It was a relatively quiet morning here in Cleveland. Not much is going on with the Mariners, who are mildy basking in the glow of winning five of their last six games.
Chris Woodward will make his first start since being called up a week ago. Meanwhile, Josh Bard returns to the bench in favor of Adam Moore, despite getting four hits and a grand slam ...which according to Elias:
Bard is the second major-league catcher this season with four hits in a game, including a grand slam. Bengie Molina had a bases-loaded homer in his cycle for the Rangers at Boston on July 16. (For the record, Buster Posey did have four hits and a grand slam on July 7, but he played first base in that game.) Bard is the first Mariners catcher ever with four hits and a grand slam in one game.
"It's a tough league when you can't back in there the next time," Brown said. "That's the way it goes."
That's the way it goes for a back-up catcher.
"We need to see Adam and we need to see a lot of him," Brown said. "Bard's done that job before. He puts his work in and he's ready to go. Obviously, the way he swung the bad, you'd like to get him back in there."
But it won't be at DH.
Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith, who's with the Rainiers on a rehab assignment, had a decent outing the other night - allowing one run in six innings pitched. It was much better than a shaky first rehab start that Brown witnessed.
But Brown said there has been no discussions about when Rowland-Smith would return to the Mariners. Realistically, the Mariners could wait until Sept. 1 when roster are expanded to bring him back.
Speaking of the Rainiers and the September call-ups, Brown is a little torn.
He firmly believes that coming up to the big leagues, even if it's just to be around the team and see the daily preparation is valuable for a young player. But at the same time, he also believes that possibly playing in the postseason in the Pacific Coast League playoffs is important.
- Ichiro RF
- Figgins 2B
- Branyan DH
- Lopez 3B
- Gutierrez CF
- Kotchman 1B
- Moore C
- Saunders LF
- Woodward SS
Felix Hernandez (8-9, 2.71 ERA)
- Michael Brantley CF
- Asdrubal Cabrera SS
- Shin Soo-Choo RF
- Travis Hafner DH
- Jayson Nix 2B
- Trevor Crowe LF
- Matt LaPorta 1B
- Luis Valbuena 3B
- Lou Marson C
RHP Justin Masterson (4-11, 5.47 ERA)