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Saunders wins community service award

SEATTLE — Outfielder Michael Saunders is this year’s recipient of the Moose Clausen Award, which is given by the Mariners RBI Club in recognition of “significant contributions” to the community.

The RBI (Real Baseball Involvement) Club is an organization of Mariners’ season-ticketholders who are active in the community. The Clausen Award is given each year to an active or retired member of the Mariners’ organization.

The organization cited Saunders’ involvement in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Major League Baseball’s “Going to bat against breast cancer” initiative.

Saunders spends time with youth in addressing the benefits of education and remaining

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Mariners’ Young selected as AL’s Comeback Player of the Year


SEATTLE — Veteran right-hander Chris Young, who resurrected his career this season with the Mariners, was selected Monday as the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

   “It means more than I can articulate now,” said Young, who battled shoulder injuries over much of the previous six seasons. “I think we all understand how hard this game can be, and the challenges it presents.

“At times, it challenges us in ways we could never expect or know how to handle.”

Miami third baseman Casey McGehee was the National League recipient.

Young received 49 of the

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Mariners confirm Walker has left team in Arizona Fall League

Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker left his club in the Arizona Fall League after two starts to return home to California, club officials confirmed Sunday night in a news release.

“Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said, “but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time.

“He will continue with his off-season program, and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February.”

Walker, 22, gave up two runs in nine innings while getting no-decisions in two Fall League starts for the Surprise Saguaros.

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Mariners notebook: Peterson, Lara head list of club’s organizational all-stars

It’s no surprise — is it? — that D.J. Peterson and Jordy Lara head the Mariners’ organizational all-star team as selected this week by

Peterson and Lara shared honors as the Mariners’ minor-league player of the year in the organization’s own in-house selections in late September.

The selections are distinguished by their selection of a single player at every position across the Mariners’ farm system.

That required a little juggling.

For example, Patrick Kivlehan, primarily a first baseman/third baseman, was cited as the designated hitter even though he served in that role for just eight games.


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Mariners notebook: Walker cited among PCL’s top prospects

SEATTLE — It underscores Taijuan Walker’s disappointing, injury-interrupted season that he was chosen Wednesday by Baseball America as the No. 9 prospect (paid link) in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Often cited as the Mariners’ top prospect, Walker placed No. 6 in Baseball America’s 2013 rankings for the PCL and entered last spring as heavy favorite to land a spot in the big-league rotation.

Shoulder problems forced Walker, 22, to open the season on the disabled list, and it wasn’t until September that he flashed his considerable potential. He yielded three runs in 13 2/3 innings in two late-season starts.


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Updates on Mariners’ prospects in Venezuela

SEATTLE — Infielder Gabriel Noriega is off to a fast start in the Venezuelan Winter League after batting .281 in 101 games at Tacoma.

Noriega, 24, is 5-for-14 in four games, through Sunday, for the Lara Cardinals. The Mariners signed Noriega, a Venezuelan, as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.

*Right-hander Victor Sanchez, 19, opened his winter schedule Sunday by allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks in four innings for the Caracas Lions while getting a no-decision in a 7-5 loss at Anzoategui.

Sanchez was 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA this season in 23 starts

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Peterson, Marte cited among top 20 prospects in Double-A Southern League

SEATTLE — Third baseman D.J. Peterson continues to validate his status as the Mariners’ top non-pitching prospect.

Baseball America selected Peterson (paid link) as the No. 8 prospect in the Double-A Southern League on Monday after previously citing him as the No. 10 prospect in the Hi-A California League.

Peterson, 22, opened the season at Hi-A High Desert before getting promoted in late June to Double-A Jackson. He batted a combined .297 in 123 games with 31 homers and 111 RBIs.

“Peterson can turn around any pitcher’s fastball with a quick, buggy-whip swing the produces consistent loud contact,” Baseball America reported.

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