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Mariners pregame: Tony Zych activated from DL, lineups and starter matchup

UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, right, motions during team introductions before the Mariners home opener against the Houston Astros on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, right, motions during team introductions before the Mariners home opener against the Houston Astros on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

The Seattle Mariners activated reliever Tony Zych from the disabled list to bolster the struggling bullpen and optioned LHP Dillon Overton to AAA Tacoma to make room on the roster.

Zych, the hard throwing righty, will be available for Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Zych, 26, made one official rehab appearance with Tacoma, allowing three runs on three hits, including a home run, while striking out two in one inning on April 9 at Sacramento. He also appeared in a suspended game on April 7 at Sacramento, allowing two hits and striking out one in 1/3 innings pitched.

Zych went 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA (5 ER, 13 2/3 IP) with 21 strikeouts in 12 outings with the Mariners last season.

Overton, 25, made two relief appearances with the Mariners, allowing three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.

In other news: The Mariners traded left-handed pitcher Paul Fry to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Baltimore’s International Signing Slot No. 105.

Fry, 24, made just one appearance with AAA Tacoma before being designated for assignment on April 11. He was added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 18, 2016. In five minor league seasons, he is 13-14 with a 2.89 ERA (76 earned runs, 237 innings) with 290 strikeouts in 151 games, including six starts.

Lineups and starter matchup

Game 11: Seattle Mariners (2-8) vs. Texas Rangers (4-5), 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-1, 4.09) vs. LHP Martin Perez (1-1. 2.38)

Mariners Notes

  • Mitch Haniger has scored 10 runs over the Mariners first 10 game of the 2017 season, which is tied for first in the American League (with Miguel Sano, MIN) and second in MLB.
  • Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia are batting a combined .418 (23 for 55) with three doubles, seven home runs, 15 RBI, a .475 on-base percentage and a .855 slugging percentage vs. Texas starter Martin Perez.
  • Since 2012, Kyle Seager is batting .332 (120 for 361) with 67 runs scored, 29 doubles, 18 home runs, 64 RBI, 6 HBP, 35 walks and eight stolen bases in 95 games vs. the Texas Rangers.

This Day in Mariners History

In 1993, Tino Martinez set a Mariners mark with five walks in a game at Toronto.

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