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Archives: May 2010

May
31st

Twins 5, Mariners 4 – M’s DFA Colome, Texeira after game

BOX SCORE

As we were all crafting on our game stories (epics in my case), we were informed the Mariners made a series of roster moves. RHP Jesus Colome and RHP Kanekoa Texeira have both been designated for assignment. To take their place, the Mariners recalled RHP Sean White and LHP Garrett Olson from Triple A Tacoma.

White has appeared in four games with the Rainiers, since being optioned on May 19. He has allowed no runs and two hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Olson has split time being starting and relieving. He started

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May
31st

GAME UPDATES: Twins vs. Mariners, May 31

It’s an absolutely gorgeous night at Safeco. Temps are in the low 60s, roof is open and the sun is shining. Some of you may be wondering why the M’s didn’t play a day game. Well, I was told that  if an opposing team has to travel more than two time zones, it changes when you schedule a game. The Twins were in Minnesota last night for Sunday night baseball and had to leave after the game. And you know, flying on a chartered jet and staying in top of the line hotel in downtown Seattle is very taxing.

The M’s get Francisco Liriano, who has seemed to rejuvenate his career after bursting on the scene and then being sidetracked for almost two seasons with arm troubles. The Twins were considering starting Liriano in the bullpen this season, but they didn’t and he went 3-0 and allowed three runs in the entire month of April, earning AL pitcher of the month honors.

First inning

Fister needs just eight pitches to get through the inning. But I would suggest not leaving a changeup up in the zone again to Joe Mauer.

Liriano strikes out Chone Figgins. That is Figgins 47th punchout this season, tying him with Franklin Gutierrez for the most. Gutierrez however does not strike out, he rips a double off the wall in left. But he’s stranded as Liriano comes back and strikes out Milton Bradley looking on a pitch that Bradley thought was inside, but home plate umpire Dale Scott thought it was a strike. The batboy looked almost afraid to approach Milton.

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May
31st

Pregame notes, quotes & lineups – Tui at first again

A pretty quiet pregame meeting with Don Wakamatsu. It’s tough to come up with questions other than: What the hell happened in Anaheim?

Obviously we didn’t ask that, but Wakamatsu was asked how a team comes back after losing a pair of games that were the equivalent of two kicks to the stomach while you are already on the ground hurting.

“All we can control is today,” Wakamatsu said. “You look at the second loss in Anaheim, I thought we came back and played as hard as we could play. We have a brand new series, and we are back

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May
31st

Mariners Minor League Report, May 31

Kyle Seager

It was an interesting series for the Rainiers in Las Vegas with plenty of offense. The Rainiers got homers from Greg Halman and Brad Nelson in a 9-7 win on Sunday.

Steve Bray had solid start for AA West Tenn in a win.

Kyle Seager had four hits for A High Desert and has a 10 game hitting .

For Class A Clinton, Nick  Franklin went 2 for 4 in his 18th multi-hit game this season in Clinton’s 6-1 win.

Full report in pdf

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May
30th

Game #49: Another walk-off loss for Seattle

Ian Snell is making his sixth start of the season for Seattle, and he’ll face an Angels lineup without Kendry Morales and Torii Hunter – both injured in Saturday’s 10-inning, 5-1 Mariners loss.

That won’t help the Angels, obviously, but it won’t be as big a difference for Snell as you might think. Unlike the Mariners, the Angels have more than a couple of productive hitters.

Combined, for instance, Bobby Abreu, Hideki Matsui, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli have 25 home runs this season.  The entire Seattle lineup has 21.

It’s Snell vs. Joe Saunders, the Mariners vs. the Angels,

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May
30th

Before Kendry Morales, there was Tagg Bozied

AP photo

A very gruesome photo from the AP showing the damage to Kendry Morales’ broken leg.

Note: I wrote my Sunday column on Tagg Bozied and Kendry Morales. I wanted to just post the link, but it isn’t up yet, so I just posted it the other way. Obviously you’ve heard of the second person, but maybe not the first. But they are kind of linked. I actually got to talk to Bozied in 2007 when I was covering the Rainiers. One other note: I don’t know if I portrayed in my column is that Bozied has tried to move on from what happened. He says all the right things, and says them believably and convincingly. But if you look closer, if you look underneath the words, there is an ache of life and baseball’s random unfairness. How can there not be?

Sunday column … after the jump

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May
29th

Game #48: Bobble and a blast beats Mariners

That’s right, today’s all about winning, yes – but getting Felix Hernandez (2-4) going may be just as urgent.

The ace of the staff, a 19-game winner a year ago, has had some poor luck, some poor games and hasn’t really got a run going yet. If the Mariners are to seriously climb back into view in the American League West, he has to be a leading force.

Behind him today, Milton Bradley will be the DH, Matt Tuiasosopo the first baseman and Michael Saunders the left fielder.

It’s Felix vs. Jered Weaver.

  • Ichiro walked and stole second base.

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