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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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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, June 26, 2013: Walker with his first so-so start in Triple A

Taijuan Walker had his first tough start of his time in Triple A. Of course, Walker’s tough start is still better than most, giving up five runs in five innings. But Rich Poythress made it all work in the end, blasting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th in a 6-5 win. 

Mike Curto has a further breakdown of the night on his blog. 

Double A Jackson racked up four triples in a 7-4 win over Chattanooga.

Class A High Desert rallied from a

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Morse homers in first Rainiers rehab assignment

Michael Morse wasn’t sure how his quad would hold up in an all-out sprint around the bases.

So his first at-bat, his first game since saddled to the disabled list a month ago, Morse sent a line-drive two-run home run toward over the right field wall toward Foss High School.

“You don’t have to sprint or nothing,” Morse deadpanned. “Just a nice jog around the bases. I’m hoping to do that more.”

Morse last played with the Tacoma Rainiers in 2009 when he was playing shortstop and just trying

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Morse batting third, DH at Cheney Stadium


The last time Mike Morse wore a Tacoma Rainiers jersey, it was back in 2009 when he was still trying to break into the major leagues.

He’s wearing one tonight for entirely different reasons. Morse is making his first minor-league rehab appearance since heading to the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps on June 22, though he first injured it against the San Diego Padres on May 28.

He’ll bat third as the designated hitter at Cheney Stadium tonight against the Tuscon Padres.

Also in tonight’s lineup is Jesus Montero. He’s at first base in his first home

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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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