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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.

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Dylan Bundy's brilliant night ends with 3-1 loss

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Dylan Bundy's brilliant night ends with 3-1 loss

BALTIMORE---Dylan Bundy had a dreamlike five innings. Everything was working. 

Bundy, in just his third major league start, had the Oriole Park fans excited. He was retiring Colorado Rockies, seemingly at will, and through five, he had a perfect inning. 

No one came close to reaching base. 

In the sixth, the dream ended as the Colorado Rockies hit two home runs and instead of something wonderful, Bundy had a painful defeat. 

The Rockies’ 3-1 win before 20,234 on Wednesday night, was just the second time this season the Orioles have lost a series. 

“He was the reason we were in that game,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

While Bundy was perfect for five innings, the Orioles (58-42) could do little against Jon Gray (7-4). 

Bundy (3-3) retired the first 16 Rockies (49-52) before he walked Mark Reynolds. Nick Hundley ended the no-hitter and shutout with a home run to left, his fifth. 

After DJ LeMahieu grounded back to Bundy, David Dahl hit his first major league home run, and Colorado led 3-0. 

“Just two mistakes, changeups that were up in the zone and they were able to tag them for homers. Maybe just a little more focus or location a little bit better in the sixth inning and you get out of that with six innings pitched and no harm done,” Bundy said. 

Bundy was out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a career-high eight batters, including seven of the first 12. 

Chris Davis had the first hit off Gray, and his first hit after 24 hitless at-bats when he dropped a bunt down against the shift to start the second. 

Matt Wieters thought he had given the Orioles a 1-0 lead when he hit a long drive to right. It was ruled foul, and the call withstood a crew chief challenge. 

It wasn’t the only call that went against the Orioles. Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez reached base in the ninth on an overturned call.

"I thought it was a home run. i think everybody felt like it was a home run. I actually thought the guy was out at first, but they overturned that one, too. I was really surprised at that one. He didn't beat the play. At the very best, he tied the play, which is not beating the play,” Showalter said.

In the fourth, Gray hit Adam Jones with a pitch. Jones took third on Hyun Soo Kim’s single, and stayed there on Manny Machado’s short fly to left. Davis walked to load the bases. 

The bases stayed loaded as Mark Trumbo popped out to second nbd Jonathan Schoop flied to center. 

Wieters doubled to start the fifth, but he stayed there. 

Machado hit his 21st home run with one out in the sixth for the Orioles’ only run.

Gray, who gave up one run on five hits in seven innings was replaced by Adam Ottavino for the eighth. 

Jones led off with a single. Kim bounced into what was called a double play, but Showalter challenged the call. Kim was ruled safe, but Jones was called out. Machado struck out, and Boone Logan struck out Davis, who is now 1-for-27.

Carlos Estevez got Trumbo to fly out to left, stretching his hitless streak to 17 at-bats. He quickly retired Schoop and Wieters for his 10th save. 

Trumbo and Schoop have played in each of the Orioles’ first 100 games. But, Trumbo didn’t have an All-Star break, and he doesn’t deny being a bit weary. 

“Doing the best I can to stay fresh. Kind of trying to pick and choose some spots. It’s this time of year where there’s a decent amount of wear and tear. You just have to gut it out. That’s what you have to do every year. You feel fortunate to have the ability to play every game, but this is kind of the grind that they talk about,” Trumbo said. 

You know, we fought through it. It's hard to keep the pace that we were at. Our pitching's been better, and we've been in more games. That's why we have a lead in our division right now because we've had other parts of the game pick it up."

The Orioles have averaged three runs per game over the past 16, and Showalter knows the offense has been lagging.

“You know, we fought through it. It's hard to keep the pace that we were at. Our pitching's been better, and we've been in more games. That's why we have a lead in our division right now because we've had other parts of the game pick it up,” Showalter said. 

NOTE: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38) faces Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.67) as the Orioles play a makeup game in Minnesota on Thursday night.  

 

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With 13 pitchers, Buck Showalter talks possible path forward

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With 13 pitchers, Buck Showalter talks possible path forward

BALTIMORE—For the time being, the Orioles are going with 13 pitchers and just three position players. 

In late April and early May, the Orioles went with 13 pitchers, but haven't done so since. 

“We can adjust the roster as we go if we need to,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We have some optionable situations. If we have a need, we can go get it.” 

Showalter said before Tuesday’s game, the team was undecided about whether to go with 13 pitchers. They elected to keep Tyler Wilson, who threw four perfect innings in relief of Chris Tillman and Odrisamer Despaigne as long relief options. 

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Both Wilson and Despaigne can be optioned to the minor leagues. 

“I thought Tyler could fit a need there. It’s very easy to say now,” Showalter. “I’d really like to keep away if I could from using up Despaigne and not be available for two or three days.” 

Vance Worley, who has started and been a long man, will be in the bullpen on Thursday night when Ubaldo Jimenez starts. 

The Orioles hope that Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, will stay with the organization. 

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Why Showalter is confident Chris Davis' slump will soon be over

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Why Showalter is confident Chris Davis' slump will soon be over

BALTIMORE---Chris Davis starts Wednesday night’s game in an 0-for-24 slump. It’s not unusual for Davis to go into a long slump. From June 25-July 2, 2014, Davis went hitless in 21 at-bats. 

During this slump, Davis, who missed three games because of the flu, has struck out 11 times, and walked four times. His average has dropped to .223. 

“If you watch how the opposition reacts to him, the walks are there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They’re making a lot of moves around Chris, too, which helps the rest of the batting order. You kind of read what the other teams are thinking of him and how they’re attacking him.” 

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Showalter successfully moved Adam Jones to the leadoff spot to get him hitting, but he hasn’t dropped David down because he says the batting order doesn’t’ work as well with him lower in it.

“I have a lot of confidence that he’ll get it going,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Kevin Gausman, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Tillman pitch in Toronto this weekend against Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ and Pedro Sanchez. … Gausman will fly to Toronto on Thursday and skip the one-day trip to Minnesota.