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Mariners Game Central – July 9 vs. Boston

Game #90: Seattle Mariners (40-49) vs. Boston Red Sox (54-37) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 2.60) vs. RHP Allen Webster (1-2, 7.88)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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Here are today’s Game Notes & Statistics…and a bonus quote of the day from Raul Ibañez :

“Try to enjoy it as much as you can, because, 41 years old, you can’t play this forever. Try to use that approach to play the game and try to hopefully share that approach with the younger guys and say, time goes by really fast and just enjoy it. That’s the one thing … you guys know me. I’m always preparing and running around and doing stuff. I think now is finally where I’m kind of enjoying it, taking it in … like I said, 41, you can’t play forever and enjoy it as much as you can every day.” – Raul Ibañez

Mariners Game Central – July 8 vs. Boston

Game #89: Seattle Mariners (39-49) vs. Boston Red Sox (54-36) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4, 2.69) vs. LHP Jon Lester (8-4, 4.41)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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Game-by-Game Results | 2013 Statistics | Standings | Roster | 2013 Media Guide | 2013 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | MarinersMedia.com

Here are tonight’s Game Notes & Statistics:

Mariners Update – July 3 (Goldsmith Edition)

Mariners radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith checks in with a notes-filled update from Arlington, Texas after last night’s 9-2 win over the Rangers…

Tuesday night started a six-game road trip against two clubs that were a combined 25 games over .500, while the Mariners, at 35-47, were 12 games behind the break-even mark. Add to that a recent series loss to the hapless Cubs, a Rangers team that had won 10 of its last 13, and a Mariners starting pitcher with the most regular season losses in Rangers Ballpark history without a victory (0-7, 9.91 ERA).

The Mariners threw all of that to the Texas wind and thumped the first-place Rangers 9-2 in front of a crowd of nearly 40,000. It marked the most runs the M’s had scored in Arlington since a 21-8 thumping on May 30, 2012 and the first win in Texas in 2013.

Raul Ibanez became the oldest player in baseball history to record 20 home runs prior to the All-Star break.

Raul Ibanez became the oldest player in baseball history to record 20 home runs prior to the All-Star break.

  • With his first-inning home run, Raul Ibanez became the first player dating back to 1916 to record 20 home runs before the All-Star break in an age 40-or-older season. He now has the 6th most homers in MLB history in a 41-or-older season, passing Stan Musial. With 21 home runs, Dave Winfield is next on the list.
  • After back-to-back blasts from Ibanez and Kendrys Morales Tuesday night, the Mariners have gone back-to-back five times this season. Ibanez has clubbed the first homer in four-of-five occasions.
  • I had heard some rumblings through the blogosphere that Brad Miller was rough around the edges defensively at shortstop. While four games doesn’t make a career, he’s looked sharp at short so far and helped turn four double plays Tuesday night. His arm has looked strong, his range has been good, and he seems to be lining up in the right spots (tip of the cap the bench coach Robby Thompson and Brendan Ryan).
  • It really struck me last night that there almost can’t be a Major League team younger up the middle than the Mariners. Miller is the old man of the group at 23, while Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino check in at 22. (Franklin’s beard is well ahead of his years, though.) The trio has played a combined 50 games in the Majors.

King Felix and the M’s face lefty Derek Holland Wednesday night in Game 2. The “Dutch Oven” has an improved slider in 2013 which has accounted for 70% of his 97 strikeouts, compared to 31% last season. Holland is 8-2, 3.39 ERA lifetime against the M’s, but last night should’ve taught us something about that, and the last time he faced the Mariners in Texas he allowed 8 runs in 1.2 innings.

Here is a fun note from the Elias Sports Bureau:

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Mariners Update – July 2

The Mariners were off yesterday, well sort of, using most of the day to travel to Texas to begin a 6-game road trip vs. the Rangers tonight in Arlington (5:05 pm PT/7:05 pm CT). Here are some tidbits to get you ready for the game…

Former teammates Adrian Beltre and Felix Hernandez have a unique rivalry on the baseball field.

Former teammates Adrian Beltre and Felix Hernandez have a unique rivalry on the baseball field.

  • It was a good day for Mariners minor leaguers, as All-Star teams were announced for the Pacific Coast League (AAA) and Southern League (AA).
    • OF Julio Morban, OF James Jones, P Roenis Elias, RHP Taijuan Walker named Southern League All-Stars.
    • OF Carlos Peguero, LHP Brian Moran named to Triple-A All-Star team.
    • Pulaski RHP Edwin Diaz (the Mariners 3rd round pick in the 2012 Draft) was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week.
  • The Mariners turn over the calendar playing their first game in the month of July today. Seattle was 15-11 in July last season.

