Orioles get Norris in quiet trade-deadline day

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Also, Seattle traded minor league infielder Robert Andino to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

The young Astros, with the worst record in baseball at 35-70, dealt reliever Jose Veras _ to Detroit on Monday.

Norris only had to walk down the hall to join his new team with Houston in Baltimore. Outfielder L.J. Hoes, one of two prospects sent to Houston, was initially in the Orioles‘ lineup but ended up getting the start for the Astros. Class-A left-hander Josh Hader was the other player in the deal.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Norris helps fortify a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for at least the next two weeks.

In his fifth big league season, Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this year. He has a lifetime record of 34-46 and is under team control through 2015.

“I’m excited for the future,” Norris said. “I pitched my way into this situation to be traded and help out a team. This (Baltimore) team is a young club, they know how to contend. They had an amazing year last year. I just want to be any piece of the puzzle I can to help this team keep pushing to the World Series.”

Baltimore began Wednesday five games back of Boston in the AL East and in the second wild-card position.

The Diamondbacks have fallen 3 1/2 games behind the surging Dodgers and needed lefty relief help. Thatcher is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 50 games this season. He has limited left-handed batters to a .215 average.

“It’s exciting to get traded. It’s a big deal. It brings excitement to be in a pennant race,” Thatcher said. “That is all you ask for, is to win. I’m looking forward to getting over there and helping out and doing whatever they need from me.”

The Diamondbacks also got 23-year-old right-hander Matt Stites, who is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 saves in 46 games with Double-A San Antonio.

Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn’t won a game in two months.

He’s expected to start Sunday at Petco Park against the New York Yankees, the team that took him in the first round of the June 2006 draft.

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