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Archives: Aug. 2011


Two cheap runs keep Pineda stuck on ‘nine’

Looking for his 10th win of the season – and the first of August – Michael Pineda retired the first nine batters he faced tonight, something the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox took note of.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen tried an entirely different approach in the fourth inning, and it wound up being the difference for Chicago, as the Sox rode John Danks pitching to a 3-0 victory.

“The first time through the lineup, Chicago saw what Michael was doing and they couldn’t get a base runner,” pitching coach Carl Willis said. “That’s why they played it differently in

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A Mariners lineup, and a HOF question on Omar

Game 2 of the Seattle Mariners – Chicago White Sox series tonight, and a player who’s not in the lineup but who’s played for both teams – Omar Vizquel - brings up an intriguing question.

Is the 44-year-old infielder, one of the slickest fielding shortstops in the history of the game, a Hall of Famer if he ever stops playing?

Omar won 11 Gold Gloves, and made himself a solid hitter, putting together a .272 career batting average. He played for teams that went to the post-seasson six times, the World Series twice and was a big part in getting

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Mariners vs. White Sox, Ichiro vs. Pierre

The Seattle Mariners host the Chicago White Sox tonight on what appears to be a perfect evening for baseball, and among the random thoughts on this series is this – which leadoff hitter would you rather have?

Ichiro is having his worst big-league season, Chicago’s Juan Pierre is having a good-not-great season. By the numbers:

Ichiro  .271 BA, 67 R, 146 H, 32 RBI, 33 BB, 32 SB, .312 OBP
Pierre ,284, 62 R, 143 H, 40 RBI, 33 BB, 21 SB , .335 OBP

Who do you pick? Ichiro is hitting 60 points below his career acverage and is

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Felix makes his pitch – for Pepsi and NW fans

A ‘Field of Dreams’ team made up of former major league stars is part of a contest being pitched by Pepsi – and one of their pitchmen this month is Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

“It’s a dream for fans, who go online and vote for their favorites at each position,” Felix said by telephone today. “When you vote, you enter for the opportunity to play a game with all of them.”

Online voting is at, and includes photos and highlights of each of the players. For an extra hoot, watch the ad atop

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Rainiers final home stand aims at their fans

The Tacoma Rainiers are going to turn back the clock next week with ticket prices, not uniforms, then end their season with Fan Appreciation Day on Sept. 5

From Monday, Aug. 29 through Wednesday, Aug. 31, children 12 years of age and younger can come to a Rainiers game for 50 cents - the same price as a ticket during Cheney Stadium’s inaugural season in 1960.
All 50-cent tickets must be purchased at Cheney Stadium , and the ticket office is open  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday. 
The Rainiers have partnered

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Let’s play two – and talk about opening day 2012

The Seattle Mariners double-header today, like the rest of the 2011 season, is less about wins and losses and much more about determining who on this roster is going to be part of the future.

When Anthony Vasquez starts the nightcap, he’ll become the 16th Mariners rookie to play this season, and that will inch them past Kansas City for the major league lead. So don’t kid yourselves, this season has been about rebuilding since the team swallowed all of Milton Bradley’s $13 million salary.

Four of Seattle’s five-man rotation are now under 25 - Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Charlie

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Mariners vs. Indians: Streak watching

The theme for tonight’s Mariners game in Cleveland is streaks. Some good, but mostly bad:

THE GOOD: Mike Carp’s hitting streak.

Carp has continued to hit since his recall from Tacoma on July 19, notching at least a hit in 20 consecutive games. He struck out in his first at-bat, so he’s going to have to do it later if the streak is to reach 21, which would put Carp tied for fifth on the Mariners all-time list.

THE BAD: The Mariners have lost five consecutive games.

Is this the night they snap their losing ways?

Since the All-Star break,

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Jack Wilson to DL, Ryan activated

The Mariners placed infielder Jack Wilson on the 15-day disabled list because of a severely bruised left heel.

To take his place on the active roster, the team activated shortstop Brendan Ryan from the 15-day DL before tonight’s game at Tampa Bay. Ryan had been out since Aug. 4 with a left shoulder injury.

Wilson landed awkwardly on first base in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.