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Mariners notes: Quoting Scott Servais on Saturday’s wild finish

Seattle Mariners' Shawn O'Malley lays on the ground after being tagged out caught stealing by Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Nunez who threw to second to complete a double play in the ninth inning of a baseball game, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Seattle. The Twins won 6-5.
Seattle Mariners' Shawn O'Malley lays on the ground after being tagged out caught stealing by Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Nunez who threw to second to complete a double play in the ninth inning of a baseball game, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Seattle. The Twins won 6-5. AP

SEATTLE – Nights like Saturday, Scott Servais said, sleep doesn’t come easy.

The Seattle Mariners manager said his team has been fortunate this season to mostly avoid outcomes like their 6-5 defeat against the lowly Minnesota Twins on Saturday, a loss capped by a wild, 2-4-5-6 double play in the bottom of the ninth inning.

But Servais said his club is focused on moving on.

“That’s one of those games last night, so many things happen you can look back on – we should have done this, why didn’t we do that – you’re going to have those games,” Servais said Sunday morning. “Fortunately, we haven’t had too many of them. It wasn’t a very well-played game. But it’s behind us. We’ve got to get out there and get after it today, and we’ll be ready to play today.”

The game ended after Kyle Seager tried to take second base when a pitch bounced in front of Twins catcher Juan Centeno, then Centeno threw to second base well before Seager got there, then Seager tried to retreat, then Shawn O’Malley wandered too far off third base, then Twins second baseman Brian Dozier threw O’Malley out at third and third baseman Eduardo Nunez threw back to shortstop Eduardo Escobar to nail Seager trying to take second base.

Not how the Mariners drew it up.

“Crazy play, and not one that you practice too often,” Servais said. “You certainly don’t expect a game to end that way. It just happened. We had guys that were probably a little too aggressive in that spot, but I don’t fault our guys at all. We had many, many chances in that game early in the game, too, to take care of business, and we didn’t. Like I said, it’s over, and we’ll let it go.”

MARTE LOOKS GOOD

Servais said injured shortstop Ketel Marte, placed on the 15-day disabled list last week, “looks great” in his recovery from a sprained left thumb and will likely begin his Triple-A rehab assignment when the Mariners leave for San Diego.

“He’s swinging the bat,” Servais said. “I think he’s going to hit in the cage with the actual BP thrower today, underneath in the cage. That’ll kind of be the last test. If he gets through that, he’ll be ready to go out on the rehab after.”

Marte is eligible to return to the 25-man roster on June 6.

CRUZ GOES DEEP IN BP

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz seemed nonplussed about the home run he hit completely out of Safeco Field and onto Royal Brougham Way during batting practice prior to Saturday’s game.

“That’s not like a real homer,” he said. “It’s just BP.”

Still, the blast was believed to be the first of its kind, batting practice or otherwise. Cruz said he did it because Felix Hernandez was encouraging him to “hit it out, hit it out.”

So he did. The Mariners posted video of the homer on their official Twitter account.

“I don’t think I’m going to try to do it (again),” he said. “I went 0-for-4 (Saturday), so I don’t think it worked out. And I missed some balls that I should have hit good, too.”

Said Servais: “That 5 o’clock stuff is fun to watch, but it’s the 7 o’clock stuff I’m concerned about.”

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