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Archives: Aug. 2013

Aug.
31st

Mariners 3, Astros 1 — A third straight win

It’s debatable whether the Seattle Mariners are playing better baseball now than they were when they recently dropped six straight games at Safeco Field.

But with Saturday night’s 3-1 victory, the Mariners (62-73) have now won three straight games. That they came against the hapless Houston Astros (44-91) is not surprising. They should win these games.

Seattle scored three runs in the first inning, got a fair to decent outing from starter Joe Saunders, weathered a few fielding mistakes with a couple of nice plays and hung onto to win.

Mariners’ manager Eric Wedge wasn’t exactly gleeful postgame when talking

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Aug.
31st

Saturday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Astros

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that outfielder Michael Saunders felt tightness in his hamstring, which is why he’s out of the line-up.

“It’s better today, but there is not sense of taking any chances,” Wedge said.

A little different line-up with Justin Smoak out today. A day off was due for Smoak, who has started the last 27 straight games for the Mariners. And when they do give Smoak a day off, they usually do it against a lefty starter.

“I think he’s looked strong, I think Kendrys looked strong, but I think they both needed a day,” he

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Aug.
30th

Mariners 7, Astros 1 — Walker wins in his debut, Ackley provides the offense and defense

It was difficult to remember that Taijuan Walker is just 21 years old and was making his much-anticipated major league debut on Friday night at MinuteMaidPark.

Standing 6-4 with 210 pound frame that’s more wide receiver than starting pitcher, he doesn’t look 21. With his stone-faced and serious demeanor on the mound, he certainly doesn’t act 21.

If a person didn’t know any better and watched Walker’s outing in the Mariners’ 7-1 win over the Houston Astros, they’d think it was an experienced, quality major league starter doing what he’s supposed to do on the mound.

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Aug.
30th

Friday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Houston Astros

 

Taijuan Walker makes his big league debut tonight with the Houston Astros. But he won’t be alone. Outfielder Abraham Almonte, who was called up today, is in the line-up as well, starting in right field and batting eighth.

Almonte caught a 6 a.m. flight out of Sea-Tac this morning to get to Houston. He was removed in the seventh inning of yesterday’s game in Tacoma. After the game, he was told my Tacoma manager John Stearns  that he was going to the big leagues. The emotional Stearns was, well, emotional when telling Almonte. He stopped short

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Aug.
30th

Roster moves: Taijuan Walker, Abraham Almonte selected from Tacoma, Erasmo Ramirez optioned to Tacoma

Now before everyone freaks out at the headline, Erasmo Ramirez will still make his start on Tuesday in Kansas City. This is a paper move to bring up Abraham Almonte. Big league rosters expand to 40 on Sunday, so the Mariners will bring back Ramirez on Sunday. Actually, I don’t even think he will leave the team.

Obviously, Walker replaces Michael Morse, who was traded earlier today, on the 25-man roster. Almonte will replace Ramirez.

Almonte, who the Mariners acquired from the Yankees for pitcher Shawn Kelley,  earned this promotion. He was the Rainiers best player the second half

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Aug.
30th

Michael Morse traded to the Baltimore Orioles

After reports from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal first surfaced, the Mariners confirmed that outfielder/DH Michael Morse has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Xavier Avery.

Avery, 23, has spent most of the year with Triple A Norfolk, hitting .237 in 81 games with a .312 on-base percentage and .312 slugging percentage. Avery was taken in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Orioles out of Cedar Grove, Georgia. He turned down a football scholarship to Georgia to play baseball.

Avery did play a total 31 major league games

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Aug.
29th

Mariners 3, Astros 2 — Gutierrez helps snap the six-game losing streak

It’s automatic. Any time a person talks about Franklin Gutierrez and his talents on the baseball field – which are many – they also invariably mention his inability to stay healthy. It’s not quite Pavlovian. But it’s a constant and frustrating reminder of what could be and what hasn’t been for the Mariners outfielder.

On Thursday night after Gutierrez went 3-for-4, including the deciding two-run home run in the Mariners 3-2 win over the Houston Astros, snapping a six-game losing streak, manager Eric Wedge couldn’t help lament the possibilities.

“It’s hard not to imagine how much better we’d be

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