Seattle Mariners tweak roster as Spring ends

The Seattle Mariners, less than a week away from Opening Day, look to be in great position to land their first playoff berth since 2001, a drought of thirteen seasons.  April’s Fool joke?  No, Seattle is for real, and the denizens of Safeco Field have the pieces in place to make the postseason.  After a surprise 2014, the team had their second successful offseason not mortgaging...
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Get Joe Saunders On Minor League Pact

Free agent pitcher Joe Saunders agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Saunders will be joining the Seattle organization for the second time in his career as he pitched 183 innings and made 32 starts for them in 2013 albeit with fairly poor results (11-16 record with a 5.26 ERA and 1.60 WHIP). Last year,...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB power rankings: Angels on fire as season hits home stretch

1 Angels 83-53 In just one weekend series, the Angels all but secured first place in the AL West with a four-game sweep over the A's. 2 Orioles 79-57 +4 In an effort to bolster the bullpen for the final stretch, the Orioles called up Joe Saunders from the minors. The lefty had a 1.50 ERA in 10 appearances in Triple-A after struggling with the Rangers earlier this season. 3 Nationals...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB power rankings: Angels on fire as season hits home stretch

1 Angels 83-53 In just one weekend series, the Angels all but secured first place in the AL West with a four-game sweep over the A's. 2 Orioles 79-57 +4 In an effort to bolster the bullpen for the final stretch, the Orioles called up Joe Saunders from the minors. The lefty had a 1.50 ERA in 10 appearances in Triple-A after struggling with the Rangers earlier this season. 3 Nationals...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles add pitchers Saunders, Meek and Gausman

BALTIMORE (AP) Left-hander Joe Saunders is back in the major leagues, returning to the Baltimore Orioles after pitching with Triple-A Norfolk. Saunders had a 1.50 ERA in 10 appearances with the Tides. He was signed after going 0-5 with Texas in a stint that ended with a poor showing against the Orioles at Camden Yards. He said Monday: ''It's funny because I was in the visiting...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles recall Evan Meek, Joe Saunders

getty images It is September and that means callups and roster expansion. The Baltimore Orioles recalled reliever Evan Meek and starting pitcher Joe Saunders on Monday. Meek has struggled during his 15 appearances this season posting a 7.47 ERA. He figures to be used simply as a relief pitcher in games that are out of hand. Saunders will be used in a similar role. Expect the 33-year...
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 07.23.14

The Affiliates went 2-3 today with all the games being close.HR Call: Matt Fields (19), Micah Gibbs (2), Frank Schwindel (15) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Matthew Murray 5.0 IP  6 H  2 R  1 ER  0 BB  6 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Bubba Starling 4-5  3 R   2B  3B  2 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 3               Memphis Redbirds 5Joe Saunders fell to 0...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 07.18.14

The Affiliates went 2-4 today.HR Call: Johnny Giavotella (4) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Jonathan Dziedzic 7.0 IP 4 H  0 R  1 BB  3 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Wander Franco 3-5 3 R 2B  3 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 3                  New Orleans Zephyrs 5The Chasers' struggles against the Zephyrs continued, losing for the 8th time in 10 games against...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals sign Saunders to minor-league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have signed veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who was released by the Rangers last week, to a minor-league contract and plan to assign him to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals announced the move before their game Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. The 33-year-old Saunders was 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts for the Rangers before he was released Friday. He also...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftStreet Picks: Monday, Jun 30

Welcome back to another Monday edition of our Daily DraftStreet Picks. When last we spoke on Friday, I was rocking Julio Teheran, Justin Verlander and a Brew Crew stack in my GPP lineup. That roster scored 54.50 points and finished 378th-of-1,650 in the $1,500 guaranteed contest, my worst finish of all roster variations for the day but good enough to win every one of my double-ups...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.75: Tigers at Rangers

Last night: The Tigers haven’t roughed up too many starters this season. Add Joe Saunders to the short list, and he was spared from getting rocked completely only by his own lack of command and good positioning + Rougned Odor. Detroit jumped off to a “comfortable” lead very quickly. I can’t believe Miggy scored the 5th run on Hunter’s shallow single to LF. Neither can Dave...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Saunders struggles as Texas slide hits seven

ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas manager Ron Washington knows there's no secret to his team breaking out of the slump they're in. The Rangers have to start hitting better and pitching better. At least for a night they got part of the equation right. Texas scored six times but the pitching struggles continued as Detroit handed Texas its seventh-consecutive loss 8-6 at Globe Life Park. The...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Rangers 06-20 / 06-23 Series Recap

