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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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Wedge tells Mariners he will not return next year

Mariners manager Eric Wedge told the team Friday morning he will not be returning. / AP photo
Mariners manager Eric Wedge told the team Friday morning he will not be returning. / AP photo

Earlier today Eric Wedge notified the Seattle Mariners that he has chosen not to return to manage the club in 2014.  He and the club agreed that he will manage the team for the final three games of this season and will fulfill the remainder of his contract (which expires October 31, 2013).  The 2013 season was his third in the position.

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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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Brad Miller named American League player of the week

Brad Miller has been named the American League Player of the Week. The announcement came this afternoon on the MLB Network.

In three games vs. the Astros in Houston,  Miller hit .385 (5-for-13) with four runs scored, two home runs, seven RBI and a 1.346 OPS. He hit the first two home runs of his career and drove in a  career-high 5 run in Friday’s win.

Miller becomes the first Mariners player to earn player of the week  honors since Felix Hernandez (8/20/12), and the first Seattle position player since Justin Smoak (6/4/12). He is the first Mariners rookie to earn

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Cubs 5, Mariners 3 (11 innings) — Ackley sprains thumb, is day-to-day

The Mariners are running out of space in the medical room.

Dustin Ackley joined fellow injured outfielders Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders and Michael Morse when he sprained his thumb while trying to make a diving catch Saturday afternoon. He’s day-to-day.

Two innings later, Alfonso Soriano provided the 11th-inning insult to injury when he hit a two-run homer off Oliver Perez to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 win over Seattle at a well-populated Safeco Field.

Ackley came charging in, dove, and came up short in the top of the ninth. His momentum pushed his gloved into the

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Dustin Ackley will start playing some outfield in Tacoma

Some interesting news came out of Las Vegas today when Rainiers radio  Mike Curto sent a tweet out that Dustin Ackley was penciled into the starting line-up in … left field.

Obviously, that’s a surprise considering that the Mariners drafted Ackley as an outfielder out of the University of North Carolina and then spent the better part of two years converting him to a second baseman. To his credit, Ackley became a better than average second baseman – even earning a gold glove nomination last season.

But with rookie Nick Franklin playing well at second base since being called

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