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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 »


Pregame: Line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Los Angeles Angels


After his pseudo day off, Kyle Seager is back in the line-up.He will bat third. Nick Franklin gets another start as Brad Miller finishes up his recovery from a  strained hamstring. No Josh Hamilton for the Angels.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Earsmo Ramirez feels better today. He said Ramirez was just battling groin tightness and could and should be good to start next week.

Brad Miller is participating in a full pregame workout, including running the bases. He should be available as a sub tonight.

Wedge doesn’t have any set limitations for Felix Hernandez tomorrow in his

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Thursday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats and stuff on Michael Saunders vs. the Detroit Tigers

Michael Saunders has moved up in the order and is batting second. In the last two games, he’s had three doubles and a triple. He and manager Eric Wedge said it that the success could be a product of a minor swing adjustment he made in St. Louis.

“I made a minor adjustment with my hands,” Saunders said. “I kind have them further back and further up. I keep my same trigger, but it minimizes movement. It helps me basically be ready earlier. I felt like I was getting myself in a position to get a ball I wanted

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Sunday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

Brad Miller is out for at least a few days with a strained hamstring.

“He’s not going to do anything today,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s sore and tight. We’ll just take it day to day. But it’s going to be at least a couple of days.”

Miller suffered the strain running to first on a sacrifice bunt in last night’s win.

“He runs hard and plays hard,” Wedge said. “I think it’s good we got him out of there when we did, so it doesn’t go to the next level.”

Carlos Triunfel will get the starts at shortstop

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Friday’s line-ups, official game notes and updated stats vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

The Mariners open a 10-game, 10-day road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cardinals. And if that isn’t tough enough, they face the Tigers for four games. Both teams are vying for their division titles. So these games won’t be easy for the Mariners, who just got swept at home by the Astros.

“You are playing two of the best teams, if not the two best teams, in all of baseball in their backyards in the middle of September,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere, a great challenge for our

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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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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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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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