Reed To See Time At First

With Jose Vidro out of the equation, the M's announced that Jeremy Reed will start to see some time at first base and designated hitter. In the minors, Tacoma made it nine in a row in Brandon Morrow's first start and there were some other quality starts in the low minors that came in tough-luck losses. Read on for all the minor league and major league news and notes.

INSIDE PITCH

The latest plan for the Mariners is to use outfielder Jeremy Reed some at first base and as the designated hitter.

The Mariners need to get his bat into the game. He had two singles and a walk against the Twins on Wednesday and has five hits in the last two games as part of an eight-game hitting streak.

Although Reed has only played as an outfielder with Seattle, it's not as if he has no experience at first base. He played substantial parts of two seasons at first for Long Beach State before moving to the outfield full time.

"From what I've heard, he was a really good first baseman in college," manager Jim Riggleman said. "I told him to start taking some grounders there because with our outfield and DH situations, it makes sense."

Recently recalled Wladimir Balentien was in center field Wednesday against the Twins. Reed was the designated hitter, and Bryan LaHair was the first baseman. While Reed could see considerable time at DH with Jose Vidro having been designated for assignment, there are going to be games when Reed, whose bat is starting to light up, is the first baseman over LaHair.

"This is going to mean that we can use the DH to give Raul (Ibanez) or Ichiro Suzuki) a day off to be the DH," Riggleman said. "They're going to want to be in the field most of the time, and they will be. But this means we can give them a break now and then."

TWINS 7, MARINERS 3: For the third time this season, the Mariners were unable to extend a winning streak past three games.

After being down 4-0, the Mariners had a chance to take the lead when Adrian Beltre thought he'd hit his 20th homer out to right field in the seventh. But Minnesota RF Denard Span got his glove above the wall and made the catch, preserving the Twins' lead at 4-3, and it was all Twins the rest of the way.

Many of the game's big moments belonged to Span, who capped a four-run second inning for Minnesota with a bases-loaded triple off LHP Jarrod Washburn. He also had a bunt single and an RBI in a three-run eighth.

NOTES, QUOTES

--OF Jeremy Reed started at DH as the Mariners began to adjust to life without DH Jose Vidro, who was designated for assignment Tuesday. Reed is likely to see more time at DH with Wladimir Balentien added to the outfield mix. In addition, Reed has started taking grounders at first base, a position he played some in college. He has an eight-game hitting streak during which he's batting .433.

--LHP Jarrod Washburn had a long string of success in 10 starts in June and July, but August hasn't been particularly kind in his first two starts. Washburn pitched six innings and wound up giving up four runs, three earned. He allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings on Aug. 1 against Baltimore. His June and July starts saw him allow two runs or fewer seven times.

--RHP Miguel Batista is still scheduled to be the starter Saturday against Tampa Bay, but there's a decent chance that the Mariners will make a change and go with LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, who has made three starts at Class AAA Tacoma without giving up more than two runs since the club asked him to work as a starter rather than in relief. Batista is 4-11 with a 6.80 ERA after being a 16-game winner a year ago.

--OF/INF Willie Bloomquist pinch-hit in the seventh inning after the Mariners gave him Tuesday off because of a bad heel.

--RHP R.A. Dickey was supposed to be a fill-in in the rotation, but with back-to-back starts of seven innings, Dickey is making it hard for the Mariners to put someone else in his place. "Right now he's starting in four days," manager Jim Riggleman said.

--RHP Sean Green, who leads the AL with 54 appearances in relief, hasn't pitched since Saturday because of soreness in his right shoulder. He told manager Jim Riggleman he could pitch Wednesday, but the manager wanted to give him an extra day off.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki has a 12-game hitting streak working in which he's batting .401. His overall average is up to .306.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- The number of multiple-hit games for Jeff Clement this year. He had one Sunday, his first since July 5.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He said he felt good. It's a great sign. Every day we'll add to it, build it up." -- Trainer Rick Griffin, on the return to throwing in the outfield of LHP Erik Bedard.

MEDICAL WATCH:

LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed the same impingement he has had. He started throwing again in early August, but he might not be back with the Mariners before September.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.

Major league notes compiled by Scout.com

AROUND THE MINORS

Brandon Morrow threw 34 pitches in his first start for Tacoma on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Morrow will continue to start every fifth day, with increased pitch counts each time out.

The Rainiers won the game, 8-0, for their ninth consecutive win. Matt Tuiasosopo hit two home runs and is really starting to heat up. He's 12-for-23 during his current six-game hitting streak. Victor Diaz hit his 23rd homer, and Prentice Redman had a three-hit afternoon. The Tacoma pitching staff held Albuquerque to just four hits. Scott Shoemaker gave up three hits in 3 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Denny Stark threw three hitless innings with three strikeouts. The Rainiers are off on Thursday and begin a series in Tucson on Friday night.

Joseph Woerman threw well in his first game at West Tenn, but the Jaxx bats were stymied by Huntsville pitcher Nic Ungs, who threw a complete game in a 3-1 Stars win. Woerman was sent back to AA after compiling a 7.47 ERA and 69 walks in 88 innings with Tacoma. He was much better last night: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. The most important thing for Woerman is control. His K/BB ratio in AAA was a horrid 0.8. He has good velocity and some good stuff, he just needs to locate.

High Desert saw a five-game winning streak go by the wayside on Wednesday, as the Mavs lost to Lake Elsinore 4-2. Carlos Triunfel extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-3 night. Kevin Reynolds was the only other Mav with a multi-hit game. Reynolds is hitting .406 since coming up from Everett. The Mavs tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning on Ogui Diaz' RBI single. But Lake Elsinore's Javis Diaz hit a two-run walkoff homer off of Steven Richard in the bottom of the inning. Steven Uhlmansiek pitched very well in just his third start of the season, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on four hits.

Wisconsin scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to shock Clinton 5-4. Maximo Mendez' two-out bunt single scored the go-ahead run, after Israel Nunez had tied the game with a two-run double. Brett Lorin struck out six in 3 2/3 innings as the starter, allowing four hits and two runs along the way. Natividad Dilone picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Jeff Dunbar continued to roll along as the Rattler closer, picking up a four-out save to run his scorless-inning streak to 9 2/3.

Everett beat Tri-City 6-3 on Wednesday despite only picking up four hits. Bennett Billingsley had three RBI to lead the way for the Frogs, who scored four times on three hits in the third inning. In the seventh, Everett scored two more runs on three walks, a balk, a passed ball, an error, and a well-timed squeeze bunt. Aaron Brown picked up his first win by going five innings. He gave up three runs on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Matt Renfree went the last 2 2/3 innings, giving up just one hit to earn his fourth save.

Pulaski beat Johnson City 5-2 last night. Mario Martinez was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Juan Fuentes was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Dwight Britton scored three runs. Nick Czyz rebounded from a rough start last time out and gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to move to 4-4 on the season. He walked two and struck out six.

Jarrett Burgess doubled in the winning (and only) run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Peoria Mariners beat the Royals 1-0 yesterday afternoon in 105-degree heat. Austin Bibens-Dirkx struck out four in two innings in a rehab start.


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