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Archives: Aug. 2011

Aug.
31st

Carp’s 24th, 25th RBI of August good for a ‘W’

Felix Hernandez was looking at another ‘sorry, Felix’ loss tonight until the bottom of the eighth inning, when a two-out, three-hit rally brought the Seattle Mariners from behind for a 2-1 victory that was Felix’s 13th of the season.

After trailing Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Angels all night, 1-0, the Mariners chased Haren in the eighth with two-out singles by Franklin Gutierrrez and rookie Dustin Ackley. Against Angels LHP Scott Downs, Mike Carp doubled home both runs – his 24th and 25th RBI of August.

That, in turn, matched Danny Tartabull’s 1986 franchise rookie record for RBI in

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Aug.
31st

Jack Wilson to the Braves for the PTBNL

Veteran infielder Jack Wilson, who lost his job in spring training to shortstop Brendan Ryan – then lost his spot at second base to Adam Kennedy and eventually Dustin Ackley, was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Atlanta Braves.

The deal with send a player to be named later to Seattle.

The move spares the team a month of Wilson’s $5 million salary and spares Wilson a month of sitting on the bench in Seattle. Wilson, 33, compiled a .265 career average in Pittsburgh, then Seattle, and built his reputation with the Pirates as a slick-fielding shortstop.

With the Mariners,

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Aug.
31st

Jack Z’s extension? Doing it with the kids

General manager Jack Zduriencik, who’s tried to rebuild the Seattle Mariners from the minor league system up, was given a multi-year extension to continue with  the team he took over in 2009, despite the fact he’s had one winning in season in three.

Why?

True to his word when hired, Jack Z. has focused on ridding the franchise of the players on hand when he arrived, acquiring young talent through trade and draft with occasional disappointing forays into the free agent market.

Zduriencik’s trades have produced Franklin Gutierrez, Mike Carp, Jason Vargas, Brendan Ryan,  Casper Wells, Trayvon Robinson, Charlie Furbush, Justin

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Aug.
31st

GM Zduriencik gets multi-year extension with Mariners

Larry’s talking to Jack Z and then will update this later. Here’s the Mariners press release:

Seattle Mariners President & Chief Operating Officer Chuck Armstrong announced today that Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik has agreed on a multi-year extension of his existing contract. Per club policy, no terms will be announced.

“Jack arrived in Seattle with a clear plan, and he has not deviated from that plan,” Armstrong said. “Jack wanted to increase the talent base in our organization through scouting and player development. That is exactly what he has done.”

“Through trades, waiver

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Aug.
30th

Seven Mariners headed for the AFL

When the Arizona Fall League camps open in mid-September, the Seattle Mariners will send seven players – from first-round draft pick Danny Hultzen to minor league shortstop Nick Franklin – to participate.

For Hultzen, the left-handed pitcher taken with the second pick in the June draft, it will be his first experience pitching professionally. For most of the others, it will be a higher caliber of competition than they’ve faced before.

One player for whom that will not be the case is catcher Adam Moore, who lost the 2011 season in Seattle to a knee injury.

The Mariners will play

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Aug.
29th

The Mariners, at their best, beat Angels

It was almost certainly their best all-around game of the season, and the Seattle Mariners used it to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-3.

“We played with a sense of urgency, with an enhanced focus,” shortstop Brendan Ryan said. “Sometimes after a game like yesterday, you come out wanting to show your best. We came back today.”

Ichiro had a pair of doubles and scored twice, Dustin Ackley singled, doubled and tripled and Mike Carp hit a two-run home run in the eighth ininng to snap a tie – hitting the ball into the second deck in right field.

Ackley

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Aug.
29th

Rookies, rookies and a few thoughts on rookies

By now, everyone knows that 12 players on the Seattle Mariners 25-man roster are rookies and that a 13th – Dan Cortes – is on the disabled list.

Four members of the new six-man rotation are rookies: Michael Pineda, Blake Beavan, Antony Vasquez and Charlie Furbush. Down in the bullpen, there’s Josh Lueke, Chance Ruffin and Tom Wilhelmsen.

And current rookie position players include Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Travvon Robinson, Kyle Seager and Casper Wells.

Come September, the Mariners will activate players like Justin Smoak, relievers Shawn Kelley and Cortes, perhaps Chone Figgins – and may recall rookies Carlos Peguero,

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Aug.
28th

For Casper Wells, one pitch has been a problem

Rookie outfielder Casper Wells came to the Seattle Mariners as part of the Doug Fister trade with Detroit, then hit home runs in four consecutive games at Safeco Field – the kind of thing that got everyone’s attention.

Then former Mariner and current Toronto Blue Jay Brandon Morrow hit Wells on the tip of his nose with a 97-mph fastball

Wells has gone 4-for-27 since, with one home run and two RBI.

Is there a correlation? You bet.

“Today, I saw a lot of off-speed stuff, and my approach wasn’t very good,” Wells said of his Sunday, when he was

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