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Franklin back to work in Tacoma

It didn’t appear as if Tacoma Rainiers manager Roy Howell has had a chance to sit down with Nick Franklin yet and discuss why he struggled with the Mariners in 17 appearances.

But Howell was direct on the difference between .376-hitting (30 games) Triple-A Franklin and .128-hitting (17 games) Mariners Franklin.

“It’s called the big leagues,” Howell said. “This is the little leagues.”

I didn’t get to talk to Nick Franklin before the Rainiers’ doubleheader today against Albuquerque. I’ll try to get him afterward.

This is Franklin’s first game since his second demotion of the season from the Mariners, and

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Almonte regaining comfort since demotion from M’s

Abraham Almonte said it wasn’t so much his swing that cost him his place with the Seattle Mariners.  It was his comfort level.

Since his demotion to the Rainiers he has been working to regain the comfort and confidence that helped him hit .314 in 94 games with Tacoma last season before being called up to Seattle in September.

“I think that’s what got me in trouble in the big leagues was just losing confidence and trying to be somebody that is not me,” Almonte said. “As soon as I get comfortable again, and I can trust in what I

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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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Weather may keep Iwakuma out of Tacoma

It’s looking more unlikely that All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will make a rehab start for the Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday.

It’s less to do with him and more to do with the forecast. It’s likely to rain Tuesday and the Mariners organization is unlikely to send Iwakuma to the mound in Tacoma if there’s a chance he’ll injure himself because of it, Rainiers manager Roy Howell said.

“We can’t have him slipping and blowing out a groin muscle or pulling a hamstring because the field is wet fielding a bunt,” Howell said. “I would imagine conditions will factor in majorly

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