After a four-game series loss (with one game suspended) to the Cleveland Indians, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim started a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at The Big A.On Friday night, Garrett Richards took the mound for the Angels, while Joe Saunders pitched for the Rangers.In the third inning, Texas took a 1-0 lead with Elvis Andrus hitting a RBI single to right field...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Rangers vs. Picking up the pieces

Having dropped two series in a row and the bullpen falling to pieces, who better to face than a divisional rival that has vexed them of late? The Angels have a tall order in front of them as they look to pick up the pieces and get back on track to being a surefire contender. HISTORY LESSON The Rangers trounced the Halos in 2013 and 2014 isn’t starting off much better with the...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

By the Numbers: Angels vs. Rangers 6/20/14

Game 72 of 162 Angel Stadium: Anaheim, CA, 7:05 PM PSTTV: FS-W Pitching Matchup:LAA- RHP Garrett Richards (6-2 2.87 ERA)vs.TEX- LHP Joe Saunders (0-2 3.46 ERA)Most Recent Move:Optioned RHP Dane De La Rosa and recalled INF/OF Grant Green.Angels Lineup (As of 3:50 PST) :1. RF Collin Cowgill 2. CF Mike Trout3. 1B Albert Pujols4. LF Josh Hamilton 5. 2B Howie Kendrick6. SS Erick Aybar7...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe All Smiles in Second Straight Road Win; Indians 3, Rangers 2

Don’t look now, but it appears many of the Indians woes are solving themselves. Just three weeks ago the Indians were 10.5 games back of first place and seemingly destined for a disappointing summer, filled with road woes, a struggling ace pitcher and power hitter. But three weeks later, the tides have turned on the Indians season. Sunday was a fine example of how things can change...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Loss adds to another rough day for Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas - The way the Texas Rangers injury-ravaged lineup is currently constructed, legitimate scoring chances are a precious commodity that can't afford to be wasted. That's just what happened to the Rangers Sunday on a day they lost first baseman Mitch Moreland before the game and second baseman Rougned Odor during it. The Rangers failed to get the game-tying run in from...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

6/8 Recap: DL’s are Bigger In Texas, Tribe Puts Rangers Out of Their Misery

Player of the Game Justin Masterson started off right where he left off against the Red Sox, striking out three in the first two innings, but was unable to maintain this throughout the game and was pulled after just 5.2 innings. Masterson allowed just five hits, but had poor timing, throwing a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs to give up the first Rangers run, then giving...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians-Rangers: What to watch

For the first time since April 9, the Indians are in sole possession of second place in the AL Central as they face Texas today in the third of a four-game set at Global Life Park in Arlington. The Tribe begins the day at 31-31 and trail Detroit by four games. The series with the Rangers is even at a game apiece after Cleveland's 8-3 win on Saturday. Here are a couple things to watch...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians looking to continue surge

Steady production at the plate has put the Cleveland Indians on the brink of their first winning record in two months. Continuing their recent dominance of the Texas Rangers will get them there. The surging Indians look for their seventh victory in the last eight meetings with the Rangers as they continue a four-game series at Globe Life Park. Cleveland (31-31) has put together a...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Indians at Rangers 6/6-8

The best team in baseball at home (21-11), just swept the Red Sox, Rockies and Tigers at home, giving them a nine game home winning streak and six straight overall. With that, the Indians have returned to .500 for the first time since they were 11-11 on April 24th. Cleveland is now in sole possession of third place in the AL Central, just a half game behind Chicago and 3.5 games...
Via Burning River Baseball
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Joe Saunders activated from DL

Finally some good news for the injury-ridden Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish's sore neck will not stop him from starting on Sunday against the Washington Nationals despite a scare,  and they also got back lefty Joe Saunders from the disabled list. The verteran southpaw started Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, going five shutout innings, allowing five hits, two walks and...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins blanked by Rangers, 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Saunders made an impressive return to the Texas rotation and Luis Sardinas drove in the only run of the game to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Saunders gave up five hits and struck out six in five innings after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Sardinas had a two-out single off...
Via Fox Sports North
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Injury Update: Joe Saunders' return date uncertain

Even though the Texas Rangers have had a season plagued with injuries, they are not sure they want to welcome back Joe Saunders even though he has made four rehab starts in the minor leagues in the past month. He was hit by a come backer, as Kerry Kauffman of Sports Injury Alert reported, in his only start with the Ranger back on April 4. Brian Blanco/Getty Images “I can’t...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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