• Mariners sign catcher Blanco, cut Shoppach

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 15, 2013
    The Seattle Mariners signed veteran Henry Blanco on Friday and designated fellow catcher Kelly Shoppach for assignment. The Mariners didn't sign Henry Blanco for his bat. Blanco even played a part in keeping the A's off the board when he tagged out Oakland's Jed Lowrie at the plate to save a vital run a momentum changing play that prompted an impassioned fist pump from Hernandez, a teammate of Blanco's from Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Yet it was Blanco, playing in his first game as a Mariner after meeting the team in Oakland one day ago, who shined brightest Saturday in Seattle's 4-0 win against the A's. Seattle's backup catcher broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a grand slam that was more than enough for Felix Hernandez to improve to 8-4 after dealing his fourth scoreless outing of the season. He later jogged to the mound and put his arm around Hernandez's waist to say a few words to his two-day old teammate with runners on first and second and no outs in the seventh and Josh Donaldson at the plate.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • Blanco's grand debut lifts Mariners past A's

      Henry Blanco, playing in his first game as a Mariner after meeting the team in Oakland one day ago, hit a grand slam on Saturday in Seattle's 4-0 win against the A's.
      Source: MLB.com

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