Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer’s beard is in full effect, and he has no plans to shave it. He was working on a beard when he and some other Twins were asked to tape messages for the Wild to play to fire up fans at the Xcel Energy Center. “I didn’t grow this beard for nothing!” Mauer says into the camera. “Let’s..." April 27
Mariners say Hisashi Iwakuma's MRI showed grade 1 strain of right lat muscle and will miss 2-4 weeks.
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Trevor May's homecoming was cut short by a scary moment, but otherwise the Twins' Saturday evening was highly encouraging. May, making his first professional start in his home state, was forced to leave this 8-5 Twins victory after taking a line drive off his pitching elbow. The Twins..." April 26
#Mariners place RHO Hisashi Iwakuma on DL for right lat strain. LHP Lucas Luetge recalled from Tacoma.
Roenis Elias is the logical fill-in starter with Iwakuma going on DL. Elias last started Monday for Tacoma, so he could go on Sunday.
Seattle Times "Felix Hernandez limped to the mound. His quad had stiffened and it ached with every step. But this game was his and he was finishing it. With each measured step, the crowd of 25,215 — bundled up on a frigid night at Safeco Field — roared in approval. The fans had paid to see the Mariners’..." April 25
Rainiers manager Pat Listach said Carlos Quentin, who is in the lineup tonight at DH, will play first base two days a week and DH the rest
MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Carlos Quentin, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Quentin was released by the Braves recently, shortly after he was acquired as part of the Craig Kimbrel deal — with his large salary functioning to offset..." April 24
Seattle Times "It is only three starts, just one-tenth of the outings the Mariners hope J.A. Happ makes this season, but here is the strange truth: Happ, the player many fans groaned over when the Mariners traded for him this offseason, has been the team’s most consistent pitcher. Or how about this: Mariners..." April 23
Houston Chronicle "Unable to come through with the bases loaded twice earlier in the game, Jose Altuve laced a liner to the left field corner in the eighth inning Tuesday night for a bases-clearing, go-ahead double in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Mariners. The Astros (8-6) have won four in a row and continue to..." April 22
Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve’s not the only productive hitting infielder on the Astros any more, just as the Astros planned. Third baseman Luis Valbuena drove in three runs Monday night, including a tie-breaking solo home run in the top of the eighth inning that put the Astros ahead in a 7-5 win over the..." April 21
Seattle Times "Sunday’s series finale between the Mariners and Rangers at Safeco Field clocked in at three hours and 45 minutes. The teams combined for 21 runs on 30 hits, and churned through a total of nine pitching changes. There was ample opportunity, in other words, for Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz to..." April 20
The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20
SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20
Seattle Times "Of all the responsibilities associated with being a team’s ace pitcher, the duty of putting an end to a losing streak is one that Felix Hernandez holds in the highest regard. When everything else is going wrong, the ace is supposed to be the one to make it right when it’s his turn in the..." April 19
Dallas Morning News "Their offense struggling badly against left-handed starters this season, the Rangers finally found an answer on Friday. It was provided by their pitcher. While the offense continued to sputter, Yovani Gallardo, in his first-ever start in Seattle, pitched six scoreless innings to allow the..." April 18
L.A. Daily News "Sandy Koufax and Rachel Robinson stood on the pitcher’s mound prior to the game between the Dodgers and Mariners on Wednesday. It was the first time Dodger Stadium hosted the annual “Civil Rights Game” on the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Who knows..." April 16
L.A. Daily News "One walk-off win deserves another. Howie Kendrick’s single to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday drove in two runs, lifting the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers have won both games to begin the series in their final at-bat. Mariners closer..." April 15
L.A. Daily News "Two blue sports-drink buckets, filled with ice and some colored liquid, awaited Alex Guerrero on the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Yasiel Puig held the first bucket and Guerrero didn’t see it coming. He made a feeble attempt to duck, but in an instant his face and jersey were..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Wilhelmsen injured the elbow while loosening up and swinging his arms. Back of arm slammed into Danny Farquhar who was running by
Seattle Times "Nothing has been simple for the Mariners in the early days of the 2015 season. Take for example Sunday afternoon’s 8-7 extra-innings win over the Oakland A’s. Sure manager Lloyd McClendon summed up the victory by saying, “It’s a great day for the Mariners.” But the fatigue in his smile..." April 13
Felix Hernandez had tightness in right quad and was taken out for precautionary reasons.
Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks right-handers David Hernandez and Patrick Corbin both rely heavily on a slider to work off their fastball. It's also the pitch that's the hardest on their surgically repaired elbows. On Friday, the pair crossed that breaking ball hurdle, each throwing 30 sliders off a mound as they..." April 12
Seattle Times "The idea of a must-win situation in the fifth game of the season is laughable, considering so much can and will happen in the remaining 157 games. But having lost three straight and being pasted and shut out on Friday night, 12-0, and letting Saturday’s game slip away would have been a kick to..." April 12
SS Chris Taylor is in the Tacoma Rainiers lineup and will play the first five innings today as he comes back from fractured wrist.
San Francisco Chronicle "The Rule 5 guy rules. “He’s the best hitter ever, isn’t he?” Drew Pomeranz said of Mark Canha, who had three more hits Friday night, including his first big-league home run, to help the A’s demolish the Mariners 12-0. Canha’s response to Pomeranz’s boast: “Nice guy. ... It’s three games...." April 11
Manager Lloyd McClendon says OF Seth Smith (groin) feeling better and could start Saturday for #Mariners.
Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley is a twisted individual. We have seen him blow up on fans, umpires and managers and heard disturbing stories about his history of domestic abuse with the late Monique Bradley, but apparently most people don’t know the half of it. A lengthy Sports Illustrated..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Halos Heaven "The Halo's finished their opening series taking 2 of three from Seattle with a 5-3 win. Runner-up Rookie of the Year, Matt Shoemaker got the win, while Albert Pujols showed why you don't pitch him up and in. Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.50 ERA) scattered 6 hits over six innings in his 2015 debut...." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Seth Smith has groin tightness and is being held out of the lineup. He was unavailable last night.
Halos Heaven "Well maybe "C.J." stands for Comeback Johnny as C.J. Wilson got an early lead in the ballotting for comeback player of the year by pitching eight innings of two-hit shutout ball. The result was a Mariners loss and the first Angels victory of the season. David Freese was all the offense the club..." April 08
Seattle Times "It doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the postseason — a place seemingly everyone expects them to go. It’s one of 162 games, meaning there still are 161 to play and much can happen over that six-month marathon. But on a tolerable spring afternoon at Safeco Field, the announced sellout crowd of..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
McClendon confirms Carson Smith will be recalled to take Leone's place in bullpen. Says Leone needs to get command back.
Hardball Talk "Joe Beimel was released by the Rangers last week, but it hasn’t taken him long to find a new opportunity. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the veteran reliever has returned to the Mariners on a minor league deal, pending a physical. Beimel actually made the announcement via his..." April 03
#Mariners confirm signing LHP Joe Beimel to minor-league contract. Also option LHP Mike Montgomery to AAA Tacoma. More info coming.
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays appear to have found the starting pitcher they were looking for to fill out their injury-depleted rotation, acquiring right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from Seattle late Tuesday in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery. Ramirez, 24, has pitched parts of three seasons for the Mariners, going..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Endy Chavez has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Mariners, who released the veteran outfielder at his request. Chavez appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, hitting .276 with two homers and a .688 OPS. " March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
MLB.com "Right fielder Seth Smith was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Sunday against the Padres with a sore ankle, though manager Lloyd McClendon said the injury was minor. "He rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday," McClendon said. "It's a little swollen. It's just precautionary. We're not going..." March 29
Mariners cut Elias, Lowe, Pries, COreia, Saunders, Omalley, Rivera, Baker, Chavez.
Hardball Talk "Jose Grasso of FinanzasDigital.com is reporting that Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners have not confirmed the report yet. Sanchez was hit by a boat off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela in February and was..." March 29
Tacoma News Tribune "So left-hander Roenis Elias looks like the odd-man out in the Mariners’ spring game of rotation roulette. After a promising rookie season in 2014, Elias figures to open this season at Triple-A Tacoma. Right-hander Taijuan Walker certainly earned his spot in the five-man unit by pitching 18..." March 29