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Griffey takes rare spot in left

Ken Griffey Jr. played four innings in left field Thursday night, then tried to keep a poker face around reporters who wanted to know how strange it must have felt. …


Seattle no closer to a closer

PEORIA, Ariz. – Three weeks into spring training, Seattle rookie manager Don Wakamatsu still doesn’t know who his closing pitcher will be. None of the candidates for the job has …


Meche feels fine vs. M’s

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Gil Meche’s back feels better, which is great news for the Kansas City Royals. Meche threw 55 pitches Wednesday and Kansas City beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 …


M’s Kelley traded politics for pitching

PEORIA, Ariz. – On his way to becoming a pitching prospect who has the Seattle Mariners drooling at what they might have, Shawn Kelley once had a different plan. Politics.


Sore Morrow will miss next start for Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle right-hander Brandon Morrow will miss his next start after complaining of stiffness in his pitching forearm. “It’s just a little sore around the flexor bundle,” Morrow …


Griffey, Hansen go way back

PEORIA, Ariz. – Ask Ken Griffey Jr. what he remembers about Roger Hansen from their summer together in 1988, and he answers with a question. “Who?”


It’s Junior time for Mariners >>

Now that Ken Griffey Jr.’s swollen knee has calmed down, he is ready to play in his first game for Seattle in a decade. The 39-year-old slugger hit for about …


Zito, Giants hand M’s a loss

PEORIA, Ariz. — Barry Zito looked like his old self in his first spring outing. Carlos Silva’s two innings also were familiar, in a much different way.


Hernandez battles bat

PEORIA, Ariz. – Felix Hernandez’s best move in his spring debut was avoiding a broken bat. Seattle’s ace dodged a flying piece of wood on a groundout by Brian Giles …


Messenger takes mound minus pounds

PEORIA, Ariz. – You want will power? You want determination to reach a goal? Look no further than Randy Messenger and his big box of candy.


Bedard takes big step by facing hitters

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners’ Erik Bedard passed his first brief test in his comeback from shoulder surgery, allowing only a ground-ball single during a scoreless inning in an …


Griffey helps make a point

PEORIA, Ariz. – Don Wakamatsu already has his first managerial “win,” two days before the Mariners’ exhibition games begin. Wakamatsu had made wearing the practice jersey with numbers on the …


Junior hits field

PEORIA, Ariz. – Don Wakamatsu celebrated his 46th birthday Sunday, and before the Seattle Mariners ended their workout, veteran player Mike Sweeney asked everyone to gather around their manager near …


Griffey lifts M’s spirits

PEORIA, Ariz. – The energy in the Seattle Mariners’ spring training clubhouse was just as obvious as the No. 24 jersey that hung in the locker labeled “Griffey.” Ken Griffey …


My, oh my! Junior’s back with M’s

PEORIA, Ariz. – Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to return to the Mariners. “He’s coming home. … I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatic we are. He is, too,” …


Report: Griffey to return to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to return to the Seattle Mariners.


Morse hopes for repeat spring performance

PEORIA, Ariz. – Like a struggling golfer trying to remember the one good swing that made the ball go straight, Mike Morse hopes to recapture everything that went so well …


Braves close to signing Griffey

PEORIA, Ariz. – Top Seattle Mariners executives walked out of team headquarters here Tuesday with empty hands and fading hopes. Roughly 2,000 miles away, in Orlando, Fla., onetime Mariners star …


New Mariners skipper must neutralize toxic waters

PEORIA, Ariz. – Uh, oh. Ichiro Suzuki is still in Japan. Yet three days into spring training, perceived preferential treatment of the superstar is already an issue with the Seattle …


M’s approach face-to-face meetings

Throughout the winter, Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik couldn’t say who’ll be his closer – or DH or left fielder – because he hadn’t gathered the manager and coaches …


First baseman LaHair hopes to grow on M’s

PEORIA, Ariz. – It’s time for Bryan LaHair to move on after the most memorable year of his professional baseball life, although it’s not easy. How can a guy not …


Dickey spurns Mariners, signs with Twins

R.A. Dickey had an offer from the Seattle Mariners on his table and a soft spot for them in his baseball heart, but when he sorted through the opportunities for …


More futile offense

SEATTLE – There’s a process a team must endure to transform from loser to contender, and the Seattle Mariners are still mired in learning it. Contenders seize the few opportunities …


A day to sit back, relax and enjoy

What a day. Opening Day. NCAA championship day. The perfect day to sit in the chair, an ice chest full of drinks by your side and the TV on. So …


Following The M’S A Labor Of Love Spokane Employees Call Timeout When The Playoff Games Are On TV Firefighters Hoping Seattle’s Batters Will Be The Only Things To Catch Fire

1. Mike Blowers raps two-run homer in second inning. Photo by Associated Press 2. Diamond parking lot attendant Dave Weimer turns up the volumn on the Mariners game Tuesday night. …


Stadium Funding A Hard Sell Politicians May Not Be Swayed By Mariners’ Stirring Finish

Euphoria over the Seattle Mariners’ first division championship was quickly replaced by a dose of reality in the halls of the Capitol on Tuesday, as lawmakers summoned back by leadership …