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August 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups: Rangers at Mariners

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Updated 12:19 p.m. 

The roster move is official. Paxton has been optioned to Class AAA Tacoma though I don’t know if he’ll actually be hanging out down there. He can still do all his work up here pregame but just can’t sit in the dugout during the game.

McClendon said it’s very possible that Erasmo Ramirez would stay up with the Mariners when rosters expand as that spot starter, extra long relief guy.

From earlier

Interesting lineup today. But Lloyd McClendon will be getting Robby Cano a “rest day” at designated hitter. That means Logan Morrison will move to right field and Kendrys Morales will make the start at first. Starter Colby Lewis does have some noticeable splits (below) so this is a good chance to get Brad Miller in the lineup as well.

As for the roster move to make room for Erasmo Ramirez,  nothing is official, but it will likely be James Paxton being optioned to Tacoma.

Before you freak out, here’s why …

Paxton’s next turn in the rotation isn’t till Tuesday, which is after the rosters expand on Sept. 1. So that’s an easy move to make and you don’t lose a reliever. There is no 10-day rule either on call-ups once the season is done.

This doesn’t affect Paxton’s status for the playoff roster. From the Mariners and MLB

“Any player on the 40-man roster as of Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason roster.”

Here’s the official rules …  Major League Rule 40

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Mentioned it last night in the game story, but Robinson Cano said he hasn’t felt great lately at the plate.

“Lately I don’t feel like I want,” he said. “You’ll see me chasing pitches and I’m out in front. I hit that curveball. But I hit it way out in front. ”

These are his numbers the last 15 games. Many players would gladly not fee good and have this production.

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So what’s the issue?

“I ‘m not  seeing the ball,” he said. “When I’m not late, I’m out in front. I don’t feel 100 percent like I’m staying back. Those things happen in the game.”

Pitching numbers 

Here’s Lewis’ career splits

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Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Lewis

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