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August 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Tigers

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Here’s today’s lineups …. Robinson Cano’s sore right foot is feeling good enough to have him back in the lineup. He was getting treatment on the foot, but I hope to speak to him after.

“As far as I know he’s fine,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I haven’t heard anything different from the trainers. There shouldn’t be any setbacks going into today.”

Cano was hurrying from treatment to the batting cage, but was walking normally.

“It’s fine,” he said. “I’m fine. It’s all good.”

So did it hurt?

“Well, it didn’t feel good,” he said.


Mike Zunino has been hit by a pitch 13 times this season – most in the AL. He has 13 walks as well.

So what did he think of the fastball that dotted him in between the shoulder blades?

“If they got me down two strikes and they want to do that,  I will gladly take it,” he said. 



Chris Taylor made another highlight reel play last night. It was No.1 on Baseball Tonight’s web gems. His defense has been pretty stellar since being called up. He was always considered to be a better defensive shortstop coming than Brad Miller and Nick Franklin.

“He’s pretty solid with the glove,” McClendon said. “He moves well. He’s a natural shortstop. Even with the error last night, he never really let it affect him. The next play he just flips it over. It just kind of shows you the confidence this kid possesses. He has a passion for playing defense.”

McClendon doesn’t get too worked up over physical errors. Now mental errors will drive him crazy, but he knows not every play can be made.

“I probably look errors a lot different than a lot of people,” McClendon said. “I wasn’t much of a defensive player. They happen. People can say they’re a lack of concentration. But I don’t always believe that. I think they just happen. When you make a physical error where you are trying to make a play, it doesn’t bother me. And you’ll rarely see a reaction from me.”

Pitching matchups

Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. David Price, who has made just three starts against Seattle in his career  ….

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Cano has had some success against Price, while Austin Jackson has not. James Jones has four hits against Price, though I’m pretty sure those were bunt hits.

Here’s Price’s career splits …

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Conversely, here’s the Tigers’ numbers vs. Felix Hernandez …

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Official game notes …. 


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