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Winter notebook: Peterson, Rollins picked for Fall League’s All-Star Game

Lefty reliever David Rollins (shown) and first baseman D.J. Peterson will represent the Mariners on Satuday in the Arizona Fall League’s All-Star Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lefty reliever David Rollins (shown) and first baseman D.J. Peterson will represent the Mariners on Satuday in the Arizona Fall League’s All-Star Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. AP

SEATTLE — Two Mariners’ players, first baseman D.J. Peterson and lefty reliever David Rollins, will play Saturday for the West team in the Arizona Fall League’s All-Star Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Peterson is participating for a second straight year and is seeking to put together a strong finish to a disappointing season. The game can be seen at 5 p.m. Pacific time on MLB Network.

"I'm very excited to represent the Mariners," Peterson told MLB.com. "Doing it two years in a row, I’m hoping I can get something more out of it. It's great to get to interact with all the guys from other teams."

Peterson, 23, was 0-for-2 in last year’s game and is currently mired in a 2-for-17 slump after a strong start for the Peoria Javelinas. He is 9-for-25 (.257) overall in 10 games with two homers and eight RBIs.

Rollins, 25, is also seeking to close out a rocky season that included an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test in spring training. In five games for Peoria, he has allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Mariners selected Rollins last December from Houston in the Rule 5 Draft. He was 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 20 big-league games after returning from his suspension.

Peterson was the Mariners’ first-round pick in 2013 and entered this season ranked No. 2 on the TNT Top 10 list of the organization’s prospects after batting .297 in 2014 with 31 homers and 111 RBIs.

But he slumped badly this season while playing primarily at Double-A Jackson: a .223 average with just seven homers and 44 RBIs.

JONES, NUNO BOOSTING ARAGUA

Outfielder James Jones and left-hander Vidal Nuno continue to enjoy strong showings for the Aragua Tigers in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Jones, 27, is on a 9-for-23 surge that has lifted his average to .313 through 17 games. He has hits in six straight games.

Nuno, 28, is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts while allowing four earned runs in 17 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and three walks.

Other winter notables:

***Lefty James Paxton is four starts through his build-innings remedial tour at Peoria in Arizona Fall League after an injury-interrupted season.

Paxton has allowed six earned runs and 19 hits in 15 1/3 innings while relying primarily on a fastball/changeup mix to avoid the stress caused by breaking pitches on his troublesome middle finger.

***Outfielder Dario Pizzano is replacing outfielder Tyler O’Neill at Peoria. Pizzano, 24, batted .308 in 58 games at Double-A Jackson before suffering a season-ending hand injury in June.

Pizzano had a 25-game hitting streak from April 16 to May 17. He was a 15th-round pick in 2012.

Complete stats for all of the Mariners’ players in winter ball can be found here.

OFF TO SAPPORO

O’Neill is joining Canada for the Premier 12 tournament, which begins this week in Sapporo, Japan, after batting .333 with three homers in eight games for Peoria.

Four other Mariners’ prospects are participating in the tournament:

Outfielder Gareth Morgan will join O’Neill on Canada; pitchers Emilio Pagan and Nick Valenza will play for Puerto Rico; and infielder Gianfranco Wawoe will play for the Netherlands.

The tournament is being held for the first time and seeks to serve as an international bridge in the years between the World Baseball Classic. The last Classic was held in 2013; the next isn’t scheduled before 2017.

O’Neill, 20, was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 2013 and led the organization’s minor-leaguers this season with 32 homers in 106 games at Hi-A Bakersfield.

PLACE YOUR BETS

The early line is out for the 2016 season, and the online gaming folks at www.Bovada.lv have the Mariners as a 25/1 shot to win the World Series.

That comes after the Mariners began the just-completed season at 12/1 before stumbling to a 76-86 record that resulted in a new general manager and a new manager.

Bovada installs the Chicago Cubs as the early favorite at 11/1, followed by six teams at 12/1: Kansas City, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.

Houston and Texas are the highest-rated American League West Division club at 14/1. The Los Angeles Angels are 20/1, and Oakland is 50/1.

Philadelphia faces the longest odds at 200/1, followed by Colorado and Atlanta at 100/1.

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