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Orioles trade for slugger Jim Thome

Updated: July 1, 2012, 1:02 PM ET
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BALTIMORE -- Slugger Jim Thome is headed to the Baltimore Orioles, whose struggling offense is in dire need of some punch.

Thome was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday for two young minor leaguers -- right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino.

The Orioles added Thome to their 25-man roster Sunday and also recalled right-handed reliever Miguel Gonzalez from Triple-A Norfolk.

To make room for the newcomers, the Orioles optioned right-hander Tommy Hunter ...

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