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April 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Wednesday’s pregame notes, links and line-ups

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Not a surprise to see Willie Bloomquist in the line-up today. McClendon said he planned on playing everyone early and he’s done that. With lefty Hector Santiago on the mount, Bloomquist will start at third and bat ninth.

Updated with notes from Lloyd McClendon’s pregame media session …

On Bloomquist playing … “He was the last one to play. This was a planned day.”

Oakland is playing a double header today and had to adjust its pitching probables (see below) but McClendon said that isn’t going to affect how much he plays Corey Hart.

“He’s not a platoon player,” McClendon said. “We are just trying to work him back in shape as cautiously as we can. A lot of it will be based on how he feels. If he’s feeling good, he’ll be in there. ”

McClendon felt like tonight’s starter James Paxton was their best pitcher this spring. What did he like?

“His downhill plane, his ability to pound the zone,” McClendon said. “He gives you a different angle, particularly from a lefthander because he’s so tall and so over the top and downhill. Guys just don’t see that angle anymore. I suspect they aren’t very comfortable against that as well.

Roster moves

Shortstop Carlos Triunfel,  once thought of as the shortstop of the future by then GM Bill Bavasi, has been claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers and optioned to Class AAA Albuquerque.

Triunfel signed as a 16-year old on Sept. 23, 2006 out of Santiago, Dominican Republic. He made his pro debut at age 17 in Class A. He put up strong numbers in High Desert in 2008, hitting .287 with 20 doubles, four triple, eight homers and 49 RBI along with 30 stolen bases. A broken leg suffered while sliding into third base derailed his progress and ended his desire to steal bases. Also his inability to develop any sort of plate discipline and unwillingness to address it were issues as he progressed through the system. Triunfel will be playing in Tacoma on Thursday since Class AAA Albuquerque will be playing at Cheney Stadium.

It’s not surprising that the Dodgers claimed Triunfel. They are lacking in infield depth. Also Bob Engle, the Mariners former international scouting director, now holds the same position with the Dodgers. And Patrick Guerrero, the scout who signed Triunfel, is also there.

Left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise was claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Padres.

Outfielder Xavier Avery cleared waivers, as expected, and has been outrighted to Class AAA Tacoma.

Reliever Stephen Pryor will begin his rehab stint with Class AA Jackson, while Taijuan Walker is headed to Class A High Desert. He will start Friday night for the Mavericks.

Over in Kansas City, outfielder Carlos Peguero cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Omaha.

The A’s have confirmed their starting pitchers for the four-game series starting on Thursday. The A’s are playing a double header in Oakland today.

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Here’s my game story from last night’s win. … here’s the notebook which looks at the Mariners’ debuts of Stefen Romero and Corey Hart.

Larry Stone wrote this column on Justin Smoak and the importance of him being a presence in the Mariners’ line-up.

Here the game stories from the LA Times and the LA Daily News  and from the OC Register  

Here’s what CJ Wilson thought about it … from the Jeff Fletcher’s gamer in the Register

Left-hander C.J. Wilson might not have felt quite the same. Asked if it was “weird” to walk a left-handed hitter to get to a switch-hitter, Wilson said: “Yes. No more questions on that.”

From the blogs … here’s the game recap from Lookout Landing and their look at the minor league rosters. Over at USS Mariner, Jeff Sullivan looks at the brilliance of Felix Hernandez with charts that make me go cross-eyed. Meanwhile, Jay Yencich previews Class A Clinton – good stuff in there.



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