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      Montero recalled by Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma

      SEATTLE (AP) - Former top prospect Jesus Montero has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners, his first stint in the majors since a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball's Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation.

      Seattle made the roster move Thursday after outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero would be mostly used against left-handed pitchers and as a designated hitter, but is an option to play in the field at first base.

      Montero was the centerpiece of a trade before the 2012 season that sent pitcher Michael Pineda to New York and brought Montero to Seattle. He was a top prospect in the Yankees organization but has not matched that potential in Seattle.
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