From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners have officially cut ties with veteran catcher John Baker, releasing him from the roster Wednesday evening at Triple-A Tacoma.
Baker, 34, was batting just .161/.185/.194 over 65 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.
He hasn’t been an effective major leaguer since 2009, when he hit .271/.349/.410 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 112 games for the Marlins.
Catchers do tend to have nine lives, but we might never see Baker back in the bigs.
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been bothered by discomfort around his left shoulder — or, more accurately, his left collarbone — since a bad hop caught him there on April 30. He reaggravated it Saturday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Astros and has not appeared in a game for Toronto since.
Travis will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday vs. the Angels, with Steve Tolleson again filling in.
Travis was off to a hot start in his rookie campaign, batting .271/.336/.504 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, and 24 runs scored through 36 games. The 24-year-old is considered day-to-day.
Yankees closer Andrew Miller had allowed only three hits (and zero runs) over 17 2/3 innings entering play Tuesday night. And then this happened in the bottom of the 10th inning at Nationals Park …
With that 8-6 victory, the Nationals are now tied with the Mets at the top of the NL East standings.
Orioles righty Chris Tillman had to be scratched from his scheduled start this past Sunday against the Angels after experiencing stiffness in back.
But it was nothing more than a minor injury.
Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Tillman made it through a game of catch Tuesday without issue and has been cleared to start this Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards in the Orioles’ series finale against the Mariners.
Tillman, the Opening Day starter for the Orioles, owns a disappointing 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season. He posted a 3.34 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 207 1/3 innings last year.
Watch as Nelson Cruz reclaims the major league home run lead from Bryce Harper with this three-run shot to deep left-center field Tuesday evening against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez …
Seth Smith also went yard for the Mariners, but Baltimore marched back to win the game 9-4.