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Tue, 14 May 2013 20:04:58 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday, May 14, that the reason 2B Dustin Ackley and 1B Justin Smoak were out of the lineup against the New York Yankees was simply due to playing matchups. "It's more of a matchup thing than anything," Wedge said. "I wanted to get (OF Raul Ibanez) in there, and I wanted to get (INF Robert Andino) and (SS Brendan Ryan) in there. They both had decent numbers against CC."
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:45:20 -0800
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge has noticed the results of the adjustments that 1B Justin Smoak has made to his swing this spring. "Not only was he driving the ball pull-side, but he was driving the ball the other way too," Wedge said. "His bat head is in the zone longer, he's in a strong position to hit. He's just much more grounded up there than he used to be." Smoak said his left-handed swing is much more compact.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:22:25 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is 5-for-9 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs so far this spring and has been hitting the ball hard after making notable adjustments to his swing.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:48:09 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is continuing with the changes he made late last season that involved his hand placement and pre-swing preparation. "It's feeling better," he said. "It's a work in progress. But at the same time, it's as close as I've felt to being where I want to be in a quite a while." Smoak homered in the spring game Monday, Feb. 25.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:31:04 -0800
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said 1B Justin Smoak will enter the season as the starting first baseman unless "something drastic" happens.
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:20:04 -0800
The Seattle Mariners inked 3B Kyle Seager, 1B Justin Smoak, INF Francisco Martinez, Ps Blake Beavan, Lucas Luetge and Chance Ruffin and OFs Julio Morban, Carlos Peguero, Eric Thames and Casper Wells to undisclosed one-year deals for the 2013 season.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:58:20 -0800
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he sees 1B Justin Smoak as the starting first baseman heading into spring training. Smoak added 10 pounds of muscle over the offseason, and did much better in agility drills, according to training Rick Griffin.
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:28:42 -0800
The Boston Red Sox explored free-agent 1B Nick Johnson (Orioles) and 1B Casey Kotchman (Indians). They also checked in on Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak.
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:46:52 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles are said to have some interest in Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak. Smoak is viewed as expendable after the acquisition of 1B Kendrys Morales from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:05:13 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales will be penciled into the middle of the lineup for the team next season. "We have been focused on adding offense this offseason, and feel that Kendrys will be a middle-of-the-order bat for us," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He's a switch-hitter with power who has played - and hit - in the AL West. He's familiar with the teams and parks and is a proven run-producer." Morales will likely compete with 1B Justin Smoak at first base or serve as the team's designated hitter. Cs Jesus Montero and John Jaso could split time at DH, too. SPs Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Brendan Maurer will be given a shot in spring training to crack a starting rotation that now includes only SPs Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.