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League melts down again as Mariners fall to Indians

CLEVELAND - Brandon League sat and stared into his locker in disbelief. The Seattle Mariners’ closer lost for the fourth time in five games this week. This time, it cost …


Former Mariners carry Baltimore past Seattle

BALTIMORE – The Seattle Mariners received another annoying reminder about the ill-fated 2008 trade that sent Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and three other players to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik …


MLB thrives despite itself

Major League Baseball’s attendance figures – swelling over the past generation – finally have stagnated. Why? Maybe, as Yogi Berra once observed about a popular restaurant, “Nobody goes there anymore, …


Mariners let one get away

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners have scored two runs or less in 14 of their 35 games, and manager Eric Wedge seemed ready to strangle someone’s bat after a 5-2, …


Mariners take cautious approach with Aardsma

SEATTLE – Nobody was saying that Mariners closer David Aardsma’s comeback from hip surgery had hit anything more than a hiccup with the tightness he’s feeling in his right forearm. …


Seattle manages just three hits in loss to White Sox

SEATTLE – Doug Fister gave up three games’ worth of hits in five innings Saturday night, but what ultimately beat him and the Seattle Mariners was a pitcher who they’ve …


Rangers beat Mariners

SEATTLE – A reporter mentioned to Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge on Wednesday afternoon how nice it must be to face a Texas Rangers team that’s missing injured slugger Josh …


Mariners drop finale of trip

BOSTON – Even a 10-time Gold Glove winner can lose the ball in the sun. And with that mistake by right fielder Ichiro Suzuki went the Seattle Mariners’ chance at …


Doug Fister, Mariners blank Red Sox for fifth straight victory

BOSTON – Seattle right-hander Doug Fister knew he had some luck on his side against the Red Sox. Fister worked out of trouble three times in 5 2/3 scoreless innings …


Cust in better frame of mind

BOSTON – Seattle Mariners designated hitter Jack Cust said the doubles he had hit the opposite way his previous two starts had him in a better frame of mind before …


Fister, Mariners blank Red Sox in victory

BOSTON — This game of inches was not breaking the Seattle Mariners’ way in the early going. Seattle had to deal with the third-inning ejection of Milton Bradley after a …


Mariners sweep Tigers

Rookie Michael Pineda struck out nine in six sharp innings, and Miguel Olivo and Luis Rodriguez each homered to help the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 7-2 on Thursday for a …


M’s rest after 17 games in 17 days

SEATTLE – Nobody needs to tell the Seattle Mariners how tough their opening stretch of games has been. They are 8-15 after Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Oakland A’s, a …


M’s offensive ineptitude continues

SEATTLE – It’s not always fair to apply a label to a team before mid-May, knowing it takes time for hitters, along with the weather, to heat up. The Seattle …


A’s bats come alive in easy win over M’s

SEATTLE – The line drive off pitcher Jason Vargas’ left foot was the least of the Seattle Mariners’ troubles Saturday night. That merely left a mark near his heel, courtesy …


Mariners outfielder Gutierrez diagnosed with IBS

SEATTLE – At least Franklin Gutierrez now knows what caused all of his stomach problems for nearly a full year. Now comes seeing if the treatment will finally get Seattle’s …


MLB playoffs may see 10 teams

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects the playoffs to expand from eight teams to 10 for the 2012 season. Selig went public last fall with his support for expanded playoffs, and …


Major League Baseball takes over Dodgers

Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners’ bitter divorce. Once among baseball’s glamour franchises, …


Seattle goes 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, lose

SEATTLE – Manager Eric Wedge told the newest Seattle Mariner, rookie outfielder Carlos Peguero, to have fun and go to the plate swinging Wednesday in the first start of his …


Pineda pitches Mariners past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Michael Pineda is giving the Seattle Mariners hope they have found a formidable pitcher to pair with Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez atop their rotation. Pineda, …


Mariners manager offers choice words after another loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The heated words of an infuriated manager had barely ceased echoing off the clubhouse walls when Mariners utility man Chris Gimenez tried to sum up his …


Bautista buries Mariners

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners left spring training with a bullpen comprised of youth and uncertainty, especially with closer David Aardsma working his way back from hip surgery. A week …


M’s late rally knocks off Blue Jays

SEATTLE – Turns out, seven wasn’t as unlucky as it may have seemed for the Seattle Mariners. Seven-game losing streak? Seven-zero deficit? Both were erased at Safeco Field on Monday …


Blanchette: No feeling cold Mariners can heat up

SEATTLE – After each home game, the Seattle Mariners media relations staff issues a page of notes, statistical curiosities mostly – RBI streaks, a hitter who owns opponent pitching, season …


Cleveland Indians hand Mariners seventh straight loss of season

SEATTLE — It’s perversely fitting that Don Wakamatsu returns to Safeco Field tonight just in time to witness a Mariners team in free fall. Wakamatsu, now the bench coach of …


Blanchette: No feeling cold M’s can heat up

SEATTLE – After each home game, the Seattle Mariners media relations staff issues a page of notes, statistical curiosities mostly – RBI streaks, a hitter who owns opponent pitching, season …


Indians send Mariners to seventh straight loss

SEATTLE — It’s perversely fitting that Don Wakamatsu returns to Safeco Field tonight just in time to witness a Mariners team in free fall. Wakamatsu, now the bench coach of …


Starting pitching carries Orioles to torrid start

One of the early surprise teams in the majors was the Baltimore Orioles, who won their first four games behind strong starting pitching. It was even a bigger surprise considering …


Mariners’ Aardsma nearer return

SEATTLE – Several hours before the Mariners’ game Saturday night against the Indians, a couple of key relief pitchers made important strides back from injury. In the Safeco Field bullpen, …


No-pop Mariners drop sixth consecutive game

SEATTLE – Twice in the final four innings, Chone Figgins stood in scoring position representing a run the Seattle Mariners needed. Both times he never moved.