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  1. Mariners let catcher lead off for first time in 34 years

    May 9, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    John Jaso

    Catcher John Jaso is hitting leadoff for the Mariners against the Tigers and Drew Smyly on Wednesday. It’s the first time since 1978 that a Mariners backstop has found himself atop the order. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times points out that Bob Stinson was the only previous catcher to lead off for the Mariners,…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  3. Just your standard 1-5-4-3 double play

    May 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Beavan

    Blake Beavan started a double play in last night’s Tigers-Mariners game that he probably wishes he hadn’t. Why? because it started with a line drive right off his freakin’ back. Pitcher’s best friend? Hardly. Ouch. UPDATE: OK, I guess it hit his elbow because Beavan left the game with an elbow contusion. So, ugh, worse.

  4. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

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

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EST

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  6. In first start since no-hitting Twins, Jered Weaver to face … the Twins

    May 7, 2012, 1:58 AM EST

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    Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t enjoy Jered Weaver’s no-hitter against his Twins last Wednesday. Gardenhire paced behind his desk while addressing reporters after the game, the picture painted by Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune showing the manager in a slow burn, using great effort to avoid blowing up. I’m guessing he looked something like…

  7. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

  8. Chone Figgins is now a utilityman

    May 4, 2012, 9:22 PM EST

    Chone Figgins

    Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Chone Figgins is no longer going to be an everyday player. His new role: utility guy off the bench.  The new third baseman/basemen: Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi.  The new leadoff hitter: Dustin Ackley. Done and done. This is something that had to happen. Figgins has hit .231/.304/.287 in 267 games since…

  9. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  10. Is the Chone Figgins era over yet?

    May 3, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    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,…

  11. Mariners activate Mike Carp from disabled list

    May 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Mike Carp

    Miguel Olivo‘s groin injury opens up a roster spot and the timing works for the Mariners to fill it by activating Mike Carp from the disabled list. Carp began the season as Seattle’s starting left fielder, but lasted just one game before suffering a shoulder injury and has been on the DL since. He figures…

  12. Miguel Olivo expects to miss extended time with groin injury

    May 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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

    Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring. Olivo told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base…

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

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EST

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  14. George Sherrill scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery

    Apr 29, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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    Mariners left-hander George Sherrill was shut down after the team’s season-opening trip to Tokyo, Japan because of lingering discomfort in his throwing elbow. Now he can be ruled out for the rest of 2012. According to beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s 710 AM ESPN, the veteran lefty relief specialist is scheduled to undergo Tommy…

  15. Angels trying to trade for a new closer?

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    walden getty

    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Angels have “inquired” about A’s closer Grant Balfour, Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan and Mariners closer Brandon League, with Cafardo calling Balfour the “most logical” fit because Oakland’s asking price should be the lowest. Jordan Walden earned Rookie of the Year votes in the American…

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

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Brandon Allen

    Rays 4, Angels 3: Pinch hit walkoff bomb from Brandon Allen to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Albert Pujols got a hit but he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. I think that’s what the fancy commentators on those evening baseball television programs call “pressing.” The Angels…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  18. Astros’ 5-foot-5 hitting machine Jose Altuve goes 4-for-5, now batting .377 at age 21

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Jose Altuve

    Houston’s offense is one of the most improved in baseball and sophomore second baseman Jose Altuve is a big reason why. He came into today hitting .344 with a .918 OPS and notched four more hits in a 7-5 victory over the Brewers. Altuve is a really fun player to watch because he’s 5-foot-5 (on…

  19. Michael Pineda has a torn labrum; shoulder surgery scheduled

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

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    Some pretty bad news for the Yankees’ young starter, who had an MRI yesterday: Pineda has a tear in his labrum. Arthroscopic surgery scheduled for next Tuesday — Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) April 25, 2012 Jon Heyman just tweeted that the tear is “pretty severe.” The labrum — which is in the shoulder — is not…

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EST

    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…

  21. Michael Pineda to get second opinion on right shoulder

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek on Wednesday in New York for a second opinion on his ailing shoulder. Pineda underwent an extensive dye-contract MRI on Tuesday, the results of which won’t be revealed until Altcheck gets a look at them Wednesday.…

  22. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  23. Can we please just let Phil Humber have his perfect game in peace?

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Barra responds. Fair enough: he’s not upset about the call, he’s upset at the media’s reaction to it, Fox not showing the reruns, etc. 10:31 AM: Because my parents had the kids and me over for dinner — and because my parents are old people who like to have dinner at 4:30pm — I…

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

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  25. Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EST

    Philip Humber

    While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners. The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than…

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