Seattle Times "On a day when their No. 2 starter joined their No. 3 starter on the 15-day disabled list, the Mariners got an inspiring outing from their No. 5 starter, offering some hope for what could be a tough stretch for a frightfully thin starting rotation. Taijuan Walker delivered his best outing of the..." May 30
Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's not true that Corey Kluber was revived in the dugout after the Indians scored three runs in the fourth inning Thursday night at Safeco Field. But it had to take him a little bit by surprise. The Indians supported Kluber on an offensive diet of bread and water in his first 10 starts this..." May 29
Paxton to the DL with strained middle finger tendon
Seattle Times "The sound of ball meeting bat seemed louder than any daily thunder that hits Florida during the summer. It was followed by a loud gasp from the meager crowd of 10,865 at Tropicana Field. There was little doubt that the ball Nelson Cruz had just demolished was going to end up over the fence. It..." May 28
Seattle Times "Kyle Seager wasn’t going to let his team lose to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. He had pulled the Mariners out of the doldrums of a one-run deficit with a stunning eighth-inning grand slam — the team’s first since September 2013 — to give them a three-run lead. And after watching..." May 27
Seattle Times "The prevailing sentiment from the Mariners when it came to Robinson Cano and his recent struggles have been universal: “He’ll be fine,” or some variation of it. It doesn’t matter if it’s manager Lloyd McClendon doing the talking, hitting coach Howard Johnson, teammate Nelson Cruz or the kid chosen..." May 26
Toronto Sun "It was quite a promotion for the Jays on Sunday, a free cap and a guaranteed win all wrapped into one. Pretty ballsy if you ask me. The free chapeau came courtesy of the promotions department on what was billed as “Country Day.” The win arrived courtesy of a magic act orchestrated by John..." May 25
Seattle Times "The game appeared to be spiraling out of control in the first inning. James Paxton had given up a leadoff double to Josh Donaldson and then issued a walk to Jose Bautista, which included a wild pitch on ball four that moved Donaldson to third base. After throwing a first-pitch ball to Edwin..." May 24
Seattle Times "What Felix Hernandez did Friday night won’t completely remove the disappointment of what happened here last September. The stakes were different. But it was still a much-needed effort in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Hernandez pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on four..." May 23
CSN Baltimore "It was nearly five hours between Orioles hits. Few of the 33,085 who were at Oriole Park when the game began were still there to see J.J. Hardy score Chris Davis with a single up the middle in the eighth. After two rain delays, the Orioles head off to Miami after a grueling 5-4 win over the..." May 22
Newark Star-Ledger "In case you haven't been following the post-Yankees career of second baseman Robinson Cano, his first season in Seattle was a decent one (.314/14 homers/82 RBI). But year No. 2? Not so much. For the $240 million Cano reportedly received in a 10-year deal, he's hit just one home run, knocked in..." May 22
Seattle Times "It’s been well established that a pitcher’s win-loss record rarely gauges the quality of his outings or his overall performance. Looking for a viable measure of a pitcher’s success, his win-loss record is far from the best determinant. And yet, that doesn’t mean Roenis Elias wouldn’t like to..." May 21
MLB Trade Rumors "The Marines have signed righty Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal, the team announced (via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, on Twitter). He will head to Triple-A, taking the place of the recently-traded Yoervis Medina in the Tacoma pen. Gregg, 36, was designated recently by the Reds after..." May 21
CSN Baltimore "The biggest slugger in Tuesday’s game wasn’t Nelson Cruz. Oh sure, Cruz hit a three-run home run in his first game back in Baltimore, but Jimmy Paredes, who was befriended by the current star of the Seattle Mariners was the bigger hitter. Paredes had a career-high four RBIs with his sixth home..." May 20
Source: Cubs have traded catcher Welington Castillo to Seattle.
Lookout Landing "don't believe this is the beginning of the end for Robinson Cano. I don't, because I can't. Cano, tabbed to be a cornerstone of the franchise for a decade, will be paid $24 million from now until I'm an age I'd rather not calculate—and the idea of this going to hell after just a year is something..." May 19
Chicago Tribune "Update: Per the team, the pitcher will be Yoervis Medina Medina is a big-bodied RHP who throws hard (92-96 mph, t98) and adds a slider, but he has had command issues. It is a flyer for the Cubs who were not able to get much value in return for their young catcher this offseason and it would..." May 19
Austin Jackson 2-for-4 at DH last night for Tacoma and will play CF today. But McClendon says he won't be ready to start road trip with M's.
Seattle Times "There has never been any doubt about James Paxton’s singular talent, or his potential. It was only eight starts into his career that Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon felt confident enough in what he’d seen from Paxton — and what he saw on the horizon — to declare, “I think this kid has..." May 18
McClendon says Felix Hernandez's ankle is fine. Shouldn't be an issue for his next start on Friday in Toronto.
CSN New England "In six of their first eight games on this current road trip, a punchless Red Sox lineup scored no more than two runs. But matched against righthander Felix Hernandez, one of the game's most dominant pitchers, the Red Sox managed to score four runs and hand King Felix his first defeat of the..." May 17
SI.com "In an emotional hearing inside a Los Angeles courtroom this week, former major league outfielder Milton Bradley was ordered to begin serving the 32-month jail sentence he received following his 2013 conviction on multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge..." May 17
#Mariners CF Austin Jackson (sprained right ankle) starting his minor-league rehab assignment tonight as DH for Triple-A Tacoma.
