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Mike Zunino has become the first position player from the 2012 draft to reach the big leagues when the Seattle Mariners promoted the catcher from Triple-A Tacoma.
Zunino the third selection overall, was hitting .238 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Rainiers when he was called up Tuesday.
General Manager Jack Zduriencik said ''we had a little bit of a later target date'' for Zunino's arrival but the team was in a personnel bind. Backup catcher Jesus Sucre injured his hand June 4 and the club called up Double-A catcher Brandon Bantz as a short-term replacement.
Sucre then needed more time to heal and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. That's when the Mariners believed they needed a longer term solution.
Bantz, who played one game, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
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Although there have been a lot of struggles with plate discipline for Mike Zunino in Triple-A Tacoma, the situation at catcher on the big league roster finally became dire enough that Seattle made the move to promote their 2012 1st round pick to the major leagues today.
After being drafted third-overall in 2012, former Florida catcher Mike Zunino has shot through the Minors and earned a call-up to the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle summons another highly touted catching prospect and hopes this one doesn`t disappoint.
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The Seattle Mariners scratched first baseman Kendrys Morales
from their starting lineup prior to last night’s contest against the Houston
Astros due to lower back soreness, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
The same issue caused Morales to exit Saturday’s game early,
but he was able to return to the lineup as Seattle’s designated hitter on
Sunday and suited up...
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed an unearned run in seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 3-2 on Monday night, sending the Astros to their fifth straight defeat.
Raul Ibanez hit his team-high 12th home run and Michael Morse had an RBI double for Seattle.
Iwakuma (7-1) gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one while reducing his ERA to 1.79, second-lowest in the majors...
Aaron Harang pitched a two-hitter for his second shoutout of the season, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Harang (3-6) struck out a season-high 10, the 12th time in his career he had 10 Ks with no walks. It was his 15th career complete game and eighth shutout. He also beat San Diego 9-0 on May 27.
Harang allowed a two-out infield...
The Seattle Mariners minor league affiliates are getting towards their All-Star breaks and California League officials selected three of the M's farmhands to the team of midsummer's best in High-A.
When the United States men's national team finally made it up to the Pacific Northwest, where the craziest of soccer crazies have resided for some time now, it was to be a perfect match.
In a region where the cooler temperatures should favor the Americans over all their more southerly rivals and large crowds could be relied upon to be overwhelmingly pro-USA, those factors would...
Back on Sunday during the Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees game, home plate umpire Mike Muchlinsk had a little issue with his footing in the first inning.
Watch as Mike falls down after trying to get out of the way of Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach attempting to catch a foul ball hit by Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells:
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Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski had a little trouble with his footing during the first inning of Sunday’s Mariners and Yankees’ game at Safeco Field. Muchlinski was doing his best to avoid Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach who was chasing a Vernon Wells foul ball. The result was quite hilarious.
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