Lew Ford returns to majors with Orioles

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.

Before arriving in the Baltimore clubhouse, Ford posted this on

Twitter: ”The tougher the battle the sweeter the victory. This is

crazy I’m back! Thank you everyone who supported and

believed.”

The Orioles made room for the veteran outfielder by optioning

pitcher Miguel Socolovich to Norfolk late Saturday night.