05/08/12 12:03 AM ET
Mariners aim to take control in first inning
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.
Wedge is patient as young club improves
SEATTLE -- Eric Wedge wants to make one thing clear: The Major League Baseball season is 162 games.And that doesn't change yearly. "I know everybody gets frustrated, but we're what, 30 games in or whatever it is?" the Mariners manager said. "We've got a long way to go; we've got 132 games left. At some point and time in this world of ours, people are going to understand that we play this game 162 games every year. I know it's hard for people to understand, but we don't like to switch back from 100 games one year, 162 games the next. It's every year we play 162 games, it's six months, we play every day." After a seven-game losing streak that brought frustrations to a season-high, the Mariners hope they've finally righted the ship. But Wedge knows two straight wins doesn't mean his young team is done with the ups and downs. "You have to be patient. ... The other day we started seven guys that are 25 or under, or something like that," Wedge said. "It's hard up here, and I'm going to defend these guys 'til the end because I trust them and I believe in them. "And you know what? They're going to get better, and they are getting better. It never happens on your timetable or my timetable, but it is going to happen. And it's happening right in front of you, but most of you just don't understand." Perhaps the best example of the progress can be seen in Kyle Seager, who started 2011 in Double-A and ended up with the big league club. The 24-year-old infielder has 10 RBIs in his past five games and is hitting .359 (14-for-39) in his last 11 games, while cementing himself in the fifth spot in the lineup. "You see a lot of good things, and a lot that this young man has gone through in all of his 2 1/2 months, three months in the big leagues," Wedge said. "I think he's a smart player. I think that the aptitude's there, and he's confident."
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."