Tigers release Nate Robertson

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Nate Robertson’s comeback is over, at least with the Tigers.

Detroit released the 36-year-old left-hander from Triple-A, where he had a 3.43 ERA and more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 21 innings trying to return to the majors as a reliever.

Robertson was a full-time member of the Tigers’ starting rotation from 2004-2008, starting an average of 31 games per season, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the majors since 2007.

It was always a long shot.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.