Orioles’ Lee traded to Pirates for Baker

July 31, 2011, 4:33 AM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Orioles say they have sent Lee to Pittsburgh for minor-league first baseman Aaron Baker.

Lee can give the surprising Pirates a smooth-fielding first baseman with a capable right-handed bat, two things Pittsburgh could use as it tries to stay close in a crowded NL Central race.

After a slow start in Baltimore, Lee has come on of late. He is batting .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs this season.

Following a 17-3 loss to the New York Yankees, several Orioles teammates came over to Lee at his locker to ask about the trade and say goodbye with a hug or handshake.

Baltimore says Baker will be assigned to class A Frederick.

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