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June 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Monday’s pregame notes and lineups vs. the Red Sox — top pick Alex Jackson signed his contract


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Update 6:08

A couple of sources confirm that DJ Peterson is getting called up to Class AA Jackson sometime this week. This move was coming. Peterson was just raking at Class A High Desert.

Update 4:07 

Alex Jackson, the Mariners top draft pick, has officially signed his contract. He’s here at Safeco Field and will take batting practice pregame. I will try and get some video. Jackson, the sixth overall pick, signed for just over $4 million according to reports.

He will meet with the media after batting practice at around 5:15 p.m.

It was just a few years ago that Mike Zunino was in the same situation as Jackson.

“It’s surreal,” he said. “All of the sudden you go from high school or college to a big league locker room. You are in awe because you know your career is just about to start and you don’t know the road going to take. You are just so excited and you are trying soak everything in and hold on to those memories.”

*** Talked with Zunino briefly about how they will handle David Ortiz, who has tormented Mariners pitchers in the past. Last season at Safeco, Ortiz did this in three games …

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“You have to go into a series and know which guys can’t beat you ,” Zunino said. “You have to pick your times when you throw to him and when you have to be careful to him. It all boils down to if you can get the guys in front of him out. If he’s leading off an inning you can obviously pitch to him differently. If we do have to pitch to him and what’s the best way to limit damage. Hopefully use his aggressiveness against him. You have to keep the ball low and away from him. He wants to go center to right. And he can get extension and pull that outside pitch too. You just have to stay away from his sweet spots.”

*** James Paxton will throw his first his first bullpen session on Friday. He will throw one more flat ground session on Wednesday. He’s progressing in his return. But it’s pretty early to be putting a timetable on his return.

“How far away is he? I can’t answer that,” McClendon said.

*** Fernando Rodney won’t be available tonight. He’s made four straight appearances.

*** Willie Bloomquist gets the start at DH. The reasoning?

“His numbers are good against Lackey and Willie is a grinder,” McClendon said. “He’s able to extend an inning. I thought he fit in there.”


Here’s Lackey’s numbers against the Mariners’  hitter …

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Here’s Felix Hernandez’s numbers vs. the Red Sox …

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From earlier

A huge thanks to Jayson Jenks for handling the duties in KC. I think he’s still actually there sampling some fine barbecue and having an ice cold Boulevard Wheat. I cover the two games in SD and they lose both. He covers a three-game sweep. Oh, and I’m covering the entire Red Sox series, so you can blame me.

Interesting line-up with Willie Ballgame at the DH. We don’t meet with Lloyd McClendon till 3:15 p.m. But he does what he does with the line-ups, so nothing really surprises me anymore.

From the notes …. Felix Hernandez heads into tonight with seven consecutive starts of 7.0 or more innings pitched and 2 or fewer earned runs allowed, but DID YOU KNOW? …that his streak is tied for the longest such streak in Mariners history?…Randy Johnson also had seven straight games from May 25-June 25, 1994…Felix’s current seven-game streak is the longest active such streak in MLB, and his 11 total 7.0+, 2 ER or less starts are tied for the most in the Majors thisseason (w/Johnny Cueto, CIN, and Adam Wainwright, STL)

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