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Mariners will learn if they will get an extra draft pick in 2016

Will the Mariners get a extra pick, as they did this year, in the 2016 draft through the competitive-balance lottery? They’ll find out Wednesday.

The Mariners are eligible for one of six Round B picks, which occur after the regular second round, because they received revenue-sharing funds last year from Major League Baseball.

There are 12 clubs eligible for one of six Round A picks, which are slotted after the first round, because they either rank among the 10 smallest markets or generate one of the 10 smallest revenue pools.

Those 12: Arizona, Cleveland, Colorado, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

The six clubs that don’t get a Round A pick will join the Mariners, Baltimore and Minnesota in a lottery for the six Round B picks.

The Mariners used a Round B pick in June to select Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore with the 72nd overall selection.

READY TO BREAK OUT?

Nelson Cruz still leads the Mariners with 21 homers, but he hit 13 of those his first 24 games. He has just three in his last 45 games.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon sees signs that Cruz might be ready to break out.

“He got fatigued,” McClendon said. “The hands started to drop. But you see the hands back up again. He’s in a good position to hit. I suspect he’s going to break out of it any day now.”

SIGN OF THE TIMES

The Mariners entered Tuesday with the American League’s worst record, which makes them ripe for rumors and speculation. Such as this:

Peter Gammons of MLB.com reported on twitter there are “three people who’ve said that Cubs VP Jason McLeod has a great shot at the Mariners GM job.”

That’s all. Nothing more.

McLeod certainly fits the profile of a strong candidate for any club seeking a general manager. He currently serves as the Cubs’ senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

Then again, the Mariners still have a general manager in Jack Zduriencik, who has held the post since Oct. 22, 2008. And Zduriencik received a multi-year extension last August, although the number of years was not specified.

GOPHER-ITIS

The Mariners opened the season by allowing the fewest homers of any American League club in April — 14 in 22 games.

Since May 1… duck!

The Mariners have allowed 84 in 71 games, through Monday, which boosted their season total to 98. That’s closing in on Detroit’s league-worst total of 102.

LOOKING BACK

It was 15 years ago Wednesday — July 22, 2000 — that the Mariners experienced the first rain delay in a home game in franchise history.

The 54-minute stoppage occurred during the 1 13-5 victory over Texas when a computer problem prevented the roof at Safeco Field from closing for 20 minutes.

Many fans in the crowd of 44,381 were also drenches. The $517.6 million facility was barely one year old at the time.

SHORT HOPS

The Mariners have suffered 15 losses in their opponent’s last at-bat, which matches Atlanta for the most in the majors…Robinson Cano’s power surge, which includes seven homers in his last 23 games, now has him on pace to finish the season with 16. He had 14 in 2014…The Mariners have lost 15 games when they out-hit their opponent. Only Miami, with 18, has more losses when getting more hits.

ON TAP

The Mariners and Tigers continue their four-game series at 4:08 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-3, 2.51) will face Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 4.55). The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.

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