Resurgent Seager shares player of week honor

bob.dutton@thenewstribune.comApril 29, 2014 

NEW YORK — Third baseman Kyle Seager, after breaking out of an early-season slump, was picked Monday as a co-recipient of the American League Player of the Week award for April 21-27.

Seager had five homers and 11 RBIs while batting .409 (9-for-22) in six games. He had a pair of two-homer games, which each time included a game-winning, three-run blast.

His walk-off drive last Wednesday produced a 5-3 victory over Houston and broke an eight-game losing streak. His homer in the eighth inning Sunday capped a rally from a five-run deficit in a 6-5 victory over Texas.

Seager shared the award with Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who batted .310 with five homers and 14 RBIs in seven games.

It marks the first time Seager has won the award in his four-year career. The last Mariner selected as the AL’s player of the week was shortstop Brad Miller for July 15-21, 2013.

Seager entered the week with a .158 average in 17 games with no homers and just two RBIs.

IT’S NO MINOR AWARD

Advanced-A High Desert first baseman Jordy Lara was picked as the California League player of the week after batting .417 (10-for-24) in seven games with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Lara, 22, is a Dominican Republic native who was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted, 17-year-old free agent in 2008. He spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside in 2011, playing with short-season Pulaski (Va.).

ALL-STAR TEACHERS

The Mariners are seeking nominations to select an All-Star teacher to represent them in July at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis as part of a program sponsored by Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine.

Nominations will be accepted through May 6 at AllStarTeachers.com.

The sponsors will review nominations and select three teachers per major-league team in a June 5 announcement. From June 5-29, fans can vote for their preferred teacher at the website.

The 30 club winners will take part in All-Star Week activities.

LOOKING BACK

It was 15 years ago Tuesday — April 29, 1999 — that the Mariners set a franchise scoring record in a 22-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers at the Kingdome. The Mariners trailed 6-1 before scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning.

Those 11 runs also remain a franchise record for a single inning.

Ken Griffey Jr. matched a career high with six RBIs, which included his 11th career grand slam in that 11-run fifth. Griffey also had a solo homer that capped a six-run sixth inning.

ON TAP

The Mariners open a 10-game road trip at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday with the first of three games against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Chris Young (0-0, 3.50 ERA) will face Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia (3-2, 4.78). Root Sports will broadcast the game.

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