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September 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Felix Hernandez AL Pitcher of the Month, Mariners promote seven from Class AAA

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First off, Felix Hernandez this afternoon completed the August trifecta by winning AL Pitcher of the Month honors. That goes with the perfect game he threw last month and the subsequent AL Player of the Week nod it earned him.
Frankly, there would have had to be a major investigation into the award had he not won it. After all, he had three 1-0 victories — including the perfect game — to go with a 4-0 record, a 1.08 ERA and 31 strikeouts against only five walks. He threw 41 2/3 innings in his five starts, meaning he averaged more than eight innings per outing.
In other words, that might be one of the best monthly performances in the history of the game.
So, not a surprise. Hernandez and Jason Vargas now have back-to-back Pitcher of the Month honors in July and August. The starting pitching has been the major reason for the team’s winning record in the second-half, since the hitting has barely budged from where it was before the All-Star Break.
The Mariners today completed their September roster callups: promoting Casper Wells, Mike Carp, Shawn Kelley, Hector Noesi, Alex Liddi, Carlos Triunfel and Luis Jimenez.
Not a surprise that Danny Hultzen wasn’t among the callups. He’s had a successful first professional year, but stalled at the Class AAA level. No sense rushing him up to the majors just yet.
As for Triunfel, he was on the 40-man roster, so it’s an easier promotion. He’s also a more seasoned pro than a guy like Hultzen at this stage — despite performance that hasn’t exactly jumped off the charts — so, he has that going for him. Triunfel his decently in the second half. And the Mariners, frankly, need some infield help long-term. Triunfel might not be the answer, but he’s still young enough that they can give him some big league exposure and hope he knocks the team’s socks off next spring.
The only non-roster guy to make it was Jimenez, 30, a native of Venezuela, who played 10 seasons in the minors and one in Japan. He was signed by Oakland in 1999 and has been working towards the majors ever since.
“After 13 years in the minors, to be in the majors is real special,” he told me. “I’ve been doing the same stuff all along. It’s just that sometimes, you have to be in the right place to get the opportunity.”


Jimenez hit .312 with a .912 OPS this past season for AAA Tacoma. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, 280-pounds and looks as big as he sounds. But he seems thrilled to be up here. His mother and father were with him in Tacoma and will be at the game tonight.
To make room for him on the roster, the Mariners designated outfielder Johermyn Chavez for assignment. Chavez was one of two players — along with reliever Brandon League — acquired in December 2009 for pitcher Brandon Morrow. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Chavez.
The Mariners also traded AAA journeyman catcher Guillermo Quiroz to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations. It’s a great deal for Quiroz, as he’s already up here with Boston and will be in uniform tonight. Boston will be the fifth major league club for Quiroz, who has appeared in 101 MLB games — seven with Seattle.
As for the guys playing for the Mariners tonight, Wells is in there against left-hander Jon Lester, playing right field. Wells spoke a bit about what he worked on in the minors with hitting coach Jeff Pentland (photo below), who is also now up with the Mariners.
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“I wasn’t using my legs enough,” Wells said. “I was relying too much on my upper body for my swings when I needed to be using my legs to drive the ball more.”
Wells said he was using his legs “on and off” during the course of the season, but now should be able to stick with that more consistently.
The lineups:
Mariners (66-70)
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13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
63 Jesus Montero DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
33 Casper Wells RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
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49 Blake Beavan RHP
Red Sox (62-74)
26 Scott Podsednik (L) LF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
2 Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
7 Cody Ross RF
22 James Loney (L) 1B
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
60 Ryan Lavarnway DH
77 Pedro Ciriaco 3B
58 Jose Iglesias SS
31 Jon Lester LHP

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