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  1. Mariners acquire Eric Thames from Blue Jays

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    Eric Thames

    The Jays’ big position battle this spring was Eric Thames versus Travis Snider for left field. Thames was handed the job, but eventually both ended up back in the minors. Now both are out of the organization entirely, having been traded within a half hour of each other tonight. Thames was sent to Seattle for…

  2. Hisashi Iwakuma returns from Japan, fans 13 Blue Jays

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    A whirlwind week for Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma culminated in far and away the best start of his major league career Monday against the Blue Jays. Iwakuma, just back from Japan after returning home to visit his ailing father, limited the Jays to one run in eight innings and struck out 13 in his second big-league…

  3. Like Ruth before him, Carlos Gomez is revolutionizing the home run

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Well, perhaps not the home run itself, but what comes afterwards. On Thursday, Carlos Gomez delivered the second fastest home run trot of the season. On Sunday, he completed the fifth fastest circuit of the bases, according to Wezen-ball.com’s Tater Trot Tracker. In all, Gomez owns four of the six sub-17 second-home run trots this…

  4. Brandon League is going, going…

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    To the Giants? ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are close to dealing reliever Brandon League to an undisclosed team that isn’t the Braves or Rangers. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman is hearing that it might be the Giants, while Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says the Mariners and White Sox have discussed…

  5. Hisashi Iwakuma leaves Mariners and travels to Japan for “personal reasons”

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has left the team and traveled back to Japan for undisclosed “personal reasons.” Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Iwakuma is expected to rejoin the team in time to make his next scheduled start, which is Monday against the Blue Jays, and might even be back in the United…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4: Backatcha, Athletics. A night after the A’s slammed the Jays, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lead the charge for Toronto, ending the A’s seven game winning streak. This came after the A’s took a 3-0 lead, so nice moxie by the Blue Jays there. Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1:…

  7. Nick Swisher not quite ready to return from strained hip flexor

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher Getty

    Nick Swisher was originally considered day-to-day when he left last Friday’s game with a strained left hip flexor. However, he sat out rest of the weekend and this week’s three-game series against the Mariners. Now the Yankees have ruled him out for tomorrow’s series opener against the Red Sox. The good news for the Bombers…

  8. Dustin Ackley needs to join Justin Smoak in the minors

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Another day, another hitless game for Dustin Ackley in Seattle’s 5-2 loss to the Yankees. Ackley is 0-for-21 in his last five games and 1-for-30 in his last seven. For the month, he’s hitting .135 in 74 at-bats. His overall average is down to .220. A demotion is most definitely warranted. If the Mariners had…

  9. Alex Rodriguez suffers fractured hand on HBP

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:10 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez 2

    Alex Rodriguez suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a Felix Hernandez slider on Tuesday night and will go on the disabled list, the Yankees announced after the 4-2 loss to the Mariners. Here’s the video. Even though it wasn’t a fastball at 88 mph, it looked like Rodriguez…

  10. Alex Rodriguez’s 2,000th career strikeout goes uncelebrated

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    I don’t get it; there really should have been a ceremony. Alex Rodriguez became just the fifth player in major league history to strike out 2,000 times when he went down swinging against Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning tonight. Rodriguez clearly looked the video board after the strikeout, obviously expecting at least some sort…

  11. Mariners send down .189-hitting Justin Smoak

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

    Justin Smoak

    The Mariners have finally seen enough; Justin Smoak was demoted after a fourth straight hitless game Monday in the loss to the Yankees. He was 1-for-20 with 12 strikeouts over his previous six games, dropping his average to .189. In truth, the Mariners likely would have sent Smoak to Triple-A  few weeks ago had they…

  12. Ichiro singles in first at-bat as Yankees top Mariners

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    The Yankees ended their season-high four-game losing streak Monday, but this one was all about Ichiro Suzuki. Facing his old teammates in the ballpark in which he spent 11 1/2 seasons, Ichiro got a huge ovation in his first at-bat for the Yankees and responded by bowing towards the Safeco Field crowd. He then promptly…

  13. Ichiro Suzuki will have to swallow his pride to fit with Yankees

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Ichiro

    The Mariners were always nervous about making changes with Ichiro Suzuki. It took them several years to try him in center field, and when they finally moved him from the leadoff spot this year, they gave him plenty of notice to see how he’d react. Now, with Monday’s trade to the Yankees, Ichiro’s world is…

  14. Ichiro the Yankee: Mariners trade Suzuki to New York

    Jul 23, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    On a day filled with big trades and rumored big trades this one qualifies as the most shocking: Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. Just last week Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik insisted that Suzuki would…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dark Knight Rises

    Pardon me if I seem discombobulated, but I’m suffering from weekend movie whiplash. On Friday night I saw “The Dark Knight Rises.” Yesterday I saw “Safety Not Guaranteed.” If you can find me two movies out right now that are more dissimilar in terms of tone, themes, budget and every other single other relevant measure,…

  16. Cole Hamels and Matt Cain homer off each other in the same inning

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels Getty

    Here’s something pretty cool. Matt Cain launched a solo home run off opposing pitcher Cole Hamels in the top of the third inning this afternoon in Philadelphia. Not to be outdone, Hamels connected for a solo shot of his own off Cain in the bottom of the inning. No word on whether Hamels was whistling…

  17. Cliff Pennington lands on disabled list with sprained bat

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cliff Pennington

    Well, technically it’s with a sore elbow, but no one is buying that excuse. The A’s placed Cliff Pennigton on the disabled list after his latest 0-for Thursday. He had gone hitless in four straight games, taking his average down to .197 for the season. That comes with just 17 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days. Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright his a two-run and a three-run homer. He’s like a poor-man’s Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13…

  19. Jay Buhner thinks the Mariners should move on from Ichiro

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Bill Ayer, Jay Buhner

    OK, the question was kind of loaded. Former Mariners great Jay Buhner was asked on an ESPN 710 radio show today whether the Mariners should bring Ichiro Suzuki back for something like $35 million-$40 million over three years, and he decided to go all Carmelo Anthony on the subject. The Seattle Times has the quote:…

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

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  21. Mariners GM expects to re-sign impending free agent Ichiro Suzuki despite declining production

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki is a 38-year-old impending free agent having the worst season of his brilliant career, hitting .258 with a .286 on-base percentage and .345 slugging percentage, but Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik made it very clear that he has no plans to trade the outfielder and in fact expects to re-sign him for next…

  22. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  23. Justin Verlander shakes off All-Star drubbing with near-shutout

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings Sunday as the Tigers topped the Orioles 4-0. It was Verlander’s first start since he gave up five runs in an inning in losing Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the American League. Verlander struck out eight and walked two. He’s second in the AL with 136 strikeouts,…

  24. Report: Mets considering trade for Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    The Mets have reportedly discussed a trade for Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network hears that they are considering alternatives. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported last weekend that the Mets are also interested in Mariners’ catcher Miguel Olivo. If acquired, Shoppach would function as a platoon partner for…

  25. Orioles ‘poking around’ on Jason Vargas

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    Like a kid checking out a dead frog with a sharp stick, I presume. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday that the Orioles are now shying away from Matt Garza and are “poking around on” Seattle’s Jason Vargas as they attempt to upgrade their starting pitching. Hopefully, this is nothing more than due diligence. Vargas has…

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