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Mariners lose pitchers Donn Roach and Blake Parker on waivers

Blake Parker spent most of this season as the closer at Triple-A Tacoma, but now he’s heading to the New York Yankees.
Blake Parker spent most of this season as the closer at Triple-A Tacoma, but now he’s heading to the New York Yankees. AP

Two veteran right-handers who rebuilt their careers this season at Triple-A Tacoma, Donn Roach and Blake Parker, were claimed by other clubs Tuesday on waivers.

Roach, 26, is heading to the Detroit Tigers, while Parker, 31, is going to the New York Yankees. Both were designated for assignment Aug. 4 by the Mariners after brief big-league tours.

The Tigers optioned Roach to Triple-A Toledo.

The Mariners signed Roach to a minor-league contract on Dec. 5, 2015. He was 6-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games at Tacoma, including 17 starts, and went 2-0 in four big-league relief outings while allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Roach spent time last year with three organizations — the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Toronto — before signing with the Mariners.

Parker pitched one scoreless inning Aug. 4 for the Mariners after being added to the roster before getting designated Aug. 6 for assignment. He was 1-2 with 19 saves and a 2.72 ERA in 38 games at Tacoma prior to his promotion.

The Mariners signed Parker to a minor-league contract on Dec. 18, 2015 after he spent the previous nine seasons in the Chicago Cubs’ system. He missed most of last season while recovering from elbow surgery.

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