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Felix settles after 1st, but Seattle's streak ends

After allowing 4 runs, right-hander limits A's to 1 hit in final 5 innings
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OAKLAND -- Felix Hernandez is at a loss to explain his troubles getting out of the first inning this season, a fact he finds even more mystifying considering the success the slumping Seattle ace has had after that.

Hernandez had another rough start to his day, and the Mariners didn't give him much help offensively in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

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OAKLAND -- Felix Hernandez is at a loss to explain his troubles getting out of the first inning this season, a fact he finds even more mystifying considering the success the slumping Seattle ace has had after that.

Hernandez had another rough start to his day, and the Mariners didn't give him much help offensively in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

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Hernandez allowed four runs, all of them in the first inning, before settling in to retire 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. By then, the damage was done, and the Mariners saw their season-best five-game winning streak come to an end in the series finale at the Coliseum.

"Every five days I'm here talking with you guys, and it's the same story," Hernandez said. "Today was frustrating. I give up four runs and stayed there for six innings, retired the last 16 out of 17, with the same stuff that I got in the first inning. I don't know what's going on in the first."

Video: SEA@OAK: Segura scores from third on a double play

It's not unusual for starting pitchers to scuffle through the first inning, but it's been a season-long issue for Seattle's big right-hander.

King Felix allowed four hits and a walk to the first seven batters he faced. Jed Lowrie had a sacrifice fly, Stephen Piscotty doubled in two runs and Dustin Fowler added an RBI single to put the A's ahead, 4-1.

That raised the six-time All-Star's ERA in the first inning to a whopping 12.27, a key reason behind his struggles.

"That's a hurdle he's gotta get over," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's hurt him the last few times out, kind of putting us behind the eight-ball a little bit early. Give Felix credit. He hung in there after the first and got his changeup working and got some soft contact after that.

"Some guys have the ability to work their way through it. Felix needs to maybe come out [with] a little bit more [energy] ... because the game can be lost in the first inning. It's hard. I've often talked about pitchers, the first inning's the most challenging for them to settle in and see what's working. But again, we have to get over a hump there."

Leadoff hitter Jean Segura singled three times and scored, while Kyle Seager had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners. Seattle hit into a season-high five double plays, including three in the first four innings, muting multiple scoring opportunities.

Video: SEA@OAK: Lucas gets Gamel to ground into a 3-6-3 DP

The Mariners won the first two games of the series primarily behind a combination of steady pitching and timely hitting. They got little of either on the final stop of their brief road trip to Northern California, although the day began promising enough.

Segura and Guillermo Heredia opened the game with back-to-back singles. Mitch Haniger, back in the lineup after a day off because of a bruised wrist, walked to load the bases. Nelson Cruz followed with a double-play grounder that plated Segura, but that was all Seattle mustered from that threat.

"The double-play balls really killed us today," Servais said. "We had chances to put more up there. Just didn't happen."

Hernandez (5-4) quickly gave it right back and then some. He had no issues after the first inning, however, and pitched through the sixth, giving up five hits total with one walk and two strikeouts.

"The first inning, that's the problem," Hernandez said. "After that, the same stuff that I have and they don't hit me. If you take all my runs in the first inning, I'd probably be up there with [Houston's Justin] Verlander in ERA."

Oakland managed only one baserunner after the first inning -- Fowler's single in the fourth -- but held on for its third win in nine games against Seattle this season.

Video: SEA@OAK: Freitas smacks an RBI single into right

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
So close: As quiet as the offense was, the Mariners pulled within one run on Seager's RBI double in the eighth and had runners at second and third with two outs before A's closer Blake Treinen got Daniel Vogelbach to fly out to center field.

Video: SEA@OAK: Seager smacks an RBI double to right

SOUND SMART
Hernandez has allowed 15 first-inning runs this season but owns a 4.11 ERA after that. 

UP NEXT
The Mariners return to Seattle for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT against Minnesota. Left-hander James Paxton gets the call and looks to build on his already impressive campaign. Paxton has a 1.70 ERA over his previous five starts and has 45 strikeouts over the past 37 innings. Fernando Romero will start for the Twins.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland.

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Haniger (right wrist) returns to Mariners' lineup

Seattle's roster slowly starting to recover from injuries
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OAKLAND -- Right fielder Mitch Haniger was back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday, two days after getting hit by a pitch on his right wrist. That's another encouraging sign for manager Scott Servais' ballclub, which is slowly but surely getting healthy after a rash of injuries to key players.

Haniger's return adds another big bat to Seattle's lineup. The Mariners took a five-game winning streak into the series finale in Oakland, having won the first two against the A's despite scoring only three earned runs.

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OAKLAND -- Right fielder Mitch Haniger was back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday, two days after getting hit by a pitch on his right wrist. That's another encouraging sign for manager Scott Servais' ballclub, which is slowly but surely getting healthy after a rash of injuries to key players.

