Orioles sign Lew Ford

Updated: July 29, 2012, 1:06 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Lew Ford's five-year wait to return to the major leagues is over.

Ford's contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday by the Baltimore Orioles. In his first game since 2007, Ford was slated to bat fifth and play left field against the Oakland Athletics.

The 35-year-old Ford batted .272 with 32 homers from 2003-07 with Minnesota. He played in Japan, Mexico and the independent Atlantic League before the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract in May.

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