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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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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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Seattle Mariners 2013 Season in Review

The Mariners sent this out last week while I was in Montana. But the good folks in the baseball information staff put together  a season in review filled with stats on the team, notes,  updated bios and stats on each player, every pitching line for every outing, cumulative stats, splits, breakdowns by months and other info. Basically, it’s like a postseason media guide. It’s a good reference tool for the offseason.

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Abraham Almonte an electric option for Rainiers


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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Raul Ibanez disgusted with MLB drug usage

Raul Ibanez has played in the Majors for a long time. Eighteen years to be exact and with four different teams.

His capacity to understand how a mass drug suspension, such as what was administered from MLB commissioner Bud Selig’s office today of 13 players, including Jesus Montero of the Mariners, will affect the integrity, perception and outlook of the game.

Ibanez didn’t hold back when expressing his contempt for the actions of the suspended players when talking with area reporters in the clubhouse before the Seattle Mariners game Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Here’s what he had to

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Mariners 10-1 loss to Cleveland Indians a double-dose of bad news


Seattle Mariners: Hottest team in baseball.

That news lasted until Wednesday afternoon. The unstoppable force that was the Mariners into All-Star weekend and five games into the second half of the season was rocked to a halt in a 10-1 old-fashioned romp at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Then the worse news.

Manager Eric Wedge’s “dizzy spell” before Monday’s series opener that kept him in the hospital two nights was revealed by the organization to be a minor stroke. Far more serious than at first thought, but at least by Wednesday afternoon he was back home.


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Mariners Eric Wedge suffered mild stroke

A “dizzy spell” that forced Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge to miss the past three games against the Cleveland Indians and spend two nights in the hospital was revealed to be a mild stroke, the organization announced following Wednesday’s 10-1 loss.

Wedge was back at his home Wednesday afternoon and the team said he is doing well, but general manager Jack Zduriencik said he will stay home for the team’s upcoming four-game series with the Minnesota Twins as well as the ensuing road trip to Boston and Baltimore.

“We expect a complete recovery,” Zduriencik said during a press conference following

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Eric Wedge out for third consecutive game


Eric Wedge won’t be with the Seattle Mariners for a third consecutive game as he continues to recover from a dizzy spell that caught almost everyone by surprise when the incident occurred two days ago.

Even more shocking is how long it has kept him away. Bench coach Robby Thompson took over managing duties after Wedge left before Monday’s opener of the three-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians and he said the team expects to have more information this afternoon.

“Obviously we were hoping to get him out right away, but under these circumstances he has been through,

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