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July 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups for Mariners at Indians

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Hot stove update 5:05 p.m. Mark Price time 

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With the M’s on Byrd’s no-trade list, picking up the option was the only way he’d accept a deal to Seattle.  The Mariners didn’t want to pay him $8 million at age 39 I guess.

And there is this …

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So the Mariners are still kind of like Lloyd Christmas talking to Mary Swanson.

 

Update 4:38 p.m. Roger Dorn time 

James Paxton threw a 45 pitch bullpen before batting practice today.

“I felt really good,” he said. “I was throwing my pitches where I wanted to throw them today. My mechanics felt smooth. It was good. We were working on a few things. It felt great.”

So is ready to pitch somewhere on Saturday?

“In my mind, I’m ready to compete,” he said.

But he wouldn’t say where he was ready to compete. Barring any unforeseen changes, it seems likely that Paxton will be competing for the Mariners on Saturday in Baltimore in the fifth spot in the rotation. The other options would be Erasmo Ramirez or Taijuan Walker. But with Paxton coming on the trip, that was the expectation.

Lloyd McClendon was highly complimentary of tonight’s starter Corey Kluber.

“He’s been tough for a while,” McClendon said. “It just didn’t happen this year. He’s pretty good. He’s 95-96 with the fastball, slider from hell. That would make a lot of people good.”

McClendon talked about Dustin Ackley’s base stealing potential.

“I think he’s more than capable of stealing bases,” McClendon said. “That’s just something he has to get comfortable with though. I’m not sure he’s quite where he needs to be with that just yet.”

There is an art to stealing bases. There’s been plenty of fast runners that have been poor base stealers.

“There’s a lot of factors that come into it and play into it,” McClendon said. “We are trying to help him to speed up that process.”

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James Jones has beens struggling of late. Here’s his numbers since July 1.

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“He’s a strong willed kid,” McClendon said. ” He’s got his head on straight. I told him, “Everyone struggles, you are no different. You have to fight your way through it. When it’s over with, it will make you better. But he’s fine.

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McClendon on Kendrys Morales slow start.

“He’s just a little jumpy. We had him down there early working on some things. Hopefully, he’ll be better tonight.

 

 From earlier

CHRIS  TAYLOR ISN’T PLAYING TODAY!?!?!?!? DAMMIT, WHY ISN’T CHRIS TAYLOR PLAYING TODAY?!?!? HE HAD A DOUBLE YESTERDAY!!!

Well, Lloyd McClendon said yesterday that he planned on Brad Miller playing today. So I’m guessing the RBI double from Taylor didn’t change that thinking. McClendon said before he planned to use both players  based on match-ups and other aspects, he seems to be following through on what he said.

Only one player on the Mariners has ever faced Corey Kluber in a MLB game …. Robinson Cano.

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Here’s Kluber’s splits this year … lefties do have decent numbers against him and righties do not.  That may be reason why Taylor is sitting.

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THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (July 30)

1996 – Jamie Moyer, LHP, acquired from Boston for Darren Bragg, OF

  •  I think that worked out pretty well for the Mariners. He went 145-87 in 11 seasons with Seattle.

1998 – The Mariners play the longest game (innings) in Kingdome history, but lose to Cleveland 9-8 in 17 innings (5 hours, 23 minutes).

  • Please lets not relive that today.

2000 – Rickey Henderson ties team record with 5 BB vs. Toronto.  Mariners score 10 runs on only 5 hits…11 BB.

  • Rickey do what Rickey do.

2003 – Rafael Soriano struck out seven consecutive batters over two games (July 26, 6 & July 30 1) to set a new Mariner record.

  • And then they traded him for Horacio Ramirez  in 2006

2011 – Michael Pineda (6.1 IP), Jeff Gray (1.2) and Brandon League (1.0) combined on a 1-hitter in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 14th game the Mariners have allowed 1 or fewer hits in a game, with 2 no-hitters, 11 individual 1-hitters and now 2 combined 1-hitters.

  • I wonder if he had pine tar on some part of his body.

2012 – Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a club rookie record 13 batters in 8.0 innings in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. After the game, pitchers Steve Delabar (to the Blue Jays) and Brandon League (to the Dodgers) were traded.

  • Delabar is back in the minor leagues, after struggling with his command. The Mariners got Eric Thames in exchange – he’s now playing in Korea. The Mariners got reliever Logan Bawcom and outfielder Leon Landry in exchange. Bawcom has been a solid reliever at times for Tacoma, but has yet to get a call up. Landry is starting to figure things out in Jackson.

But really the kicker of history on this day was in 2011 when  the Mariners traded RHP David Pauley and RHP Doug Fister to Detroit in exchange for OF Casper Wells, LHP Charlie Furbush, INF Francisco Martinez and PTBNL.

  • Jack Zduriencik has called it the worst trade of his tenure with Seattle. Can’t really argue with him on that. Fister has gone on to be a productive pitcher with the Tigers and now Nationals. Pauley fought substance abuse issues. Of the four players, only Charlie Furbush remains. Wells is playing in the independent leagues after being DFA’d by the Mariners and five other teams. Martinez was DFA’d and then traded back to the Tigers for cash considerations. He’s hitting .231 for  Double A ErieChance Ruffin was the player to be named later. He made a few big league appearances after being acquired, but toiled in the minors after that. He retired from baseball about a month ago.

 

Mariners official game notes …

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