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Archives: June 2012

June
26th

A Tuesday lineup in search of … runs

The Seattle Mariners are 23 innings into another scoreless streak, which makes winning a moot point, and against an ex-patriot – one-time Seattle lefty Travis Blackley – they’re optimistic they can, well, score tonight.

Ichiro is leading off, but he’s not in the outfield. .He’s the designated hitter tonight, which allows manager Eric Wedge to use an outfield of Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells. That’s the Mariners best defensive allignment.

Jason Vargas is still looking for his eighth win – he won No. 7 on June 4 – and Jesus Montero is catching. Hre’s the full lineup:

Ichiro 

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June
26th

Moyer vs. Hultzen at Cheney Stadium? It’s a possibility

The injury-ravaged Toronto Blue Jays recently signed left-hander Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract. The ultra-veteran pitcher will join the Blue Jays affiliate – the Las Vegas 51s – on Wednesday in Tacoma.

With the way the pitching match-ups stand, Moyer will throw a game during the THREE-game series at Cheney Stadium. And there’s a high chance that Moyer will start Thursday when Mariners top prospect Danny Hultzen makes his home debut.

How is that for coincidence? A pair of lefties with Mariners roots – one is 49 and the other is 23. One has started 638 games

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June
25th

Seattle’s third 1-0 loss of ’12 beats Ramirez

Erasmo Ramirez became the eighth rookie in Seattle Mariners history to strike out 10 batters in a game tonight and lost, anyway, when the Oakland Athletics beat him with one swing, 1-0.

Seth Smith hit a second-inning solo home run and that was it for the night. Oakland had three hits, Seattle had seven – but all the Mariners hits were singles, and the team has now gone scoreless in its last 23 innings.

Athletics rookie left-hander Tommy Milone won his eighth game of the season and the Marienrs managed only one hit after the fourth inning, when Miguel Olivo

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June
25th

Monday lineups vs. third-place Athletics

The Seattle Mariners would love to close the gap on the Oakland Athletics this week – hey, they’d love to close the gap on anyone – and tonight they send rookie Erasmo Ramirez to the mound in Game One of this three-game series.

No, they have no momentum, having lost two of three games to San Diego and two of three to Arizona last week. Yikes!

The Mariners open up with no hitter other than Ichiro Suzuki on much of a roll, and that’s been a problem no matter who is pitching – Hector Noesi, for instance, lost 2-0 the

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June
25th

Waiting for July – Safeco Field roof closing

The Seattle Mariners open a home stand that will take them into July tonight, but because it’s still only June, the Safeco Field roof is now closing.

No lineups yet, but it’s sprinkling and cool. Can’t wait for that three-day weekend we call summer. Anyone got any great summer-in-Seattle stories to pass along?

June
25th

Wrapping up the Mariners road trip

Interleague play is finally over and instead of getting healthy against the National League, the Mariners finished with a losing record for the first time in 12 seasons, going 8-10. They also went 1-5 against a Padres team that has the second worst team in all of baseball.

From my game story

After years of success against National League opponents – particularly their “natural rivals,” the San Diego Padres – the Mariners struggled in interleague play this season.

With Sunday’s unremarkable 2-0 loss to the Padres, the Mariners finished with an 8-10

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June
24th

Today’s game notes and lineups — a Chone Figgins sighting

Mariners (31-42)

  • 51  Ichiro Suzuki           RF
  • 27  John Jaso                C
  • 33  Casper Wells            LF
  • 17  Justin Smoak            1B
  • 55  Michael Saunders        CF
  • 13  Dustin Ackley           2B
  • 9  Chone Figgins           3B
  • 26  Brendan Ryan            SS
  • 45  Hector Noesi           RHP

Yep that would be Chone Figgins starting at third base in place of Kyle Seager today. Now before you start rioting in the streets or tweeting angrily, know that Seager has had a few rough days. He is 0-for-9 with three strikeouts in two errors in his last two games.

Figgins

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June
23rd

Mariners 5, Padres 1: Felix does it all for the Mariners

On the four-year anniversary of his historic grand slam off of all-star pitcher Johan Santana at the now demolished Shea Stadium, Hernandez came up big at the plate again on Friday night.

His two-run double in the second inning was the highlight of another solid offensive showing from the Seattle Mariners.

But unlike that magical night four years ago, when he left the game with a severely sprained ankle, Hernandez not only got the game-winning hit, but he also got the win.

Hernandez pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out

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