Mariners Update – July 1

Chasing Teddy Ballgame: Raul Ibanez hit his team-leading 19th home run of the season yesterday. It was also his 10th home run in June, tying his monthly career high from May 2009 when he was with the Phillies. Much has been made of Raul’s HR surge at his age (41), and for good reason. Raul’s 19 home runs in his age 41 season are already 6th-most in baseball history, tying him with Stan “The Man” Musial. Check out the list below. And it is not like this came out of nowhere, as Raul has hit 20 or more homers in 6 of his last 8 seasons!

Rk Player HR Year Age Tm
1 Ted Williams 29 1960 41 BOS
2 Barry Bonds 28 2007 42 SFG
3 Barry Bonds 26 2006 41 SFG
4 Darrell Evans 22 1988 41 DET
5 Dave Winfield 21 1993 41 MIN
6 Raul Ibanez 19 2013 41 SEA
7 Stan Musial 19 1962 41 STL
8 Carlton Fisk 18 1991 43 CHW
9 Carlton Fisk 18 1990 42 CHW
10 Graig Nettles 16 1986 41 SDP
11 Carl Yastrzemski 16 1982 42 BOS
Mike Zunino & Brad Miller in their Seattle Turks throwback uniforms.

Mike Zunino & Brad Miller in their Seattle Turks throwback uniforms.

  • Road Trippin: The Mariners hit the road (the friendly skies actually) for a 2-city, 6-game road trip with three-game series against the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds. The Mariners will be making just their second trip to the Queen City (Cincinnati) ever, and first since 2002 when the Mariners swept the three-game series. This will also be the Mariners first trip to Great American Ball Park. This will be the Mariners first “new” stadium to play in since debuting at Nationals Park in 2011.
  • Heat Wave: Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80’s and possibly low 9o’s over the next few days in Seattle. Ironically, the weatherforecast for Arlington, Texas is pretty similar, but there *might* be just a little bit more humidity. And although the team is not currently playign at Safeco Field, here is a bit of trivia for you. There have been 5 games played at Safeco Field with the game-time temperature above 90-degrees (last: 7/24/04 vs. Anaheim). The most recent “hot” game was 88-degrees July 7, 2010 vs. the Rangers.

Mariners Update – June 29

Always a great feeling when you get to the ballpark after a game like last night. The Mariners beat the Cubs 5-4 on a walk-off single by rookie catcher Mike Zunino in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Mariners and Cubs play the second game of a three-game weekend series today at Safeco Field, with a special start time of 4:15 p.m. (televised on FOX).

  • Today is Turn Back the Clock Day at Safeco Field, with the Mariners and Cubs wearing uniforms from the early 1900’s. The Mariners will be wearing the uniforms of the 1909 Seattle Turks, the winners of the Northwestern League Championship. Here is a short story with some fun facts pertaining to today’s game. And here is a picture of the uniforms being worn by both teams today. With temperatures expected in the low 80’s, it is a good thing the team’s won’t be wearing wool uniforms that were common in the early 1900’s.
Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for Saturday.

Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for today’s game.

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  • Firework Extravaganza: After the fireworks provided by Zunino with the 10th inning walk-off single, the first ever fireworks show at Safeco Field took center stage. It was a great show that lasted about 15 minutes, and received several oooohs-and-ahhhhs. Here is a great photo of the show from Mariners photographer Ben Van Houten.
Fireworks show at Safeco Field.

Fireworks show at Safeco Field.

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Mike Zunino knew coming out of the batter's box he delivered the game-winning hit. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times)

Mike Zunino knew coming out of the batter’s box he delivered the game-winning hit. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times)

Mariners Update – June 28

The weather is heating up, the Cubs are in town and fireworks (yes, fireworks) are on tap tonight as the Mariners open a 3-game series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field (7:10 p.m.). Here are some items of interest leading up to tonight’s first pitch vs. the Cubs…

  • Miller Time: The Mariners have promoted shortstop Brad Miller from AAA Tacoma and he’ll make his Major League debut tonight batting 9th. Miller hit .356 (37×104) with 26 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 28 RBI, and reached base safely in all 26 games with the Rainiers since his promotion from AA Jackson on May 25. He leaves Tacoma with a 22-game hitting streak (.385/35×91), four-games short of the Tacoma franchise record. Earlier this week he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. In 68 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma this season, Miller has combined to bat .319 (82×257) with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 53 RBI and a .920 OPS (.521 SLG, .399 OBP). In the field for Tacoma he made 22 starts at shortstop, 3 at second base and one at designated hitter.
Brad Miller will make his MLB debut at shortstop tonight.

