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Mariners’ Guaipe in line for longer look after latest recall

Mariners relief pitcher Mayckol Guaipe, center, is removed from the game July 6. The Mariners recalled Guaipe, 24, from Triple-A Tacoma before Tuesday’s game against Colorado after optioning right-hander Jose Ramirez, 25, to the Rainiers.
Mariners relief pitcher Mayckol Guaipe, center, is removed from the game July 6. The Mariners recalled Guaipe, 24, from Triple-A Tacoma before Tuesday’s game against Colorado after optioning right-hander Jose Ramirez, 25, to the Rainiers. The Associated Press

After two brief promotions earlier this season, right-hander Mayckol Guaipe appears positioned this time to get an extended look in the Mariners’ bullpen.

“I thought he did a nice job while he was up here (earlier),” manager Lloyd McClendon. “He elevated some balls at one point, but I think he learned from that.

“I think he’s got big-league stuff, and I think he’s going to be around for a long time.”

The Mariners recalled Guaipe, 24, from Triple-A Tacoma before Tuesday’s game against Colorado after optioning right-hander Jose Ramirez, 25, to the Rainiers after Monday’s victory over the Rockies.

Guaipe drew immediate duty when he worked 11/3 innings in Tuesday’s 10-4 victory over Colorado. He yielded a homer to Kyle Parker and three singles but limited the damage to one run.

His promotion came after he put together a run of 11 scoreless innings at Tacoma over his last seven outings.

The Mariners obtained Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores from the New York Yankees in a July 30 trade for outfielder Dustin Ackley.

Ramirez joined the Mariners before their July 31 game at Minnesota. He warmed up on a few occasions over the last four days but has not appeared in a game since July 29 — the day before the trade.

“This kid hadn’t thrown in five or six days,” McClendon said. “It’s probably not fair to put him in a ballgame. Guaipe is sharp, and he’s been ready. So we just switched them out. It made more sense.”

IMPACT OF NO DH

No Ketel Marte? Mark Trumbo in left field at spacious Coors Field?

The absence of a designated hitter for games in National League parks had the Mariners, a club loaded with DH types, scrambling in putting together a lineup.

“I’m trying to do the best I can to keep all of my guys sharp,” McClendon said. “Smitty (Seth Smith) is sitting today for that reason. I didn’t want Trumbo to sit for four days. (Franklin) Gutierrez will play (Wednesday).

“It’s just tough rotating guys when you don’t have the DH. You’ve got to try to keep them all sharp.”

McClendon chose to put Trumbo in the outfield because he wanted Jesus Montero at first base. Marte sat after four straight games as the leadoff hitter when Austin Jackson returned to center field.

Marte played three consecutive games at second base, but Robinson Cano reclaimed that position Monday after serving Saturday and Sunday as the DH in Minnesota while recovering from a strained abdominal muscle.

McClendon said Marte will start at shortstop over Brad Miller in Wednesday’s series finale.

ROTATION TWEAK

McClendon is using an open date in the schedule Thursday to provide rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery with two days of extra rest.

Hisashi Iwakuma will remain on a standard five-day schedule and pitch Friday’s series opener against Texas at Safeco Field. Montgomery will shift to Saturday’s game on six days of rest.

“He is still a young kid,” McClendon said. “We have to watch his innings and be careful of his innings.”

Felix Hernandez is slotted for Sunday on an extra day of rest.

The Mariners haven’t confirmed a starter for next Monday’s series opener against Baltimore.

It would be the slot filled by long reliever Vidal Nuno in a spot start Tuesday against Colorado, but Taijuan Walker, who starts Wednesday against the Rockies, could fill the spot on normal rest.

RECORD FUTILITY

The Mariners entered Tuesday’s game on an 0-for-51 skid by the pitchers in interleague batting. That is a major league record for consecutive hitless at-bats for pitchers on any team.

The last Mariners pitcher to get a hit was Hector Noesi, who had two on June 24, 2012, in a 2-0 loss at San Diego.

Boston held the previous record for futility by pitchers at 0 for 48 from June 15, 1997, to June 4, 2000. Pete Schourek broke that streak with a single on June 5, 2000, at Florida.

SURRENDERING 18 OR MORE

The Mariners achieved a franchise rarity Monday when they held on for an 8-7 victory over Colorado despite allowing 18 hits.

This rare: The Mariners had lost 28 straight games when allowing 18 or more hits in a nine-inning game. There They were also 2-78 in their history, prior to Monday, when allowing 18 or more hits.

Both previous victories occurred in 1997 at the Kingdome.

▪  June 12 in a 12-11 victory against Colorado.

▪  April 8 in a 14-8 victory against Cleveland.

MINOR DETAILS

Advanced-A Bakersfield outfielder Tyler O’Neill continued his power surge Monday by hitting a homer in a 9-5 victory over Lancaster (Astros).

O’Neill is batting .362 with nine homers and 19 RBIs in 12 games since returning from a leave of absence to play for Canada in the Pan American Games. He leads the California League with 25 homers.

The Mariners selected O’Neill, 20, in the third round of the 2013 draft.

O’Neill’s 25 homers are the most among the organization’s minor league players and rank fourth overall in the minor leagues.

Also, three players from Short-A Everett were scheduled to play Tuesday for the Northwest League in its All-Star game against the Pioneer League in Spokane: shortstop Drew Jackson, outfielder Logan Taylor and pitcher Luiz Gohara.

LOOKING BACK

It was 14 years ago Wednesday — Aug. 5, 2001 — that the best Mariners club in history suffered one of the biggest comeback losses in major league history.

The Mariners, who would win 116 games, built a 14-2 lead through 61/2 innings at Cleveland, but the Indians staged a remarkable rally for a 15-14 victory in 11 innings.

It was just the third time that a team won after being behind by 12 runs. The 1911 Detroit Tigers and the 1925 Philadelphia Athletics also did it.

SHORT HOPS

Lefty reliever Rob Rassmussen collected his first major-league victory by working 11/3 scoreless innings after replacing starter Vidal Nuno. The Marines have a winning record on the road: 28-27. They are 22-31 at Safeco Field. ... Mark Trumbo was 2-for-4 and is batting .341 (29-for-85) in his last 25 games. ... Plans call for lefty reliever Charlie Furbush to throw a bullpen workout Wednesday in his recovery from biceps tendinitis. Barring a setback, he will then depart on a brief rehab assignment with Tacoma. … Nelson Cruz carried a 14-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game. He was batting .429 (27 for 63) in that span. … Felix Hernandez had nine strikeouts in Monday’s victory, which boosted his career total to 2,091. He and moved past Nolan Ryan (2,085) on the all-time list for pitchers before their 30th birthday. Hernandez appears unlikely to catch Bert Blyleven (2,250) before turning 30 on April 8, 2016. Walter Johnson ranks first with 2,305, followed by Sam McDowell with 2,271.

ON TAP

The Mariners and Rockies conclude their three-game series at 12:10 p.m. Pacific time(PDT) Wednesday at Coors Field. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.73 ERA) will face Colorado lefty Chris Rusin (3-4, 4.61). The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.

The Mariners have an open date Thursday before starting a six-game homestand Friday with the first of three weekend games against Texas. The homestand concludes next week with three games against Baltimore.

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