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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
20th

Mariners win sixth in a row, now 31-30 at home

The Seattle Mariners are winning games so fast they’re in danger of turning a lost season into, well, something better than a lost season.

Two home runs by Michael Saunders, another by Eric Thames and the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-3, tonight – their sixth consecutive victory.

That moved their record at Safeco Field to 31-30, their overall record to 59-64. The last time they were within five games of .500 was May 26, at 21-26.

“We’re not satisfied to have a nice run, get near or to .500,” Saunders said. “We want to be a winning team.”

It wasn’t

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Aug.
20th

AL Player of the Week – surprise! – is Felix

A night before he makes his 26th start of the season, the American League decided to recognize his 25th and named Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez its Player of the Week.

“I’ve been pitching seven years, and that’s the first one I’ve gotten” Felix said.

Guess pitching the 23rd perfect game in major league history gets it done, although former Mariner Joel Piniero won the award on May 7, 2006 without one. So it goes.

Felix may have been happier with the news his wife and two children are flying in tonight from Venezuela  and will be at his Tuesday

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Aug.
20th

Seattle going for sixth in a row tonight

Brendan Ryan’s return to shortstop after a day off and the re-insertion of veteran Miguel Olivo at catcher are about the only changes the Seattle Mariners made today as they face the Cleveland Indians and – oh, yes – go for their sixth consecutive win.

Their hottest hitter is Dustin Ackley, with five hits and a walk in the past two games, but most everyone in the lineup has done damage during the winning streak. If there’s one starting pitcher who has every reason to feel left out in the win column this season, it’s Kevin Millwood, who starts tonight

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Aug.
19th

A lineup and a question for Mariners fans

Facing the Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno, the Seattle Mariners are going with their mostly left-handed lineup - Jesus Montero is the DH and Munenori Kawasaki is at shortstop - with Blake Beavan will start.

The Mariners are 21-13 since the All-Star break, and while they’ve made hay against team like Kansas City and Minnesota, they’ve also played series with New York (2), Texas, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and others.

So the question of the day: Is this .618 winning percentage an indication of the new, improving Mariners or is it a 34-game fluke? And why the improvement? Let’s kick it around.

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Aug.
18th

Another Jaso GWRBI, another Mariners win

The Seattle Mariners pitched a fine game, got a game-tying home run from Justin Smoak in the seventh inning and a game-wininng fly ball from John Jaso in the ninth to beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-2.

The victotry left the Mariners with a 57-64 record – 21-13 since the All-Star break – and left them feeling like winners.

“When you’ve got guys like Felix (Hernandez), Jason Vargas and a bullpen where everybody seems to throw 95 mph-plus, you play a lot of close games,” shortstop Brendan Ryan said. “We’re learning to win those games.”

Vargas went 6 2/3 innings, and

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Aug.
18th

Mariners get Wells, Montero, Olivo into lineup

Facing Minnesota’s 10-game winning left-hander, Scott Diamond, the Seattle Mariners have loaded up on right-handed bats tonight, including re-inserting outfielder Casper Wells.

Wells has struggled – .146 in his last 12 games with 10 strikeouts – and lost playing time to Eric Thames. Tonight, Wells is in right field, Jesus Montero is catching and Miguel Olivo is the DH. The Mariners also have both their switch-hitters – Trayvon Robinson and Justin Smoak – in the linenup.

Meanwhile, their 13-game winning lefty, Jason Vargas, goes for No. 14, which would match the highest full season win total for a Mariners pitcher

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Aug.
17th

Mariners home runs & pitching beats Twins

  For four innings, Hisashi Iwakuma teased the Seattle Mariners fans at Safeco Field. What he did to the Minnesota Twins was worse.

Iwakuma was perfect through four innings, merely rock solid for seven innings as he held them without an earned run in what became Seattle’s 5-3 victory – the Mariners third in a row.

 Home runs by John Jaso and Miguel Olivo hurt Twins starter Nick Blackburn early and three fifth-inning hits from Trayvon Robinson, Eric Thames and Dustin Ackley chased him.

A crowd of 22,602 gave a nearly two minute pre-game standing ovation to Felix Hernandez, who

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Aug.
17th

Furbush is back, Kelly is out – and a lineup

As expected, left-hander Charlie Furbush returned to the Seattle Mariners bullpen from the disabled list today, and right-hander Shawn Kelley was optioned to Tacoma.

On the DL since July 18, Furbush made five appearances with the Rainiers and has fully recovered from a triceps strain. He’ll be in the bullpen tonight should Mariners starting pitc her Hisashi Iwakuma need him.

The Mariners, who use Furbush as a setup manwhen ahead in games, would love to use him against the Minnesota Twins tonight.

Today’s lineup includes the much beloved catcher, Miguel Olivo, with John Jaso the designated hitter and Jesus Montero

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