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September 1, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Happy Labor Day: Pre-game notes

Sorry folks, we’re takiing a Mariner blog Labor Day holiday today. But here are some pre-game notes:
RHP Carlos Silva (4-14) 6.36 ERA, 59 SO starting for Mariners. Silva, 29, will make his first start since he was put on the disabled list two weeks ago with right triceps tendinitis. Silva was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 16. He’ll be making his 26th start of the season, his first since Aug. 15 at Minnesota, when he allowed 9 earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 59-60 4.58 1085.0 197 454 .303
Season 4-14 6.36 140.0 26 59 .328
Away 2-7 6.58 78.0 8 34 .338
Vs. Texas 1-0 5.17 15.2 4 10 .246
LHP Matt Harrison (6-3) 5.67 ERA, 22 SO starting for the Rangers. In his last outing Wednesday, he beat the Royals, 3-2, by holding them to two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He lost to the Mariners July 31, when he allowed six runs in 4 2/3 Innings.
W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 6-3 5.67 54.0 23 22 .294
Season 6-3 5.67 54.0 23 22 .294
Home 3-2 5.01 32.1 13 17 .264
Vs. Seattle 0-1 7.71 4.2 5 2 .278
WEATHER REPORT: 94 degrees, partly cloudy, wind 10 mph NE, at 2:15 PDT.
The team announced four roster moves:
The M’s selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Justin Thomas and infielder Luis Valbuena from AAA Tacoma. The club also activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva from the 15-day disabled
list. Finally, to make room on the Mariners 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Morse has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Today’s moves leave the Mariners 40-man roster, at 40 players.
Thomas (#60), and Valbuena (#61) will be in uniform for tonight’s (5:05 p.m. PDT) game at the Texas Rangers. Thomas, 24, went 9-8 with a 4.31 ERA (64 ER, 133.2 IP) in 32 games, 9 starts combined between AA West Tennessee and AAA Tacoma this season. He held opponents to a .258 average (131×507) while striking out a career-high 124 batters in 133 2/3 innings. Thomas was promoted to Tacoma on August 17, going 2-1 with a save and a 4.20 ERA (7 ER, 15.0 IP) in 7 games, 1 start. He recorded his first career save on Aug. 24 at Portland, striking out the final batter in the ninth inning. In six games in the bullpen he posted a 2-0-1, 1.50 mark, recording 17 strikeouts in 12.0 innings. Thomas was the Mariners 4th round selection in the June 2005 draft.
Valbuena, 24, split the season between West Tennessee and Tacoma, combining to hit .301 (134×445) with 83 runs scored, 19 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs, 60 RBI and 17 stolen base in 126 games. His .301 average is the 8th-highest average by a Mariners Minor Leaguer this season. While with West Tennessee, Valbuena recorded a career-high 15-game hit streak, batting .339 (20×59) with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 12 RBI. He was promoted to Tacoma on June 28, appearing in 70. He finished the season with the Rainiers on a 10-game hitting streak, batting .422 (19×45) with four multi-hit games. Valbuena signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 29, 2002.
Morse has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 29 after separating his right shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield. He has resumed baseball activity (throwing, batting practice, etc) but will not be cleared for games until the 2009 season.
JUSTIN THOMAS CAREER PLAYING RECORD
YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP BK
2005 Everett 3-3 3.81 18 6 0 0 0 59.0 63 32 25 31 4 20 48 5 0
2006 Wisconsin 5-5 3.10 11 11 0 0 0 61.0 69 29 21 4 3 17 51 2 0
Inland Empire 9-4 4.10 17 17 1 1 0 105.1 108 58 48 10 3 45 111 6 0
2007 West Tennessee 4-9 5.51 24 24 0 0 0 119.1 147 82 73 11 5 61 100 11 0
2008 West Tennessee 7-7 4.32 25 17 1 1 0 118.2 116 66 57 11 11 56 106 6 3
Tacoma 2-1 3.71 7 1 0 0 1 17.0 15 7 7 2 0 9 21 2 0
MILB Totals 30-29 4.33 102 76 2 2 1 480.1 518 274 231 69 26 208 437 32 3
LUIS VALBUENA CAREER PLAYING RECORD
YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
2005 Tacoma .000 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200
Everett .261 74 287 47 75 127 10 3 12 51 1 4 2 31 37 14 6 .443 .331
2006 Wisconsin .286 89 325 45 93 130 16 6 3 38 1 2 1 44 44 21 7 .400 .371
Inland Empire .252 43 163 18 41 59 10 1 2 10 0 0 1 14 26 1 3 .362 .315
2007 West Tennessee .239 122 444 55 106 168 23 3 11 44 6 6 1 48 83 10 6 .378 .311
2008 West Tennessee .304 70 240 43 73 116 12 2 9 40 4 2 0 31 37 8 4 .483 .381
Tacoma .302 58 212 41 64 79 9 0 2 20 4 0 0 28 32 10 4 .373 .383
MILB Totals .270 459 1675 249 452 679 80 15 39 203 16 14 5 197 261 64 30 .404 .345
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Mariners, winners of seven of their last nine, continue the penultimate road trip of the season, a two-city, six-game jaunt to Cleveland (3-0) and Texas (3 games)…They were 4-3 on their just completed homestand against Oakland (2-2) and Minnesota Twins (2-1). The club is 16-25 since the All-Star break.
BROADCAST UPDATE: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on KOMO 1000 AM and televised on FSN in High Def.
VS. RANGERS: Tonight is the 15th (6-8) of 19 games between the Rangers and Mariners
this season, Texas leads series, 8-6.
WIN STREAK: Seattle has matched its season-high winning streak at three games, for the fifth time (also: April 15-17, June 27-29; Aug. 3-5, Aug. 24-26 and Aug. 29-current)…Mariners have
not won four straight since closing out the 2007 season with a five-game streak (Sept. 26-30).
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SAVES: Randy Messenger recorded his first American League save Saturday. He became the ninth Mariner to record a save this season, the most in the Major Leagues
(Morrow-10, Putz-10, Rowland-Smith-2, Corcoran-2, Batista-1, Lowe-1, Rhodes-1, Washburn-1,
Messenger-1) Roy Corcoran notched his second career save yesterday, and the Mariners pitching staff is
now 29-for-54 in save opportunities.

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