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Archives: July 2013

July
31st

Red Sox 5, Mariners 4 (15 innings) – When July became August in one game

It was fitting that the end came 13 years to the day that Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox played 19 memorable innings at Safeco Field with the same final score of 5-4.

But this time it was in FenwayPark and there was no Mike Cameron to win this one for the Mariners.

After five hours of baseball and in the 15 innings, Boston’s Stephen Drew ended the game, lacing a

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July
31st

Mariners make only a minor move at the trade deadline

The circus that is the major league trade deadline passed with the Mariners choosing to only minimally participate in the three-ring, rumor-mongering folly. General manager Jack Zduriencik said he wasn’t going to be aggressive two weeks ago and he wasn’t, choosing to keep his team intact.

The only move the Mariners made was sending minor league infielder Robert Andino – a player they designated for assignment earlier in the season – to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later. Andino was hitting .229 (35-for-153) in 44 games since being outrighted to Tacoma.

But Zduriencik decided not to

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July
30th

Red Sox 8, Mariners 2: A sloppy start to tough road trip

It started off poorly and got no better.

The Mariners hope their sloppy 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at FenwayPark won’t be harbinger of what’s to come on this East Coast road trip.

This isn’t the Astros or the Twins that the Mariners will be facing. They have two more games with the Red Sox (64-44) followed by three with the Orioles (59-48). Both teams have legitimate playoff aspirations, while Seattle (50-56) is still

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July
30th

Taijuan Walker inning limit? Gutierrez, Stearns notes

In Double-A Jackson, Taijuan Walker had a scintillating 2.46 ERA in 84 innings.

Since joining Triple-A Tacoma last month, he’s been even better – a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings.

Walker, who will turn 21 on Aug. 13, makes his sixth start tonight against the visiting Omaha Storm Chasers. He’s 2-0 in five starts with the sterling ERA and 29 strikeouts.

But the bigger question is how much of the season does he have left? Walker’s five innings against Tucson his last start put him at 110 innings for the season dating back to his 25 starts with the Jackson

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July
30th

Mariners minor league report, July 30, 2013: Montero’s mistake costs the Rainiers

Jesus Montero is in the process of learning first base and obviously errors are going to happen. But his latest error proved costly. Montero had a Bill Buckner moment, booting a routine ball that allowed the winning run to score in a 7-6 loss at Reno

Quick reminder, Taijuan Walker is pitching tonight at Cheney Stadium against Omaha. If you haven’t seen him pitch in person, I highly recommend it.

Big slugger Joe Dunigan returned to the line-up after being out since April after hit in the jaw with a baseball. But Jackson still lost 5-3 to

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July
30th

Tuesday’s line-ups, official game notes and updated stats vs. the Red Sox

 I have been asked/complained to on the Twitter as to why Dustin Ackley isn’t in the line-up. I don’t know. We haven’t talked to acting manager Robby Thompson yet. And we won’t get to for another hour and a half at least.

It could be that Thompson wanted to get Michael Morse in the line-up immediately and decided to have the more experienced outfielder –  Michael Saunders – in between Morse and Raul Ibanez.

Thompson may have wanted to give Ackley a work day to get used to the crazy outfielder in Fenway, which is unique.

Thompson

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July
29th

Mariners recall Michael Morse, Jason Bay designated for assignment

The Seattle Mariners are getting a little power back in their line-up.

On Monday, the team activated outfielder Michael Morse from the 15-day disabled list. He will join the team on Tuesday in Boston at the start of a six-game road trip that includes a stop in Baltimore.

To make room on the roster, outfielder JasonBay was designated for assignment.

Bay was the casualty of a crowded outfield with Dustin Ackley converting to the position from second base. Either Bay or Endy Chavez – both on one-year contracts – was the likely candidate to be designated with the Morse coming

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July
28th

Mariners 6, Twins 4 — Franklin hits two homers, rolls into middle of ROY conversation

Endy Chavez yanked back a three-run homer Sunday. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson
Endy Chavez yanked back a three-run homer Sunday. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson

Nick Franklin threw his arms up, kicked his legs and turned a shout loose.

It was a pose akin to Felix Hernandez’s celebration when the ace finished his perfect game last season, immortalizing “Felixing.” Franklin’s display was an extrapolation born of having feigned the move so many times prior when clowning around.

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