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

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:46 PM EST

    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…

  2. Alex Rodriguez suffers fractured hand on HBP

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EST

    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…

  4. Mariners send down .189-hitting Justin Smoak

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:37 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:54 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    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…

  10. Cliff Pennington lands on disabled list with sprained bat

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

    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:…

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

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    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,…

  17. Report: Mets considering trade for Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

  18. Orioles ‘poking around’ on Jason Vargas

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jack Zduriencik REALLY doesn’t want to trade Felix Hernandez

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    I wouldn’t think the Mariners would want to trade Felix Hernandez for anything, but I thought the same thing about Kevin Youkilis and Cole Hamels once, so what do I know? In the event that teams are interested in the guy, however, know this: Jack Zduriencik thinks you should probably not bother. Here’s what he told…

  20. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  21. Catcher-hungry Mets targeting Ramon Hernandez, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Ramon Hernandez

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and Joel Sherman of the New York Post both report that the Mets are interested in Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, and according to Sherman they’re also interested in catchers Miguel Olivo of the Mariners and Kelly Shoppach of the Red Sox. All three veterans are right-handed hitters who could…

  22. Amid career-worst slump, Ichiro Suzuki dropped in order

    Jul 7, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    One spot anyway. Mariners manager Eric Wedge idea of a shakeup is really more of a gentle rattle. He has Dustin Ackley leading off and Ichiro Suzuki batting second in Saturday’s lineup. Ichiro went hitless in a fifth straight game Friday, tying the longest streak of his career. He previously went hitless in five straight…

  23. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

  24. The Anti-All Stars

    Jul 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    Every year Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com puts out his version of the Razzies to Major League Baseball’s Oscars. It’s his Anti-All Stars team, collecting the worst and dimmest the league had to offer at each position. His new one is out now. Mariners fans and Yankees-haters will take note that despite all the early…

  25. 2012 midseason awards: AL Cy Young

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    Chris Sale

    The AL Cy Young balloting turned into a rout last year, as Justin Verlander lapped the field on his way to taking league MVP honors. At the midway point, this year’s Cy is still very much in doubt. Here’s the league top 10 in ERA: Jered Weaver (LAA): 9-1, 2.13 ERA, 68/21 K/BB in 88…

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