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Murray goes back to Orioles

Eddie Murray, who began his path toward the Hall of Fame in Baltimore, returned to the Orioles Sunday in a trade that sent pitcher Kent Mercker to the Indians.

Both players were disappointments to their teams this season.

Murray, 40, lost playing time recently to Jeromy Burnitz, who hit two home runs Sunday in 7-5 win over Minnesota. Coming off a season in which he hit .323, Murray is batting .262 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 88 games.

Murray, the AL rookie of the year in 1977, spent his first 12 seasons with the Orioles, teaming with Cal Ripken to help win the 1983 World Series. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Juan Bell and pitchers Brian Holton and Ken Howell after the 1988 season. Murray signed with the New York Mets as a free agent before the '91 season; two years later he signed as a free agent with Cleveland.

Mercker, 28, is 3-6 with a 7.76 ERA. He came in an off-season trade with Atlanta but struggled and fell out of the rotation.

MORE ORIOLES: Outfielder Brady Anderson, the major-league leader in home runs before missing the past three games with likely appendicitis, said he hopes to be back in the lineup by Tuesday. He hopes to finish the season without surgery.

PIRATES: Second baseman Carlos Garcia left the game against Cincinnati after reinjuring his right hamstring. Garcia missed 10 games in April because of a strained right hamstring, played in three games, then reinjured it May 1 and was on the DL May 2-17.

YANKEES: Prized outfield prospect Ruben Rivera was suspended after he was ejected from a Triple-A Columbus game in the first inning, emptied his locker and left. Rivera, who was fined an undisclosed amount, will be reinstated July 27. Rivera, 22, has struggled since the Yankees optioned him June 15 after a splashy debut in the majors.

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