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Archives: May 2012

May
30th

Mariners drop a 21 on Rangers to win series

That little 21-8 drubbing the Seattle Mariners laid on the Texas Rangers tonight did more than give them a series win – it evened out the season series, 5-5.

After making a little offensive history, the Mariners were all smiles in the clubhouse.

“A little above normal,” said Justin Smoak, who hit two home runs and had six RBI. “When everybody’s getting hits and scoring runs, it’s a lot of fun.”

Seattle scored eight runs in back-to-back innings for the first time in franchise history – and just the eighth time in major league history

“You’re seeing their potential,” manager

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May
30th

Mariners send Delabar down, bring Pryor up?

No sooner had the Seattle Mariners beaten the Texas Rangers tonight, 21-8, did the team make a roster move in its bullpen – optioning right-hander Steve Delabar to Tacoma.

While no corresponding move was made tonight, it appears likely that right-hander Stephen Pryor will join the Mariners Friday night in Chicago when they open a three-game series there.

Pryor, 22, began 2012 in Class AA, where he was 1-0 with seven saves and a 1.13 earned run average in 11 appearances. Promoted to Class AAA, Pryor has appeared in nine games, and pitched 12 innings without allowin a run while

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May
30th

LHP Luetge is streaking, and enjoying it

Lucas Luetge’s major league debut this season came when he faced Oakland’s Josh Reddick – and struck him out with three pitches.

 Some young pitchers would have trouble living up to that kind of start, but the Seattle Mariners Rule 5 left-hander isn’t one of them.

In 18 appearances this season, he has yet to allow an earned run, and the opposition is hitting .179 against him. Is Luetge aware of is scoreless streak?

“Sure. People call me or ask me, text me, and I talk about it,” Luetge said. “I’m proud of it, but it’s only 11 innings. I

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May
30th

Game 53: A lineup without an Ichiro

Fifty-three games into the 2012 season, the Seattle Mariners have posted their first lineup that doesn’t include Ichiro Suzuki, who batted third in the first 52 games.

The right-fielder gets a day off before a scheduled off day, a well-desreved break for the 38-year-old right fielder. In his place? Chone Figgins.

After snapping their five-game losing streak last night against Texas, the Mariners will ask Blake Beavanto give them the chance to win their 23rd game.

It’s the newest new-look lineup:

Ackley 2B
Figgins RF
Seager 3B
Montero DH
Smoak 1B
Liddi LF
Olivo C

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May
29th

Home run that wasn’t keyed six-run inning

John Jaso made it clear he believed the key to the Seattle Mariners six-run eighth-ininng in what became their 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers was the double that Kyle Seager hit off the top of the fence.

“Home runs are notorious rally killers, and if that ball goes out, we don’t score six times,” Jaso insisted. “A double keeps the rally going. The pitcher has to pitch with a man on base. The hitter knows a single gets a run home.”

What about Jaso’s own two-run home run in the second inning – the one that put Seattle ahead

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May
29th

How long will Ichiro bat third? Ummm…..

The Chone Figgins experiment last 24 games, and  manager Eric Wedge was asked a familiar question today – how long will Ichiro remain the Seattle Mariners No. 3 hitter?

“Obviously it’s something you have to consider. But you’ve got to have a solution to it, too,” Wedge said.

“I’m always considering almost everything. I weigh everything out. I look at our options, the timing, I try to stay consistent with my thought process on all our guys.

“But the fact of the matter is you have to open yourself up to what you feel ultimately is best for the ballclub and

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May
29th

Ackley is back in lineup for Vargas, Texas

The Seattle Mariners returned Dustin Ackley to the lineup today, kept Miguel Olivo and Chone Figgins on the bench and send Jason Vargas to the mound looking for his sixth win.

This, folks, is as clos

Ackley 2B, Liddi LF, Ichiro RF, Montero DH, Seager 3B, Smoak 1B, Jaso C, Saunders CF, Ryan SS, Vargas P.

May
28th

Mariners have to be ‘perfect’ to win? They’re not

After the Seattle Mariners lost their fifth game in a row and the sixth in their last seven tonight, 4-2, Eric Wedge said his team wasn’t yet taking into games the lessons he and his staff had been trying to teach them.

“We’re fouling fastballs back, we’re taking fastballs for strikes and we’re not squaring them up,” Wedge said. “There’s too much of all three. Our players understand what we’re giving them, it’s just not translating into the games.

“You can’t have to play perfect baseball to win games, but that’s the position we’re putting ourselves in.”

On a night

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