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Mariners still alive as they play Game 161

SEATTLE -- The dimming postseason hopes of the Seattle Mariners gained a spark of light Friday night, and they'll get at least one more chance to play a meaningful game. The Mariners (86-74) host Oakland in another must-win game Saturday night, trailing second-place Toronto by one game in the American League wild-card race and the Detroit Tigers by a half-game. Baltimore is two...
Via FOX Sports
10 hours ago

One day more, one more day

The Mariners win a game that would have been boring three months ago but is now immeasurably precious When I was in high school, I was obsessed with thrift stores, antique malls and estate sales. I loved getting my hands on things that were old, that had history; things I could drag from the past and love into relevance. Sometimes these objects transported me. I remember once picking...
Via Lookout Landing
10 hours ago

Walker works around walks, keeps A's at bay

Taijuan Walker was able to do something Friday night that he struggled with in the middle of the season: he kept his team in the game when he didn't have his best stuff.
Via Mariners.com
11 hours ago

Kuma aims to keep Mariners' WC hopes afloat

The Mariners ride a three-game win strak into their penultimate regular-season game Saturday just one game back of the second American League Wild Card spot. They face the A's, who have clinched last place in the American League West.
Via Mariners.com
11 hours ago

Cano hits 2 homers, Mariners tighten wild-card race, top A's

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and the Seattle Mariners moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Friday night. Seattle, which has won seven of nine, is one game behind Toronto for the second spot. The Mariners also trail Detroit by a half-game. Cano had a two-run homer in...
Via Associated Press
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Acquire Minor Leaguer From Mariners To Complete Pat Venditte Trade

The Blue Jays have acquired minor league infielder Tim Lopes from the Mariners to complete the early August trade that sent switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to Seattle, the teams announced. Lopes, 22, was a sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft. He played the entire year at the Double-A level, posting a .284/.358/.355 slash line over 581 plate appearances. Though he obviously doesn’t deliver...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Mariners’ plan for developing hitting prospects gets early validation

Since Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto hired Andy McKay as farm director last October, the organization has adopted new methods of player development that are unique to the industry. I recently spoke with Dipoto and McKay regarding their approach and the results they’ve achieved with it so far. The following is the second article of […] The post Mariners’ plan for developing...
Via Today's Knuckleball
16 hours ago

Game 160, Athletics at Mariners

Taijuan Walker vs. Raul Alcantara, 7:10pm Thanks to a Mike Zunino HR and Edwin Diaz regaining some semblance of command at the last minute, the M’s remain alive in the wild card race. Tonight, they’ll try to focus on the A’s and rookie Raul Alcantara and not so much on the games back east, though that’ll probably be difficult. With Jesus Montero again nabbed for a banned...
Via USS Mariner
17 hours ago

Mariners Announce Minor League Awards

Tyler O’Neill finally gets some much-deserved recognition Today the Mariners announced which minor league players and staff members have earned end-of-season recognition. Like everything else in the organization this year, the awards have a different look: they have been renamed to honor past greats of the organization, and the “Heart and Soul” award has been split into a community...
Via Lookout Landing
19 hours ago

Looking back two years, looking forward three days

Two years ago the Mariners fell painfully short. Now it seems as though history could repeat itself, but equating 2014 to 2016 does this team a disservice. Earlier today, in one of my favorite pieces from a season filled with good writing, John wrote about his memories of past Mariners playoff dreams, and how the efforts of those teams imbued childhood memories. It’s something...
Via Lookout Landing
20 hours ago

Zunino's HR spurs Seattle past A's 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) Struggling Mike Zunino delivered the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Seattle held on for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night, keeping the Mariners on the edge of the AL wild card chase. Seattle is two games behind Baltimore and Toronto with three games to play. The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 4-0 to pull even atop the wild card...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former top prospect Jesus Montero suspended 50 games

Jesus Montero was once a top prospect. Now, after spending the entire 2016 season in the minors with the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, Montero will start 2017 serving a 50-game suspension. Former top Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, now with the Blue Jays, has been suspended 50 games for stimulant use. He was at AAA this year. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 29, 2016...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mariners make rookie hazing fun with hilarious costumes

The Seattle Mariners love their rookies, but boy do they take hazing to the next level. In the social-media world, the last thing a rookie wants to do is get caught doing something silly. The Mariners didn’t give them much of a choice, though, not with getups like this: Rookie Day pic.twitter.com/UiL0ZFklKz — Edwin Diaz (@EdiDiaz44) September 28, 2016 That’s just the...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cano's homers Mariners top Astros 12-4 to press playoff bid

HOUSTON (AP) Robinson Cano continued his dominance against the Houston Astros on Wednesday to keep Seattle's playoff hopes alive. Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Mariners kept pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders with a 12-4 win over the Astros. Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle remained...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners suspend catcher Steve Clevenger following racially-charged Twitter rant

The Seattle Mariners did not take kindly to some racially-charged tweets posted by backup catcher Steve Clevenger on Thursday night. After a brief review of the social media posts targeting the Black Lives Matter movement and national anthem demonstrations, as well as calling the president “pathetic,” the Mariners decided it was best to keep their distance from Clevenger....
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 3 steps to making the playoffs

For the fans of the Seattle Mariners, it has been a disappointing week.  The Mariners had a chance to make up some big ground in the Wild Card race, but they lost back-to-back series against the Astros and Blue Jays going 2-4 over that stretch.  The good news is the Mariners are only two games behind for the Wild Card.  The bad news is they are behind four teams: the Blue Jays...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Steve Clevenger tweets poorly about Charlotte protests

We have another white athlete throwing out some hot takes on the protests in Charlotte and Black Lives Matter. This time, it’s Seattle Mariners backup catcher Steve Clevenger. Clevenger, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list, tweeted two different things dissing the protests in Charlotte and the Black Lives Matter movement. The controversial tweets were deleted, but the...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Bautista does backwards home run trot to admire dinger

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is just as good at celebrating home runs as he is hitting them. Bautista delivered one of the most epic bat flips we’ve ever seen last season, but he changed his tune a bit during Wednesday night’s game. This time, after hitting a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, he elected to do a backwards trot down the first-base line to celebrate...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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