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Archives: July 2011


Mariners sign Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract

The Tacoma Rainiers just got a little more entertaining, especially during practice. Just a little while ago, the Mariners announced that they had signed slugging outfielder/designated hitter Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract.

Pena was available after being designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondback on July 15. Before that he was with Triple A Reno. Pena is scheduled to report to the Mariners minor league complex in Peoria, AZ, and will join the Rainiers in the coming days.

Not familiar with Pena? Well, he’s a 6-3, 240 pounds of muscle and power and strikeouts swinging from

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Mariners 9, Yankees 2: The losing streak is over!

The streak is over at 17 games. Felix Hernandez was fantastic. Dustin Ackley was great. Mike Carp should never not play in favor for Jack Cust.

Obviously, it was very happy visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. The music, which only gets played after winsn, was blaring, I believe “The Humpty Dance” was rocking pretty loud at one point. With a cross-country flight ahead, the Mariners won’t have to drag an 18-game losing streak along with them. I don’t think it would fit in the overhead compartments.

What was manager Eric Wedge’s message to the team

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Pregame notes & quotes: Wedge criticizes “underachieving” veterans

Mariners manager Eric Wedge has chided his veterans all season for the inability to produce on the field. Go down the list of underachievers …

Ichiro? Yes

Chone Figgins? Yes

Jack Cust? Yes

Franklin Gutierrez? Yes

Milton Bradley? Yes and he scared the hell out of everyone.

Jack Wilson? Well, it’s tough to underachieve when you don’t play.

Miguel Olivo? He hasn’t been great, but Wedge hasn’t soured on him because of his intensity he brings to games.

That leaves Adam Kennedy and Brendan Ryan as the only veterans that really haven’t underachieved this season, that’s

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Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Well, at least they didn’t get no-hit


What could make a 17 game losing streak worse? Getting no-hit to extend that losing streak.

For much of Tuesday’s night’s 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees, it looked as though the worst hitting team in all of baseball would finally have the ultimate pinned badge of ineptitude pinned on them.

This  wasn’t just an ordinary no-hitter bid.

CC Sabathia was throwing a perfect game.

Thankfully for the Mariners already bruised and batter psyches, Brendan Ryan broke up the bid with one-out single to left field in the seventh inning.

“I broke my

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Midgame rain delay update: CC Sabathia has a perfect game going


UPDATE 6:26 p.m. — play has been halted again because of the rain. The tarp is on the field.

UPDATE 6:20 p.m. — Brendan Ryan breaks up the perfect game with a sharp single to left with one out in the seventh. Sabathia comes back to strike out Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo. He now has a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings.

UPDATE 6 p.m. — the Tarp is off the field and Sabathia is on the mound after about a 30 minute delay.

Well, we are in the middle of a rain delay here at Yankee Stadium.

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Pregame Notes & Lineups: Figgins at third, players get afternoon off,

Sorry for the lateness of the pregame post. There’s a good reason, the Mariners were late getting here. Even though the clubhouse opens around 3:40 p.m. on most days, the players and coaches didn’t arrive till around 4:30 p.m.

Was it the NY traffic? No. Did they go see the Book of Mormon? Nope.

The Mariners intentionally didn’t show up till later. They have cancelled on-field batting practice as well. Players were hitting in the cages instead.


Well, why not. Manager Eric Wedge is trying to do anything that might break the monotony of this

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Mariners Minor League Report, July 26: Marcus Littlewood transitioning to catcher

Marcus Littlewood

Credit to goes to Keith Law of ESPN and Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider, who first reported that shortstop Marcus Littlewood – the Mariners second round pick in 2010 – will transition to catcher.

The Mariners confirmed that report today, saying that Littlewood will head the Instructional League in Peoria, and make a full-time transition.

He’s already been working with catching coordinator Roger Hansen.

Littlewood (6-2, 180 pounds) was signed out of Pine View High School in St. George Utah. After struggling in Clinton to start the season, he was sent to Everett where he is hitting .244 with two homers and 14

Let’s get to last night’s games …

Triple A Tacoma lost to Salt Lake, 9-2, in Salt Lake City. It was the first time the Rainiers lost a road series since April. Right-hander Jarrett Grube took the loss pitching five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while giving up three homers.  Ryan Langerhans homered for the Rainiers.

Double A Jackson had an off day. Of note: Carlos Triunfnel has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Vinnie Catricala has recorded 11 multi-hit games in the 22 games he’s played with Jackson since being called up.
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Yankees 10, Mariners 3: Make it a not-so-sweet 16


Not much to say. I feel like one of the players, what can you say?

The 16th straight loss in this freefall of defeat didn’t seem very competitive. Sure the Mariners played with passion and competed to the very end – this team will always do that – in comparison to the 2008 team that often went down after the first punch.

But it never felt close on Monday.

The Mariners (43-59) were really never in it, never really threatened to be in it and looked and played like a team that hadn’t won a game since July 5

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