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Archives: April 2012

April
30th

Disaster instead of a .500 April

When Jesus Montero homered in the 11th inning for a 2-1 lead tonight, the Seattle Mariners were three outs from going 12-12 in April and saving what had already been a tough night.

The game and the month slid away when Brandon League gave up one run in the bottom of the 11th, then another in the bottom of the 12th and Tampa Bay rolled home with a 3-2 victory.

Along the way, Felix Hernandez pitched another dominant no-decision – the third time this season he’d allowed one run or less in eight innings and not won. And catcher Miguel

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April
26th

Saunders on life as Canadian (video)

It’s not easy being Canadian when some Americans know so little about the country, and Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saudners has known that since childhood.

Like Saunders, the stories he tells are good-natured. Yes, he loves the Great North, but he married an American woman he met in Arizona and loves all things Northwest.

In honor of the Mariners flying on to Toronto tonight, we bring  you Life As A Canadian. It’ll make you smile.

April
26th

Wedge makes a point with veterans

Before the Seattle Mariners played their 20th game of the season today, manager Eric Wedge was asked about his veteran players – especially Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo – and was surprisingly frank in his response.

“I like Dustin Ackley in the leadoff spot, that’s why you saw him there in spring training,” Wedge said. “Maybe that’s where he ends up. We’re still giving Figgins an opportunity,  but he has to do it, simple as that.

“If he does it, we keep him there. If not, we don’t. It’s a balancing act with the kids and giving veterans space. Space for the

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April
25th

Change is coming to the Mariners – again

One of the first things GM Jack Zduriencik did when he took the job was roll the Seattle Mariners roster over – and within two springs there was hardly anyone left other than Felix Hernandez and Ichiro.

Well, hang on to your programs, because the Mariners are at it again.

Within a few weeks, outfielder-DH-first baseman Mike Carp will return from injury, and with a month or so, Franklin Gutierrez will rejoin the team.

The question then will be,how to you get them into a lineup in need of production and still keep Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi? The simplest

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April
24th

Mariners 8th win: It took the whole team

All the Seattle Mariners needed to beat Detroit tonight was all they had – a solid start by Jason Vargas, a 15-hit night by the offense and splendid relief work from Steve Delabar, Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League.      

Oh, and big nights by Alex Liddi and Michael Saunders, who combined for five hits – two doubles, a home run and four RBI – in Seattle’s 7-4 win.

 “We were playing pretty well and then had a bad week at home,” rookie Liddi said. “We didn’t panic. Tonight we put men on base almost every inning and we got them in.”

That

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April
24th

Wilhelmsen recalls one particular Fielder AB

Tom Wilhelmsen and Prince Fielder had a pre-game reunion Tuesday, the first time the two had encountered each other on the field in years.

The Mariners reliever and Tigers first baseman were teammates on Miluwakee’s Class A team in Beloit.

“I was surprised he remembered me and came over to talk,” Wilhelmsen said. “He walked over and said, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you were a bar tender!’”

 Wilhelmsen broke into the majors with Seattle last season and has become the Mariners primary setup man out of the bullpen. After years with the Brewers, Fielder wound up with the Tigers this

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April
24th

And now, Mariners face the dreaded Tigers

A day off and an hour or so of early batting practice may be just what the Seattle Mariners need to shake themselves loose of their offensive doldrums – though it’s hard to imagine playing the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park will help.

Miguel Olivo is back behind the plate, but Justin Smoak has been replaced for a second game in a row by Alex Liddi at first base, and Muneori Kawasaki is at shortstop, not Brendan Ryan.

Will it make a diference? Jason Vargas hopes so. The lineup:

Chone Figgins   LF
Dustin Ackley           2B
Ichiro Suzuki          RF
Jesus Montero         

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April
21st

Watching Seattle Mariners dragged into history

I’ve been lucky in my career to have covered six no-hitters and, after Philip Humber’s effort for the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field today, two of those were perfect games.

The Seattle Mariners lost it, 4-0, and by the ninth inning a crowd of 22,472  was standing, cheering every Humber pitch. They knew the rarity of what they were seeing – there had been only 20 perfect games ever thrown in the majors.

This afternoon, they got to see one.

The first perfect game I saw was on the final day of the 1984 season, with California Angels right-hander

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