Orioles lose, giving the Angels home field advantage throughout the playoffs


The Orioles inadvertently helped out the Angels by losing to the Blue Jays on Friday night. The loss, with two games left, means the Angels — currently 98-61 — will finish the season with the best record in the American League, which gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Orioles are now 95-65.

Had the Orioles won, the Angels could have done the dirty work themselves by beating the Mariners, but the late game is meaningless for them now. The game is not meaningless for the Mariners, however, as they must win to stave off the Athletics clinching a ticket into the post-season. The 86-73 Athletics entered Friday night’s action two games ahead of the 84-75 Mariners.

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.