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Archives: June 2014

June
30th

Mariners rock four homers in support of Walker in 10-4 romp over Astros

HOUSTON — It’s nights like this — a 10-4 victory Monday over the Houston Astros — when it’s intriguing to speculate just what the ceiling might be for these Mariners.

They produced some serious pop by hitting four homers for the first time this season and, after a rocky start, got a solid outing from right-hander Taijuan Walker, their top prospect, in his injury-delayed season debut.

The result: The Mariners, at 45-38, are seven games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.

“I think we all really believe that our best baseball is ahead of us,” said

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June
30th

Mariners notebook: Seager picked as AL player of the week for second time

HOUSTON — Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is the American League player of the week for the second time this season and, this time, he doesn’t have to share the award.

Seager shared the honor with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu for the week of April 21-27.

This time, it’s his alone.

“It’s an honor,” Seager said, “and I’m really happy to get it. It’s nice.”

The award comes after Seager went 14-for-24 in six games with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs. He raised his average to season-high .277 and boosted his club-leading totals to 12 homers and

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June
30th

Mariners make it official: Walker recalled

HOUSTON — The Mariners, as expected, recalled right-hander Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Monday’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Walker then stepped into the rotation to pitch the series opener against the Astros.

Walker returned with honors. He was picked as the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week for June 23-29 after pitching a complete-game shutout in his only start. He limited Oklahoma City to four hits in a 2-0 victory.

Point to note: Oklahoma City is the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. Walker’s award was the first of the season for a Rainiers player.

The

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June
30th

Seager picked as AL player of the week

HOUSTON — Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is the American League player of the week for the second time this season and, this time, he doesn’t have to share the award.

Seager shared the honor with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu for the week of April 21-27.

This time, it’s his alone.

Seager went 14-for-24 in six games last week with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs. He raised his average to season-high .277 and boosted his club-leading totals to 12 homers and 55 RBIs.

 

June
30th

Cano continues to widen lead as All-Star balloting nears end

HOUSTON — Second baseman Robinson Cano is closing in on a fifth straight All-Star start for the American League in the final balloting update released Monday by Major League Baseball.

Cano has 2,474,924 votes and a lead of 871,772 votes over Detroit’s Ian Kinsler in the fan balloting to determine the starters. A week ago, Cano led Kinsler by 738,783 votes.

No other Mariners are listed among the leaders for the July 15 game at Minnesota. MLB releases the top five vote-getters for catcher, designated hitter and each of the four infield positions. It releases the top 15 outfielders.

In-stadium balloting

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June
29th

Felix nearly unhittable in 3-0 Mariners victory

SEATTLE – Lloyd McClendon saw it in the first inning.

Felix Hernandez might be the best pitcher in the Major Leagues, so courage would not have been required to predict that he might dominate the Cleveland Indians on Sunday at Safeco Field. He nearly always does.

But what McClendon, the Mariners’ manager, and the rest of the 26,171 at Safeco Field saw from the Mariners’ ace was even more remarkable than usual. And McClendon sensed it early in this 3-0 Seattle victory.

“He threw a couple breaking balls that were really sharp,” McClendon said. “Fastball was 93, 94, touched 95. I thought it was going to be a good day for him.” Read more »

June
29th

Notes: Mariners option Stefen Romero to Triple-A

SEATTLE – The Mariners will carry 12 position players and 13 pitchers into their three-game series against the Houston Astros after optioning outfielder Stefen Romero to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday afternoon.

The move was made to accommodate the 25-man roster addition of right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is scheduled to be recalled Monday from the minors so he can make his 2014 debut against the Astros.

Walker, the Mariners’ top pitching prospect, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 21 with shoulder soreness, was activated on June 10 and has been in Tacoma since. He’s been through the rehabilitation process twice now – the first time, he was set to make a rehab start for Tacoma in mid-April before being scratched due to what the club later termed a shoulder impingement. Read more »

June
29th

Mariners notes: McClendon has praise for Maurer; no limitations for Walker

After he was mostly roughed up as a starter, Brandon Maurer appears to have found — or is at least finding — a niche as a relief pitcher now that he’s back with the Mariners.

That’s what Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday morning prior to Seattle’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field.

In two relief appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, Maurer has pitched three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out six batters. Which is a positive change of pace from the 1-4 record and 7.52 ERA he posted through seven starts before being optioned to Tacoma in late May. Read more »