Now that we’re one-third of the way through the season, it’s time to ask: Is this the worst Mariners team ever?
Austin Hedges connected for a grand slam, and the San Diego Padres hit a franchise-record seven home runs to romp past the Toronto Blue Jays 19-4 Saturday for their fifth straight win.
Mike Fiers won in his first start at the Coliseum since pitching a no-hitter earlier this month and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 6-5 for their eighth straight win.
Domingo Santana hit two solo homers and Mitch Haniger had one for Seattle, which lost its fifth in a row.
Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Cubs reliever Steve Cishek, rallying the Cincinnati Reds past Chicago 6-5 on Friday.
The most recent failure, a 6-2 loss to the A’s on Friday night, only added to the prolonged misery that includes a four-game losing streak and losses in 19 of their past 24 games.
Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back home runs as the Oakland Athletics defeated the visiting Mariners 6-2 Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
NFL players may be more likely to die from brain diseases and heart problems than Major League Baseball players but the reasons are unclear.
Paxton allowed one hit in four innings and struck out seven against Detroit in extended spring training.
Blue Jays prospect Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was brought up by Toronto and set to make his major league debut against San Diego.
Daniel Vogelbach’s emergence as a dependable, middle-of-the-order hitter has been one of the best developments of this rebuilding season for the Mariners.
Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber had the hard cast protecting his broken right arm removed and the two-time Cy Young winner is healing as hoped. Kluber underwent imaging texts that showed that his ulna is mending properly. Manager Terry Francona said Kluber can begin range of motion and that he will be re-examined in two weeks.
The New York Mets say slugger Yoenis Cespedes is expected to miss the entire season after having ankle surgery. The team announced Monday that the oft-injured outfielder had broken his right ankle in an accident on his ranch. The 33-year-old Cespedes hadn’t played this season while recovering from surgery on both heels.
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. Sabathia pitched five innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night and complained about knee soreness afterward. He joins a list of prominent Yankees who are sidelined with injury, including Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano left a game against Washington because of tightness in his left quadriceps. Cano appeared to hurt the leg while running to first base when he grounded out in the third following J.D. Davis’ two-out double. Cano is batting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs. The 36-year-old, an eight-time All-Star, was acquired by New York from Seattle in December.
Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was held out of the lineup for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a sore back. Martinez sat out the previous two games because of illness, but had been expected to return to the lineup. The two-time All-Star is hitting .308 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.
After failing to sign with Atlanta and losing a grievance against the Braves, 19-year-old right-hander Carter Stewart has agreed to a six-year contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League that will guarantee $6 million to $7 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal is likely to be announced May 30 at a news conference in southern California and will be subject to Stewart obtaining a Japanese work visa.
Hunter Pence homered, Adrian Sampson had another impressive long outing for a victory after not starting, and the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Seattle Mariners.
Switching into stretch-run mode even before Memorial Day, the New York Mets will start using All-Star closer Edwin Diaz more often in the eighth inning. New York began the day with a 22-25 record, 5 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia. Manager Mickey Callaway said he was willing to go against the trend of limiting closers to three outs in most situations.
The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton. The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness. Shortstop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game after taking one day off due to dehydration.
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