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April 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Sunday’s pregame notes and line-ups vs. the Marlins

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I was waiting on the Marlins line-up, but why bother.

As expected, the Mariners optioned James Jones back to Tacoma to make room for today’s starter Brandon Maurer.

What does manager Lloyd McClendon hope/expect from Maurer?

“I’m hoping he can give us five innings, that would be great,” McClendon said. “In a lot of respects, it would be great for our bullpen.”

As you see Brad Miller, Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino all get days off today, which isn’t completely surprising. Dustin Ackley has moved up in the order, which will make some people happy.

McClendon knows that Miller is pressing and in need of a day.

“I’m just giving him a day off to relax a little bit and clear his mind,” McClendon said. “I think we would all agree that he has some talent. He has some pop in the bat. He’s a plus runner and a plus defender. He just needs a day to relax a little bit. I think he’s going to be just fine. Same with Seager. Sometimes when you can step back and take it all in and just watch a game, you get a different perspective.”

Miller is 2-for-18 in his last five games.

In talking with a couple advance scouts, who have been following the Mariners. They felt like Miller was getting a little pull happy. Obviously, it’s a little early to get ┬ácomplete read on these spray charts.┬áMiller is only seeing 3.40 pitchers per plate appearance, which is one of the lowest numbers on the team. But it’s not as if Miller was known to be a patient hitter. He saw only 3.55 pitches per plate appearance. He’s up there hitting and swinging. Hitting approaches are developed over time.

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