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April
17th

Choi’s suspension will open up more playing time for Montero at first base

The rain stuck around Thursday, meaning the Tacoma Rainiers had their fourth home rainout of April.

That makeup game with Salt Lake will be part of a doubleheader Friday to conclude the four-game series. The Rainers and Bees will play a pair of seven-inning games at Cheney Stadium – with the first game scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a bit of action Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, the organization announced that first baseman Ji-Man Choi received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The PED is methandienone, an anabolic

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Aug.
27th

Mariners minor league report, August 27, 2013: Proscia blasts three homers in a game

The Tacoma Rainiers haven’t given up on their postseason hopes. On Monday night, they roughed up Tommy Hanson and picked up an 11-5 win to trim Bees lead in the PCL North Division. Ji-Man Choi, who was recently called up from Double A, hit his first home run (above).

Mike Zunino will join the Rainiers tonight on a rehab assignment. He’s scheduled to catch five innings. Mike Curto has the dirt in his blog. 

Double A

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Aug.
19th

Abraham Almonte an electric option for Rainiers

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The Tacoma Rainiers start Hector Noesi (3-2, 6-75 ERA) in the fourth of five games in this home series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

With both Scott Savastano (torso strain) and Rich Poythress (left knee) going to the disabled list, the Rainiers post an even further depleted lineup. The most recognizable names in for tonight’s game are Carlos Peguero in right and Carlos Triunfel at shortstop.

But there is another you should get to know – Abraham Almonte.

Almonte started the season in Double-A Jackson, but since then has been one of the most stable players on the

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Aug.
11th

Mariners minor league report, August 11, 2013: Taijuan Walker bounces back

After sub-par outing in his last start, Taijuan Walker bounced back with a much better outing, pitching six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in the Rainiers’ 7-6 win over Albuquerque. Walker did give up two homers in the launching pad that is Isotopes Park.

Tom Wilhelmsen had a solid relief effort, pitching two innings allowing one run on no hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Nate Tenbrink had four hits for the Rainiers.

Double A Jackson split a doubleheader with a Mississippi. Ji-Man Choi was named the Southern League

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Aug.
1st

Mariners minor league report, August 1, 2013: Pryor struggles for Rainiers, Choi’s grand slam paces Generals

The Rainiers continue to struggle, getting shutout 8-0 by the Omaha Storm Chasers. Stephen Pryor gave up five runs on five hits with a walk and  a wild pitch and never recorded an out in his outing. Pryor is rehabbing a strained lat muscle that’s kept him out basically the entire season. Pryor hadn’t thrown in six days with the Rainiers because of what general manager Jack Zduriencik termed “general soreness.”

Mike Curto discussed the game and the problems with the Rainiers on his daily blog .

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May
4th

Mariners minor league report, May 3, 2013: Paxton looks strong for Tacoma

James Paxton had perhaps had his best out of the season for the Rainiers, pitching five innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out nine hitters and walking just one. Tacoma managed to hang on to win its ninth game in the row, despite a late rally by Reno.  Carlos Triunfel had three more hits for Tacoma.

Class A High Desert picked up a 9-7 win over Lancaster. Ji-Man Choi went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer.

Rain cancelled games for Jackson and Clinton.