It’s Turn Back the Clock Night (to 1979) here at Safeco Field, and the creative minds in the Mariners media relations department came up with these throw-back, Courier-font-type notes. I dig ’em:
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To stick with the theme, I have requested that reporters be allowed to have cigars and Scotch in the press box.
On this date in 1979, Floyd Bannister was starting for the Mariners at Kansas City. The Mariners were 15-28 on May 24, 1979, but had won two in a row and four of five. Bruce Bochte was hitting .346 for the M’s, fourth-best in the AL, with a .433 on-base percentage and a .544 slugging percentage.
OK, back to present-day business.
Here are the uniforms the M’s will wear tonight (at right). Sorry, Lloyd McClendon is not a fan of the throwback nights, “because I look like (crap) in those uniforms,” he said with a chuckle.
The Mariners lineup features Stefen Romero at DH and hitting second again, and Willie Bloomquist again at shortstop.
“He had a good day yesterday; we’ll see if he can do it again,” McClendon said of Bloomquist. “Hopefully that’ll get him going and he’ll keep it going.”
Brandon Maurer is making his first start in 10 days. He allowed two runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts to take the loss against Tampa Bay on May 14. McClendon was asked what kind of adjustments Maurer needs to make tonight against the Astros.
“We’ve been talking about this for quite awhile: Just throw strikes. Quality strikes,” McClendon said. “His stuff is plenty good. He’s got to get over that hump and start throwing quality pitches.”
With James Paxton scheduled to make his first rehab start for Tacoma tonight, and with Taijuan Walker scheduled to make his first rehab start in Tacoma on Wednesday (more on that momentarily), time is running out for Maurer.
“He needs to pitch well, yeah,” McClendon said. “… He should be well-rested; he should be strong. And I’m sure he’s ready to go. He’s just got to go out and do it.”
Logan Morrison (hamstring) made his first rehab start for Tacoma on Friday, going 0 for 3. McClendon was asked if Morrison held up well.
“Yeah, he didn’t have much running to do, ” McClendon deadpanned. “So I guess, yeah, he’s fine. He’ll be back in there tonight.”
Also, if you missed it, the Astros announced Friday night that they will start LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-6, 5.68) today, with LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.92) scheduled to start Sunday.