Boston Globe "There’s a section of stands in left field at Safeco Field that was largely empty for the first two games the Red Sox played the Seattle Mariners. That won’t be the case on Saturday. When Felix Hernandez takes the field, the ballpark has a different feel. That section in left is full of members..." May 16
Seattle Times "Here it was, a moment that seemed unlikely given how the game had unfolded. That the Mariners even had this chance — two outs, runner on second, tie game in the bottom of the ninth — was attributable to a lockdown pitching performance. But now here was the long-awaited, few-and-far-between..." May 16
Hardball Talk "As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point? Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and..." May 16
Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15
Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15
Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15
San Diego Union-Tribune "James Shields had barely finished his 108th pitch, not a particularly good one, when Padres manager Bud Black emerged from the dugout and walked to the mound, a game hanging in the balance. Shields had issued consecutive walks to open the bottom of the sixth. This was not what he envisioned..." May 14
Seattle Times "n terms of comfortable and easy, few of the Mariners’ wins would fall into either category. When you’ve had 28 of your 31 games decided by three runs or less, every inning is played on edge with a certain level of anxiety. So it was a little better on Tuesday night. After all, an 11-4 win — the..." May 13
Hardball Talk "Hisashi Iwakuma‘s rehab for a strained lat muscle has been shut down for at least 10-14 days after the Mariners right-hander felt soreness while playing catch over the weekend. Iwakuma was supposed to miss 2-4 weeks when he was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago, but Greg Johns of..." May 13
Iwakuma recovering slowly. Won't throw at all for 10-14 days.
X-rays show Chris Taylor has a bruise above his pinky. Shouldn't miss much time.
Seattle Times "Facing a full count against the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning of what was by his standards a gritty start, Felix Hernandez paused for a beat and took a deep breath. The right-handed Seattle pitcher was stuck on four strikeouts on the day and, more pressingly, on 1,999 for his career. And..." May 11
Seattle Times "The Mariners’ most comfortable victory of the season was worth celebrating, even if Lloyd McClendon didn’t quite agree to the terms of the celebration. Mariners players doused their manager with a cheap-beer shower after his 100th victory as the Seattle manager Saturday night, a 7-2 triumph..." May 10
MLB.com "Austin Jackson could be back in the Mariners' lineup and in center field soon after his disabled list stint is up, but it could be a while still before starter Hisashi Iwakuma rejoins the rotation. That was the latest update on the two injured players from manager Lloyd McClendon as the team..." May 09
Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Oakland ace Sonny Gray did his part in trying to reach 5-0 to start the season. Oakland's bullpen failed again to finish off another solid performance by its starter. It's not a surprise why the Athletics are tied with the most bullpen losses in baseball. Logan Morrison homered on the first..." May 09
Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: Erick Aybar took off from first on a hit-and-run play in the bottom of the ninth and scored on Johnny Giavotella's double down the right-field line off Carson Smith, giving the Angels their second straight walk-off victory. It was Giavotella's first career walk-off hit and fifth..." May 07
Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07
Seattle Times "Brad Miller has a new role on the Mariners. He’s no longer the everyday starting shortstop. With the promotion of Chris Taylor, Miller has been asked to try something new, actually several things new, like outfield and first base. Manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed what had been anticipated..." May 06
Halos Heaven "Talk about making your debut count. Carlos Perez, the Angels catcher making his MLB debut on Cinco De Mayo sombrero night, not only got a single in his first big league at-bat, but he came up to the plate in a 4-4 ballgame, bottom of the ninth, and cranked a line drove homerun to left field. As..." May 06
Seattle Times "After four days of seeing their pitching pummeled up by a plethora of home runs — each one eliciting the playing of “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band in celebration — the Mariners limped out of Minute Maid Park, a beat-up and scuffling group who never want to hear that song again. The..." May 05
Hardball Talk "Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list today, one day after suffering a right ankle sprain while legging out an infield grounder. Jackson originally hoped to avoid the disabled list, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News..." May 04
Houston Chronicle "Unsure if his line drive to left field would land in the Crawford Boxes, Evan Gattis dropped his bat and quickly took off to first base as the roar of the Minute Maid Park crowd built to crescendo Sunday afternoon. He then took a leisurely stroll around the bases, rejoicing in the love from a..." May 04
Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04
Houston Chronicle "This was the night the streak was supposed to end. Well, that’s how it seemed early at Minute Maid Park as the Mariners crushed three solo home runs against the Astros in the second inning Saturday. If you didn’t believe in the 2015 Astros already, the American League West leaders gave you more..." May 03
Houston Chronicle "Teams traditionally don’t fare well when the starting pitcher lasts only four innings. Yet even Samuel Deduno’s short outing was good enough to keep the surging Astros on their impressive run Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick and George Springer showed off their..." May 02
Another Rainiers roster move: LHP Joe Saunders has exercised an opt-out in his contract and become a free agent. Tacoma down to 24 players.