Mariners sign RHP Kinney and INF Andino

Mariners sign RHP Kinney and INF Andino

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners agreed to one-year contracts with reliever Josh Kinney and newly acquired infielder Robert Andino on Friday.

Kinney avoided arbitration with a split contract that pays him $700,000 in the majors and $200,000 in the minors. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA and one save in 35 appearances for Seattle last season after making his debut in early July.

Andino was acquired in a trade with Baltimore on Nov. 20 for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Andino briefly became a free agent Friday when the Mariners declined to tender him a contract for next season, but the team later announced the sides had agreed to a deal. Andino is expected to be a versatile backup in the infield.

Seattle tendered 2013 contracts to pitchers Jason Vargas and Shawn Kelley, shortstop Brendan Ryan and catcher John Jaso. All four are eligible for arbitration.

Orioles lose their longest game of 2016 in 13 innings


Orioles lose their longest game of 2016 in 13 innings

Winner: Feliz (2-1)
Loser:   Bundy (0-1)

WHAT WENT WRONG: Dylan Bundy allowed a leadoff triple to Tony Kemp in the bottom of the 13th. After two intentional walks were issued to load the bases, Carlos Correa singled to center to win it for Houston. 

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Chris Tillman had won five straight, but added to his string of quality starts by allowing just two runs on three hits in seven innings. He’s thrown seven consecutive quality starts. 

GOING DEEP: The Orioles’ two runs were home runs. Pedro Alvarez hit his third in the fifth inning. Manny Machado slammed his 13th in the sixth. Both were hit off Astros starter Doug Fister. 

GOING LONG: The Orioles played their longest game of the season. They haven’t played past the 13th inning since Sept. 20, 2013 when they lost in 18 at Tampa Bay. It was their first four hour game of 2016. 

LOTS OF K’S: The Orioles struck out 19 times in 13 innings. 

LEAVING THEM ON: The Orioles twice left the bases loaded. In the second, Ryan Flaherty struck out, and in the ninth, Joey Rickard fanned. They left 11 runners on base. 

HOME RUNS AND TILLMAN: Luis Valbuena’s two run home run off Tillman was just the third he’s allowed in 11 starts, but the second in his last two games. 

THERE HE GOES: Matt Wieters stole his first base since May 26, 2013 in the ninth inning. He has seven stolen bases in his career. 

YOU’RE OUT: Houston’s Colby Rasmus, who visited with manager Buck Showalter in the winter of 2014 about joining the Orioles was ejected by home plate umpire Dana DeMuth for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning. 

UP NEXT: Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.68) faces Collin McHugh (4-4, 5.13) on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. 


Matusz will be missed by Baltimore's children


Matusz will be missed by Baltimore's children

Last Wednesday, Casey Baynes, the founder of “Casey Cares” was doing what she likes best, taking a family her charity helps on an enjoyable outing. 

It was an Orioles game and Baynes introduced the family to Brian Matusz, who has been heavily involved in “Casey Cares” since he became an Oriole. 

Now, Matusz is no longer an Oriole, and Baynes is choosing to think of the nice, unpublicized things her friend did for the critically ill children that “Casey Cares” helps. 

“Brian’s been involved with Casey Cares since he joined the team. I remember going after his first win, going to the hospital the next day,” Baynes said Tuesday morning. 

“That’s what he chose to do the next day after his first win, which is so meaningful and speaks to the character of Brian,” Baynes said. 

“He’s so compassionate with the kids.”

Baynes said that he’d play Xbox for hours with children at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital, and that she would have to urge him to leave. 


“The smiles on the kid’s faces were amazing because they couldn’t believe they were playing Xbox with a major league baseball player,” Baynes said.

“It’s something those kids will talk about for the rest of their lives.”

Once on a hospital visit, a child died. 

“That was tough. That was really, really tough. He would always say, ‘the struggles that athletes have are nothing compared to what these kids have to go through,’” Baynes said. 

“These kids made an impact just as much on him as he did on them. He never thought he was that impactful on their lives, but he truly was.” 

Of course, she’ll need another player to be the organization’s face. Matusz was set to spread the word about “Casey Cares’” 5k at Oriole Park on Aug. 6. 

“We’re not that easy to get away from, and I know that he’ll still be very involved at Casey Cares,” Baynes said. 

Longtime minor leaguer Tolliver finally getting a chance


Longtime minor leaguer Tolliver finally getting a chance

As Ashur Tolliver joins the Orioles in Houston, it’s the third in a series of long and fascinating minor league careers that ends with an unexpected promotion to the major leagues. 

In the last three years, Caleb Joseph, Mychal Givens and now Tolliver were added to the major league roster. The three have much in common. 

Though the three have never been teammates until now, they have experiences in common, and some that are quite different. 

Givens, Joseph and Tolliver have played a combined nine seasons for Bowie. Neither Givens nor Tolliver had played above Double-A before their sudden additions, and Joseph had a total of 44 games at Norfolk. 

Joseph was added in 2014 when Matt Wieters was injured and he’s stayed ever since. Givens has had three stints, and has been with the Orioles continuously since last August. 

Givens and Tolliver were both drafted in 2009, but Givens, who was picked in the second round, stumbled as an infielder and was converted to pitching in 2013. 

Tolliver had progressed to Frederick by 2011, but missed the next year due to shoulder surgery, and didn’t get to Bowie until 2014.

The left-hander has been there ever since. 

Each of them was unprotected in the Rule 5 draft and could have left the organization in minor league free agency, but stayed.

Tolliver was invited to January’s minicamp and spring training, favorably impressing manager Buck Showalter. 

It’s not all that unusual for major leaguers to finally debut at 28, but it isn’t common for them to play entirely in one organization.