05/08/12 12:03 AM ET
Wedge is patient as young club improves
By Josh Liebeskind / MLB.com
Beavan exits after getting hit by comebacker
SEATTLE -- Mariners starter Blake Beavan left Monday's 3-2 win over the Tigers with a right elbow contusion after being hit by a line drive in the third inning.With runners on the corners and one out in the third, Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive back up the middle, ricocheting off Beavan. Third baseman Kyle Seager picked up the ball and threw to second to initiate an inning-ending double play, but Beavan's night was done. "I really didn't feel it until I got down underneath," said Beavan, who allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout. "[The trainers] started feeling and touching on everything on my elbow. That's when I could tell it already started to swell up and hurt everywhere they touched, right around there. I didn't even have a chance to say I wanted to pitch before they said, 'You're not going back out there.'" An X-ray on Beavan's elbow was negative, but the righty said there was considerable swelling. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he would have to see how the elbow was feeling Tuesday before making any decisions on Beavan's next scheduled start. The early exit snapped Beavan's streak of 20 starts of at least five innings pitched.
Mariners aim to take control in first inning
SEATTLE -- The first inning has been kind to the Mariners this season -- very kind.The Mariners have scored first in 18 of their 30 games heading into Monday's contest with the Tigers, outscoring their opponents, 19-9, in the first frame. But once the game progresses, things tend to go downhill. From the seventh inning on, Seattle is being outscored, 42-28. "It gives a lot of confidence; it gives you a good feeling," Jesus Montero said of getting out in front. "You're positive the whole game, so you take the game under control. So it's a lot better to get a couple runs first, then control the game after that, so we can win. "We've got to attack right away. We're trying every single time to do the best right away. We got to get good pitches to swing at, see what happens, just try to hit the ball hard every time." Sunday's rubber match with the Twins is a prime example of how an early lead has sustained a Seattle win. The Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, added a couple more runs as the game progressed, and then held on late for a 5-2 win.
Pryor promoted to Triple-A Tacoma
SEATTLE -- The Mariners promoted right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.The 22-year-old Pryor pitched in 11 games for Double-A Jackson, going 1-0 with seven saves and a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings. He struck out 24, walked five and limited opponents to just a .125 batting average. "Obviously, we saw him briefly in Spring Training," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We haven't seen much of him after that, but he's throwing the ball well, good presence out there, real good stuff. So he's earned the promotion, [we'll] see how it goes at the next level." Wedge did say general manager Jack Zduriencik recently saw Pryor play, and he receives working reports daily from the Minor Leagues.
Seager not only leads the Mariners with 17 RBIs, but he also leads the team with two-out RBIs (10), which ties him for third in the American League. Blake Beavan received the start on Monday, his first since allowing five runs on seven hits in just 5 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay. "Just to get back on line with that fastball," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge of what Beavan needs to do to be successful. "Command his fastball and working everything off that -- that's his bread and butter, that's what he does well. So we're looking for him to get back on track with that -- and I'm sure he will."