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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Mariners 3, Twins 0: Iwakuma just keeps winning …. all-star?

It probably should have happened a few starts ago, but based on what he did in the second half of last season and what’s he’s done to start this season, it’s probably time to stop being surprised when Hisashi Iwakuma has a dominant outing.

After all, they are becoming pretty regular for the Mariners right-hander.

On Friday, Iwakuma gave Seattle another stellar outing, pitching 7 2/3 shutout innings, giving up seven hits, striking out five and walking two to lead the Mariners to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

With the

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May
31st

Friday’s line-ups, official game notes and updated stats vs. the Twins

Quick note …. Robert Andino  has cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to AAA Tacoma. He will report to Tacoma on Saturday for the Rainiers game vs. the Sacramento RiverCats at Cheney Stadium  Andino was hoping to hook on with his old team the Orioles or any other big league team. I think he found out that teams aren’t in the market for a utility guy that hasn’t been able to put some at-bats together.

Michael Morse was in the clubhouse and in good spirits. He just flew in about an hour ago. He will take batting practice today

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May
31st

Mariners minor league report, May 31, 2013: Rainiers fail to score 25 run for a second straight night

The Rainiers didn’t score in double figures, but they rallied from a six run deficit in a 10-8 loss in Colorado Springs. Carlos Peguero homered (above) while Dustin Ackley and Franklin Gutierrez  (video of his double below) had two hits each.

James Paxton was scratched from the start with tendinitis in his knee. It’s something he’s battled throughout his career.

Double A Jackson lost 6-3 to Huntsville. Rich Poythress homered in the lost.

Class A High Desert got a 3-for-5 effort with a homer from Ji-Man Choi in a 6-3 win over the

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May
30th

Mariners 7, Padres 1 — the Felix and (Nick) Franklin show

Felix Hernandez made it quite clear after his last start in Seattle about the way he was pitching or the way the Seattle Mariners were playing. He’d had two subpar outings in a row, both resulting in losses for his and he wasn’t happy about it.

“It just can’t happen anymore,” he said on Saturday after a sub-six inning outing against the Rangers. “I have to go out there and do something about it.”

He did so on Thursday afternoon.

Hernandez returned to his all-star level-form against the Padres, tossing eight strong innings, giving up just

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May
30th

Thursday’s starting line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Padres

Let’s get to a few notes from manager Eric Wedge’s pregame media session

Michael Morse will join the team in Minnesota. But it may be a few days before he is ready to play.

Justin Smoak is going to take some swings left-handed today and tomorrow. But right now, he’s probably only available to pinch hit right-handed. Smoak could be back in the starting line-up this weekend in Minnesota.

When asked about outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who is rehabbing in Tacoma, Wedge gave a look almost similar to that of a teenage girl rolling her eyes.

“He’s feeling

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May
30th

Mariners minor league report, May 30, 2013: Rainiers roll up 25 runs on 30 hits in a win in The Springs

Video: Dusin Ackley’s two-run homer

The PCL has always been a hitter friendly league. And Colorado Springs with its mile-high elevation and lack of a humidor for the baseballs has also been a hitter friendly park. But what the Tacoma Rainiers did last night bordered on the absurd in a 25-6 win over the Colorado Spring Sky Sox.

Look at the box score …

Mike Curto – the voice of the Rainiers – has the game story for the TNT, and it’s quite amusing to read.

From his story ….

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Tacoma

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May
29th

Padres 3, Mariners 2 in 10 innings – second straight blown save for Wilhelmsen

Despite Brendan Ryan’s best effort to lay the blame on himself for failing to make an impossible play to start the 10th inning of Seattle’s 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padre at Petco Park, the Mariners lost Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning.

Closer Tom Wilhelmsen was handed the ball and a 2-1 lead to start the bottom of the ninth and asked close out a much-needed win for Seattle.

And for the second straight save situation, he couldn’t do it. Wilhelmsen was oddly ineffective allowing to the Padres to tie the game in the

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