Mariners land Bill Hall

It isn’t exactly official quite yet, but the Mariners apparently have acquired infielder Bill Hall from the Brewers for Minor League pitcher Ruben Flores, a 12th round Draft choice in 2003.

Hall, who hit 35 home runs for the Brewers two years ago but has slumped this season, was recently designated for assignment.

He could join the Mariners as early as Thursday in Detroit.

Stay tuned for more details.

The question isn’t so much who’s on first for the Mariners, but who’s in the first-base coaching box.

A position normally manned by Lee Tinsley will be occupied by Tim Tolman.

Tinsley returned to his Scottsdale home to be with his wife and new daughter, who was born on Tuesday night.

Tolman, the organization’s Minor League coordinator of instruction, was at his home in Tucson early Tuesday afternoon having lunch when he received a call telling him to catch a flight to Detroit.

He drove to Phoenix, took a red-eye and arrived in Detroit around 5:30 this morning.

Tolman said it has been around two years since he was in a Major League coaching box, but feels comfortable pinch-hitting for Tinsley for a few days. He probably will be with the team for the Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Tigers and the three-game series against the Indians starting Friday night in Cleveland.

— Jim Street

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