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Seattle trades Robinson to Baltimore for Andino

Seattle trades Robinson to Baltimore for Andino

SEATTLE (AP) Looking to add depth to the infield, the Seattle Mariners acquired versatile Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

The trade instantly gives the Mariners an experienced infielder who can play second base, third base and shortstop. Andino is likely to fill the role held this past season by Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

``With Robert having major league and playoff experience and still relatively young, we thought that it made sense to make this trade and let him come in and compete,'' Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement.

Despite struggling at the plate, Andino has played in 266 games the last two seasons for the Orioles. Andino started 106 games last season for the Orioles, including 96 at second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Andino is out of options and is arbitration eligible. The trade left Seattle's 40-man roster at 37.

Robinson played in 90 games over the past two seasons for the Mariners. He hit .215 in his limited major league time, but was caught in a log-jam of outfielders, along with Mike Carp, Casper Wells, Carlos Peguero and Eric Thames, seeking playing time with the Mariners.

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Three days to trade deadline, where do Orioles go next?

Three days to trade deadline, where do Orioles go next?

Not long after Andrew Cashner came off the market, there was yet another report of a pitcher the Orioles were supposedly interested in. 

On Thursday, an industry source said that it was highly unlikely that the Orioles were going to be able to pry Cashner away from the San Diego Padres. 

With the nonwaiver trade deadline three days away, the Miami Marlins sent four players, including first baseman Josh Naylor, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft and pitcher Jarred Cosart to San Diego for Cashner, Collin Rea and reliever Tayron Guerrero. 

ESPN.com reported that the Orioles are now interested in Erasmo Ramirez, a right-handed swingman for the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez, who is only 26, is club controllable for three more seasons. 

Ramirez has started only once this season, and is 7-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 40 games for the Rays. 

He has a 2-3 record with a 3.65 ERA in 12 games against the Orioles, and has a nifty 0.831 WHIP against them. 

Ramirez is one of several Rays pitchers including Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi who the Orioles could be interested in, but do the Orioles have prospects that intrigue Tampa Bay? 

A former Ray, Jeremy Hellickson, who is currently with Philadelphia, could be the next starter dealt. 

The Phillies are looking for a top shelf prospect and while the Orioles have shown interest in him, the many Philadelphia executives who once worked in Baltimore have intimate knowledge of the Orioles farm system. 

Hellickson has a lifetime record of 56-55, and is 7-7 with a 3.65 ERA with the Phillies, a team with a losing record. 

With Texas, Toronto and others interested in adding a starter, the Orioles probably don’t have the prospects to match those of others. 

NOTE: Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie. 

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Orioles defend first place as series begins north of the border

Orioles defend first place as series begins north of the border

Tonight's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (58-43) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (57-45), Rogers Centre, Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94 ERA)

Keys to the Game:

— Is this the first big series of the season for the Orioles? They lead the Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games. The teams have split the first 10 games of the season. 

— Will the bats wake up? The Orioles continue to slumber at the plate. The team has lost three consecutive games, scoring jsut six runs in the process.

News and Notes:

— Gausman is looking for his first road win since Aug. 17, 2014.

— Gausman is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 games against the Blue Jays. 

— Current Blue Jays are batting .239 against Gausman. 

— Estrada is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight games against the Orioles. 

— Current Orioles are batting .190 against Estrada. 

— Adam Jones is 1-for-12 (.083) against Estrada. Ryan Flaherty is 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs.

— Chris Davis has three hits in the last two games after going hitless in seven of eight games since the All-Star Break.

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Despaigne allows four key runs in 6-2 Orioles loss

Despaigne allows four key runs in 6-2 Orioles loss

Twins 6, Orioles 2

Winner-Pressly (5-5)
Loser-Despaigne (0-2)

THE GOOD: In his first start since July 8, Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a creditable performance against the Twins. Jimenez allowed one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked three. 

THE BAD: Odrisamer Despaigne followed Jimenez and he gave up four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. The Twins scored four runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.

Chaz Roe allowed the sixth run. 

The Orioles had won the first five games of the season series with the Twins.

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THE UGLY: How often are two runners tagged out at home in one inning? 

In the fourth inning, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo were thrown out at home on consecutive plays. 

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar threw home to nab Davis. Right fielder Max Kepler fired home to catch Trumbo. 

BREAKING THE SLUMP: Trumbo had been 0-for-18 until his fourth inning double. 

Chris Davis, who broke an 0-for-24 slump with a bunt single on Wednesday night, went 2-for-4. 

JOSEPH WITH NO RBIS: With his 0-for-3, Caleb Joseph now has 101 at-bats without an RBI.

LEADING IT OFF: Adam Jones hit his third leadoff home run on Kyle Gibson’s first pitch of the game. Jones has 19 this season. 

With his next home run, Jones will become the fourth Oriole to hit 20 this season. 

Jonathan Schoop has 17. If he hits three more, the Orioles will have five 20 home run hitters for the first time since 2012.

UP NEXT: The Orioles begin a three-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays on Friday night. Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77) faces Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94).

The Orioles (58-43) lead Toronto (57-43) by 1 ½ games in the AL East.