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Brewers bringing Keston Hiura back to majors


The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports that the Brewers are calling second baseman Keston Hiura back to the majors and optioning Travis Shaw to Triple-A San Antonio.

Hiura, 22, made his major league debut on May 14. He hit a productive .281/.333/.531 with five home runs and nine RBI across 69 plate appearances. Hiura was sent back to the minors when Shaw came off of the injured list earlier this month. Hiura continued to hit, posting a 1.061 OPS in 20 games with San Antonio following his demotion.

Shaw, 29, has made few inroads offensively. He’s hitting a pitiful .166/.278/.293 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 209 trips to the plate.

The Brewers and Cubs both won on Thursday, so the Brewers will enter Friday’s action one game out of first place.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.