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  1. Jason Bay: leadoff hitter?

    Mar 13, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay is leading off for the Mariners today. It’s the second day in the row he’s done it. And Geoff Baker reports that it’s not just one of those spring training things in which a guy is at the top of the lineup in order to get a chance at an extra plate appearance.…

  2. Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes power Dominican Republic past Italy

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano greets teammates after defeating Italy in their World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    Trying to pull off another stunner, Italy jumped out early against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, only to see its 4-0 lead whittled away in a 5-4 loss. After Dominican starter Edinson Volquez at one point threw 11 straight balls in the first, Alex Liddi hit a sac fly and Chris Colabello followed with a three-run…

  3. Michael Saunders is your Pool D MVP

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Josh Kinney out “several weeks” with stress reaction in side

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that Mariners reliever Josh Kinney will be out of commission for the next “several weeks” because of a stress reaction on the left side of his rib cage. Kinney was expected to open the 2013 regular season in a middle relief role, but he can be ruled…

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

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Padres prospect Donavan Tate a no-show

    Mar 8, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Outfielder Donavan Tate, the Padres’ 2009 first-round pick taken third overall, did not show up at Minor League camp. Via the San Diego Union-Tribune: Tate, the outfielder signed by the Padres for $6.5 million as the No. 3 overall pick of 2009, informed the club that he will not be reporting on time with the…

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

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    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. Italy invades Phoenix, Mike Piazza handicaps the papal election

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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    Today’s matchup pits Team Italy against the A’s. The Italian team got here about an hour or so ago and is working out and taking BP now. They look like every other baseball team you’ll see. Except on this one, Nick Punto is probably the second best player. That doesn’t happen very often. Oh, and…

  11. Are David Price’s days with the Rays numbered?

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    David Price

    In a column posted at ESPN yesterday, Jayson Stark goes over some future possibilities for Rays ace and defending AL Cy Young award winner David Price. The lefty will earn just north of $10 million this season and has two more years of arbitration left in which his price tag figures to dramatically increase relative…

  12. Mariners-Indians game halted by false alarm

    Feb 27, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    Goodyear Ballpark

    Wednesday’s exhibition game between the Mariners and Indians was brought to a sudden stop in the eighth inning after an alarm went off at Goodyear Ballpark. As the loud beeping continued, fans eventually started to evacuate, only to return to their seats after the scoreboard proclaimed that it was a “False Alarm.” The players remained…

  13. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  14. Justin Verlander wants to be the game’s first $200 million pitcher

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Since Felix Hernandez inked his seven-year, $175 million extension with the Mariners earlier this month, there has been a lot of discussion about who will be the game’s first $200 million pitcher. One of the most likely candidates, Justin Verlander, tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that he feels he is deserving of the distinction.…

  15. Felix Hernandez throws first bullpen session in M’s camp

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken in early February — just before Felix Hernandez inked a record seven-year, $175 million contract extension with Seattle — revealed some potential long-term issues in the 26-year-old right-hander’s pitching elbow. But all is well for now. According to beat writer Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Hernandez was brimming with confidence after…

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

    Feb 18, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Mariners trade reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have traded reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for young outfielder Abraham Almonte. Kelley was designated for assignment by the M’s last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher Kelly Shoppach. The 28-year-old right-hander had a decent 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 45/15…

  18. Felix Hernandez was given “clean bill of health” by Mariners

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    felix hernandez getty

    Remember all that talk about a right elbow issue potentially derailing the Mariners’ new seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez? Don’t feel too bad if not because it’s a distant memory for the two main parties involved. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told reporters on Wednesday that Felix…

  19. Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    joe saunders getty

    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014. To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s…

  20. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t want to talk contract once the season starts

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw has said he’s open to negotiating a long-term contract extension, but the Dodgers’ ace doesn’t want to talk about a deal once Opening Day arrives. “I don’t think I’m going to let it go into the season,” Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, adding that no negotiations have taken place…

  21. Felix Hernandez’s extension is still on track

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    There are concerns that an elbow “issue” is delaying the announcement of the Felix Hernandez contract extension, but Ken Rosenthal says it’s all gonna be OK: Source: Hernandez deal with #Mariners still on track. Team working out protective language to protect against future elbow trouble. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 11, 2013   The devil…

  22. Elbow issue could derail that big Felix Hernandez extension

    Feb 10, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Thursday that the Mariners had reached agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez. But something apparently went wrong during the righty’s pre-signing physical. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there is some concern about the status of Hernandez’s pitching elbow which “could affect…

  23. Felix Hernandez will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez Getty

    Felix Hernandez was listed on Venezuela’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but recent events have caused him to change his mind about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. You can probably guess what impacted his decision. Per @arreazaortega, Felix now skipping WBC, because of new contract and "pressure" from M's.—  …

  24. Joe Saunders’ deal with Mariners worth $6.5 million

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders Getty

    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Saunders will make $6.5 million and could earn an additional $1 million with incentives. The deal includes a mutual option for 2014. 4:49 PM: It’s not official yet, but Joe Saunders has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’ll be…

  25. Chone Figgins joins Marlins on minor league contract

    Feb 8, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Released by the Mariners with one season remaining on a four-year, $36 million deal, Chone Figgins has latched on with the Marlins. Figgins signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, where the 35-year-old will presumably compete for a bench spot after hitting .185 in 147 games over the past two seasons.…

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