Mariners send Betancourt to Royals

Updated: July 10, 2009, 9:19 PM ET
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SEATTLE -- The Kansas City Royals shored up their infield Friday, acquiring Yuniesky Betancourt from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The Royals needed help at shortstop after Mike Aviles, who hit .325 as a rookie last year, went on the disabled list May 23 after batting .183 in 36 games. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and is expected to be out nine to 12 months.

Willie Bloomquist, who has played every position but pitcher ...

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