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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
30th

Wedge in the morning, and a Mariners lineup

The questions tossed at Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge this morning were about his team’s offense, some of the individual players who have struggled in 2012, and the future of the organization.

“It doesn’t show in the numbers, but I see indicators – (Dustin) Ackley getting on top of the ball more – that (Justin) Smoak, Ackley, (Michael) Saunders and (Jesus) Montero are going to be good big-league hitters,” Wedge said.

Wedge said he also likes what he’s seeen of infielder Carlos Triunfel, sees young players trying to take on leadership roles since Ichiro Suzuki departed and that the Mariners

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Sep.
29th

Rest for Ryan, a start for Triunfel vs. Oakland

After one of their worst games, the Seattle Mariners shook up their infield for the final start of the year by 14-game winner Jason Vargas, who hasn’t won since September 3.

Manager Eric Wedge will sit shortstop Brendan Ryan and play rookie Carlos Triunfel and get Franklin Gutierrez back in center field.

“I don’t think it’s a mattter of being tired, I think we have to battle mental let downs,” Wedge said. “The last couple of weeks, I haven’t been pleased with our defense. You’ve got to count one waht you count on, and that’s pitching and defense for us.”

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Sep.
28th

Mariners put up a clunker in Oakland

OAKLAND – After playing well without much success against contending teams that past 10 days, the Seattle Mariners played a game that belonged in last place Friday.

Oh, they managed to continue their home-run-hitting way, homering for the 17th consecutive game, and they trailed Oakland only 4-2 until the bottom of the seventh.

Still, a pair of fielding errors, the inability to hit with men in scoring position and an uncharacteristically ineffective bullpen beat the Mariners and handed the Athletics a 8-2 victory.

Seattle is limping toward the finish line of a season, losing seven of its last eight games

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Sep.
28th

A Mariners lineup without Gutierrez today

A day after Franklin Gutierrez took on a wall in Angels Stadium, the Seattle Mariners lineup has Michael Saunders in center field.

Gutierrez has missed significant time this season with injuries to his chest, foot and a concussion that cost him months, not weeks. This time, however, it appears Gutierrez is just getting a day off.

“My neck is a little stiff, that’s all,” Gutierrez said. “I’m fine. No problems. I’ll be in there tomorrow.”

Guti’s injuries this season, combined with a stomach ailment throughout 2011, may force the Mariners to reconsider the future with Gutierrez beyond 2013.

Are today’s Mariners a better team

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Sep.
27th

Mariners 73rd victory hurts Angels chances

The road to October baseball for the Los Angeles Angels leads through Seattle, and that road got a bit longer Thursday.

The Seattle Mariners broke open a close game with a four-run seventh inning, then added more in the ninth inning of their 9-4 victory over the Angels.

It cost the Angels the chance to gain ground on AL wild card rival Oakland, and if anyone wants to call the Mariners ‘spoilers,’ they’re mostly OK with it.

 “We’re trying to win all our games, and if that spoils someone else’s season, that’s OK, too,” Casper Wells said. “It’s cool. The

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Sep.
27th

Mariners lineup and a few pre-game notes

The finale of this three-game series with the Angels pits Hisashi Iwakuma against RHP Dan Haren, and marks the return of outfielder Michael Saunders to the lineup.

Saunders missed two days to be with wife Jessica at the birth of their first child, daughter Aria, but he’s part of a strong defensive allignment in the outfield, joining CF Franklin Gutierrez and RF Casper Wells.

Jesus Montero is catching, John Jaso is the DH and hot-hitting Justin Smoak – who has three home runs in his last two games – is batting sixth.

A few pre-game notes:

  • Iwakuma has the highest

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Sep.
26th

Mariners can’t help Felix, can’t stop Angels

The Los Angeles Angels stayed in the thick of the American League wild card race, in large part because the Seattle Mariners wouldn’t let them fall out of it.

Earlier in the night Wednesday, Baltimore, Oakland and Tampa Bay won their games, meaning if the Angels lost they’d lose ground to the Orioles and Athletics ahead of them – and be caught from behind by the charging Rays.

Trouble?

The Mariners couldn’t hold a 3-2 seventh inning lead for Felix Hernandez, then lost in the ninth inning, 4-3, when a wild pitch set up Torii Hunter’s game-winning RBI single.

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Sep.
26th

Felix and Mariners take aim at Angels

Welcome to Felix Hernandez Day, or as the Seattle Mariners know it, their best chance to beat a good team.

That team tonight: the Los Angeles Angels, 1 1/2 games out in the wild card race. Using a pair of unearned runs last night – to say nothing of 20 Seattle strikeouts – the Angels won, 5-4.

Tonight, it’s Felix vs. C.J. Wilson and Mr. Hernandez has this game and one more start to add to his win total (13) and Cy Young Award candidacy, which is a longshot at best.

The Mariners will start Miguel Olivo, who had three hits

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