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James Jones trying to shorten swing, work on bunting

By staff writers Jeff Giuliani and Ben Goldstein

James Jones is hoping to use his time back with the Tacoma Rainiers to improve his game for a possible return to the Seattle Mariners.

Jones was optioned to Tacoma on Wednesday after the Mariners called up outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.

He cited shortening his swing and working on bunting as two things he will be working on with the Rainiers. For the latter, he pointed to Shawn O’Malley, who was born in Richland, as the team’s best bunter and someone whose brain he wanted to pick.

“He has a lot of good

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Rainiers manager on Franklin Gutierrez: He’s ready

Tacoma Rainiers manager Pat Listach said Franklin Gutierrez is ready to be a major leaguer again. And that’s why he was called up to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

“He had to prove to himself that he could come out and do this on a daily basis,” Listach said. “He had some bad days and some good days. Lately he’s been having more good days.

“He missed a whole year and he worked hard to get back to major-league-caliber readiness. And he’s ready.”

Gutierrez had played in 48 of the Rainiers’ 72 games entering Wednesday after missing all of last

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James Jones suffered concussion in Rainiers home opener

James Jones suffered a concussion sliding head-first into third base in Friday night’s home opener for the Tacoma Rainiers, manager Pat Listach said Saturday.

Jones was sent to the hospital after the play and hadn’t returned by the end of the game. But he did not have to stay overnight at the hospital, Listach said.

Listach said Jones will be day-to-day until they know more about the extent of the concussion.

“It could be two days, it could be two weeks it could be a month,” Listach said. “I’m just throwing numbers out there. He just has to pass the tests

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Taylor hits first 2 Triple-A homers in Rainiers win

Few will confuse Tacoma Rainiers shortstop Chris Taylor for a power hitter. He sure doesn’t.

“That’s not my game,” he said. “I just think about getting on base and let the big guys hit me in.”

That didn’t seem to stop Taylor, the Mariners’ 2013 minor league player of the year, from hitting two home runs in two consecutive at bats – the first two of his Triple-A career – and a double his fourth plate appearance Monday in an 8-5 rain-shortened victory against the Sacramento River Cats at Cheney Stadium.

Taylor, 23, went 3-for-4 to up his batting average

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Rainiers transaction madhouse

Tacoma Rainiers manager Roy Howell has been a popular guy lately.

His phone has been ringing almost off the hook the past five days. It’s his clubhouse phone, but all the same – he’s got what the Seattle Mariners want.

The Rainiers have undergone 22 official transactions since the start of the season (15 days ago). Fourteen have occurred the past five days.

“That’s why we’ve talked about how it’s very important for me and this staff to have these guys ready when the phone rings,” Howell said. “And lately it’s been ringing a lot.”

The Mariners have snagged away

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Mariners minor league report, July 25, 2013: Maurer pitches well for the Rainiers

Quick reminder, Taijuan Walker is starting tonight at Cheney Stadium vs. the Tucson Padres. It’s also Tasty Thursday at Cheney Stadium.

Last night at Cheney, Brandon Maurer had one of his better outings, keeping his emotions in control on the mound and pitching at a very high level in the Rainiers’ 5-3 win. Maurer pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out eight.  Franklin Gutierrez doubled in the win (above) and Nate Tenbrink homered (below).

Here’s Mike Curto’s daily blog post 

Double A Jackson

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