The New Guys – Jackson & Denorfia

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The newest Seattle Mariners, Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, are in uniform and in tonight’s starting lineup vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Mariners add Jackson & Denorfia on Deadline Day

Gathered with his brain trust in a hotel room in Cleveland, Jack Zduriencik remade the Mariners outfield with a pair of trades today that should bolster Seattle’s offense while leaving the big league club untouched.

Zduriencik first acquired right-handed hitting outfield Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league right-handed reliever Stephen Kohlscheen.

Using that as a warm-up, Zduriencik later obtained outfielder Austin Jackson from Detroit, sending minor league infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as part of 3-team trade.

“I feel good about what we did today. You go back a few days ago and we brought Kendrys Morales on board…And now we’ve gone out and got a true leadoff hitter/center fielder and added a nice player who can play all three outfield spots on be a bat off the bench, especially against left-handers,” Zduriencik said.

“At the same time, we held on to what we think our primary prospects,” Zduriencik added. “We’re not sitting here donating players to make somebody else better. Forget about it.”

“I think defensively (Jackson is) one of the top three center fielders in all of baseball,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He gets those kinds of jumps and he plays in the biggest center field in all of baseball in Detroit. Offensively, if you look at his numbers, this guy is pretty accomplished.”

With Zduriencik in Cleveland were Asst. GM Jeff Kingston, Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn, Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara, Director of Pro Scouting Tom Allison and Major League scout Lee MacPhail Jr.

Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson

Jackson, 27, will wear #16 and join the Mariners in time for their series in Baltimore starting tomorrow at Oriole Park.

“I talked to (McClendon) for a little bit and he’s excited,” Jackson said. “They kind of talked to me about some things and what they’re trying to get done.”

The right-hander was hitting .273 (102×374) with 52 runs, 25 doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs and 33 RBI in 100 games with the Tigers. Against left-handed pitching this season he is hitting .330 (33×100) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 7 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage and an .851 OPS.

Over his last 48 games since June 5 is hitting .314 (58×185) and in July is hitting .349 (38×109) with 18 runs, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI and an .894 OPS in 26 games.

He entered the day tied for the American League lead with 8 sacrifice flies and sixth with 5 triples.

In five Major League seasons, all with Detroit, he is hitting .277 (743×2678) with 447 runs, 140 doubles, 43 triples, 46 home runs and 234 RBI in 670 career games. He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was traded to Detroit in December of 20­09 in a three-team, seven-player trade that included Arizona.

Chris Denorfia

Chris Denorfia

Denorfia, 34, will wear #28 and will also join the Mariners in time for their series in Baltimore starting tomorrow at Oriole Park.

He was hitting .242 (60×248) with 25 runs, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run and 16 RBI in 89 games with San Diego. In his career against left-handed pitchers, he is hitting .301 (231×768) with 45 doubles, 5 triples, 18 home runs, 83 RBI and an .809 OPS. He has appeared in all three outfield positions this season (RF-55, LF-26, CF-14) and in his career he has appeared in over 150 games at each position (RF-331, LF-241, CF-164).

Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a 19th-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he was signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent in December 2009. Over parts of nine Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-06), Athletics (2008-09) and Padres (2010-14), he has hit .275 (514-for-1868) with 90 doubles, 15 triples, 36 home runs, 173 RBI and 260 runs scored in 673 games played.

“I’m excited for the potential, for the future. I’m looking forward to going up there…to being myself, giving quality at-bats off the bench and vs. left-handers,” Denorfia said.

Denorfia is the son-in-law of former Mariners pitcher Ted Power. Power pitched for Seattle in 1993 (2-2 record with 13 saves).

 

Mariners Game Central – July 31 at Cleveland

07.31.14 Lineup

Game #108: Seattle Mariners (55-52) at Cleveland Indians (53-54) | 7:05 pm ET/4:05 pm PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (9-6, 3.04) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (3-6, 5.65)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised 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 | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

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Mariners Game Central – July 30 at Cleveland

07.30.14 Lineup

Game #107: Seattle Mariners (55-51) at Cleveland Indians (52-54) | 7:05 pm ET/4:05 pm PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (11-2, 1.99) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (10-6, 2.77)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

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Mariners Game Central – July 29 at Cleveland

07.29.14 Lineup

Game #106: Seattle Mariners (54-51) at Cleveland Indians (52-53) | 7:05 pm ET/4:05 pm PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-5, 3.09) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-5, 3.93)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised 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 | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

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Going International: Mariners Sign Brayan Hernandez

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.

Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.

Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.

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Brayan Hernandez meets with Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner (left) and coordinator of Venezuelan Operations Emilio Carrasquel (right).

“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel.  “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.

“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”

Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.

“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”

Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.

“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.

“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”

Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:

Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:

Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:

Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:

Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:

Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:

Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:

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Mariners Game Central – July 27 vs. Baltimore

Lineup

Game #105: Seattle Mariners (54-50) vs. Baltimore Orioles (57-46) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (8-8, 4.41) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-5, 3.91)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Orioles | Mariners-Orioles History

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Today at Safeco

Here is today’s Game Information (Notes & Stats):

African American Heritage Day

The Mariners will celebrate African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field today with a pregame ceremony to honor contributions of noted African Americans to the Northwest community. Among the honorees will be Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the old Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads.

Here is a great story on Herb by Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer from last year.

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here is a pretty amazing photo of Herb taken by Seattle photographer Rick Takagi.

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Congratulations to Fernando Rodney on 200 Saves

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Mariners closer Fernando Rodney recorded his 200th career save this afternoon, becoming just the 45th pitcher in Major League history to record 200 saves. Rodney is 6th among active pitchers in saves, trailing only Joe Nathan (362), Francisco Rodriguez (333), Jonathan Papelbon (310), Jose Valverde (288) and Huston Street (260).

 

Mariners Game Central – July 26 vs. Orioles

Lineup

Game #104: Seattle Mariners (53-50) vs. Baltimore Orioles (57-45) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (8-6, 3.22) vs. RHP Bud Norris (8-6, 3.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Orioles | Mariners-Orioles History

Mid-Season Report | Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

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