ARLINGTON, Texas — James Jones and Robinson Cano are more similar than different. Both are left-handed hitters that play the game with a fluent grace. Both have New York ties — Jones born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Long Island University while Cano lived in NewarkN.J., as a child and played nine big-league seasons with the Yankees.
The main difference is Cano’s years of high-level, sustained success. Jones is in his first month at the big-league level.
But as the Mariners’ recent road trip wrapped up Wednesday with a 4-3 loss in Texas, both players provided plenty of production over the five games.
On Wednesday, Cano went 2 for 4, belting a two-run homer, his second of the season.
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He pushed his average up to .326, second in the American League behind Detroit’s Victor Martinez (.329).
“He’s been pretty consistent all year,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s starting to warm up a little bit, and he’s starting to hit a little bit better.”
Cano has reached base in 28 consecutive games, dating to April 20. It’s the longest on-base streak of his career and the longest active streak of any player in the big leagues.
“I’ve been feeling good the whole season,” he said. “This game has ups and downs. Sometimes you hit the hit ball hard and it’s right at them.”
Speaking of streaks, Jones has a pair of streaks going. With his triple in the fourth inning, he’s recorded hits in 12 straight games that he’s started and has an 11-game hitting streak overall. An 0-for-1 pinch-hit performance provided the discrepancy.
“I’m definitely happy about that, but I’m more focused on getting the wins,” he said. “If the hits help us get wins, I’d be more happy about it.”
Rehabilitation outings nearing
James Paxton will throw a bullpen session Thursday afternoon at Safeco Field. If all goes well for the big lefty, he will be cleared to begin a rehab stint and likely start Sunday for Class AAA Tacoma at Cheney Stadium.
Paxton, who is recovering from a strained lat he suffered April 7, threw a 53-pitch, three-inning simulated game Tuesday.
Logan Morrison is also inching closer to a rehab outing. Morrison did some running drills under the supervision of McClendon and trainer Rick Griffin before Monday’s game. Morrison could play Friday in Tacoma. He has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a strained left hamstring.
Pitchers are allotted 30 days for a rehab stint, while position players are given 20 days. McClendon has said he expects Morrison to use the full 20. He’ll start with getting at-bats at designated hitter and slowly move to playing in the field.
Paxton will likely need two or three rehab starts before returning to the Seattle rotation.
• With a scoreless eighth inning, Tom Wilhelmsen extended his current streak of scoreless innings pitched to 132
3. It’s the third-longest active streak for an American League pitcher.
• Chris Young made his first start at Globe Life Park since June 21, 2006 when it was known as Rangers Ballpark. Young made 20 starts in the stadium as a member of the Rangers, including his big-league debut on Aug. 24, 2004.
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