Seattle Times "They can’t all be shutouts for Mike Montgomery. The rookie left-hander couldn’t quite repeat what he had done in his past two outings — tossing scoreless, complete-game gems. He finally allowed a run — but only one. And thanks to a shutdown effort from the Seattle bullpen behind him and the..." July 06
Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey often speaks of submitting to his fickle pitch, embracing its unpredictability and accepting the mystery. He has described the knuckleball as a “metaphor for letting go.” Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and..." July 06
Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 06
CSN Bay Area "Having watched Felix Hernandez on the highlight shows for so many years, Kendall Graveman found himself sharing the same pitching rubber as the perennial Cy Young contender Saturday. Pitchers love to say they’re not focused on the opposing starter they’re matched up against. Graveman didn’t go..." July 05
Seattle Times "Run support wasn’t an issue for J.A. Happ this time. Sure, when he exited the game after six innings pitched, his teammates had given him only four runs and a one-run lead. But they made sure that enough runs were scored after he left to ensure that Happ’s first win since May 9 remained..." July 04
McClendon says Mariners sticking with rotation thru weekend (Felix tomorrow, Montgomery Sunday). No decision yet on Iwakuma return.
CSN Bay Area "Scott Kazmir carved through the Seattle Mariners’ lineup Thursday night for one of his most dominant starts in an A’s uniform. The left-hander fired eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in the A’s 4-0 victory to open this four-game series at the Coliseum. Kazmir had a perfect..." July 03
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
McClendon says Miller will remain primary shortstop despite Taylor's return to club.
Iwakuma threw his bullpen today. Should know more about what next for the Mariners rotation tomorrow.
Pitchers Justin Germano and Rafael Perez have opted out of Minor League contracts with Mariners and are now free agents.
Seattle Times "For just the third time since May 27, the Mariners have posted back-to-back wins. At minimal value, that’s a winning streak, and Seattle hasn’t had many of those this season. Thanks to the starting pitching of Taijuan Walker, the hitting of Robinson Cano and a Padres offense that made the..." July 02
Hardball Talk "Last offseason Willie Bloomquist returned to Seattle for a second stint with the Mariners, signing a two-year, $5.8 million deal that seemed like a clear over-pay for a 36-year-old, career-long utility man. He hit like his usual self in a part-time role last season, posting a .643 OPS while..." July 02
Iwakuma said blisters are an issue Seattle’s trainers know well, says he should be fine.
Seattle Times "Mike Montgomery’s place in the Mariners’ starting rotation was always assumed to be temporary. The young left-hander was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma on June 2 to fill the spot vacated by fellow lefty James Paxton, who went on the disabled list with a sprained tendon in his left middle..." July 01
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
L.A. Daily News "Winning a baseball game on a wild pitch is nothing like catching a small fish. You don’t throw it back. That was the attitude of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday when Seattle relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen uncorked..." June 29
Tacoma News Tribune "Fernando Rodney had just watched Carson Smith escape an eighth-inning jam Friday night when the phone rang in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen. The message: Rodney was to warm up in order to pitch the ninth inning in what would be his first save situation since he lost his closer’s job after..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Tacoma News Tribune "Fernando Rodney had just watched Carson Smith escape an eighth-inning jam Friday night when the phone rang in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen. The message: Rodney was to warm up in order to pitch the ninth inning in what would be his first save situation since he lost his closer’s job after..." June 28
Orange County Register "The Seattle Mariners worked Garrett Richards to a three-ball count only twice in 30 plate appearances Saturday at Angel Stadium. That was his goal. On an evening the Angels right-hander threw into the bottom half of the strike zone time after time, he got grounder after grounder, and the..." June 28
ESPN "Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Los Angeles Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness. Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck by rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over..." June 28
Seattle Times "Another start, another example of Taijuan Walker’s growing poise and consistency at the big-league level. Over the course of his last six starts, there have been plenty of examples to highlight how much Walker has changed as a pitcher in the span of two months. In Friday night’s 3-1 win over..." June 27
#Mariners select OF Franklin Gutierrez from AAA Tacoma; Option OF James Jones to AAA.
#Mariners LHP James Paxton says his strained middle finger is almost pain-free; hopes to begin playing catch on Friday.
