August 01, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia arrived in Baltimore on Friday and were placed in Seattle's starting lineup.

Both players, acquired before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, debuted with the Mariners for the opener of three-game series, with Austin batting leadoff and playing centerfield and Denorfia batting sixth and playing right.

Together, they help balance a lineup that had been short on right-handed options.

The Mariners acquired Jackson (.273, 25 doubles, 33 RBIs) in a three-way deal that saw them trade infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay, with Rays ace pitcher David Price going to Detroit. Seattle acquired Denorfia (.242) from the Padres for minor leaguers Abraham Almonte and Stephen Kohlscheen.

Jackson, who is scheduled to become a free agent in 2016, said he's looking forward to a fresh start, as well as a reunion with Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon, his former hitting coach in Detroit.

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