Brad Miller will make his MLB debut at shortstop tonight.

  • Cubbies in Seattle: The Cubs are making their third trip to Safeco Field, and first since 2010. The Mariners have visited historic Wrigley Field just once, back in 2007.
  • Fireworks: Don’t miss the first post-game fireworks shows in Safeco Field history following tonight’s game. The Mariners have partnered with Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle extravaganza, for these special shows set to music.
  • 4:15 Tomorrow: Due to the game being carried on FOX (not on ROOT Sports), tomorrow’s game is at 4:15 p.m., which is a bit of an odd start time for a home game. Should be a pretty cool afternoon with both team’s wearing throwback uniforms from the early 1900’s. The Mariners will be wearing uniforms from the 1909 Seattle Turks of the Northwestern League.
Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for Saturday.

Uniforms of the Cubs and Turks for Saturday.

  • Welcome Back Jason: Good to have Cubs PR man Jason Carr back in Seattle. Carr was a member of the Mariners Baseball Information staff in the early 2000’s and was also a media relations representative for the Seattle-based Professional Bowler’s Association. One of the true good guys in the business.

 

Mariners Update – June 26

We have an early game today, and after finishing the game notes in and getting everything ready for the game, sorry for the late update. Not much to report from last night’s game, but there was one roster move worth pointing out.

  • Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak both homered for the Mariners, giving the club 87 home runs in the first 78 games of the season. The Mariners did not hit their 87th home run until July 28 last season (team game #103).
  • Kyle Seager (Bob & Groz) and Nick Franklin (Wyman, Mike & Moore) were guests of 710 ESPN Seattle. Check out the archived podcasts by clicking on their names.
  • Brad Miller went 1-for-4 for the Tacoma Rainiers, extending his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. Miller is batting .379 (33×87) during the streak.
  • Brad Miller and Taijuan Walker have been selected to play for the USA squad in the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to be played July 14 at Citi Field in New York. And for the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot, available exclusively on MLB.com/futuresfinalist and the Club sites. Mariners farmhand and Jackson first baseman Ji-Man Choi is one of five finalists vying for a spot on the World Team.

Photo of the Day:

Taijuan Walker made his AAA debut last night with 6.0 scoreless innings (Photo Credit: Tacoma Rainiers)

Taijuan Walker made his AAA debut last night with 6.0 scoreless innings (Photo Credit: Tacoma Rainiers)

Mariners Update – June 25

The Mariners open a 2-game series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at Safeco Field (7:10 pm). The brief Interleague series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon version of the King’s Court (12:40 p.m.), and then the Chicago Cubs come to town this weekend. Here are some brief notes catching you up on Mariners baseball…

A couple of good articles came across the old RSS feed that are worth sharing:

Pirates Scouting Report: The Pirates make their second trip to the Northwest, and first since a three-game series in 2007. A lot has changed since Pittsburg last visited Safeco Field, as the Buccos are currently 16 games over .500 at 46-30 (2nd place in AL Central) and have four straight games (and 5 of last 6). The Pirates feature probably the best pitcher you’ve never heard of this season, as left-hander Jeff Locke (raise your hand if you’ve seen him pitch) takes the mound with an NL-best 2.01 ERA. Locke is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last 14 starts and hasn’t lost since his season debut on April 7. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, with home runs in each of his last four games, and is tied for 2nd in the NL with 19 home runs. When the Mariners and Pirates met back in early May, Alvarez (the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 Draft), was batting .168 with 5 home runs. In 37 games since, he is batting .295 with 14 home runs. And of course there is one of the most exciting players in all of baseball in Andrew McCutchen.  Here is a statistical look at tonight’s series opener provided by Baseball-Reference.com.

Safeco Joe: It may be time to take away the nickname Safeco Joe…and just call him Smokin Joe Saunders. Over his last 5 starts the left-hander is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA (7 ER, 34.2 IP) with 5 quality starts. Overall, Saunders is 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA, including a 4-2, 2.53 record at Safeco Field. He is 1-0, 3.46 ERA in 2 career starts vs. the Pirates.

Holman in the House: Former Mariners pitcher Brian Holman is visiting Seattle and will be around the ballpark the next few days. Holman made 81 appearances (80 starts) for the Mariners from 1989-1991, and is most known for his near perfect game April 20, 1990 vs. the Oakland A’s.

