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Archives: May 2014

May
31st

Mariners hold on for 3-2 victory over Tigers

What a waste if this one had slipped away from the Mariners.

Playing again without injured Robinson Cano, they got six strong innings from Chris Young and two clutch singles from Willie Bloomquist — and then held Saturday night for a 3-2 victory over Detroit at Safeco Field.

Held. On.

Fernando Rodney closed out the victory with a thrill-ride ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances as the Mariners concluded a winning May, at 16-14, for just the third time since 2003.

“A walk in the park,” Bloomquist deadpanned. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Rod when he’s out

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May
31st

Mariners notebook: Bruised hand again keeps Cano out of lineup

In terms of marketing, this was less than ideal. The Mariners distributed 20,000 Robinson Cano bobblehead dolls prior to Saturday’s game against Detroit with Cano absent for a third straight game from the starting lineup.

Cano is battling a bruised left hand that occurred last week against the Angels when the bat jammed into the webbed area between the thumb and forefinger.

All indications suggest the injury is minor, but the Mariners want to keep it that way — although manager Lloyd McClendon, in his pre-game news briefing, didn’t rule out the possibility Cano could pinch-hit on Saturday.

“He’s improving,” McClendon said,

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May
31st

Saturday morning news and links: Martinez’s homer capped remarkable at-bat

The buzz from from the Mariners’ 6-3 loss to Detroit on Friday night, which carried into Saturday, was Victor Martinez’s remarkable 10-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning against Hisashi Iwakuma, which ended in a game-changing three-run homer.

Iwakuma had just issued an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera, who had a notable bat of his own in his previous plate appearance. That put runners on first and second with two outs in a 2-2 game.

Iwakuma worked the count to 2-2 on Martinez and made a series of terrific pitches, which Martinez kept spoiling. Five straight foul balls. Iwakuma then

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May
30th

Tigers show Mariners the value of one-two punch in 6-3 victory

And here, on Fedora Night at Safeco Field, the Mariners’ brass got an up-close look, courtesy of the Detroit Tigers, at the benefit of finding an impact bat to put behind Robinson Cano in their lineup.

That Cano wasn’t actually in Friday’s lineup, due to a sore hand, didn’t help (of course), in a 6-3 loss, but the point holds. (And Cano could be back as soon as Saturday night.)

Specifically:

If general manager Jack Zduriencik can locate that bat — no sure thing — the cost of acquiring it could be viewed as an investment by chairman/CEO Howard Lincoln and anyone

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May
30th

Mariners notebook: Cano battling hand injury; Chavez returns from Tacoma

Second baseman Robinson Cano is battling a bruise between the thumb and forefinger on his left hand, the Mariners confirmed Friday when he wasn’t in the lineup for a second straight game.

“I feel better than I felt yesterday (Thursday),” Cano said. “Maybe tomorrow (Saturday, back in the lineup), but that’s up to the manager.”

The injury occurred earlier this week on a swing when the bat jammed back into the soft webbed area between the thumb and forefinger. Club officials privately indicate Cano should return by the end of the weekend.

“I’m just going to leave him out (today),”

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May
30th

Friday’s notes and links: Mariners sifting through alternatives to Maurer

It’s hard for anyone to argue, at this point, that right-hander Brandon Maurer deserves to stay in the Mariners’ rotation. Maurer is 1-4 with a 7.52 ERA after yielding five runs in four innings Thursday in a 7-5 loss to the Angels at Safeco Field.

Maurer has made seven starts since injuries, and an ineffective Erasmo Ramirez, prompted his promotion from Triple-A Tacoma. Only once has he worked more than five innings. That was May 9 in a 6-1 loss to Kansas City when he did something that hadn’t been done in nearly a century — allow 14 hits

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May
29th

Maurer struggles again in Mariners’ 7-5 loss to Angels

So how much longer do the Mariners stick with Brandon Maurer after watching him hawk up another fur ball Thursday in a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field?

Maurer lasted just four innings but put the Mariners in a five-run hole that proved too much to overcome — especially when playing without Robinson Cano, who was scratched because he wasn’t feeling well.

Cano wasn’t alone by end of the night.

Maurer walked the game’s first hitter, which turned into a run. After working around trouble in the second and third innings, he cratered in a four-run fourth.

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May
29th

Cano scratched from Mariners’ lineup

The Mariners scratched second baseman Robinson Cano from their lineup a little over two hours prior to Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels and cited “he’s not feeling well” as the reason.

Cano had started all 52 previous games and had appeared in 1,172 of 1,186 games prior to Thursday since the start of the 2007 season. No player has appeared in more games in that span.

The Mariners compensated by shifting Nick Franklin from designated hitter to second base. Franklin also moved to second in the lineup, while right fielder Michael Saunders dropped from second to Cano’s No.

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