Haniger's return adds another big bat to Seattle's lineup. The Mariners took a five-game winning streak into the series finale in Oakland, having won the first two against the A's despite scoring only three earned runs.

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The 27-year-old Haniger, who leads Seattle in home runs and RBIs, was penciled in to bat third in the lineup against Oakland.

"He felt pretty good yesterday after he got out of the cages," Servais said. "He feels fine. He still has a little soreness there, but nothing he can't play through."

Haniger was hit by a 91.2-mph sinker from A's starter Trevor Cahill leading off the fourth inning Tuesday. Haniger remained in the game and took the field defensively in the bottom of the frame before leaving in the fifth.

That same night, shortstop Jean Segura also injured his left shoulder sliding into home plate with the winning run, leaving the Mariners with a long line in the trainer's room. Center fielder Dee Gordon is on the disabled list with a broken right toe, and designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been in and out of the lineup for the past week due to elbow and foot issues.

That doesn't include second baseman Robinson Cano, who recently had surgery for a fractured right hand and is serving an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance.

Cruz is trying to get his season on track. The Mariners slugger was hitting .274 through April, but he has been scuffling since. During the first 17 games in May, Cruz was only 9-for-58 (.155) with two home runs and seven RBIs. He was also hit by pitches six times over the same span.

"I think he feels much better," Servais said. "Last night, I know his results weren't great, but I thought his swings were much better. Just a matter of getting back to getting strikes. That's a big thing. He got into chasing balls out of the zone last night. Even talking to him after the game, he felt much better in the batter's box. That's a good sign. We're certainly going to need him to pick it up and get hot."

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland.

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Keep an eye on this Mariners prospect

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Fans get excited about top prospects because they represent a club's best hope for the future. Some are putting themselves in position to be called up later this summer, others may take longer.

But keeping up with the farm system is part of being a loyal fan, and here are five intriguing prospects to watch in the American League West.

Fans get excited about top prospects because they represent a club's best hope for the future. Some are putting themselves in position to be called up later this summer, others may take longer.

But keeping up with the farm system is part of being a loyal fan, and here are five intriguing prospects to watch in the American League West.

ANGELS
Prospect: LHP Jose Suarez
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 11/NA
Why you should keep an eye on him: Suarez began the season with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, but he's been so dominant that he's already climbed two levels and reached Triple-A Salt Lake. As of Tuesday, the 20-year-old left-hander led all Minor League pitchers with 69 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings, giving him a 15.8 K/9 ratio on the season. Suarez, who mixes a low-90s fastball with a plus changeup and curveball, has a 2.79 ERA in nine starts between Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile. General manager Billy Eppler praised his advanced feel for pitching, especially with his secondary stuff.
ETA: Suarez could be a rotation option later this summer, if needed.

Video: MIL@HOU: Tucker slugs a grand slam to right field

ASTROS
Prospect: OF Kyle Tucker
MLB Pipeline rank: Astros' No. 2/No. 16 overall
Why you should keep an eye on him: Tucker, who opened eyes when he slugged five homers in Spring Training, is making a nice transition to Triple-A at only 21 years old. Through 42 games at Fresno, the left-handed-hitting outfielder was slashing .289/.360/.457 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 173 at-bats. Houston is lacking production in left field this season, and Tucker could get his shot.
ETA: Later in 2018 if the Astros need the offensive boost.

Video: Murphy enjoying experience with big leaguers at camp

ATHLETICS
Prospect: C Sean Murphy
MLB Pipeline rank: A's No. 6/No. 97 overall
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Athletics are set with Jonathan Lucroy as their catcher, but he can become a free agent after the season. Murphy, a third-round pick in 2016, is clearly Oakland's catcher of the future, possessing athleticism and plus defensive skills behind the plate. Offensively, he is off to a strong start at Double-A Midland, hitting .312 with a .353 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage.
ETA: 2019, although this season is not out of the question.

Video: Top Prospects: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners

MARINERS
Prospect: Kyle Lewis, OF
MLB Pipeline rank: Mariners' No. 1/No. 65 overall
Why you should keep an eye on him: Lewis has been Seattle's premier position prospect since being drafted in the first round (No. 11 overall) in 2016, but major surgery on his right knee following a home-plate collision 30 games into his pro career continues to slow his progress. The 22-year-old made good strides after returning in the second half last year for Class A Advanced Modesto, but another minor surgery to clean up the knee again last offseason delayed his start once more this season. Lewis made his 2018 debut last week. He was at designated hitter the first five games and is just now starting to play in the outfield, while still working to find his timing at the plate.
ETA: This year is just about Lewis getting healthy and re-establishing himself without worrying about climbing the ladder. If all goes well, he could move quickly in the future, with perhaps a full-time shot in 2020 if his bat plays at the upper levels.

