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Archives: July 2012

July
30th

Today’s lineup vs. the Blue Jays …. and trade notes

To quote Eminem …

“Guess who’s back, back again. Shady’s back, tell your friends.”

Yep, I will be covering the Mariners the next two days … strangely around the major league baseball trade deadline. But oh well. It can’t be any worse than covering the Seattle City Council.

The major trade speculation surrounding the Mariners has been for one-time closer and current set-up man Brandon League. Reports around baseball have the Giants, Dodgers and Rangers all interested in League. Will the Mariners get anything of significance in return? Probably not. They’d obviously like a hitting prospect. But so would every

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July
29th

Mariners ask Felix to finish a sweep of KC

The Seattle Mariners find themselves in a unique situation today, asking Felix Hernandez not to stop a losing streak but to complete a four-game sweep of the struggling Kansas City Royals.

Catcher Miguel Olivo will work with Felix, and the lineup behind him includes rookie Trayvon Robinson – a switch-hitter – against lefty Will Smith.  First baseman Mike Carp will try to extend a streak of four consecutive games with an RBI- and no Mariner has had more than a four-game streak all season.

Here’s the lineup:

Dustin Ackley      2B
Casper Wells           RF
Michael Saunders   CF
Jesus Montero         

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July
28th

Eeek! Mariners face a crafty left-hander

Yes, crafty left-handers are sneaky pitchers with high earned run averages who lull young hitters with off-speed stuff, then make them chase pitches – precisely the kind of thing the Seattle Mariners have done much of the season.

Does that mean Kansas City’s Bruce Chen has an edge today? Maybe not – the Mariners counter with crafty right-hander Kevin Millwood.

Seattle has also decided to unleash a secret weapon, switch-hitting outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who hasn’t played a big-league game in 2012. Of course, the Mariners are using right-handed hitting catcher Miguel Olivo, too.

Here’s the full Mariners lineup:

Dustin Ackley      

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July
27th

Mariners find Kansas City to their liking

If the Kansas City Royals stay in town much longer, the Seattle Mariners are going to have to expand their Hall of Fame.

Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson will be inducted today, and after the Mariners beat the Royals Friday night – for the fifth time in six games this year – 6-1, there are new candidates.

Blake Beavan, three starts after his return from Tacoma, is now 3-0 in those games – two of them victories over Kansas City.

Catcher John Jaso, never considered an RBI man, hit a three-run home run and picked up a fourth run with

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July
27th

Mariners post their non-Olivo lineup

The Seattle Mariners open the night with a .436 winning perecentage, built in part by their winning four of five games from Kansas City – a team they hope to continude to get well against all weekend.

Tonight, they throw their no-Miguel Olivo lineup at the Royals, one that has John Jaso catching and Jesus Montero at DH. Carlos Peguero is back in right field, Casper Wells in left field and Mike Carp at first base.

How good is this lineup? We may have to wait for Kansas City to leave to find out, but in he meantime, you play

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July
26th

Vargas wins – now will he stay or go?

When the Arizona Diamondback torched Jason Vargas for five home runs and 10 runs last month, it was difficult to see him becoming a deadline trade chip deadline.

The Seattle Mariners left-hander hasn’t lost since.

After dispatching the Kansas City Royals on one hit over eight innings at Safeco Field tonight  to claim a 4-1 victory – his 11th of the season – Vargas has the attention of every contending team in the game.

And one that isn’t contending: His own.

With everyone in a race looking for pitching, Vargas has suddenly transformed his resume into the stuff of ‘just what

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July
26th

Alvin Davis back in the Mariners fold

Alvin Davis, one of the more popular players in franchise history -the 1984 Rookie of the Year – has rejoined the team as a minor league roving instructor.

Davis, who played with the team from 1984 through 1991, was the first player inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, and director of player development Chris Gwynn made the announcement today. 

“I am really excited to add Alvin to our player development staff,” Gwynn said. “His knowledge, intellect and teaching ability will help our young players as they progress through our system.”

 Drafted by Seattle in 1982, the first baseman batted

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July
26th

Vargas goes for #11, Mariners vs. KC

Jason Vargas can increase his trade value – whether he’s on the market or not – by winning his 11th game of the season tonight when the Seattle Mariners face the Kansas City Royals.

He’ll do it with one of the worst-hitting lineups in memory behind him.

The Mariners will have Mike Carp (.146), Miguel Olivo (.198), Carlos Peguero (.161) and Brendan Ryan (.188) hitting sixth through ninth in the batting order. That makes Dustin Ackley’s .220 look beefy.

Here’s the whole lineup:

Dustin Ackley      2B
Michael Saunders    CF
Casper Wells           LF
John Jaso          DH
Kyle

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