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August 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Mariners sign second-rounder Marcus Littlewood, but not third-rounder Ryne Stanek

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Tonight was the deadline for the Mariners to sign all of their draft picks with remaining college eligibility. As of the 9 p.m. PST deadline, they had agreed to terms with Utah high school shortstop Marcus Littlewood, but not with their third rounder, high school pitcher Ryne Stanek.
So, that’s the news for now. Littlewood gets a reported $900,000.
There was some good news tonight, outside of the Mariners striking out 12 times, stranding 12 runners, blowing a 10th inning lead and losing 5-4 in 11 innings to the worst team in the American League. Make that, the team with the worst record in the AL. We’re still not sure exactly which team is truly the worst.
The Mariners did their best to look the part through much of this one, taking some awful swings issuing some ugly walks a wild-pitches and generally, well, just losing the game. Baltimore didn’t win it. The Mariners lost it. ‘Nuff said.
One reason they didn’t lose it much earlier was because of two throws in the ninth by Moore from his catcher’s spot. Moore didn’t hesitate as he picked up a Brian Roberts bunt in the bottom of the ninth and threw the lead runner out at second.


Moore told us he and coach Roger Hansen work on that type of play all the time.
“We work on it every day,” Moore said. “Getting out and getting the ball. There’s no thinking. You just react and go with what you feel. The ball was laying in front of the plate and I was able to get a good jump on it and throw the ball out at second.”
Moore also threw Roberts out trying to steal second on an ensuing pitch out.
Then, he belts the go-ahead home run in the 10th. After three prior singles. A great night. But then, the Mariners got in the way.
That four-pitch walk by David Aardsma to Julio Lugo really hurt. Aardsma was having command issues throughout his outing. A bunch of pitchers were having trouble throwing breaking balls in the heat.
Doug Fister, who uncorked those early wild pitches, told me he had to adjust his grip a bit, especially on his curveball.
It was hot. It was humid. And it was hellacious watching these clubs strand 24 runners between the two of them.
Not much else to say. Big night for Moore. A little progress. Bad night for the team.
Tomorrow’s another day. Hopefully, somebody will figure out how to drive a runner home on something other than a bunt by then.
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Hey, football fans! Who’s that Baltimore resident standing off to the side while Jose Lopez was trying to get his warmups in? She’s taking in BP with family and friends.
Are you ready for some football?

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