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  1. MLB draft picks 2-5: Mariners take catcher Mike Zunino

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Mike Zunino

    No. 2 – Minnesota Twins – high school OF Byron Buxton The Astros pulled off a surprise pick and left Mark Appel on the board, but the Twins stuck with the guy most expected them to take. Buxton, 18, is a pure center fielder with a big-time arm — he just had an 18-strikeout game…

  2. Cubs sign Hong-Chih Kuo to minor-league contract

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been looking for a new home since being released by the Mariners during spring training and the once-dominant and oft-injured left-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs. Kuo has struggled to come back from elbow problems and anxiety issues, but when healthy was one of the best relievers in baseball…

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

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

  4. Felix Hernandez questionable for his next start

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez suffered injured his back during his Friday start.  It was thought at the time that it was no big deal, but he’s still hurting: Wedge says Felix Hernandez “still feeling it” with sore back and tomorrow will be big in determining if he can make next start Wednesday. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June…

  5. Ichiro Suzuki returns to leadoff spot in Mariners order

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Eric Wedge’s offseason lineup switches just didn’t work out. A month after pulling Chone Figgins out of the leadoff spot and the lineup altogether, Wedge has decided to go back to Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order. Suzuki hit third and started in right field in each of the Mariners’ first 52 games…

  6. Great Moments in Statistics: Hisashi Iwakuma gets a save in a 21-8 game

    May 31, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    The outcome of last night’s Mariners-Rangers game was never in doubt. After posting 16 runs between the send and third innings, it was all over put the paperwork. Yet, because a pitcher finished the game with three full innings, we get this in the box score: Yep, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the save. In a game in…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez nearing minor league rehab games

    May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    franklin gutierrez getty

    Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress. According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games. Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor…

  10. Brandon League removed from Mariners’ ninth-inning role

    May 26, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    brandon league ap

    Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season on Friday night, allowing three runs in a 6-4 loss to the Angels. Today, he faced the consequences. According to Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners skipper Eric Wedge announced Saturday afternoon that League has been demoted to a setup role. Save chances will be spread…

  11. Eric Wedge sits Dustin Ackley on his bobblehead day

    May 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Tonight is Dustin Ackley bobblehead night at Safeco Field. However, Ackley isn’t playing. Manager Eric Wedge said he’s resting his second baseman, even though the Angels are throwing a right-hander. Which is just plain stupid. Ackley should be playing tonight regardless of the bobblehead matter. He’s a left-handed hitter who has hit righties far better…

  12. Eric Wedge says cutting Chone Figgins “is not even an option for us”

    May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Many people were surprised–or perhaps more accurately disappointed–that the Mariners chose not to drop Chone Figgins when they needed a roster spot for Miguel Olivo‘s return yesterday. And for those same people manager Eric Wedge has some bad news. Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that dropping Figgins “is not even an option…

  13. Miguel Olivo returns from DL, Chone Figgins keeps his job

    May 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a groin injury and the Mariners created a spot on the roster for his return by optioning outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A. That means, despite some speculation to the contrary and plenty of fans calling for his job, Chone Figgins…

  14. 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…

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

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  16. Report: Lance Berkman has a torn ACL, may consider retirement

    May 21, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mike Matheny

    This is bad news and, if confirmed today, could spell the end of Lance Berkman‘s career. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals’ “early diagnosis” is that Lance Berkman has suffered a torn ACL.  An MRI will be performed today to confirm. Berkman was injured on Saturday night at Dodger…

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

    May 21, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    If I missed something important in one of these it’s because I was less plugged-in than usual yesterday. My daughter Mookie had her dance recital. Both ballet and jazz, which required me to sit through two (2)  separate shows. I kid you not: four hours of sitting in an auditorium to watch eight minutes of…

  18. Great Moments in Bad Defense: the Seattle Mariners

    May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    It’s hard to find an uglier all-around play than this one in last night’s Indians-Mariners game.  It started with a double steal that seemed to confuse Jesus Montero. And then the confusion was compounded when he and his teammates decided to throw the baseball all over the place. But check out the hustle on Carlos…

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

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  20. Joe Torre doesn’t think Brett Lawrie was trying to hit the ump

    May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie is still going to get suspended, it seems, but any of you who were saying this was or should be a Delmon Young/bat toss situation are going to be disappointed because, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com, Joe Torre acknowledges that Lawrie was not trying to hit the ump with his helmet on purpose:…

  21. Beleaguered Josh Beckett combines on shutout of Mariners

    May 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett‘s critics will have to stand down for a few days: the occasional golfer and devourer of fried chicken blanked the Mariners for seven innings and struck out nine in Boston’s 5-0 victory Tuesday. It was actually Beckett’s fifth quality start in seven tries this season. His other two outings were pretty spectacularly bad…

  22. An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind

    May 15, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    BBN Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball

    I think Yogi Berra said that. No time to check. Anyway, we had guys throwing at each other last night in Los Angeles. No one hit anyone, however. And nothing was really settled either, because someone apparently lost count of who hit who when and apparently some slights and vendettas never die. Clayton Kershaw threw…

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

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  24. Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees

    May 13, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    One could stump a lot of people with this question: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers? It will soon by Roy Halladay, who stands at 1,980, but for now, Kevin Millwood is tops. The Mariners veteran fanned six Yankees in a 6-2 win Sunday, upping his career total from 1,998 to…

  25. Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

    May 13, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010. What followed was a good but not great reunion. After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak…

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