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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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Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

Orioles hire two former pitchers to bolster bench staff

On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced former pitchers Roger McDowell and Alan Mills will be joining the team for the upcoming season. McDowell will be the Orioles new pitching coach and Mills will coach the bullpen.

Replacing Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching at the end of the season, McDowell spent the past 11 years as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. While in Atlanta he oversaw the development of All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.

Before his coaching days, he played in the league for 11 seasons as a reliever with a 3.30 ERA and 129 career saves. His last career stop was in Baltimore.

Mills has been a member of the Orioles organization for five seasons, his most recent assignment being in Bowie. There, he served as the pitching coach for the past two seasons. 

Both players are former Orioles even played with each other in 1996. A majority of Mills 12 year career was with Baltimore, in the team's bullpen. 

Last season, Baltimore's pitching staff averaged a 4.22 ERA (19th in MLB).

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Bengals' A.J. Green carted off with hamstring injury; ruled out

Bengals' A.J. Green carted off with hamstring injury; ruled out

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an apparent hamstring injury early in the first quarter on Sunday in Cincinnati's Week 11 game against the Bills.

The medical staff had to take Green off the field on a cart after Bills' defensive back Stefon Gilmore hit him during an incomplete pass on the second play of the game.

Shortly after heading to the locker room, the Bengals announced that Green was questionable return with a hamstring injury. The team later updated his status and ruled him out for the rest of the game.

With the Ravens playing the Bengals in Week 12, this injury could prove to be very significant in terms of the AFC North race. Green entered Sunday with 964 yards on 66 receptions and four touchdowns.

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