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June 8, 2014 at 7:53 AM

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


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Update 12:08 p.m. 

Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak are both considered day to day.

Saunders met with the Rays’ team doctor yesterday and the examination confirmed that there was no structural damage.

“My strength is good,” he said. “My shoulder is good. With it being my lead shoulder when I swing and my throwing shoulder, we are being a little hesitant than we would otherwise. We are just looking for the discomfort to go away. I already see improvement today from yesterday.”

Saunders has been receiving treatment and working to get the shoulder ready

“I’ve been doing my exercises and it feels pretty good,” he said. “We were pretty confident on the day of that it wasn’t going to be long. And this has just proven that it is day to day. Right now we are aiming for another day or so, but it’s nothing that will be a significant length of time.”

Saunders admitted that the issues he’s had with the shoulder – labrum surgery in 2008 and minor dislocation last season – had him concerned initially.

Smoak is available to for late inning defense. He can take swings, but McClendon is worried about the effect on the leg. He’d like to avoid using him.

“The problem is when you first come out of the box,” McClendon said. “You hit and you want to get out of the box and that’s when it grabs on you. I’m just trying to get to a point where you quiet it down and put this issue behind us.You don’t want it nagging him on defense.”

McClendon confirmed that Erasmo Ramirez will start tomorrow’s game.

“He’s my starter tomorrow,” he said.

When told Ramirez has pitched pretty well against the Rays — 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts.

“He has?” McClendon said chuckling. “Ok, good. Well, that will be comforting thought as I lay my head on my pillow tonight?”

He was asked about Tuesday’s match-up between Iwakuam and Tanaka.

“That’s a match-up I would pay to see,” he said. “I hope the ballpark is packed for that.”

From earlier

If you missed it, here’s the wrap up of Day 3 of the draft and the overall wrap-up as well.

The Mariners’ lineup may look familiar to you and it should. It’s the same line-up they rolled out there yesterday. That hasn’t happened a lot this season. I think twice. You can check here.

It’s  a lot of lefties to go against Rays’ right-hander Chris Archer. His career splits may have something to do with it.

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This season the splits are a little more dramatic in a smaller sample size.

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Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Archer

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