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

Nick Franklin is out of the line-up today. He’s been struggling mightily at the plate and in the field. Since July 9, there are his numbers …

To quote former Mariners beat writer Larry LaRue: Yikes!

“Nick has a day off today,” acting manager Robby Thompson said pregame. “We’ll give Nick a little rest and a little work day. He’s been struggling lately, but he’s struggling even more so from the right side.”

So Franklin gets a work day today, which isn’t a bad thing. He put in quite a bit of fielding work

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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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Rays rough up Mariners, 7-1

The Tampa Bay Rays ended up routing the Seattle Mariners, 7-1, at Tropicana Field. But the game was tied in the fifth when Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez changed everything by lofting a short fly just beyond second base.

Shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Nick Franklin both went after the ball, both called for the ball, and then both watched the ball drop between them.

With the door opened, the Rays barged through for a four-run inning.

“A communication letdown there,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “I think (Franklin) called for it first, and maybe Brad called for it. But the ball’s got to be caught. For me, Nick’s got to go after that ball – it’s his ball – and he’s got to call him off and make the play. And if Brad does call it, he’s got to be sure that he catches it. But that ball’s got to be caught.”

Both players agreed.

Miller’s assessment: “He broke on it pretty good and when I looked he was camped under it and I was ‘Dang, why did I call it?’ and then we both kind of backed off.”

Franklin’s view: “The ball was right at me, and I just called it. But like I said, it was miscommunication, and it happens.”

With the first two runners on, Wil Myers added a double, and Evan Longoria added a home run. Starting pitcher Joe Saunders didn’t survive the inning.

“I think he threw 17 pitches to a couple of guys in that inning, and then the double followed by the home run,” Thompson said. “Would it be different if that ball was caught? There’s a chance. It kind of snowballed after that.”

Meanwhile, the Mariners couldn’t add anything after Raul Ibanez staked them to a 1-0 lead in the second with a home run to well into the right-field seats.

“I just tired to get the barrel on it,” he said. “It was high enough where I was just hoping it would get out at that point. It was out over the plate and kind of up a little.”

It was Ibanez’s team-leading 25th home run of the season. Ibanez, 41, became the first player 40 or older to hit 25 or more home runs in a season since Barry Bonds in 2007. He became the first Mariner to hit 25 home runs in a season since 2009, when Russell Branyan (31) and Jose Lopez (25) did it. Ibanez’s 25 homers are the fourth-most in Major League history for a player 41 or older and four short of Ted Williams’ record.

Seattle (55-65) fell 10 games under .500 and travels to Texas where the Mariners will begin a three-game series Friday.

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Rays catch and pass Mariners in ninth


The Mariners took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but for the first time Danny Farquhar couldn’t hold the lead in a save situation as the Tampa Bay Rays ralled for a 5-4 win.

The loss went to Farquhar (0-1), the win to Joel Peralta (2-5).

The Mariners fall to 55-64. The Rays snap a six-game losing streak and rise to 67-51).

“We talked about it before the game and it is hard to get those last three outs,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “A lot of times, no matter who you’re running out there, those last three outs are tough. We kind of had that lineup flipped to the top of the order. Medina got out of it, but those walked kind of hurt: flipped it back up, and those guys saw him last night. All that suff comes into play, but Hurang was good for the five. We felt that he could go back out there and hopefully get through the sixth, and it kind of snowballed on him a little bit there. But I think overall, I think we played a good game. We just came up short at the end.”

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Miller homers twice in homecoming win

Ms0813The Mariners won the game, 5-4 over Tampa Bay … and then there was the game-within-a-game between Mariners’ leadoff hitter Brad Miller and Rays’ leadoff man Ben Zobrist.

Each homered in the first inning, and each homered again later. That is far rarer than you might think, as we will explain in a moment. However, in the end it was Miller – who grew up in nearby Orlando – who got the win and the happy homecoming. Meanwhile, the Rays (66-51) suffered their sixth straight defeat.

“Good ball game,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “Great ball game by Brad. … He swung the bat very well tonight, as most of the guys did.”

When Miller and then Zobrist each homered in the first inning, it marked the first American League game in which both teams have led off with a home run since Aug. 17, 2006 – when it happened twice on the same day.

When each homered again later, it marked only the third time in major league history that both leadoff hitters had multiple home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Miller became the third player since 1969 to record his first four career home runs through a pair of two-home-run games.

Adding to the thrill for Miller was that it all played out in front of family and friends and what he said was every coach he’s had since he was 5 years old.

“It was awesome,” he said. “To go out there and get things going, finishing it off with a win: It was perfect, it was a lot of fun.”
If all that wasn’t enough, Miller revealed one more twist.

Mariners move to 55-63. It’s their second straight win overall and fifth of last six against the Rays.

Win to Ramirez (4-0). Save to Farquhar (5).

“He has been huge for us – obviously,” Thompson said of Farquhar. “… We went to him with the hot arm, and he has continued to do so. And we will continue to go to him in that inning right now. He has proven that he’s the guy right now, and we will stick with him.”

Dustin Ackley had three hits including the sixth-inning triple that brought home Justin Smoak with the winning run.

“He’s being a little more aggressive early in the count,” Thompson said. “He is fouling off some pitches and not leaving that third stike up to the umpire like he did earlier and even last year. It looks like he’s turned a corner, he’s gaining some confidence, and he’s swinging the bat real well right now.”

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Friday’s starting line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Brewers

While the Mariners’ line-up is far from a murderer’s row, the Brewers ‘ line-up is just, um, well, wow. It’s not good. Our old friend Yuniesky Betancourt is back in Seattle and playing first base. The Brewers lost Corey Hart early in the season to an injury. They lost Ryan Braun to selfishness and just the other day Rickie Weeks was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Speaking of the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez is going to remain there for the time being. The Mariners are trying to get him another 20-day rehab stint with the Rainiers. His last

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Toronto beats Mariners and Iwakuma, 3-1


Final: Toronto 3, Mariners 1.

Some Mariners reaction:

Bench coach/acting manager ROBBY THOMPSON
(Iwakuma) gave up two hits and was at 93 pitches. We felt good about sending him out. He had been in command of the game. Obviously, just a one-run lead, we felt it was good to send him back out there. It unfolded on us there a little bit. But you know what? He pitched a real good game – two hits, that’s obvious – and we felt he was our best bet to send back out there.

We put up one run on the board. R.A. Dickey did a great job against us. We got a couple of opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of. We had a little bit of a base-running blunder. We knew that was probably come down to be a big run that we wish we could have gotten. But that’s the game of baseball.

(Dickey) definitely had it dancing all through the night. When we did have runners on we didn’t capitalize on it.

On his home run: It was up, I was swining. I just happened catch it at the right time.

On the pro-Jays crowd: I’m not going to say what I want to say. It is what it is. I guess we’re as close to Canada as anybody. … It was a good crowd for a Monday night game. Good for them, I guess.

My stuff was OK. I had a hard time commanding my pitches early in the game, but I was able to pitch effectively. I was able to keep the ball down, and that helped me a lot.

I’ll be back with some clubhouse reaction.
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