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.
Houston Chronicle "Soon after drilling the first walkoff hit of his career, reigning American League batting champion Jose Altuve stopped a few feet from second base and motioned to his teammates as they raced toward him. Since the start of last season, nobody in baseball has more hits than Altuve’s 261, but..." May 01
Seattle Times "Logan Morrison has put on a good face through the first 20 games of the season. He came into Wednesday’s game hitting an anemic .149 with just one extra-base hit. Admittedly, he’s had his struggles and has refused to make excuses. But he’s also been a victim of bad luck, which manager Lloyd..." April 30
Seattle Times "The Mariners will have the chance to do something Wednesday that they’ve failed to do on three separate occasions this season — win a third consecutive game. That failure has typified some of the team’s overall inconsistency the first 20 games. When the Mariners hit, they don’t pitch. When they..." April 29
Seattle Times "There were plenty of pitches that Taijuan Walker executed with great precision in the Mariners’ 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Of the 62 strikes he threw in seven innings, some were good, some were bad, some were missed, some were lucky not to be hit harder and others were just..." April 28
Hisashi Iwakuma remained in Seattle to rehab his shoulder/lat. McClendon said he's doing strengthening exercises and very light throwing.
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