The Oakland Athletics released left-hander Brian Fuentes on Wednesday.
The move comes a little more than a week after the team designated the former Seattle Mariner draft choice for assignment. The reliever finished 2-2 with five saves, three blown saves and a 6.84 ERA in 26 outings this season, including recording his 200th save May 2 at Boston to become the sixth left-hander in major league history to reach the mark.
The 36-year-old has 204 career saves with a 3.58 ERA in 644 career appearances over 12 seasons with five clubs. He went 0-2 with a save, two blown saves, a 19.50 ERA and .452 opponents’ average over his final seven outings.
Oakland returns to play Friday at Minnesota.
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ALL-STAR GAME HITS NEW LOW
The National League’s 8-0 victory set a record low rating for baseball’s All-Star game – four hundredths of a point below last year’s figure.
The blowout over the American League on Tuesday night, which had the third-highest victory margin in All-Star history, received a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox and was seen by an average audience of 10.9 million, the network said Wednesday.
The NL’s 5-1 victory last year drew a 6.9 rating and 12 share and was seen by an average audience of 11 million.
Still, the total audience that watched any portion of the game was 27.7 million, up 7 percent from last season, and the initial rating at the start of the game was a 6.5 rating with a 12 share.
YAKIMA BEARS HEADED TO OREGON
The Yakima Bears, who play in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League along with the Everett AquaSox, will be moving to Hillsboro, Ore., in time for the 2013 season.
The Bears are the Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Earlier this month, the Hillsboro city council approved a financing deal for the construction of a new ballpark.
Professional baseball in Yakima dates back to 1920; the Yakima Bears played their first season in 1990. The team started looking at relocation once financing couldn’t be found to upgrade or replace their current home at Yakima County Stadium.
Mets right-hander Dillon Gee was discharged from the hospital Wednesday after having surgery to break up a blood clot in his throwing shoulder. The team said he could have further surgery to prevent a possible recurrence of the clot in the same location of his arm. Gee is 6-7 on the season with a 4.10 ERA and a 3.34 ERA over the last month. … The Cubs signed outfielder Albert Almora, their first-round selection and No. 6 overall pick from last month’s draft.