Seattle takes 4-game win streak into matchup with Tampa Bay
Seattle Mariners (54-73, fifth in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (73-54, second in the AL East)
SEATTLE (AP) — An early offensive punch from Robinson Chirinos, a solid effort by Houston's bullpen and another baffling play by Seattle's defense helped the Astros keep rolling.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges' unusual two-run home run came with an assist from Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith.
Hedges' fly ball to deep center field bounced out of Smith's glove and...
CHICAGO (AP) — Yoan Moncada has a more aggressive approach at the plate, a new position in the field and a strong belief that games like this are going to be the norm for him.
Oakland Athletics season preview capsule
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
Cory Gearrin, Tim Beckham agree to deals with Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Right-hander Cory Gearrin agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners and infielder Tim Beckham struck a $1.75 million, one-year deal.
The 32-year-old Gearrin was 2-1 with one save and a 3.77 ERA last year in 62 games for San Francisco, Texas and Oakland. He struck out 53 and walked 21 in 57 1/3 innings, holding batters to a .255 average.
Hendriks, Dull agree with A’s; Fiers, Gearrin, Graveman cut
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Liam Hendriks agreed to a $2.15 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and fellow right-hander Ryan Dull settled on an $860,000, one-year deal.
Oakland failed to offer contracts to right-handers Mike Fiers, Cory Gearrin and Kendall Graveman, allowing the trio to become free agents.
Dull had six stints with the A's last season, going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 relief appearances.
A’s acquire reliever Cory Gearrin from Rangers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin from the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega.
The teams announced the deal Friday, the last day that players can be traded and be eligible for the postseason.
Gearrin has combined to go 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and one save in 56 relief appearances this season with Texas and San Francisco. He began the season with the Giants and was traded to the Rangers in July.
DETROIT (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr, and outfielder Austin Jackson from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Tony Barnette (strained right lat) and Matt Bush (right elbow strain) have been transferred from the 10- to the 60-day disabled list.
Giants outslug Diamondbacks for series sweep
PHOENIX (AP) — The surging San Francisco Giants have made the NL West a little more intriguing.
2B Joe Panik reaches one-year deal to avoid arbitration
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Second baseman Joe Panik reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.
The deal came Friday for the 27-year-old Panik, who has been limited by injuries the past three seasons and spent a stint on the concussion list in 2017. San Francisco also announced four others to reach one-year contracts Friday: right-handers Hunter Strickland, Sam Dyson and Cory Gearrin and left-hander Will Smith.
Kelly slam, Phillies beat Giants 12-9 to end 6-game skid
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.
"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.
Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.
"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are making a habit of winning games in their last at-bat. They've done it more than any team in the majors.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer off Cory Gearrin in the 11th inning to lift Atlanta to a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
The homer, the third of the game for Atlanta, was Kemp's seventh game-ending shot of his career.
Matt Adams hit a two-run homer and Tyler Flowers also homered off Jeff Samardzija.
Giants agree to 1-year deals with Adrianza, Gearrin
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Ehire Adrianza and right-hander Cory Gearrin to avoid salary arbitration.
The team announced the moves on Friday.
Adrianza batted .254 with two homers and seven RBIs in 40 games last season.
Gearrin went 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 56 relief appearances.
Diamondbacks blow lead, lose 7-6 to Giants in 12 innings
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks did some damage against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, but couldn't protect a three-run lead and lost 7-6 in 12 innings Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson's one-out single in the 12th drove in Brandon Belt with the go-ahead run, and the Diamondbacks were unable to extend the game any further despite putting two runners on in the bottom of the inning.