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Reds release Yovani Gallardo

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The Reds announced on Thursday that pitcher Yovani Gallardo cleared weavers and rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A, thereby becoming a free agent. Gallardo had been designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

Gallardo, 32, struggled in three relief appearances for the Reds, yielding eight runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Once a fixture of the Brewers’ rotation in the first half of this decade, Gallardo has struggled over the last three years. He posted a 5.42 ERA with the Orioles across 23 starts in 2016 and a 5.72 ERA in 22 starts and six relief appearances with the Mariners last year.

Teams are always on the hunt for pitching depth, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Gallardo latched on with another team soon, but he’ll likely have to test his mettle at Triple-A before he’s trusted in major league games again.

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.