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September 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Daren Brown keeps watchful eye on Tacoma

Mariners manager Daren Brown’s perspective is a little bit different when it comes to following his organization’s Class AAA affiliate.
After all, he did spend most of the season as the Tacoma Rainiers’ manager. So Sunday, before the Mariners’ game against the Indians, Brown took a few minutes to talk about the Rainiers, who can clinch a playoff spot tonight in Fresno with a win.
“It’s exciting for them and it’s exciting up here,” Brown said. “I know they’re going to, if they get in the playoffs, play their games here (at Safeco Field). That will be good for this kids down there as well.”
The minor league experience is never constant. Players get called up. For Tacoma it was guys like pitchers Chris Seddon and Luke French getting an opportunity to pitch in the majors.
Then new players, guys like pitchers Dan Cortes and Mauricio Robles, show up. So, over the course of the season, it’s not uncommon for teams to go on big swings when wins and losses.
The long-term goal is player development and the ability for players to learn what it’s like to go through a postseason push is important to that growth.
“I’ll be happy for them if they can get it done today,” Brown said.
“I think it’s important for them to go through some of the things they’re going through right now with big games that are on the line. Clinch, go through a celebration. That’s ultimately what we’d like to do in this clubhouse at some point and I always think it’s good that kids experience that.”
Franklin Gutierrez sits for second straight game
Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was feeling better Sunday, but still didn’t feel well enough to play.
He is available to pinch-hit if needed, but Brown said he would prefer to give him another full day off.
“He does feel a little better today,” Brown said. “I did ask him if he’d be able to pinch hit a little bit later in the game. He told me he felt a lot better today, said that would be a possibility. Hopefully we’ll give him the full day today. That would be a couple of days and be ready to go tomorrow.”
Michael Saunders starts in center field for the second straight game.


The lineups
Cleveland
CF Michael Brantley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Travis Hafner
3B Jayson Nix
LF Jordan Brown
1B Matt LaPorta
2B Luis Valbuena
C Chris Gimenez
P Jeanmar Gomez
Mariners
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Ryan Langerhans
C Adam Moore
CF Michael Saunders
SS Josh Wilson
P Felix Hernandez

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