Mariners Open With Win

The Mariners got off to a great start last night, exploding for six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Angels, 10-3.

It was a terrific team win for Seattle, as nearly everybody in the game contributed to the victory in one form or another.

Seattle has won eight straight season-openers.

We’ll just hit the links, and then I have to get out to Cheney Stadium and work on some things in preparation for the Rainiers opener on Thursday night.

Links:

  • We’ll start with Bob Dutton’s game story on the Mariners 10-3 opening day win over the Angels.
  • Lloyd McClendon explained why he has confidence in Abraham Almonte as a leadoff hitter.
  • Brad Miller talked a bit about the off-the-field things a major league rookie must adjust to.
  • Angels fans lustily booed Robinson Cano, Larry Stone writes.
  • Friend-of-the-blog Todd Dybas wrote a long piece on Cano for Sports On Earth.
  • Former Rainiers star Jeff Clement is retiring. His hometown newspaper has the story. Clement was the 3rd player chosen in the 2005 draft, but surgeries on both knees wiped out his once-promising career.
  • In the PCL, former Sacramento River Cats pitcher Joe Blanton is going to become a current River Cats pitcher.
  • Looks like the Rainiers will be in Sacramento for Sonny Gray Garden Gnome Night. Maybe I’ll have a blog contest to give it away – applicants must have a garden.
  • Good news from the Big Easy: the New Orleans Zephyrs are going to spruce up the ballpark. It needs it – that stadium gets beaten down by weather more than any other in the league.
  • The story in the International League this year will be Toledo Mud Hens star Mike Hessman‘s pursuit of 400 career minor league home runs. He is currently at 389 – only seven players have ever hit 400 minor league homers.
  • You know you want it: Baseball America’s Will Lingo reviews the new minor league team logos.

I sure hope to have a Rainiers roster for you on the next blog update!

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