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Yesterday the Mariners again disappointed us and failed to capture a series win against Minnesota. Bad Mariners. They travel to Texas now to battle with the Rangers, where they will have the pleasure/pain of going against Tyson Ross in his season debut. Could be good, could be terrible. And now, we link.
In Mariners news...
- We saw Sam Carlson in Mariners gear; looks like we’ll get our first look at first-round pick Evan White at Safeco on the next homestand.
- Jean Segura likely won’t be back for the Texas series, but will hopefully be with the team for the next homestand. Seems like King Félix will have some rehabbing company at Tacoma.
- Segura’s injury has allowed Tyler Smith a chance to make his MLB dream come true, something he was overjoyed to be able to share with his father.
In Mariners Minors news...
- Andrew Moore got roughed up in El Paso, which has a habit of roughing up pitchers. He really only had two bad innings, one where he gave up three runs and another where he gave up one, and was able to settle down after that and work three consecutive scoreless innings of one-hit, 3-K ball. Unfortunately, his offense wasn’t able to offer him any run support, even against former Mariner Zach Lee, who struggled to throw strikes.
- One encouraging thing is Moore has been doing some serious damage with this pitch lately:
That’s him striking out Padres catcher Hector Sanchez, with El Paso on a rehab assignment. Moore collected six strikeouts over his six innings of work.
- The Travelers dropped a game to the Springfield Cardinals, 6-3.
- The Nuts won big against the Inland Empire 66ers, who are an Angels affiliate, and Eric Filia had an 11-pitch plate appearance against a rehabbing Cam Bedrosian that ended in an RBI single. I have never heard of Willie Argo but he hit a 3-run home run and collected 4 RBI on the day. Kyle Lewis is still not playing with the team, but per Divish, that appears to be just precautionary after he banged his knee into the wall.
- The Everett Aquasox had their Opening Day and it didn’t, uh, go great, as they lost to Hilsboro 10-3. Top prospect Brayan Hernandez had two hits, though, including an RBI triple.
- Speaking of Hernandez, there’s a nice profile of him in the Herald.
- Minor league first half all-star rosters have been announced for the A and Double-A level teams. From the Clinton LumberKings: LHP Brandon Miller, RHP Danny Garcia, OF Anthony Jimenez and RHP Robert Duggar; from the Modesto Nuts: RHP Reggie McClain, INF Gianfranco Wawoe, OF Braden Bishop, INF Logan Taylor, RHP Nick Neidert, and INF Chris Mariscal; and from the Arkansas Travelers, LHP Zac Curtis, RHP Tyler Herb, C Tyler Marlette, OF Ian Miller, RHP Peter Tago, and OF Chuck Taylor.
Around the league...
- This poor guy just can’t get healthy. Come back to us, Roenis.
- But in happier news, Carson Smith might be getting close to returning. At last, a break for the long-suffering Red Sox fanbase.
- Speaking of Boston, Ruben Amaro is making his long-awaited return to Philadelphia. I’m sure they’ll be very happy to see him.
- Jeff Sullivan took a look at how Andrelton Simmons is good now, which is, you know, good for him.
- Should we as fans even want Shohei Ohtani to play as a true two-way star in the majors? Would it even work?
- John LaRue at The Hardball Times did this really interesting piece finding each team’s historical doppelgänger.
- Pete Rose requested to be listed on next year’s Hall of Fame ballot but his request was denied.
- The National League Mariners — also known as the Mets — will be without Neil Walker and Matt Harvey for a good chunk of time.
- Thankfully the Astros finally got a good young player. Cuban prospect Elian Rodriguez recently signed with the team.
- Diamondbacks fans are having their own emotional struggles with regards to watching Fernando Rodney.
- Jair Jurrjens — who is apparently still playing baseball — got suspended for 80 games for drug use.
- Kate doesn’t get picks (ha-ha!). If you’ve made it this far in the week and wondered what was up with my teaser lines, it all comes from this song (you can even look back and check!) The vocals are done by John Legend, which I just realized is very fitting since he was just at Safeco Field for the first pitch.