Seat­tle ac­quires Alonso from A’s

Mariners hop­ing first base­man’s bat bol­sters play­off bid.

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The Seat­tle Mariners ac­quired All-Star first base­man Yon­der Alonso from the Oak­land Athletics on Sun­day for mi­nor league out­fielder Boog Powell.

The Mariners, who have not been in post­sea­son play since 2001, en­tered a Sun­day dou­ble­header at Kansas City trail­ing the Roy­als by 1½ games for the sec­ond wild-card spot.

Alonso, 30, is hit­ting .266 with 17 dou­bles, 22 home runs and 49 RBIs. He ranks sec­ond among Amer­i­can League first base­man with a .527 slug­ging per­cent­age.

“I feel like it’s a com­pli­ment he brings to our lineup, par­tic­u­larly the left-handed bat,” Mariners gen­eral man­ager Jerry Dipoto said. “It’s a bal­ance he brings to our lineup, es­pe­cially look­ing ahead — we’ve got quite a stretch of right-handed starters that we are see­ing over the next three weeks.

“This is some­thing we dis­cussed for a length of time head­ing into the July 31 dead­line. We felt like we were at the goal line to get a deal done.”

Al­fonso is el­i­gi­ble for free agency after this sea­son.

“He’s had an ex­cel­lent year to this point, an all-star sea­son, real break­out year for him,” Dipoto said. “We are ac­quir­ing a bat that makes us a dif­fer­ence in the mid­dle of our lineup.”

Alonso could pla­toon at first base with Danny Va­len­cia. Alonso has 18 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .948 OPS against right-handed pitch­ing this year.

Powell hit .194 in 23 games dur­ing three stints with Seat­tle this year. He has spent most of the sea­son with Triple-A Ta­coma, hit­ting .340 in 58 games.

The Mariners also ac­quired right-handed pitcher Ryan Gar­ton and catcher Mike Mar­jama from the Tampa Bay Rays for Dou­ble-A pitcher An­thony Misiewicz, low-A in­fielder Luis Rengifo and a player to be named.

Roy­als: All-Star catcher Sal­vador Perez went on the 10-day disabled list with a strain on the right side of his chest. Perez was in­jured on a swing in the sixth in­ning Fri­day. The five-time All-Star is hit­ting .278 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. Kansas City re­called catcher Cameron Gal­lagher from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hit­ting .294 with five home runs.

Yan­kees: Slump­ing slug­ger Matt Hol­l­i­day went on the disabled list with a sore back and the team is hop­ing a week off will also give him a chance to re­group at the plate. New York re­called first base­man Gar­rett Cooper from Triple-A Scran­ton/ Wilkes-Barre.

In­di­ans: Sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis was ac­ti­vated after be­ing side­lined since be­fore the All-Star break with a strained right ham­string. Kip­nis was in the lineup and lead­ing off in the se­ries fi­nale against the Yan­kees. Cleve­land op­tioned in­fielder Erik Gon­za­lez to Triple-A.

Twins: Glen Perkins’ long shoul­der re­hab is near­ing com­ple­tion with the for­mer All-Star closer sched­uled to join Dou­ble-A Chat­tanooga in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, on Thurs­day for three planned out­ings. If he clears those hur­dles, he could re­join Min­nesota next week.

Etc.: For­mer Seat­tle out­fielder Ste­fen Romero agreed to a three-year con­tract through 2020 with the Orix Buf­faloes of Ja­pan’s Pa­cific League.

Yon­der Alonso is hit­ting .266 with 22 HRs and 49 RBIs.

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