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Orioles sign Danny Valencia to a minor league deal

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The Baltimore Orioles have signed utilityman Danny Valencia to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Valencia could platoon with Colby Rasmus and back up multiple other positions, which is valuable in these days of 13-man bullpens and tiny position player benches. He hit .256/.314/.411 with 15 homers for the Mariners last season.

If Valencia makes the big league roster he’ll make $1.2 million with $3 million more available in incentives.

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.