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.

Trumbo's two home runs give Orioles the win over the Yankees

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Trumbo's two home runs give Orioles the win over the Yankees

BALTIMORE –- Mark Trumbo had a terrific first month with the Orioles. His second month began spectacularly, too. 

In April, Trumbo’s heroics were overshadowed by Manny Machado’s all around stellar play. While Trumbo was certainly in consideration for American League Player of the Month, Machado was the proper choice. 

When oddsmaker Bovada released its latest projections on AL MVP early Tuesday afternoon, Machado was the 15:4 favorite, but Trumbo was in the conversation as well with 10:1 odds. 

Trumbo’s two home runs on Tuesday night helped power the Orioles to a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees before 16,083 at Oriole Park. 

His first home run, which was his seventh this season was a long shot estimated at 414 feet, to deep left field. 

Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Luis Severino. That gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead, and it was Trumbo’s eighth, and his second two homer game. The first came on Apr. 15 at Texas when he became the first Oriole to hit two in an inning.

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The Orioles (15-10) scored their second run in the fourth when Jonathan Schoop doubled with two outs and scored when Severino (0-4) dropped Mark Teixeira’s relay on Ryan Flaherty’s grounder to first. 

Manny Machado started at shortstop in place of J.J. Hardy and for the third time this season, made an ill-advised dash for third. Machado doubled to start the fifth, and ran for third when Adam Jones grounded to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Machado was easily thrown out. 

Chris Tillman didn’t have a clean inning until his last one, but allowed just one run in seven innings. 

Tillman (3-1) gave up five hits, walked four and struck out nine including his last three in the seventh. It was the second straight start in which Tillman equaled his career high in strikeouts. 

New York (8-16), loser of six straight, scored in the second off Tillman on a run-scoring single by Gregorius. 

Tillman is the second Orioles pitcher to work seven innings this season. Ubaldo Jimenez on Apr. 7 was the first. 

Brad Brach, who often works the seventh, pitched a scoreless eighth in Zach Britton’s temporary absence. 

Darren O’Day recorded his second save with a scoreless ninth. 

NOTE: CC Sabathia (1-2, 5.06) faces Tyler Wilson (1-0, 3.06) on Wednesday night.

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Britton feeling much better, looks to pitch this week

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Britton feeling much better, looks to pitch this week

BALTIMORE – Zach Britton had an MRI on his left ankle Monday, and no damage was found, and three days after injuring the ankle, he says he’s nearly ready to return. 

“I feel good today, walking a lot better. So, pretty much normal. I’m going to go out there and play catch. Just take it easy, baby steps. If it feels good playing catch, maybe I can progress to flat ground,” Britton said. 

He’d like to pitch on the homestand that concludes Sunday. 

“I think this week is a good timeline. It’s not going to be today, but I’m not sure if it’s going to be tomorrow or the next day,” Britton said.

Britton wasn’t available for comment after he injured the ankle on Saturday night, and looked a lot better than he did on Sunday when he used crutches and a soft boot.

“I feel a lot better. I think flexibility, range of motion is back. It’s just swollen. It’s got some bruising but as long as i can manage the pain. It think that’s going to be the biggest issue right now is does it hurt me doing baseball things? Covering first, fielding a bunt, or whatnot. Those are things that I’m going to have to test out. Whether it’s today, I’m not sure. I’m just going to go out there and play catch and see how it goes,” Britton said.

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NOTES: Hunter Harvey, the Orioles No. 1 draft pick in 2013 who hasn’t pitched competitively since July 2014, underwent sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia. He’s expected to be out from four to six weeks. 

Manager Buck Showalter isn’t concerned about Harvey’s long absence from pitching. 

“I think if he pitches from June, July on and finishes up strong like we think he can, I think he’s OK. But you’d really like to see him get the ball every fifth day at some point there and kind of get some of that experience he needs to finish off some things,” Showalter said.

-Yovani Gallardo, who’s been on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder and rotator cuff tendinitis, is improving. 

“He’s doing good. I’m very optimistic on the return we’re going to get on some of the things he’s doing. He’s moving towards throwing before too long,” Showalter said.

-LHP Jeff Beliveau, who labrum surgery a year ago, has been assigned to Frederick. Beliveau, who pitched for the Cubs and Rays, has intrigued Showalter, and could pitch for the Orioles later this season. 

-INF/OF Jimmy Paredes is batting .318 in six rehab games for Bowie and Frederick. Paredes’ rehab stint for his left wrist injury ends on May 15.

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Will Machado move to shortstop while Hardy is out?

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Will Machado move to shortstop while Hardy is out?

BALTIMORE – Ryan Flaherty was in the original starting lineup at shortstop and Manny Machado at third base for Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees.

About 40 minutes after the lineup came out, Machado was listed as the shortstop and Flaherty at third base. 

Machado came to talk with manager Buck Showalter about the lineup change. 

“I talked to Manny in detail about it, got his feelings about it. This is the way we’re going to go tonight,” Showalter said. 

“Manny made the case he wants the Orioles to win. That’s all we talked about. What all this about [is] ‘if you want me to play third, I’ll play third. If you want me to play short, I’ll play short.’ He’s in.”

Last year, Machado started seven games at shortstop when J.J. Hardy was on the disabled list with a groin injury.

Flaherty and Paul Janish also played there. He played there twice when Hardy was out last month. 

Those were the first games Machado, who played shortstop exclusively until coming to the Orioles in Aug. 2012, had played there since. 

Flaherty subbed for Machado at third in late 2014, too.

Showalter said that Pedro Alvarez, who played there on Sunday after Hardy left the game, with an injury, is an option at third base.

“He’s played more third base than Manny has. There’s some options there. I’d like to keep them all open. I’d also like to keep from moving guys around a lot,” Showalter said. 

Flaherty, who was surprisingly sent down to Norfolk eight days ago when the Orioles wanted 13 pitchers, is happy to be back. 

“Every day up here is a good opportunity. Every time you have a chance to help the team in whatever way it is, then that’s a good opportunity,” Flaherty said. 

Flaherty hit .421 in five games with the Tides. 

Showalter is uncomfortable with a three-man bench, and the Orioles could add Janish after his wife delivers the couple’s third child this week. 

“We’d all rather get back to 12 [pitchers] and four on the bench. It’s been tough,” Showalter said.