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Category: Game Notes

July
27th

Pregame notes and quotes from Lloyd McClendon

Here are a few quick notes on a fine Sunday morning before the Mariners complete their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (1:10 p.m., ROOT).

— Manager Lloyd McClendon said outfielder Endy Chavez, who was scratched from the lineup Saturday after jamming his finger the day before, should be fine and is day-to-day, though “his finger is probably still a little sore.” Read more »

Sep.
18th

Wednesday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Detroit Tigers

This will be the 135th different line-up for Eric Wedge this season. Does that mean anything really other than they used a lot of line-ups? Well, It means they’ve had some injuries, used some platoons and a lot of roster turnover. Also when you aren’t very good, you have lots of line-ups. You tend to experiment and try different combinations. And the Mariners aren’t very good. Is having the same line-up most days a good thing? Yes, when you have good, consistent players. It’s easy for Jim Leyland to write out the top five guys in his

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Sep.
16th

Monday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated statistics vs.the Detroit Tigers

Nick Franklin is back in the starting lineup after a two-game hiatus. The line-up is about as expected. At this point, I don’t have any indignation about Michael Saunders not playing. The Tigers have loaded the lineup with right-handers to face Joe Saunders tonight, including former Mariner Matt Tuiasosopo, who is making his first start since Sept. 3.

Felix Hernandez threw a lengthy bullpen session. But he will NOT start Wednesday. Hisashi Iwakuma will start on Wednesday vs. Justin Verlander, while James Paxton will start on Thursday vs. Doug Fister. Pitching coach Carl Willis and  manager Eric Wedge have

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Sep.
6th

Smoak double sends Mariners past Rays

MsRays0906 Mariners win it, 6-4. Win to Carter Caps, save to Danny Farquhar, and winning hit to Justin Smoak who drove home two with a two-out double in the eighth.

“A big hit,” manager Eric Wedge said. “The kid made a hell of an effort out there in right field to catch that ball, but Smoaky did a good job of getting inside the ball and keeping it fair. … Those are the differences in those games. We’re in pretty much every game. You look at our losses this year and how many tough losses have we had? How many games have we been in where we’re just a hit or play or a pitch away? Tonight we were on the good side of it, which was good to see.”

Seattle starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma went 5.2 innings and got no decision. The win went to Capps (3-3). Farquhar got his 13th save.

Brad Miller and Franklin Gutierrez each had two hits for the Mariners, who also tied their season high with two stolen bases (Nick Franklin and Gutierrez).

Mariners move to 64-77 on the season, while the Rays go to 77-63 and fall a game further behind Boston in the AL East.
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Aug.
28th

Rangers pound Mariners and Felix, 12-4

MsRangers0828The Mariners lose their sixth straight, this time 12-4 to the Texas Rangers.

It marked the first time the Mariners have ever been swept in a homestand of more than four games.

Seattle falls to 59-73, Rangers climb to 78-55 — a season-high 23 games above .500.

Felix Hernandez (12-8) gets the loss in his shortest outing of the season (three innings).

“It’s not just all Felix,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He had a bad day today – it always starts with your starting pitching – but it still has to go back to every area of our club. I mean, I don’t like the way we’re playing. I didn’t like the way we played this entire homestand. I thought we showed signs of some fights, and better ABs and better play; but overall we’re still pretty sloppy as a ball club and not executing, whether it be offensively or defensively. And there’s no excuse for that at this point in time in the year. These guys are going to have to find another gear and pick themselves up by the bootstraps and stop the bleeding and get back on track. We’ve got 30 games left.”

Attendance: 22,420.

Next, Mariners head off on eight game road trip to Houston and Kansas City.

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Aug.
21st

Wednesday’s line-ups, official game notes and updated stats vs. the Oakland A’s

As expected, Nick Franklin is out of the line-up after needing five stitches in his knee last night.

Acting manager Robby Thompson said he hopes that Franklin will be back for Friday or Saturday’s games Seattle. The issue isn’t the stitches. Mariners trainers assured him that Franklin would be able to play with them. They could protect the stitches with padding.

“Obviously, it’s going to have to be protected pretty well,” Thompson said.

However, the pain in Franklin’s knee is more of the issue.

“It’s pretty sore,” Franklin said.

When it came to replacing Franklin at

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Aug.
19th

Monday’s line-ups, pregame info, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Oakland A’s

It appears that Eric Wedge will be back in the dugout and leading the Seattle Mariners this weekend.

Last week in Tampa, acting manager Robby Thompson and general manager Jack Zduriencik both said there was a strong possibility that the Mariners manager could return to his position during the upcoming six-day, six-game home stand that starts Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

On Monday, Thompson was even a little more definitive saying Wedge will “be back on Friday.”

“He’s champing at the bit,” Thompson said.

Thompson did not say whether Wedge would be back managing in a

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Aug.
16th

Friday’s line-ups, pregame notes, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Texas Rangers

Big thanks to Don Ruiz for covering the Tampa series. I watched the games on my laptop and can’t say I was disappointed in not having to cover them.

Brad Miller and Nick Franklin are at the top of the line-up per usual. Yes, they both had their moments in the field in Tampa. It’s been a rough month for the two rookies in that regard. But really, it was expected. It’s something that was written about often before they were ever called up. They are rookies and had fielding issues in the minor leagues. Those aren’t

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