NEW YORK — With star outfielder Adam Jones nursing a tender hamstring, the Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk. Borbon was inserted in the starting lineup for Baltimore, batting ninth against hard-throwing New York Yankees rookie Chad Green. “We had some other center field options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Borbon is our best option at this point.” Jones left Friday’s game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. He departed the previous night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with hamstring cramps and aggravated the injury hustling down the first base line on a soft grounder to
Follow our live coverage, analysis and commentary above as the Seattle Mariners (67-60) face the Chicago White Sox (61-65) on Friday evening at U.S. Cellular Field. The Mariners have lost three in a row, and find themselves three games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final wild-card spot. In a battle of aces, Felix Hernandez takes the mound for Seattle opposite White Sox lefty Chris Sale. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. Pacific time and the game is broadcast on Root Sports TV and ESPN 710 AM radio.
NEW YORK – It wasn’t easy leaving the only professional organization he’d ever been part of, but new Phillie A.J. Ellis, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Carlos Ruiz trade Thursday, is coming to terms with it. “To find out that the trade went down, it was hard,” Ellis said upon reporting to his new club Saturday. “It was so immediate and sudden, really hard to say goodbye to a lot of relationships I had been blessed to forge for more than a decade. “But the waves of emotion are getting farther and farther apart, which is a good thing.” Ellis, 35, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003 and rose to the majors with them in 2008. With the Phillies, he will serve a similar role to the one