update 4:30 p.m.
In news that will please no one, Derek Holland was scratched from his start tonight and Scott Baker will make the start for Texas.
That’s uninspiring news.
Update 4:25 p.m.
All the Mariners’ minor league award winners are here at Safeco Field for tonight’s game. Talked with several of them.
DJ Peterson still considers himself a third baseman. But he knows the landscape and will first base if asked. He also said it took a little while to overcome getting hit in the face last season. He still winces when he sees players go through that. He’ll continue to wear the protective flap on his helmet in the future.
Patrick Kivlehan played plenty of outfield at the end of the season. He always considered himself a third baseman, but sais his football background as a free safety has helped him in the outfield.
“I just have to get used to the routes,” he said.
Late delay on the blog because of the fatality crash at Fife.
Hisashi Iwakuma felt some tightness in his back last night. He checked out fine today.
“No issues at all,” McClendon said.
So he could pitch five days from now?
“I hope so,” McClendon said with a grin.
Major League Baseball has made a scoring change in the Sept. 23 game at Toronto…Felix Hernandez was charged with a fielding error on a bunt in the 7-run bottom of the 5th inning, now resulting in 4 ER in his start instead of 8…Felix’s updated season ERA is now 2.18.
That was an error. And it should have been ruled an error at the time. The Mariners protested the scoring ruling and it was sent to New York and reviewed by Joe Torre. They found out early this morning, that’s why the stats on most sites don’t reflect.
Hernandez can win an ERA title tomorrow as well as strengthen his case for the Cy Young award.
“It was the right call,” McClendon said. “I don’t think there was any insider favors made or anything like that. It was a pretty simple call if you think about it. Now he has an opportunity.”
Why does McClendon believe Hernandez deserves the Cy Young award?
“It’s his consistency,” McClendon said. “If you think about what he did this year – 16 in a row of at least seven innings, two runs or less, that’s history. Nobody has ever done it before. I’m not sure if anyone will come close to it again in our lifetime. It’s just phenomenal if you really think about that streak and what he did.
And if you also think about the number of games where we didn’t score runs for him, his record would have a chance to be really good.
He’s a tremendous competitor. From a competitive standpoint, I’ve never seen anyone quite like him. Verlander comes close, but this guy is off the chart.”
Will he pitch tomorrow?
“In all likelihood, yes,” McClendon said. “Yes.”
Congrats to Justin Smoak and Kristin Smoak on the birth of their first child – daughter Sutton Anne.
Sorry I missed last night’s game. I was planning on being back. But these FAA issues in Chicago led me on this day …
Mariners officials notes
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