Fox Sports Kansas City "The last time Danny Duffy pitched for the Royals 39 days ago, he left after just five innings, his spot in the rotation questioned and his ERA nearing 6.00. Duffy returned for Kansas City's 8-2 win over Seattle on Wednesday night, lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on..." June 25
Seattle Times "The adrenaline and the emotions were running high early on for Mike Montgomery. His pitches were up, too. The Kansas City Royals took advantage of his erratic energy, loading the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning. Montgomery, making his fifth major-league start, then needed just..." June 24
Kansas City Star "Joe Blanton had walked away from baseball a year ago, content to spend his coming years tending a winery in Napa Valley after a decade in baseball. Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, during an idyllic night in the Pacific Northwest, he handed a baseball to Royals manager Ned Yost and completed a..." June 23
Paxton hasn’t resumed throwing yet, according to McClendon. Has not met with specialist, either.
Houston Chronicle "The plight of the reliever has long been to stay out of the newspaper when he does well only to be splashed on the proverbial back page when he gives up the lead. So when not one, not two, not three relievers are excellent, but five — on Sunday, it was Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Joe Thatcher, Pat..." June 22
Hardball Talk "Seattle has released veteran infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks after designating him for assignment last week. Weeks was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for a decade, but lost the job to Scooter Gennett last season and struggled to find much of a market as a free agent this winter." June 22
McClendon said Iwakuma will make at least three rehab starts. Pitch count has to be worked up to 100 pitches, wants to see velocity up
Seattle Times "It’s highly doubtful that having Edgar Martinez as their new hitting coach for less than five hours or his mere presence and aura in the dugout was the difference for the Mariners in their 6-3 win over the Astros. It doesn’t work that way in baseball. “He had a good first night,” joked..." June 21
Edgar Martinez hired as mariners new hitting coach. Howard Johnson is being reassigned within organization m.
Seattle Times "Seattle starter Roenis Elias pitches with swagger, a weaponized flair. Mariners hat pulled low over his eyes, the 26-year-old from Guantánamo, Cuba, uses his trailing leg as a celebratory flourish after strikeouts, spits out of the side of his mouth. When he’s struggling, Elias’ confidence can..." June 20
CSN Bay Area "Ryan Vogelsong and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to give San Francisco its major league-leading 11th shutout, a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Vogelsong (5-5), allowed three singles over 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking two as the offensively..." June 19
Seattle Times "On this night, the King was just a little bit better than the World Series MVP. Though it’s quite certain Felix Hernandez would trade his crown for any one of Madison Bumgarner’s three World Series titles. Hernandez has yet to pitch in the postseason in his 11-year career in Seattle. This..." June 18
CSN Bay Area "Before heading back out on the road, the Giants finally gave the home crowd a chance to walk out of here smiling. The Giants scored a pair of early runs, three late ones and rode a dominant bullpen while finally putting an end to the home woes. A 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners snapped a..." June 17
Seattle Times "The maturation of Taijuan Walker at the major-league level has been far from a straight ascension to success. It’s been more like a series of switchbacks with a few stumbles and false steps along the way. And for a period in late April and early May, when he was really struggling (1-3 with a..." June 16
Hardball Talk "Seattle had no plans to call up Kevin Gregg from Triple-A, so the 38-year-old reliever has opted out of his minor-league contract four weeks after signing with the Mariners. Gregg was previously released by the Reds after allowing 12 runs in 11 innings and he has a 10.07 ERA in 23 appearances..." June 16
Lookout Landing "James Jones was always, always going to be on the 2015 Mariners at some point. I confess it exists within the boundaries of possibility that if you were a Mariner fan watching the 2014 Kansas City Royals in the postseason you didn't watch Jarrod Dyson reincarnate Cool Papa Bell with every..." June 15
Houston Chronicle "Even before they brought in the orange picnic blankets, hamburgers and hot dogs, bounce houses and autograph tables for their annual Picnic in the Park postgame benefit, the Astros provided good entertainment value for a steamy Sunday afternoon. Rookie starting pitcher Lance McCullers held..." June 15
CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
#Mariners scratch Trumbo for back spasms. Ackley to play left.
Seattle Times "Less than 24 hours earlier, the Mariners watched Felix Hernandez exit with one out in the first inning having allowed eight runs in the single worst outing of his career. Less than 24 hours earlier, they been shut down and shut out for the second straight game to make it 20 straight innings..." June 14
Hardball Talk "Rickie Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon after struggling in part-time duty. Weeks, 32, batted just .167/.263/.250 with two home runs and nine RBI over 95 plate appearances while seeing most of his..." June 14
Houston Chronicle "Here’s your slump buster and eye opener rolled into one, the day we might look back on as the point the 2015 Astros took hold in the city’s consciousness. Astros fans had a right to stay away so long, but with a new shortstop that should be the talk of the town joining an upstart contender, the..." June 13
CBS Sports "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
Tonight’s lineups pic.twitter.com/pudAyBdQLb