Orioles deal Tejada to Houston

Dec. 12, 2007 at 4:25 PM

HOUSTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Orioles Wednesday sent veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros in a six-player deal.

In return, the Orioles got outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate and third baseman Mike Costanzo.

Tejada had been seeking a trade for the past two years.

He played in his 1,100th consecutive game on April 24, 2006, and has a lifetime batting average of .287 with 258 home runs and 1,033 RBI. His consecutive games streak -- the seventh-longest in major league history -- ended when he went on the disabled list in June because of fractured bone near his left wrist, and his offensive output has declined in each of the past four seasons.

He batted .311 in 619 games with the Orioles.

Scott, 29, was the key player Baltimore acquired in the deal. He has a career .273 average in 663 at-bats.

Albers was 4-11 with a 5.86 ERA last season, while Sarfate was 0-1 out of the Houston bullpen.

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