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April 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Game thread: Mariners at Rangers – April 17, 2014

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Note: line-up adjustment — It’s JP Arenicibia in at catcher not Chirinos, same spot in the batting order.

First inning

The Mariners run up Rangers’ starter Tanner Scheppers pitch count to 30 pitches. Brad Miller worked a single and Corey Hart walked, but nothing came from it.

Not to be outdone, Erasmo Ramirez throws 37 pitches in the first inning, giving up three runs on three hits.

Rangers 3, Mariners 0

Second inning

Dustin Ackley comes up with a two-out single, but that was all the M’s mustered.

Shin Soo-Choo blasted a two-out solo homer to right field off Ramirez. This game is not being played at a fast level.

Rangers 4, Mariners 0

Third inning

So the complexion of the game is like teenager’s face – ever changing. Almonte singled, Miller walked and Cano hit his first homer of the season – a three-run line drive over the wall in right field. Mariners baseball media relations guru Jeff Evans and I called the homer. I believe the words were “Cano needs to hit a homer here so people can stop asking me when he’s going to hit a homer.” Corey Hart then followed with a solo homer to right to make it 4-3.  The inning is still going. Justin Smoak knocked Tanner Scheppers from the game with a single. Ron Washington brought in Hector Noesi to stop the bleeding  - and we all know that ends. Noesi turned the cut into a hemorrhage. Dustin Ackley doubled to right-center to score both runners.

Mariners now lead 6-4.

Note: the Mariners made a paper roster move – Stephen Pryor, who has been pitching in  Tacoma, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to the Rainiers.

Ramirez gave up a lead-off double to Koumzanoff and McClendon had seen enough, going to Dominic Leone. Moreland gorked a double into right field and another run scored on fielder’s choice. So we are tied.

Mariners 6, Rangers 6

It took one hour and 40 minutes to play three innings.

Fourth inning

The Mariners get a bad break. Brad Miller doubled to start the inning but he was doubled off of second when Fielder caught Cano’s rocket line drive. Of course Hart doubled right after. Kyle Seager walked. But Franklin flew out to end the inning

Leone gives up a one-out single and Buck’s bad throw on a steal attempt puts Alex Rios at third. But Leone got Fielder to pop up and Kouzmanoff to ground out to end the inning

Mariners 6, Rangers 6

Fifth inning

The Mariners go down 1-2-3

The Rangers took the lead. Joe Beimel walked Moreland, gave up a single to Murphy. Washington bunted them into scoring position. Beimel gave up a ground ball out to let a run score and wild pitched a run home.

Rangers 8, Mariners 6.

Sixth inning

M’s go down 1-2-3

Danny Farquhar works a 1-2-3 inning. Corey Hart even made a nice sliding catch.

Seventh inning

Corey Hart drew a lead-off walk against Frasor, but the M’s did nothing with it.

Note: First baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for  methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance

Here’s the M’s statement on the matter …

The Seattle Mariners are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of AAA infielder Ji-Man Choi. The organization fully supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the Basic Agreement, the Mariners will have no further comment.

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