Lincecum's Cy-bid takes a hit

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Just as the Giants’ continue to fade in the playoff race, Tim Lincecum’s Cy Young chances took a severe hit on Sunday,
as he was knocked around for five runs over four innings, his worst
start since May. It was another pedestrian start on the road for
Lincecum, who has some interesting splits in his 2009 campaign:




Home: 9-1 with a 1.79 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and zero home runs allowed in 15 starts spanning 110 1/3 innings.



Away:
5-5 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10 home runs allowed in 15 starts
spanning 101 innings. Lincecum is 0-4 with a 5.90 ERA over his last
four starts on the road.




With Sunday’s poor outing, Lincecum
(2.47) fell behind Chris Carpenter (2.34) for the National League ERA
lead. He still leads the National League in strikeouts (247) and
complete games (four), but 15 wins might not be enough when Adam
Wainwright has 18. It’s still an impressive season by any measure, but
this year’s Cy Young is likely coming out of St. Louis.

Rougned Odor received two horses as part of his contract extension with Rangers

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Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor reached an agreement with the Rangers on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension. It was announced on Saturday and finalized on Thursday. The contract is pretty typical — a signing bonus, escalating salaries each year — except for one thing: Odor received two elite horses as well, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Here are those horses, per Jared Sandler of 1053 The Fan:

Players do sometimes get perks as part of their contracts. Usually it’s mundane stuff like extra game tickets for family and friends, use of a suite, limo rides, or plane tickets. Sometimes they can get rather specific. For example, in 2005, Troy Glaus got $250,000 per year in “personal business expenses” from the Diamondbacks, which was for his wife’s equestrian training. Hall of Famer George Brett got a 10 percent stake in an apartment complex in Memphis when he signed an extension with the Royals in the mid-1980’s. But as far as my research was able to go, no one received any horses, so that’s new.

Of course, the Rangers certainly think Odor is worth the perks. Last season, Odor hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 632 plate appearances. And at just 23 years old, he has plenty of room to improve.

Mariners sign Mark Lowe

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The Mariners have signed reliever Mark Lowe, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Tigers released him on Sunday.

Lowe, 33, is entering the last of a two-year, $11 million deal signed with the Tigers in December 2015. The right-hander struggled to a 7.11 ERA with a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last season. His performance this spring didn’t do much to inspire confidence.

Lowe began his major league career with the Mariners, breaking out in 2009 with a 3.26 ERA across 80 innings. He has been inconsistent throughout most of his 11-year big league career, however.