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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

Mariners minor league report, April 30, 2013: veteran outfielder Corey Patterson signed to a minor league contract

The Mariners have signed veteran outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract. He will report to extended spring training. This is a move for outfield depth at the Triple A level. He spent last season with Triple A Nashville. 

The Tacoma Rainiers picked up a 4-1 win as Mike Zunino’s triple got the offense rolling. Alex Liddi also homered in the win. Eric Thames and Nick Franklin both extended their hitting streaks. Zunino is mentioned in Jeff Passan’s prospect column

Jackson split a doubleheader against Chattanooga

A late grand slam beat Class A Clinton

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April
29th

Mariners 6, Orioles 2 — Joe Saunders goes the distance in the win

In the midst of saying “It was just a bad day” several times following his previous start in Houston – a forgettable eight-run, 11-hit outing – Joe Saunders also said, he would “go get’em next time.”

Saunders made good on that promise on Monday night.

The veteran left-hander continued his mastery at Safeco Field, pitching the Seattle Mariners’ first complete game of the season in a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front a Safeco Field record-low 9,818 fans.

Saunders wasn’t dominant, just brutally efficient, giving up two runs on four hits with one

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April
29th

Monday’s line-ups, official game notes and pregame Eric Wedge comments vs. the Orioles

There was a lot of consternation on Twitter – when isn’t there – about Eric Wedge not having Dustin Ackley in the line-up today. Just over a week ago the Twitter anger was that Ackley was IN the line-up and not being sent to down to Triple A or being jettisoned as a bust. Since then Ackley has put together a nine-game hitting streak, and is hitting .406 (13-for-32) during that span.

So why isn’t he playing today? Why!? Why?!

Well, the Orioles are starting lefty Zach Britton and Wedge decided to give

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April
29th

Mariners minor league report, April 29, 2013: Franklin, Carraway named PCL players of the week

Nick Franklin homered and extended his hitting streak to nine games in the Rainiers’ 5-3 win. James Paxton also pitched well in his latest start after struggling in his last few outings.

Franklin and Andrew Carraway were recently named PCL players of the week.

High Desert rolled to an 11-6 win. 

Clinton lost in an 11-inning heartbreaker

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April
28th

Mariners 2, Angels 1 – the first series win of the season

In the search for ways that baseball is an unpredictable game, the last week for the Seattle Mariners could be used as another perfect example.

It was just four days ago that the Mariners had lost their second series to the lowly Houston Astros – a team with a $20 million payroll and a collection of players whose names even the most diehard of baseball fans would recognize. Fans were incensed. Talk of possible firings was permeating. General discontent reigned.

On Sunday, thanks to a pair of late solo home runs from JasonBay and Michael Morse

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April
28th

Sunday’s line-ups, official game notes and pregame comments vs. the Angels

Justin Smoak gets his first off day of the season.  He’s been battling lower  back and knee stiffness as he’s  been playing the last week or so.  Mariners manager Eric Wedge decided to go with both catchers in his line-up. That means if Kelly Shoppach were to get injured, the Mariners would lose the DH for the game if Montero had to replace him.

“We needed to give Smoak a day and I wanted to catch Shoppach,” Wedge said. “So it was either him or one of the lefties to DH. I thought this was a good

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April
28th

Mariners minor league report, April 28, 2013: Abe Almonte hits for the cycle

The  Rainiers bats were hot in Las Vegas. And Michael Saunders had a triple in his rehab outing.

Abe Almonte, who the Mariners acquired from the Yankees for Shawn Kelley, hit for the cycle in Jackson’s win 13-1 win.  Chris Harris – the voice of the Generals - writes that Taijuan Walker has shown enough early in the season to deserve a call-up to Triple A Tacoma.

High Desert got beat 17-7 …. their offense in the red zone just wasn’t good.

Clinton pounded out 18 hits in a win.