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Originally published Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:48 PM

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M's minor-leaguers made splash this year

The Mariners had some on-field admirers during batting practice Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. Members of the Class A High Desert squad turned up in the dugout at Angel Stadium to witness the action.

Seattle Times staff reporter

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mariners had some on-field admirers during batting practice Thursday. Members of the Class A High Desert squad turned up in the dugout at Angel Stadium to witness the action.

Some of the players included California League MVP Alex Liddi, a native of Italy who has a league-leading .345 batting average with 23 home runs and 104 runs batted in. Liddi, a third baseman, played in the Futures Game as part of All-Star Game festivities in St. Louis.

Another guy visiting who played in the Futures Games is outfielder Tyson Gillies of Vancouver, B.C.

And don't forget outfielder James McOwen, who gained national attention earlier this year by compiling a 45-game hitting streak — the longest in 44 years in the minors.

The Mavericks were 83-57 overall and captured both the first-half and second-half championships. Jim Horner was named manager of the year.

Notes

• Tacoma Rainiers pitcher Gaby Hernandez — the guy picked up from the Marlins in the Arthur Rhodes deal 13 months ago — was named PCL pitcher of the week for the week ending Sept. 7. Hernandez went 2-0 with a 1.80 earned-run average. Overall, he went 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA over 26 starts.

• In Class AA news, West Tennessee outfielders Greg Halman and Ezequiel Carrera (the latter acquired in the J.J. Putz deal) made the 2009 Southern League postseason all-star team. Carrera led the league with a .337 batting average.

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