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April 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Pregame notes, links and line-ups …

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Here’s the updated rotation …

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Update 3:31: McClendon said Iwakuma will throw off the mound tomorrow and is scheduled to throw 30 pitches.

Class AA Jackson hasn’t announced its probables, but Walker would likely throw Wednesday or Thursday.

McClendon talked about the team’s start giving optimism for the fans and how starved Mariners fans were for success.

“I knew that coming in,” he said. “We have a good fanbase. I understand that we’ve been knocked around for quite a while. People in the streets can be very pessimistic as well as you guys and probably rightfully so. We just haven’t got it done and this is a results oriented business. It’s nice to get off to a good start. I knew where we are as a team. I know the improvements we need continue to make. And I know the attitude on this team. I think I have a pretty good pulse on this club. I like where we are. I don’t know what the future is going to hold. But I do know we are going to show up every day and play good, hard, sound, fundamental baseball and do our best to try and win.

Here’s some more video of McClendon talking about Abraham Almonte.

With lefty Hector Santiago on the mound, manager Lloyd McClendon is going with right-handers Corey Hart at DH and Stefen Romero in right field as expected.

GM Jack Zduriencik said on an interview on KJR today (podcast below) that Taijuan Walker is heading to Class AA Jackson this week for his next start. He also said that Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to throw off the mound either today or tomorrow.

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Here’s my story about James Paxton getting the start on the home opener. A few extra notes on Paxton’s cutter. He started throwing it in bullpens in July of last season.

“It really wasn’t that hard to pick up,” he said. “It’s a great pitch. It’s not hard on your arm. There is no wrist movement. It’s not a ton of break, but just enough to get it off the barrel.”

Paxton is working hard to get that cutter on the arm side of the plate – meaning he wants to be able to throw it on the backdo0r to right-handers or start off the plate and break it slightly on the inside corner on lefties.

Columnist Larry Stone wrote about the six things he learned from the Mariners’ 4-2 start. He will also write about the six things he learned not to do with social media next week.

Also if you want food updates on what to eat at Safeco, we had this update a few days ago.

Here’s my radio hit on KJR.

Here’s Jack Zduriencik’s interview on KJR this morning

Manager Lloyd McClendon was on 710 ESPN this afternoon.

Lookout Landing looks at Erasmo Ramirez and projects him for this season and also a look at Michael Saunders playing time.

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