Found May 05, 2014 on
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Center fielder Abraham Almonte’s ongoing struggles finally persuaded the Mariners that he requires a remedial tour at Triple-A Tacoma to get turned around.
Almonte, 24, was optioned to the Rainiers after Sunday’s 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The move came with him mired in a 4-for-37 slump that dropped his average to .198.
“I told him, `I still believe in you,’” manager Lloyd McClendon said, “`but you need to go play. And if you play well, you’ll be back.’”
The Mariners plan to recall outfielder James Jones from Tacoma, where he is batting .313 with a .382 on-base percentage in 20 games.
Jones is expected to join the Mariners in time for Monday night’s game at Oakland and draw regular duty in center field. That will likely push Michael Saunders to right field.
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The Seattle Mariners have optioned outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma today.
The 24 year old center fielder entered Spring Training with winning the start job on his mind and did exactly that. He began the season as Seattle’s leadoff hitter but it hasn’t necessarily worked out.
Almonte has struggled at the plate so far this season as he’s only batting just .198...
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The past week or so has seen Lloyd McClendon shuffle the Seattle Mariners’ batting order around, most notably moving Michael Saunders into the lead off position, while dropping Abraham Almonte to ninth and switching Brad Miller back and forth between batting second and eighth. The most consistent position in the order is third, where Robinson Cano has batted the entire season...
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Not this time.
Unlike his previous start in Seattle, the Mariners didn’t let Astros pitcher Collin McHugh turn into Nolan Ryan against them.
This result was much more expected, the Mariners banged out eights and scored six runs (five earned) off McHugh and knocking him from the game after four innings and setting an early tone in an 8-7 win at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
After being dominated by him once already this season, the Mariners did something no one else had done so far this season — saddle Oakland Athletics hard-throwing left-hander Scott Kazmir with a defeat.
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