Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez (1999-2000 Padre) has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners.
The New York Mets released Perez, 30, prior to the 2011 season with $12 million still left on his contract, and he spent the entire 2011 season in Double-A with the Washington Nationals. But the Mariners picked him up prior to the 2012 season, and after starting the year in AAA, they called up him to the big leagues in June.
Since then, he has appeared 12 times out of the bullpen and owns a 3.18 ERA. In 11 1/3 innings, he struck out 11 and walked four.
Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) made up for his pitching staff blowing a pair of leads Wednesday when he cranked a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7.
The ball traveled an estimated 395 feet into the left-center field seats.