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Mariners Game Central – August 1 at Minnesota Twins

Tonight's Line-up at Twins

Tonight’s Line-up at Twins

Game #105 (8/1): Mariners (47-57) at Twins (53-49) | 6:10 pm CT/4:10 pm PT | Target Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.20) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (8-8, 3.41)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Twins | Mariners-Twins History

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Trade Deadline Recap

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The Mariners made several trades over the last few days leading up to today’s 1 pm (PT) non-waiver trade deadline.

Here is a recap of the trades:

  • OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez acquired from New York (AL) for OF Dustin Ackley  (7/30)
  • LHPs Rob Rasmussen, Jake Brentz & Nick Wells acquired from Toronto for RHP Mark Lowe (7/31)
  • RHP Adrian Sampson acquired from Pittsburgh for LHP J.A. Happ (7/31)

Here are some tidbits on the six new players that are joining the organization:

Sampson, 23, is a Redmond native who was drafted by the Pirates out of Bellevue College in 2012 after attending Skyline High School in Sammamish. With AAA Indianapolis this season, he is 8-8 with a 3.98 ERA (55 ER, 124.1 IP) with 95 strikeouts in 21 starts. Amongst International League leaders he ranks tied for 1st in starts, 4th in strikeouts and 3rd in innings pitched. In four minor league seasons, he is 24-23 with a 3.87 ERA (204 ER, 474.0 IP) with 333 strikeouts in 85 games including 82 starts. He played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League following the 2014 season where he posted a 2.25 ERA (3 ER, 12.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances. He was rated by Baseball America as the 15th-best prospect in the Pirates organization entering the 2015 season.

Rasmussen, 26, appeared in one game with Toronto earlier this year and was 4-1 with one save and a 2.36 ERA (11 ER, 42.0 IP) with 40 strikeouts in 34 games including one start with AAA Buffalo in the International League. In 12.1 Major League innings over the last two seasons, he has a 2.92 ERA (4 ER, 12.1 IP) with 14 strikeouts. He was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of California, Los Angeles. During his minor league career, he is 28-34 with a 3.72 ERA (214 ER, 517.2 IP) with 438 strikeouts in 157 games including 78 starts over 6 minor league seasons in the Miami, Houston, Los Angeles (NL) & Toronto organizations.

Wells, 19, was 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA (17 ER, 32.0 IP) with 31 strikeouts in 7 starts for Rookie level Bluefield in the Appalachian League this season. He was originally drafted by Toronto in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia. In two minor league seasons, he is 2-5 with a 5.26 ERA (39 ER, 66.2 IP) with 49 strikeouts. Wells is listed as the Blue Jays No. 28 prospect by Baseball America.

Brentz, 20, was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA (10 ER, 22.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts in 6 starts for Rookie level Bluefield in the Appalachian League. He was originally drafted by Toronto in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft out of Parkway South High School in Manchester, Missouri. In three minor league seasons, he is 1-4 with a 4.80 ERA (37 ER, 69.1 IP) with 58 strikeouts in 27 games including 12 starts.

And here is a look at the Mariners current 25-man roster:

Mariners Acquire Ramon Flores & Jose Ramirez from Yankees

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the club has acquired outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Dustin Ackley.

  • Ramon Flores, OF, acquired from New York (AL)
  • Jose Ramirez, RHP, acquired from New York (AL)
  • Dustin Ackley, OF, traded to New York (AL)

Flores, 23, has spent most of the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He is batting .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games. The left-handed hitter is also batting .333 (24×72) with runners in scoring position and currently ranks 5th in the International League with a .377 on-base percentage. He made his Major League debut May 30 vs. the Athletics, and appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.219/7×32, 3 R, 2B).

In 7 minor league seasons the Venezuelan native is a .272 hitter (676×2483) with 129 doubles, 29 triples, 43 home runs and 260 RBI. He has played all three outfield positions during his career, but has played the bulk of his games in left field (396 G). Flories was listed as the Yankees No. 27 prospect heading into the season by Baseball America.

Ramirez, 25, is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.90 ERA (16 ER, 49.2 IP) in 32 relief appearances with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has recorded 56 strikeouts for 10.15 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, 3rd-best amongst International League relief pitchers. Ramirez also saw action in 3 Major League games with the Yankees this season (0-0, 15.00 ERA) and made 8 appearances in his debut season in 2014 (0-2, 5.40).

In 8 minor league seasons the Dominican Republic native has combined to go 32-32 with 12 saves and a 3.60 ERA (222 ER, 555.2 IP) in 146 appearances (96 starts). A starter most of his professional career, Ramirez made the move to the bullpen in 2014. He is listed by Baseball America as the Yankees No. 26 prospect.

Ackley, 27, is hitting .215 (40×186) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 19 RBI in 85 games this season. In 5 seasons with the Mariners (2011-2015) he combined to bat .243 (488×2012). Ackley was originally selected by the Mariners second overall in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina.

PLAY Campaign

Mariners Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin, pitcher Mark Lowe and Second baseman Robinson Cano meet with kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club during the PLAY event.

Mariners Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin, pitcher Mark Lowe and Second baseman Robinson Cano meet with kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club during the PLAY event.

A group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got a rare treat on Tuesday – the chance to play on the grass at Safeco Field with Robinson Canó.

The kids from Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Reviving Baseball in Innercities (RBI) program were invited to take part in the annual PLAY campaign designed to help kids establish healthy exercise and eating habits early in life.

PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities.

Canó was joined by teammates Charlie Furbush, Mark Lowe, James Paxton and Chris Taylor as well as members of the Mariners training staff to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as making good decisions about things such as performance enhancing drugs.

Mark Lowe, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in his early 20s, told the kids that he didn’t let his medical condition prevent him from achieving his dream of becoming a Major League pitcher. Lowe, who has been managing his condition for the past 10-years, told the kids that they too can overcome obstacles if they stay positive.

The kids also got some good advice about steroids and performance enhancing drugs from Brian Parker of the Taylor Hooten Foundation. Hooton was a high school baseball player in Texas who took steroids to get bigger and stronger. Parker explained to the kids that although steroids can be therapeutic if you are sick, they can also have harmful effects on young, healthy bodies. He said steroids make all your muscles grow bigger, including the heart, which is dangerous. In addition, he said, performance enhancing drugs are illegal and they’re cheating.

After the presentations, the players were joined on field by three members of the Mariners training staff, Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Thoth, who led the kids through a series of exercises – stretches and warmups, sprints and agility drills.

Mariners Game Central – July 28 vs. Diamondbacks

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Game #101 (7/28): Mariners (46-54) vs. Diamondbacks (47-51) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 0.00) Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv) TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS 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 | Diamondbacks | Mariners-Diamondbacks History

Guti’s Memorable Week

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It was a memorable week for Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez

On Tuesday in Detroit, Gutierrez hit a pinch-hit grand slam to send the Mariners to a come-from-behind 11-9 win.

And then yesterday Guti delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mariners a 6-5 victory and a series win over the Blue Jays.

We’ll see what the next week has in story for Mr. Gutierrez and the Mariners as the club opens a three-game Interleague series tonight vs. the Diamondbacks.

Refuse to Abuse® 5K

Some 1,500 runners and walker turned out at Safeco Field on Saturday, July 19, for the Fourth Annual Refuse to Abuse® 5K.

Pitcher James Paxton, who’s on the DL and not traveling with the team on the road, was there to greet participants and help get the event started.

KING TV’s Margaret Larson, host of New Day Northwest, was the honorary chair.

The event course sent participants all around inside and outside Safeco Field, ending with a partial lap around the warning track to the finish line near third base.

The event is a fundraiser for the Mariners longtime partner the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence prevention work, including development of tools to build skills and promote healthy relationships among teens and youth. In four years, the 5K has raised $330,000 for the Coalition.

Felix & Canó to Serve As Seafair Parade Grand Marshals

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The annual Seafair Torchlight Parade will be held Saturday night (July 25) starting at 7:30 pm and run down 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. And the Mariners will be well-represented with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano serving as the grand marshals for the parade following the 1:10 pm game vs. the Blue Jays.

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Northwest and a highly anticipated event for thousands of people lining the parade route year-after-year. Precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, comical clowns and swashbuckling pirates all come together for one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate true family and community entertainment.

The parade is the largest in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Fans can expect to see an array of entertainment – including floats, marching bands, drill and dance teams, gigantic character balloons, Seafair Pirates and Clowns, local celebrities, personalities and more!

KIRO 7 TV in Seattle will have live coverage of the parade, so be sure to tune in to check out King Felix and Cano in the parade.

 

Mariners to Honor Bobo Brayton on Cougar Day

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Prior to Saturday’s  game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mariners will honor the life and legacy of legendary Washington State University Baseball Coach Charles “Bobo” Brayton. Brayton passed away in late March.

Brayton skippered Washington State for 33 seasons (1962-94) and won nearly 70 percent of his games, compiling 1,162 career wins. His Cougar squads captured 21 conference titles, made 10 NCAA postseason appearances and a pair of trips to the College World Series (1965, 1976). Together, Bailey and Brayton combined to win two-thirds of their games in 65 seasons. The current Cougar facility is named Bailey-Brayton Field in their honor and in 2007 Brayton was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Saturday is “WSU Cougar Day” at Safeco Field, and what better way to honor one of the greatest Cougs of all-time. Bobo’s wife, Eileen, and son’s, Herb and Fritz, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here are two articles on Bobo and his legacy as a college baseball coach:

 

Mariners Pitch, Hit & Run National Finalists place 2nd and 3rd

Haley Loffer and Trevor Cogley, both of Hayden, Idaho, represented the Mariners at the Pitch, Hit and Run National Finals in Cincinnati.

Haley Loffer and Trevor Cogley, both of Hayden, Idaho, represented the Mariners at the Pitch, Hit and Run National Finals in Cincinnati.

The two competitors the Mariners sent to the Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals placed second and third in their divisions.

The finals were held last week at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, just before the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Haley Loffer, 13, of Hayden, Idaho, placed second in the 13-14 Year Old Girls Division, and 10-year old Trevor Cogley, also of Hayden, placed third in the 9-10 Year Old Boys Division.

Both Haley and Trevor qualified for the National Finals because they were among the three top finishers in their age divisions among all Pitch, Hit & Run competitors across the country. This was Trevor’s first trip to the Finals. Haley went to the 2013 Finals at Citi Field in New York, where she placed third in the 11-12 Year Old Girls Division.

Pitch, Hit & Run is part of “PLAY BALL,” MLB’s initiative aimed at getting kids to participate in all kinds of baseball and softball activities.

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