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May 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Late home runs? Mariners OF Endy Chavez has been there, done that

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 4.19.30 PMSeveral jokes were flying yesterday about Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez after 170-pound Endy Chavez popped a ninth-inning, go-ahead homer off him. It was the first homer of the season by Chavez and the fact it came in a pinch-hit appearance was even more impressive.

According to Mariners PR and history maven Jeff Evans, the last Mariners pinch-hit home run was by Franklin Gutierrez on June 20 of last year. It was the first pinch-hit home run to give the Mariners a lead by the seventh inning or later since Dan Wilson hit one on May 5, 2001. The last pinch-hit homer that gave the Mariners a lead in the ninth inning or later came when Ken Griffey Jr. hit one on Sept. 16, 1990.

So, that was a pretty rare feat by Chavez

Turns out, though, this isn’t Chavez’s first go-around with this late-homer stuff.

“I never did it in the minor leagues but I did it in the majors once with the Mets,” Chavez said. “It was the same situation. I was leading off an inning, the game was close and I hit a home run to keep the game going.”

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March 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Who will Swing for the Fences and connect early for Mariners? Going with Justin Smoak

The Smoakamotive arrives at The Coliseum in Oakland, looking to do some damage ahead of tomorrow's opener.

The Smoakamotive arrives at The Coliseum in Oakland, looking to do some damage ahead of tomorrow’s opener.

We’re running a new Swing for the Fences contest at the Times this baseball season and giving away prizes to those who correctly pick the Mariners player who hits the most home runs every month. You can register and enter  your April picks right now and then have something extra to root for tomorrow night when the Mariners open the 2013 season in Oakland.

I’ve decided to play, too. My pick for April? I’ve hopped on board the Smoakamotive and will be going with Justin Smoak. I think he’ll hit six April home runs.

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