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June
8th

Sucre to the DL, Mariners draft another Seager, plus lineups and notes

The Mariners will finally give Kelly Shoppach a day off. After catching all 16 innings Wednesday and every inning since, Shoppach gives way to Brandon Bantz today. Bantz will be making his MLB debut.

Also, the Mariners took Kyle Seager’s little brother, Justin, in the 12th round today as part of day three of the draft. He’s a first baseman out of UNC-Charlotte and is the third Seager to make it to pro ball.

Also, the Mariners have recalled Carlos Truinfel from Tacoma and placed Jesus Sucre on the 15-day disabled list because of left wrist sprain.

Lineups and notes:

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June
5th

Mariners sent Triunfel down, bring Bantz up to catch

The Mariners made several moves this morning, in the wake of catcher Jesus Sucre’s injury suffered yesterday.

Here’s the word from manager Eric Wedge:

We’re hoping it’s a three or four day deal, so that’s good news. We’ve got Brandon Bantz up here. If Sucre is going to be down we’ve got to have somebody that can play. We sent down Carlos Triunfel down this morning after we got the news on Sucre. So we’re a little bit thin, but we’re doing what we have to do. It’s part of the big-league season.

Why Bantz, rather than, say, Mike Zunino?

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June
4th

Montero linked again to Biogenesis lab in ESPN report, plus lineups and notes

Some big news from ESPN on an otherwise quiet day at the park. Outside the Lines is reporting that Major League Baseball is about to suspend 20 or so players because of their involvement with the now-closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in Miami. Among those on the list of players who could be disciplined by MLB is Mariners catcher Jesus Montero. Montero was initially linked to the lab in a New York Daily News story.

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June
1st

Mariners minor league report, June 1, 2013: Mike Zunino homers twice in Colorado Springs

Mike Zunino continues to hit away from Tacoma. Last night in Colorado Springs he hit a pair of home runs, including the g0-ahead game winner (above)  in the top of the ninth in the Rainiers 6-5 win. 

Zunino’s home/road splits are ridiculous …  From Minor League Central …

As a proud resident of Tacoma, someone needs to show Zunino that the Grit City is a great place to hit a baseball.  Take him to MSM Deli for a Mike’s Deluxe, or the Red Hot for a hot dog or DOA for breakfast

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March
4th

Pitching prospect Danny Hultzen out with a mild hip flexor strain

Mariners prized pitching prospect Danny Hultzen suffered a mild hip flexor strain during conditioning drills a few days ago. He has been scratched from today’s appearance.

“It wasn’t like a sudden thing, which I guess is good, because nothing serious happened,” he said “We were running and after it got kind of sore. The next day it was really sore.”

It’s not considered to be serious.

“I’m not worried about it,” Hultzen said.

There isn’t much to worry about if he does what the Mariners medical staff tells him to do.

“It’s just mild,” Griffin said. “We are just being

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March
4th

The other catching prospect: Don’t forget about John Hicks

In another organization, John Hicks would be getting all the attention. A young, athletic catching prospect who is outstanding defensively, and far better than average offensively: It’s something that every team covets.

And yet, when Seattle’s future at catcher is discussed, Hicks’ name isn’t the first to be mentioned.

He’s a bit of an unknown with just two minor league seasons of pro experience.

But the real reason has nothing to do with what Hicks has or hasn’t done since he was drafted out of the University of Virginia in the fourth round of the 2011

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