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Archives: April 2014

April
30th

Rain forces postponement of Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK — Relentless storms in the New York area forced a postponement of Wednesday night’s game at Yankee Stadium. The forecast projected no halt to the rain throughout the night.

The Yankees made the announcement just prior to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, or roughly 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled start at 7:05 p.m. Eastern time (4:05 p.m., Pacific time).

The rainout was rescheduled for June 2.

The Mariners are shifting rookie left-hander Roenis Elias to Thursday’s series finale, but the Yankees plan to skip David Phelps and use Hiroki Kuroda, who had been scheduled to pitch Thursday.

Phelps is

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April
29th

Mariners mark Cano’s return to New York with 6-3 victory

NEW YORK — It was a cold, wet miserable Tuesday in the South Bronx but beautiful nonetheless for Robinson Cano in his return to Yankee Stadium.

Corey Hart’s two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth inning that carried the Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees in the start to a three-game series.

And Cano?

He was booed at every turned by a sparse crowd announced as 37,484 for his decision last December to trade his pinstripes, after nine years with the Yankees, for a massive free-agent contract with the Mariners.

“I’m not surprised,” he said. “Like I said,

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April
29th

Mariners notebook: Iwakuma says he’s ready

NEW YORK — Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw a bullpen workout prior to Tuesday’s game, which could be the final step before he returns Friday to the rotation for the start of a three-game weekend series in Houston.

For now, though, manager Lloyd McClendon continues to hedge, saying only: “He’ll pitch somewhere Friday. I’m not sure where yet.”

Iwakuma, 33, threw 83 pitches over four innings Sunday in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma at Las Vegas, which marked his first game action since being diagnosed in February with a strained ligament in his middle finger.

The numbers weren’t great: three

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April
29th

Cano enjoying return to New York but happy in Seattle

NEW YORK — It’s been a Robinson Cano whirlwind since the Mariners arrived in town. There was an appearance, and a skit in Bryant Park, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Cano also made an appearance at the MLB Fan Cave where he, among other things, danced with Melanie Iglesias. MLB Network also aired some videos Tuesday from Cano in Seattle.

Your can see clips from all of it here: http://bit.ly/QZooBh

The Fallon skit, taped Monday, asked Yankees fans if they wanted to boo Cano (they did), and invited to do so to a life-sized picture. Then Cano

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April
27th

Iwakuma goes four innings, has mixed results

Hisashi Iwakuma threw four innings Sunday in a rehabilitation start with the Rainiers against the Las Vegas 51s.

Iwakuma allowed six hits and two earned runs. Three of the hits he allowed were first-inning singles. He threw 76 pitches, 54 strikes. He struck out two and walked none. The Mariners expected Iwakuma to be around the 80-pitch mark in his rehab start, which may be his only one before rejoining the Mariners’ rotation.

Iwakuma, 33, is recovering from a strained ligament in his middle finger, which was diagnosed in early February and prevented him from pitching in spring training. He

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April
27th

Almonte gets a break

Finally, on Sunday, he rested.

Seattle Mariners center fielder Abraham Almonte had gone 23 games, 98 at-bats and numerous outfield adventures without a break. He sat down and took a breath Sunday.

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April
26th

On a whim, McClendon puts Saunders in leadoff role

For game 23, on a whim, the Mariners rolled out a new look at the top of their lineup when Michael Saunders served as the leadoff hitter.

Abraham Almonte filled that role for each of the first 22 games. He dropped to second Saturday when the Mariners continued their weekend series against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

“Just tinkering,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Trying to get better. That’s all. On a whim. Just followed my gut. Just sat down, made out a lineup and said, `I’m going to lead Saunders off, and hit (Almonte) second.’”

The move comes with

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