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July 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Saturday’s pregame notes and lineups vs. the White Sox — Wille Bloomquist gets the start in left field

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Update 11:27 a.m. Ron Kittle time  

Manager Lloyd McClendon talked for about 10 minutes today with several Chicago reporters in the media scrum.

Obviously, the A’s trade was mentioned.

“That’s a real good team that got better,” he said. “Obviously, those are two fine young pitchers. They did a nice job of pulling that one off. They’re a good team. Their record indicates that. They’ve gotten better. I don’t think that really changes anything as far as we are concerned. We just have to continue to go about our business and do what we do.”

The Mariners’ roster obviously has its deficiencies. And they need to be addressed. McClendon has mentioned the Mariners’ “BB gun” offense often. GM Jack Zduriencik knows McClendon wants more for his roster.

“Jack and I talk every day about ways to improve our club,” McClendon said. “But you have to understand that it takes two to tango. It’s got to make sense. This organization has a bright future. We have a tremendous minor league organization with a lot of good prospects, and I don’t think Jack or upper management is ready to sell the farm so to speak for rent-a-players and I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t do that either. It has to be the type of trades that makes sense for this organization, that will continue to move us in the right direction. Do we have challenges? Yes. Are we trying to fix them? Yeah. We’ll just see.”

“The problem that we have now is the second wild card,” McClendon said. “There are so many teams still involved and nobody is willing to make those trades. So it makes it very difficult because teams consider themselves still in it. And rightfully so. We have to be very intelligent about what we do and how we go about our business.”

*** Speaking of midseason trades, only Charlie Furbush remains from the Doug Fister trade. Last night after the Rainiers game, reliever Chance Ruffin retired.

Back in 2011, the Mariners sent Fister and reliever David Pauley to the Tigers in exchange for Furbush, Ruffin, outfielder Casper Wells and prospect Fernando Martinez. The Mariners DFA’d Wells – as many team have – before last season. They later DFA’d Martinez and traded him back to the Tigers for cash considerations.

Yeah, that trade didn’t work out so well. Zduriencik has admitted it was one of his biggest mistakes as GM of the Mariners.

*** McClendon discussed the all-star selections. Last year, he helped Jim Leyland finalize the roster.

“We were up till 2:30 in the morning trying to figure it out,” he said. “I don’t think people really appreciate what that manager goes through to try and pick that team. They don’t take it likely.”

Obviously, Cano and Felix make the team. Fernando Rodney and Kyle Seager have outside shots.

“Seager is well deserving,” McClendon said. “Is there a chance he gets left off? Of course there is. That’s just the way it is.  There are a lot of good players that get left off that roster, and it’s not a slight to them. It’s just a tough process.”

Rodney leads the league in saves, which may help him.

“It’d be pretty tough to leave him off, but you never know,” McClendon said.

*** A Chicago reporter mentioned to McClendon that some people perceive him as confrontational with umpires. Which led to this …

“I think that’s unfair,” he said. “Hell, I picked up one base. And I don’t mean facetious. But $%^&, when Lou (Piniella) did it, he was very strategic and he was motivating his team. When I did it, I was confrontational. I think that’s a bunch of bull$%^&. I’m the same person I’ve always been. I speak my mind. Listen, go ask the players if they think I’m confrontational or if they like playing for me. And if you really want to be in-depth about your homework, go ask the players that played with me in the past. I think that’s the best endorsement you can get —  whether or not you are good at your craft and whether or not people enjoy working with you is to talk to their peers. You guys have a way of clouding the truth so to speak.”

*** From the notes … The Mariners have dropped 7 of last 8 games at U.S. Cellular and are 4-22 here since the start of the 2008 season…have not won a series vs. the White Sox in Chicago since 2007.

Felix Hernandez is 1-5 with a 4.88 ERA in eight starts at this place.

*** With a lefty Jose Quintana on the mound, he decided to give Dustin Ackley a break and play Willie Bloomquist, who had two hits last night.

“He swung the bat good yesterday. It gives Ack a break and an hopefully he helps us to win a ball game.”

Let’s play the splits game ….

Here’s Quintana’s splits for his career …

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And here’s his splits this season …

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From earlier

Happy Day After Fourth of July! I trust no one lost an appendage lighting off fireworks last night. Chicago had fireworks going till 4 a.m. in most places. Not that I would know, I never stay out past 11 p.m.

William Paul “Ballgame” Bloomquist gets the start in left field for the Mariners. Why? Well the White Sox have another lefty on the mound and Willie has hit lefties. He did have two hits off Chris Sale last night.

I really don’t have much to stay about the lineup.

Here’s more on the A’s trade from Jane Lee of

The general reaction from Mariners fans on the Twittah was, well, overreaction. But that’s nothing new. People are demanding that Jack Zduriencik make a move now in response, which is ridiculous. The Mariners need to make a move because their roster is flawed and left-handed heavy. That’s why you make a move. Not because the division leader, which they were unlikely to catch, makes a blockbuster move.

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