Seattle Mariners 

Walker is a phenom

Seattle Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker began the 2013 season back in Double-A Jackson where he spent all of 2012 because he needed to improve in several areas and the club correctly deemed the Southern League as the best place for him to take on such tasks. Tuesday, the 20-year-old showed how far he’s come in only four months and why he’s among the very top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Walker, a sandwich-round selection in 2010 (No. 43 overall), used his stuff, poise beyond his years and a maturity…

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Seattle Mariners 

Ump show update

Let’s play a game of “Safe vs. Out.” Here’s your first scenario: The batter hits a weak grounder to the first baseman, who tosses it to second for a 3-6-3 double play. On the return throw to catch the runner at first, the ball is snatched from the first baseman by the pitcher, who is still a few feet from the base. Is he safe or out? Here’s the second scenario: The batter hits a ball down the third base line, where it is snagged by the third baseman and…

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