Reliever K/9.0 IP: When doing some game notes this morning, I stumbled upon the fact that three Mariners relievers are listed in the top 11 in the American League in strikeouts per 9.0 innings: Charlie Furbush (5th, 13.34), Danny Farquhar (6th, 13.03) and Oliver Perez (11th, 12.26). Very quietly, Perez is putting together a pretty phenomenal season out of the bullpen. Perez has the 3rd-best ERA (0.98) by an AL reliever (Jesse Crain – 0.52, Tanner Scheppers – 0.95), and has not allowed a run over his last 11.0 innings.

Ageless Wonder: There has been a lot of talk about Raul Ibañez and his home runs hit at the age of 41 lately…which is very cool. Raul leads the team (and ranks T6th in the AL with 17 home runs). He has been on a home run binge lately, with three longballs in the last two games. The best way to find statistics by age is through the Play Index at Baseball-Reference.com (I highly suggest becoming a subscriber). Baseball-Ref computes a players age for a season on June 30, so since Raul turned 41 on June 2, this is his age 41 season (even though he has hit 8 of his 17 home runs as a 41-year-old). Here is a listing of the most home runs hit by a player in their age 41 (or older) season. The record is 29 by Hall of Famer Ted Williams in his final season in 1960.

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Down on the Farm:

  • Taijuan Walker makes his Triple-A debut tonight for the Tacoma Rainiers.
  • Brad Miller has a 20-game hitting streak for the Rainiers.
  • Tacoma hitting coach Howard Johnson will be a coach for the USA squad in the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
  • Mariners 2nd-round draft pick Austin Wilson made his pro debut for Everett last night going 1-for-2 with 2 walks (started at DH).

Mariners Update – June 24

Kendrys Morales is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off HR.

Kendrys Morales is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off HR yesterday in the 10th inning vs. the A’s.

The Mariners will have an off day today, with many players and staff participating in the 28th Annual Mariners Care Golf Tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. We’ll post some photos of the event later today. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to catch you up on Mariners Baseball, with lots of fun facts about yesterday’s exciting walk-off 6-3 win over the A’s…

Kendrys Morales hit a pinch-hit walk-off 3-run home run yesterday to give the Mariners a 6-3 win and a series victory over the first-place A’s. Here are some fun facts about the Morales HR:

  • It was just the second walk-off pinch-hit home run in club history, as Ken Phelps hit the only other walk-off HR as a pinch hitter on Sept. 3, 1986 vs. Detroit (tied 2-2, hit 2-out PH HR off Bryan Kelly in the bottom of the 9th inning).
  • It was the first pinch-hit HR by a Mariners player since Luis Rodriguez, Sept. 14, 2011 vs. the Yankees (12th inning).
  • It was the second walk-off HR (4th career walk-off hit) for Morales. His only other walk-off HR was when he was with the Angels, hitting a grand slam against the Mariners (off Brandon League) on May 29, 2010. Morales was injured during the celebration at home plate and missed a season and a half.

Not to be overshadowed by the walk-off homer by Morales was another clutch performance by Raul Ibañez. Ibañez hit a pair of home runs, including a 2-run home run in the first inning. Ibañez leads the team (and T6th in the American League) with 17 home runs. Raul also is also tied for the AL lead with 8 home runs in June (with Evan Longoria, Chris Davis, Adam Dunn).

Down on the farm, there were some notable performances worth sharing this morning…

  • RHP Erasmo Ramirez struck out a season-high 10 batters in Tacoma’s 5-4 win over Fresno. LHP James Paxton struck out 11 in the previous game, marking the first time Tacoma’s starting pitchers struck out 10+ in back-to-back games since Aug. 14-15, 2001 vs. Colorado Springs (Brett Tomko – 12, Denny Stark – 11).
  • SS Brad Miller homered and drove in 3 runs to extend hitting streak to 19 games for AAA Tacoma.
  • OF Julio Morban was named the Southern League Player of the Week. Morban hit .400 (10×25) with 3 doubles, one home run, 9 RBI and 6 runs scored during the opening series of the second half against Mobile. Morban currently leads the league in batting with a .328 average and ranks 2nd with a .522 slugging percentage.
  • First round draft pick DJ Peterson hit a grand slam (2nd pro home run) to lead Everett to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Hillsboro. 1B Justin Seager hit a walk-off single to improve the AquaSox to 8-2 on the season.
  • The Mariners minor league affiliates combined to go 7-1 yesterday, with the lone defeat being a 4-3 loss in 11 innings by the Peoria Mariners (Arizona League).
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