Seattle — David Price was none too happy with the condition of the mound in the visitor's bullpen at Safeco Field. He had to do some maintenance on it himself and fired off a nasty tweet.
"Hey #mariners if I want to throw a flat ground I'll do it in the outfield. I understand 'gamesmanship' but that isn't that #beatmedontcheatme"
Apparently the landing area of the mound was flatter than a regulation mound.
"That's how people get hurt," Price said. "You go from that mound to the game mound and your foot's not hitting the ground where it was hitting in your last 40 throws in the bullpen. It's completely different and that is how guys get hurt."
Price said it's something players deal with a lot in spring training, but MLB requires all mounds — bullpens and game mounds — to be uniform.
"I went into their bullpen and that wasn't the case," he said. "I'm sure it's because guys come in and dig that spot out and they don't want a huge hole. So they fill it in with that tar stuff and it build up over time."
Around the horn
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, a member of Jim Leyland's coaching staff in Detroit, will not be with the team during this three-game series. He has left to tend to a death in his immediate family. Trent Jewett will manage in the interim.
…The Tigers players immediately took to Twitter to start the campaign for Yoenis Cespedes to win the Final Vote. "That's the No. 1 thing now, we have to get him in," J.D. Martinez said. "I know Price will be all over it. I woke up today and I saw he was all over Twitter. He's amazing."
… The Reds and Tigers are teaming up on a campaign to get Cespedes and Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto into the All-Star game. Fans can vote for Cueto and Cespedes online at reds.com/vote or tigers.com/vote or text "N1" for Cueto and "A2" for Cespedes to 89269. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Friday.
… Martinez, no surprise, was named American League Player of the Week. He hit .458 (11 for 24) with four home runs and 10 RBI in six games.