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August 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Mariners 13, White Sox 3 — Elias optioned to Class AAA Tacoma

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Box score: 08.07.14 Box Score

The Mariners made a roster move postgame. Roenis Elias was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma.

Why?

“He’s done a nice job, but we still have to watch his innings,” McClendon said. “We can skip a turn here and back off a little bit. These are pressure innings for a young kid coming out of AA.”

Elias leads all rookies in the American League in starts (23) and innings pitched (134 2/3). He threw a total of 130 last year with Class AA Jackson and 15 more in winter ball. He will go to Tacoma, perhaps pitch four or five innings and then return when the Mariners travel to Philadelphia on Aug. 18. With two Thursday off days coming up, McClendon doesn’t need a fifth starter.

“I understand the move,” Elias said through translator Fernando Alcala. “The team is doing what’s best for me. I have a lot of innings so far and they’re trying to keep my healthy.”

McClendon wouldn’t announce a corresponding roster move or his Sunday starter. Erasmo Ramirez was pulled after two innings and 32 pitches tonight. So that could be treated as a “throw day” setting him up for Sunday’s start.

But the Mariners could also roster shuffle even more. They could call up DH Jesus Montero for one game – which they did earlier this season – to help against lefty Jose Quintana, who starts for the White Sox tomorrow, and then option back to Tacoma on Sunday to make room for Ramirez.

Ramirez would then be optioned back to Tacoma after the game on Sunday and the Mariners could bring back Justin Smoak or another position player to help them out.

Will they do that? No one is quite certain.

As for the game, the Mariners had a season high 14 runs and four homers. It was pretty crazy. They took full advantage of a lousy Chicago bullpen. Things did get chippy late.

After Abreu was hit for the second time in the game by a pitch, White Sox pitcher Maikal Cleto, a one-time Seattle prospect, hit Kendrys Morales with the first pitch of the inning in retaliation. It was an obvious purpose pitch. Home plate umpire Toby Basner warned both benches. But McClendon was ejected for arguing with Basner about Cleto not being ejected immediately.

“I just asked a simple question if he thought he threw at him, you should throw him out of the game,” McClendon said. “I thought it was intentional.”

Said White Sox manager Robin Ventura: “If (Cleto) can spot that good, we wouldn’t have been in the trouble we were in.”

Postgame notes

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