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Phillies release Cameron Rupp

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The Phillies have released catcher Cameron Rupp, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. The club had designated him for assignment on Sunday, which meant Andrew Knapp won the contest to back up Jorge Alfaro.

Rupp, 29, hit a disappointing .189 in 41 plate appearances this spring in Grapefruit League play. He’s been lackluster at the plate over parts of five seasons in the majors, owning a career .705 OPS. Rupp also doesn’t receive high marks for defense and framing.

In releasing Rupp, the Phillies are only on the hook for about one-fourth of his $2.05 million salary for the 2018 season, effectively saving them about $1.5 million.

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.