MLB

Seattle options Nori Aoki as part of rash of roster moves

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners optioned starting outfielder Nori Aoki and relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma to clear space for pitching reinforcements.

The Mariners made seven roster moves Friday before starting a homestand against St. Louis. The Mariners also placed right-hander Adrian Sampson on the 15-day disabled list and brought up left-handers Wade LeBlanc and David Rollins and right-hander Donn Roach from Tacoma. Seattle also transferred right-hander Tony Zych to the 60-day DL.

LeBlanc was set to start for Seattle on Friday night. It's his first start in the majors since 2014.

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Aoki had started 67 games this season but was hitting just .245. He was demoted from the leadoff spot in the batting order recently.