Despite rain, ALCS Game 1 starts on time, kind of

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It was looking questionable as Baltimore was peppered with rain during the afternoon and early evening, but it has let up just in time for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Royals and Orioles to start as scheduled. Well, there was a brief delay just before the first pitch as the lights atop the TBS booth behind the bullpen in the outfield were not turned off. But other than that!

Orioles starter Chris Tillman is on the hill in the top half of the first inning. He’ll oppose Royals starter “Big Game” James Shields. Their outings were up in the air earlier when it was unknown exactly how the rain would affect the field, given potential delays as neither team wanted to waste their #1 starter unnecessarily.

Stick around as we’ll provide updates on the game throughout the evening.

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.