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April 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Thursday’s links, notes and line-ups vs. the A’s



** Dealing with some computer issues … hoping to get them fixed or specifically the laptop found. (long story of my stupidity). 

Mariners game notes: 04.03.14 Game Notes

Here’s the game notes for the Tacoma Rainiers … Rainiers Game Notes_04.03.2014

Logan Morrison starting in the vast expanse of right field here in Oakland could be interesting.

How will Morrison do?

“I guess we’ll find out because he’s out there,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.

So why did McClendon go with Morrison tonight?

“I like LoMo’s bat against this guy so we’ll see how it plays out,” McClendon said. “I’m trying to get as much offense as I can.”

McClendon went to Michael Saunders as a defensive replacement for Stefen Romero early the other the night. He said he might do it again if needed.

Morrison isn’t known for his defense, but McClendon was never appalled by what he saw in the field.

“He was a lot better than he came advertised,” McClendon said. “He’s not going to win a Gold Glove, but he’s not as bad as the reports.”

Morrison wasn’t trying to overthink the situation. He’s going to approach it with simplicity.

“I’m just going to try and get to the ball as fast as I can and get it in as fast as I can,” he said. “If I can catch it, I will try and catch it. If I can’t, just get it in. I’m not going to try and be Clemente or Vlad out there. They have way better arms than me. They are way better looking. Just throw it to the guy with the hands up, and let them do the work.”

Morrison didn’t receive any notification from McClendon about playing right field.

“Playing there in spring training is all the head’s up I need,” Morrison said. “I’ve been taking fly balls out there during BP and early BP. I’m not worried about it. I’ve played outfield for two years in the big leagues. It was left field, but it’s not that much different. The ball just goes the other way.”

But it’s not surprising that McClendon decided to keep Hart in the lineup.

“I thought his at-bats got progressively better,” McClendon said postgame last night.

Hart feels it is starting to come around.

“I’m still working toward it,” he said. “But I’m starting to see the ball a little sooner. It’s still day-to-day and at-bat to at-bat, but I am getting a little more confident up there. My swing is feeling a little quicker. Now it’s just putting it all together. Hopefully it won’t take a ton of more at-bats.”

Hart is also trying to figure out his routine for DHing. He never did in his time with the Brewers during interleague play. In 947 big league games, he’s been DH twice – the last two games.

“They always let Prince (Fielder) do it,” he said. “They wanted to get him off the field. It’s definitely an adjustment. I don’t mind it at all. I got to check video and take swings in the cage. I don’t have a hard time staying into the game. I know it is for some guys because you are just watching.”

McClendon was asked if he’s allowed himself to enjoy the past three wins. He had this answer:

“Like I told the players, you gotta turn the page. I don’t think Oakland gives a s%^& what we did.”

So there is that.

From the notes …

The Mariners scored 18 of their 26 runs in Anaheim with two outs. Seattle is hitting .390 with five doubles, a triple and five homers and nine walks with two outs.

Seattle starters struck out 26 batters in 20 innings pitched against Anaheim.

The Mariners are the only 3-0 team in baseball.





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