvis (quadriceps) was placed on the injured list in late June before being dealt to the Phillies last week, Valaika had settled in as the Orioles' preferred option at second base. However, the 28-year-old couldn't capitalize on the added playing time, slashing a woeful .192/.251/.280 over 212 plate appearances on the season before being booted from the 40-man roster in favor of utility man Jorge Mateo, whom the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Padres. Assuming Valaika goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk in the coming days.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Day off Wednesday

    Valaika isn't starting Wednesday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika has gone 0-for-11 with five strikeouts across his last three appearances, and he'll get a chance to reset Wednesday. Ramon Urias will start at the keystone while Richie Martin takes over at shortstop.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Gaining more playing time

    Valaika will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Tigers.

    While he'll be filling in for everyday shortstop Ramon Urias in the series finale, Valaika looks to have at least temporarily moved ahead of Domingo Leyba on the depth chart at second base. Valaika started the past two games at the position, going 3-for-8 with two RBI between those contests. Look for manager Brandon Hyde to ride the hotter bat of Valaika and Leyba the rest of the season, though neither would be an especially appealing fantasy option with regular playing time.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Still on bench

    Valaika isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika has hit just .161 with three home runs, six RBI, four runs, two walks and nine strikeouts across his last 11 games, and he'll retreat to the bench for a second straight contest. Domingo Leyba will start at the keystone and bat ninth.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Not starting Tuesday

    Valaika is not starting Tuesday against the Marlins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Valaika is in the midst of a 5-for-31 funk at the plate, so he'll take Tuesday as an opportunity to try to reset. Domingo Leyba will get the start at the keystone and bat ninth.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Takes seat Saturday

    Valaika is not starting Saturday's game against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Three hits in his last two games, each of which left the yard, have boosted Valaika's average to .209 with six RBI in 14 games this month. He gets the day off Saturday while Domingo Leyba starts at second base and bats seventh.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Added to Saturday's lineup

    Valaika is batting ninth and playing second base Saturday against the Nationals, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Valaika was initially omitted from Saturday's lineup, but he will play now that lefty Jon Lester is starting for Washington.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Homers twice in win

    Valaika went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs in Friday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.

    Valaika hadn't displayed much power to begin the year and had homered just once prior to Wednesday's loss to the Rays, but he's now homered three times across his last two appearances. The 28-year-old is now slashing .196/.257/.298 with four home runs, 18 RBI and 13 runs in 2021.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Slugs second home run Wednesday

    Valaika went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Rays.

    The 28-year-old's third-inning shot to left field tied the game 2-2 before the Rays ultimately won the contest on a ninth-inning walk-off. Valaika has hit only .175 with four RBI in 13 games this month, and Wednesday's home run was his first extra-base hit since June 23. Although he's essentially an everyday player for the Orioles, Valaika has posted uninspiring numbers offensively this season, as evidenced by his .188/.250/.255 slash line.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Gets third straight start

    Valaika will start at second base and bat eighth Wednesday against the Rays.

    Valaika will stick in the lineup for a third straight game after going 1-for-6 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored in the first two contests of the series. At this point, he may have temporarily taken the top job at second base back from Domingo Leyba, though both players will start Wednesday with Leyba filling in at third base for a resting Kelvin Gutierrez.

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  • Orioles' Pat Valaika: Drives in two in win

    Valaika went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in Monday's 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.

    Valaika hit a two-run single in the sixth inning and then came around to score on Kelvin Gutierrez's single. Through 174 plate appearances, Valaika has supplied one home run, 15 RBI, 10 runs scored and a stolen base. He's seen his playing time begin to slip, although the right-handed hitter should remain in the lineup fairly consistently versus left-handed pitchers. Domingo Leyba has emerged as his main competition for time at second base.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Valencia, CA
Age: 29
School: UCLA
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: R, R