Despite denying using performance-enhancing drugs in February, Mariners catcher and designated hitter Jesus Montero will not appeal a 50-game suspension being handed down by Major League Baseball for steroid use.
Baseball’s PED-Day is set to launch. The question now is whether this will stop the drug cheats once and for all.
While the Mariners are not leading the pack in the AL West — nor are they within striking range of a playoff spot — the 2013 season thus far is not the disaster it was on pace to be.
Major League Baseball, in a possible endgame to its ongoing investigation into the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that allegedly functioned as a PED “pipeline,” is reportedly angling to suspend, among others, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Ryan Braun of the Brewers for 100 games each.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Major League Baseball has started to interview players connected to the Biogenesis PED scandal. Heyman also reports investigators feel it’s likely some suspensions will be issued.
The Bleacher Report’s Adam Wells makes the argument that the Mariners’ infield prospect Nick Franklin could be making his way to the major league roster if his numbers continue to grow and Dustin Ackley’s continue to decline.
If Kyler Seager and Michael Morse can spread the offensive fever they’ve been stricken with, the Mariners may be just a couple knocks away from playing to their potential.
Michael Morse hit an opposite-field two-run homer, his third home run in four games, Aaron Harang pitched six solid innings for his first win and the Seattle Mariners won their second straight series with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Felix Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his 100th career win in the 7-1 victory, helping Seattle snap a three-game skid. Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales homered for the Mariners.
Along with an ugly loss was a disturbingly low attendance of 10,745 patrons.