Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias threw an absolute gem Sunday in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers that marked the first complete-game shutout by a Mariners rookie pitcher since Freddy Garcia on Aug. 24, 1999 — also against Detroit at Safeco Field.
Not to demean the Chief, because any big-league shutout is notable, but those '99 Tigers weren't in first place and didn't have Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the middle of their lineup. They were, rather, a 49-76 collection of cast-offs and spare parts.
Garcia treated them as such, though. He struck out 12 and walked just one while permitting six hits. But while Elias bested the reigning Cy Young winner in Max Scherzer, Garcia's opponent was Willie Blair, who fell to 1-10.
Anyway, I missed it while flying to New York for tonight's makeup game for an April 30 rainout at Yankee Stadium. But our Christian Caple filed a complete report. If you're reading this, you're probably a Mariners fan and should follow Christian on twitter (@ChristianCaple).
Cano still sits
The wait continues on second baseman Robinson Cano, who missed a four straight game Sunday because of a bruised left hand. He hasn't missed as many as four games in an entire year since 2006.
All sign report to Cano getting better. I'll let you know later today whether he's in the lineup at Yankee Stadium.
Roster move coming
The Mariners must make a space-clearing roster move prior to Tuesday night’s game in Atlanta to accommodate the intended recall of right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.
It’s likely another move is on the horizon to make room for veteran outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady, who is at Tacoma after agreeing last week to a minor-league deal.
Club officials, at the time, said the plan was for Nady to sharpen his timing for a handful of games at Tacoma before coming to the big leagues.
A decision is also coming within a week on outfielder/first baseman Logan Morrison, who began a rehab assignment May 23 at Tacoma in his recovery from a strained right hamstring.
Such assignments for non-pitchers are limited to 20 days. The Mariners could choose to activate Morrison and option him to Tacoma because he has options remaining.
Morrison is batting .324 (11-for-34) with nine runs scored, one homer and two RBIs in nine games for the Rainiers.
The Mariners have two high school players atop their draft board, reports analyst John Manuel of Baseball America, but he expects both to be gone prior their selection at No. 6 overall.
Manuel predicts, in his latest mock draft, the Mariners will select Hartford left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb while citing North Carolina shortstop Trea Turner as a possible alternative.
The two prep players Manuel believes the Mariners prefer are catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson of San Diego, and shortstop Nick Gordon of Orlando.
***Shortstop Brad Miller's homer in the eighth inning Sunday was his first in 131 plate appearances. He had three homers in the season's first nine games but didn't get No. 4 until Sunday.
***Outfielder James Jones, a Brooklyn native, has never seen a game at Yankee Stadium. Whether he starts tonight hinges on whether he is deemed healthy after leaving Sunday's game because of tightness in his left groin. Club officials say the move was precautionary. Jones had two hits before leaving Sunday's game for his third multi-hit game in his last four.
***Third baseman Kyle Seager is rolling. He's batting .310 in his last 32 games with eight homers and 31 RBIs. He also has five multi-hit games in his last 10.
Around the farms
***Triple-A Tacoma is really struggling. The Rainers' 5-4 loss on Sunday at El Paso (Padres) was their 20 in the last 25 games. Mike Curto has the details.
***Double-A Jackson got three RBIs from Dan Paolini in a 7-0 victory over Huntsville (Brewers). The Generals also got five shutout innings from Matt Anderson in his first start. From the Jackson Sun.
***Hi-A High Desert got three RBIs from D.J. Peterson in an 8-4 victory over Bakersfield (Reds). From the Victorville Daily Press.
***Lo-A Clinton rolled to an 18-4 romp at Beloit A's). Christian Carmichael led the hit parade by going 5-for-5. From the LumberKings' website.