Mark Buehrle tops 200 innings for 14th straight season

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Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle tossed eight shutout innings against the Mariners last night and in doing so surpassed 200 innings on the season for the 14th consecutive year.

And fittingly for the quick-working, soft-tossing southpaw, Wednesday’s game was played in one hour and 59 minutes.

Buehrle joins Christy Mathewson, Warren Spahn, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, and Greg Maddux as the only pitchers since 1900 to throw 200 innings in at least 14 straight seasons.

He’s started 461 straight games without going on the disabled list and has shown no signs of slowing down at age 35, posting a 3.39 ERA for his lowest mark since 2005.

Buehrle has never relied on velocity or strikeouts to get the job done, so he should be able to keep rolling for a while. He’ll go for No. 15 next season, when he’s under contract for $19 million in the final year of a four-year, $58 million deal. And his first win of 2015 will be the 200th of his career.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.