Phillies trade Thome to Orioles for minor leaguers

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Slugger Jim Thome has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles by the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor leaguers.

The Phillies will receive right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino. The trade was announced Saturday.

The 41-year-old Thome is a five-time All-Star. His 609 homers are tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the career list.

His 1,689 RBIs, over a 22-year career, are 25th all-time. He will serve as a designated hitter for the Orioles, who have been experiencing hitting woes of late.

Baltimore will be Thome's sixth team. He previously played for Cleveland, Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Phillies.

In 30 games for the Phillies this season, Thome hit .242 with five home runs and 15 RBIs.