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Dustin Ackley's family talks about his rise to the Mariners

The folks in Walnut Cove, population 1,500 give or take, can vividly recall Dustin Ackley's first high-school home run as a freshman for the powerful South Stokes team during the 2003 state tournament. Michael Matthews was in the dugout for South Stokes when the coach of the team, already winning big, gave a freshly promoted junior-varsity prospect his first at-bat as a pinch-hitter. (Seattle Times)

Healthy Alex White strong in AA rehab start

Alex White is more concerned about getting healthy than what his future may hold. Judging by Thursday's outing, one might help him take care of the other. On the heels of teammate Drew Pomeranz's flirtation with perfection Wednesday, White scattered three hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings as Double-A Tulsa blanked Midland, 8-0. (MinorLeagueBaseball.com)

Twins sign first-round pick Levi Michael

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed their first round pick from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, infielder Levi Michael. Michael played shortstop for the University of North Carolina, where he batted .289 (70-for-242) with 14 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 48 rbi in 65 games for the Tar Heels. (MLB.com)

Brian Goodwin signs with Nats

The Nationals have signed sandwich round pick Brian Goodwin to a contract worth $3 million. Goodwin, a center fielder, was selected No. 34 overall in June’s Major League Baseball draft. There were some character issues that came up last season, also. Goodwin committed an academic infraction while at North Carolina and transferred to Miami Dade Junior College. (Examiner.com)

Mariners' Kyle Seager overcame open-heart surgery as infant

Kyle Seager didn't plan on opening up to a complete stranger about a part of his life he'd kept largely to himself. The Mariners third baseman once wore T-shirts to the beach to hide the scar from the open heart surgery he'd had as a 5-month-old infant. He rarely volunteered information on it other than at checkups or when undergoing medical tests. (Seattle Times)

Can Dustin Ackley win Rookie of the Year?

Dustin Ackley continues to grow in stature by the day, exceeding so far even the most optimistic assessment of his initial impact. Projected over 162 games, he's on pace for 81 runs, 183 hits, 42 doubles, 21 triples, 21 homers and 98 RBIs -- on top of a .312 average, .377 on-base percentage and .565 slugging percentage (making for a .942 OPS). (Seattle Times)

Mariners recall Kyle Seager

Seager, 23, appeared in 7 games with the Mariners from July 6-21 batting .136 (3x22) with 1 run scored. In 89 games between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma this season, Seager is batting .338 (124x367) with 33 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs and 54 RBI. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Tim Federowicz traded to Dodgers

The Boston Red Sox have traded for Seattle Mariners starter Erik Bedard, a major league source tells ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. The three-team deal also involving the Los Angeles Dodgers was agreed upon just moments before the 4 p.m. ET deadline. In the trade, Red Sox prospects Tim Federowicz, Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife are headed to the Dodgers; (ESPN.com)

Cleveland Indians trade No.1 pick Alex White to Rockies

The Indians have a deal in place that will bring them right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado for right-handers Alex White, Joe Gardner, first baseman Matt McBride and left-hander Drew Pomeranz as a player to be named. The deal is contingent on Jimenez passing a physical sometime Sunday. The Rockies did confirm the trade. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Kyle Shelton Joins Charlotte Knights

Infielder Kyle Shelton has been transferred to the Charlotte Knights roster. Shelton, 24, is a native of Charlotte and is a 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he starred for the Tar Heels for four seasons. Shelton is currently in his fourth professional season and he has not previously played at the Triple-A level. (MinorLeagueBaseball.com)

For Adam Warren, It’s tough to be patient

Adam Warren has heard nothing official from the Yankees, he pointed out. So, until he gets the word that he’s going to the big leagues, everything is just speculation. “It’s kind of a wait-and-see type of deal,” he shrugged. Certainly, this is an exciting time for a kid like Warren. He has, after all, dreamed of being a big leaguer for most of his life. And here he is, with a chance at that. (Scranton Times-Tribune)

Kyle Seager's brief stint with the Mariners come to an end

Kyle Seager's time in the majors didn't last long as he was optioned back to Tacoma last week. He only managed three hits in his 15 days with Seattle. Seager hopes to go back to the Mariners, but will probably spend the rest of the season with the Tacoma Rainiers. He said he recently bought a house in the Salisbury area and he and (his fiancee) plan to marry in the offseason. (Charlotte Observer)

Andrew Miller settling in as a pro

Andrew Miller is not a baseball neophyte anymore. Older and wiser, yes, but still not old. Sitting in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse before a recent game, his shaggy hair and beard belie the fact that he recently turned 26. But the former Buchholz star speaks of his still-young career in pro baseball with the wariness of a salty, old pro. (Gainesville Sun)

Why Daniel Bard is just nasty good

How good has Daniel Bard been in his record-setting scoreless innings streak? His best pitch of his night wasn’t even thrown in the right location. That’s how good. And now his streak is at 24 scoreless frames in his last 23 appearances after playing Houdini by escaping a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the eighth, leading the Red Sox over the Mariners, 3-1, Saturday night at Fenway. (WEEI.com)

Kyle Seager optioned to Triple-A

So much for Kyle Seager bringing any pop to the Seattle Mariners lineup. The rookie was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday morning, and the Mariners recalled rookie reliever Josh Lueke to take his place on the 25-man roster.Seager, a 23-year-old third baseman, was in the big leagues for just 15 days. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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