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Archives: March 2015

March
31st

Mariners trade Erasmo Ramirez to Tampa Bay for LHP Mike Montgomery

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners solved their Erasmo Ramirez dilemma Tuesday night by trading the right-handed pitcher to Tampa Bay for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.

Ramirez, 24, is out of options, but the Mariners had no place for him on their 25-man roster. That meant they either had to trade him or risk losing him on a waiver claim.

In contrast, Montgomery, 25, has options and is likely to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. He was 10-5 with a 4.29 ERA last season in 25 starts at Triple-A Durham.

Montgomery was a supplemental first-round pick by Kansas City in 2008

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March
31st

INDIANS 8, MARINERS 6 (AT GOODYEAR BALLPARK)

THE FACTS: Felix Hernandez closed his spring Tuesday with a thud by allowing seven runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings against Cleveland in Goodyear. That makes 14 runs and 13 hits in 12 1/3 innings over four starts.

Next outing: Monday in the season opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in seven career starts on opening day. That guy was nowhere in sight Tuesday.

“Mechanically was the problem,” Hernandez said. “I was up. I was up the entire game…I was flying open. I was falling down. I was

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March
31st

Bunt to beat defensive shifts? Seager, Morrison have thought it through

PEORIA, Ariz. — Admit it. You’ve watched a game where a club overshifts its defensive alignment against left-handed hitters, based on spray charts and other telling sabermetric data, and wondered:

Why doesn’t the guy just bunt the ball down the third-base line? It’s an easy single and — if the batter places the ball correctly and can run a little bit — it might even be a double.

Let’s put the question to third baseman Kyle Seager who, other than first baseman Logan Morrison, probably saw more defensive shifts last season than any other Mariner.

Is the bunt a good play when

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March
31st

Mariners retain Gutierrez, Saunders on new deals, release Chavez

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners cleaned up their Rule XX (B) free agents Tuesday by releasing left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders and outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez from their minor-league contracts.

Saunders and Gutierrez then signed new minor-league deals that are not bound by the Rule XX (B) provisions. Chavez opted to become a free agent.

Right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia, who also qualified, was released Monday and chose to become a free agent.

The Rule XX (B) provision covers major-league free agents who sign minor-league contracts. They must be informed, five days prior to the start of the season, whether

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March
30th

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 3 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)

THE FACTS: Taijuan Walker’s spring scoreless streak ended at 19 innings when he yielded a leadoff homer in the second inning to Matt Joyce. Other than that, Walker was pretty near flawless over seven innings.

One run, three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. That boosted his spring numbers to 25 innings, one run, nine hits, four walks and 24 strikeouts — which translates to an 0.36 ERA. He is also 3-0.

“I feel really good with all of my pitches,” Walker said. “I feel confident.”

McClendon stopped just short

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