Top prospect Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. If the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-0) had any rookie nerves, it certainly didn't show as he retired the first eight batters he faced.
The Astros were up by one in the fourth before Ackley tied it with an RBI single. Seattle led by two in the fifth before a single by Ackley made it 5-1. A run-scoring single in the ninth gave Ackley four RBIs to tie a career best.
Seattle Sends Morse To Baltimore For Avery
Seattle outfielder Michael Morse has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Xavier Avery. Baltimore claimed Morse off waivers earlier this week before completing the deal Friday. The 31-year-old Morse hit .226 with 13 homers and 27 RBIs in 76 games for Seattle. He missed 31 games early this season with a broken finger on his right hand. Morse spent the previous four seasons with the Nationals where he hit 31 homers with 95 RBIs - both career-highs - in 2011. Avery has spent time at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season. The left-hander hit a combined .259 with 70 runs scored and is 29 for 37 on stolen base attempts. He hit .223 with six steals in 32 games for the Orioles last season.
August 31, 2013