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Stephen Drew is retiring


Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Stephen Drew is retiring.

Drew, 35, and the brother of fellow major leaguers J.D. and Tim Drew, played the last two seasons for the Washington Nationals. Before that he called New York, Boston, Oakland and Arizona home. He was a first round pick of the Dbacks back in 2004 and made his major league debut in 2006.

Over the course of his 12-year big league career Drew hit .252/.318/.423 (OPS+ 94) with 123 homers while primarily manning shortstop.

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.