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  1. Hisashi Iwakuma prevails in duel with Yu Darvish

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:29 AM EST

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Pitching on his 32nd birthday, Hisashi Iwakuma outdueled Yu Darvish in a battle of Japanese starters Friday as the Mariners beat the Rangers 3-1. Darvish opened the bottom of the first by hitting Jason Bay with one out and then giving up three singles, putting the Rangers in the early 3-0 hole. He was stellar…

  2. Michael Morse could miss a week with fractured pinkie

    Apr 12, 2013, 3:29 AM EST

    Michael Morse

    The Mariners could be without one of the AL’s hottest hitters for a week after Michael Morse suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie finger during Thursday’s game against the Rangers. Morse, who is batting .293 with six homers, was hit on the hand by a Tanner Scheppers pitch in the eighth inning, but…

  3. Michael Saunders placed on disabled list with shoulder sprain

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    Michael Saunders Getty

    The Mariners announced this evening that outfielder Michael Saunders has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. Endy Chavez has been called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the roster. Saunders suffered the injury last night against the Astros when he crashed into the right field fence while…

  4. Michael Saunders departs game after slamming into wall, diagnosed with shoulder sprain

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:49 PM EST

    saunders getty

    Michael Saunders crashed almost head-on into the outfield wall on Wednesday night at Safeco Field while running down a Jose Altuve warning-track fly. He laid on the ground for several minutes before eventually walking off the field with his right arm hanging limply at his side. It looked like a right shoulder injury — one…

  5. Michael Saunders is your Pool D MVP

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada outfielder Michael Saunders hit .727 playing against Pool D opponents United States, Mexico, and Italy in the World Baseball Classic. Of his eight hits, three were doubles and one was a home run in a deciding game against the U.S. earlier today. Overall, he drove in seven runs with his hot bat. U.S. third…

  6. U.S. rallies late against Canada to advance in WBC

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    The U.S. rallied late against Canada to advance out of Pool D to the second round in the World Baseball Classic. Canada got on the board early thanks to a two-run home run by Michael Saunders off of U.S. starter Derek Holland. Holland was otherwise solid, allowing just the two runs over five innings of work,…

  7. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    stanton getty

    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  8. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

  9. Italy does it again, drubs Canada 14-4 in eight innings

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

    Mario Chiarini, Mike Costanzo

    Pool D underdog Italy claimed its second win in two days Friday, spanking Canada 14-4 and closing in on a spot in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic. Mario Chiarini delivered a hit to the gap in the bottom of the eighth to invoke the mercy rule in the contest. It was Italy’s second…

  10. Justin Smoak expected to open the season as the Mariners’ primary first baseman

    Feb 18, 2013, 7:31 PM EST

    Justin Smoak AP

    The Mariners are coming off an active winter in which they added Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, but those moves will not have an impact on Justin Smoak‘s job security at first base. At least not immediately. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said today…

  11. The Mariners are oozing veteran presence

    Jan 24, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    There’s a story about Raul Ibanez in the News-Tribune. The upshot: Ibanez brings veteran presence. By the truckload. Here’s the story’s author, after noting that Ibanez is still supposed to contribute with his bat: But, yes, Ibañez’s most substantial gift could be the gab he brings to a clubhouse craving for older players able and…

  12. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

    votto getty

    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  13. Franklin Gutierrez hit .349 in the Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    gutierrez getty

    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez appeared in only 40 games last season due to head and heel injuries, and he batted just .260/.309/.420 when he wasn’t on the disabled list. But there may be reason for a hint of optimism about what’s ahead in 2013. Gutierrez is — first and foremost — healthy. He hasn’t…

  14. Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…

  15. Mariners, Diamondbacks discuss Justin Upton

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:44 AM EST

    Justin Upton

    CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners and Diamondbacks met tonight to discuss Justin Upton. Heyman’s report is just a tweet, so there are no details on the meeting. Heyman does, however, speculate on whether an offer of top prospect Taijuan Walker and Nick Franklin might be enough get a deal done. Such a package…

  16. A’s win in walkoff fashion, pad AL Wild Card buffer

    Sep 29, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    brandon moss getty

    The A’s went down 4-0 when the Mariners’ Michael Saunders launched a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning on Saturday at O.co Coliseum. But the rest of the afternoon belonged to Oakland. Brandon Moss hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI double in the bottom of the…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  18. Watch the Mariners lose a game on an outfield collision

    Aug 25, 2012, 12:08 AM EST

    Eric Thames, Michael Saunders

    It looked like Mariners right fielder Eric Thames managed to grab Paul Konerko‘s fly to deep right-center with one out in the ninth inning tonight. Alas, that all changed when center fielder Michael Saunders plowed into him, giving the White Sox a 9-8 win. Here’s the video. The game was tied at 8 before Dewayne…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, Kurt Suzuki,

    Nationals 5, Braves 4: I suppose you can yell at Dan Uggla for messing up the play with the infield in and a runner on third in the 13th inning which allowed the winning run to score. But perhaps it’s also worth noting that the Braves played perhaps their most important game to date, in…

  20. Franklin Gutierrez continues to be snakebit, gets hit in the face with a pickoff throw

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played all year until a couple of weeks ago because of multiple health problems including, but not limited to, a torn pectoral muscle and a heel injury. In the past he had some awful stomach intestinal illness. He just can’t catch a break. And it’s not getting better. From last night’s game: Gutierrez led…

  21. Is it time for Mariners to demote Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak to Triple-A?

    Jun 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak

    Thanks in large part to Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders, the Mariners offense hasn’t been as bad as expected this year. The team is struggling mightily right now, though, having scored just four runs in four games, and if changes are going to come, this would seem to be right part of the schedule to…

  22. The case for Tom Wilhelmsen as the Mariners’ All-Star

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

    Tom Wilhemsen

    It won’t be Ichiro. It might not be King Felix. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times believes that Tom Wilhelmsen should be the Mariners’ lone All-Star this year. It’d sure be a nice story if it comes to fruition. Wilhelmsen, originally a seventh-round pick of the Brewers in 2002, was suspended in 2004 after twice…

  23. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    gutierrez wide getty

    Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played since September of last season because of multiple health problems, the latest of which were a torn pectoral muscle and heel injury, but the former Gold Glove center fielder was finally back in the Mariners’ lineup last night. At this point it’s impossible to say what to expect from Gutierrez, as…

  24. Mendoza Line no more: Michael Saunders has 18 hits in his last 8 games

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Tampa Bay Rays

    As recently as two weeks ago Michael Saunders appeared to be in danger of playing himself out of the Mariners’ plans. He was hitting .226, had a career batting average under .200, and remained an everyday player largely due to the Mariners not having better options in center field. And then something clicked for Saunders…

  25. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

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