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  1. Mariners, Diamondbacks discuss Justin Upton

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    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…

  12. No timetable yet for Franklin Gutierrez’s return to Mariners

    May 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    gutierrez wide getty

    Franklin Gutierrez hasn’t played since September 4 of last season and hasn’t played well since 2010 due to a series of injuries and health problems, the latest of which are a partially torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis. He’s finally making some significant progress, with Josh Liebeskind of MLB.com reporting that Gutierrez took live batting…

  13. Is the Chone Figgins era over yet?

    May 3, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Chone Figgins didn’t play in the Mariners’ loss Tuesday, but in the last three games he’s started, he’s gone 0-for-15 with six strikeouts from the leadoff spot. All three games turned into one-run defeats for Seattle. Figgins is currently batting .189 in 95 at-bats for the season. He’s struck out 28 times already. Of course,…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  15. Philip Humber finishes off perfect game against Mariners

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    humber getty

    White Sox starter Philip Humber is having his way with the light-hitting Mariners lineup on Saturday in Seattle and currently stands perfect through seven innings of work. Humber has only thrown 70 pitches, so he should be able to go the distance if everything continues to roll his way. The 29-year-old right-hander entered the afternoon…

  16. Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) cleared to begin throwing

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    gutierrez wide getty

    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was put on the disabled list before Wednesday’s season-opener in Japan and won’t be in the Seattle starting lineup Friday when the team gets going state-side. But he should be ready to rock by the end of April. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez was recently cleared…

  17. Mariners hit five homers to win Cactus League opener

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Carlos Peguero, Jesus Montero

    The Phillies played Florida St. on Wednesday and there were three more exhibitions between Florida-based MLB teams and colleges today, but the spring season officially started later in the afternoon, with the Mariners and A’s squaring off in the Cactus League opener. As one would assume with such noted powerhouses playing each other, there were…

  18. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with torn pectoral muscle

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    gutierrez ap

    From beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710 AM comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle. Gutierrez suffered the injury Tuesday while making a throw during a drill and flew to Seattle on Wednesday to get a full examination from team…

  19. Running down the rosters: Seattle Mariners

    Feb 21, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    The Mariners have finished in last place in the AL West six of the last eight years, and while their is a shining ray of hope on the way in 2013 in the form of the Astros, they’re going to have a tough time not making it seven of nine years this season. Rotation Felix…

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