Video: Rangers sign international prospect Martinez

RANGERS
Prospect: Julio Pablo Martinez, OF
MLB Pipeline rank: Rangers' No. 3/No. 64 overall
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Rangers signed Martinez in March and he will make his professional debut on June 2 in the Dominican Summer League. He won't be there long. Martinez, 22, was a star in the Cuban National Series before leaving the country, and he should be playing Class A in the United States later this summer. He has excellent speed and makes good contact with some power as a left-handed hitter. Martinez can cover ground defensively in center field.
ETA: Martinez is an unknown commodity, but his success in Cuba suggests he could move quickly through the system. He could be in Arlington by 2020, but next year is not out of the question.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Gonzales' 7 scoreless IP lead to 5th straight win

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OAKLAND -- In what was easily his best start of the season, Marco Gonzales only had one skittish inning when he had to pitch through traffic. Even then, the Mariners left-hander deftly worked his way out of trouble with relative ease.

Gonzales pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings and the Mariners made an unearned run in the fourth inning hold up in a 1-0 win over the A's at the Coliseum on Wednesday.

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OAKLAND -- In what was easily his best start of the season, Marco Gonzales only had one skittish inning when he had to pitch through traffic. Even then, the Mariners left-hander deftly worked his way out of trouble with relative ease.

Gonzales pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings and the Mariners made an unearned run in the fourth inning hold up in a 1-0 win over the A's at the Coliseum on Wednesday.

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Guillermo Heredia doubled and scored the game's lone run, helping the Mariners extend their longest winning streak of the season to five games. Seattle managed only six hits and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but it rode the pitching of Gonzales and two relievers to the team's fourth shutout victory of the season.

"Can't be any more proud and happy for him, kind of taking the next step, being consistent and using all of his pitches," Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Gonzales. "When you have all three working, locating the fastball, really good changeup and the curveball's been such a vital pitch for him, you really see this guy stepping forward. We needed everything he gave us."

Gonzales (4-3) had never pitched more than 6 1/3 innings, but he was masterful against the A's. He retired nine of the first 10 batters, then sat down 12 of the final 13 he faced after issuing back-to-back walks to open the fourth.

Video: SEA@OAK: Gamel dives for a great grab in left field

"I think it had bits and pieces of some of my best stuff," Gonzales said. "I really was just trying to get ahead of hitters, get myself into good counts and allow my pitches to play. I think I'm really starting to figure out how my repertoire works, and my best chance is when I'm ahead in the count."

The left-hander struck out six and worked out of the jam in the fourth by getting Matt Chapman to line out, fanning Mark Canha and getting Matt Olson to fly out to left.

"It's a step up," Gonzales said. "I try to take positives from every time out there and learn from it. But those situations where you're in traffic, especially to start the inning, just says something about the communication that [catcher Mike Zunino] and I have behind the plate, the trust he has in me to be able to throw pitches behind in the count and to get timely ground balls."

Video: SEA@OAK: Diaz strikes out the side for 17th save

Juan Nicasio pitched the eighth and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 17th save, tied for the Major League lead with Colorado's Wade Davis.

Seattle needed the strong pitching performance to offset a stellar outing by Oakland starter Daniel Gossett (0-2), who allowed one unearned run on four hits over seven innings with five strikeouts.

A day after driving in Jean Segura for the go-ahead run in a 10-inning win, Heredia scored the Mariners' only run after doubling to lead off the fourth. Heredia took third on Nelson Cruz's flyout to right, then scored when A's shortstop Marcus Semien -- playing in -- bobbled Kyle Seager's grounder for an error.

Video: SEA@OAK: Heredia scores on Semien's fielding error

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Got his first:
Making his Major League debut, Mariners right fielder John Andreoli singled off Gossett with one out in the fifth for his first career hit. Andreoli was called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day and started in place of Mitch Haniger, who is nursing a sore right wrist. Andreoli also made a sliding catch in right-center field to rob Jonathan Lucroy of a hit in the eighth.

"It was unbelievable," Andreoli said. "It was so much fun, everything you could have dreamed of." More >

Video: SEA@OAK: Andreoli singles for first Major League hit

UP NEXT
Right-hander Felix Hernandez (5-3, 5.53 ERA) faces the A's for the third time this season in Thursday afternoon's series finale at 12:35 p.m. PT. Hernandez is 1-1 with two quality starts against Oakland, but he is in a stretch in which he's allowed three or more earned runs in five consecutive starts. Reliever Josh Lucas will make his first Major League start for the A's.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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With Haniger out, Andreoli collects 1st ML hit

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OAKLAND -- With Seattle right fielder Mitch Haniger still ailing after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night, the Mariners called up outfielder John Andreoli to make his Major League debut in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the A's.

Andreoli, 27, started in right field and batted eighth against the A's, collecting his first career hit with a fifth-inning single.

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OAKLAND -- With Seattle right fielder Mitch Haniger still ailing after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night, the Mariners called up outfielder John Andreoli to make his Major League debut in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the A's.

Andreoli, 27, started in right field and batted eighth against the A's, collecting his first career hit with a fifth-inning single.

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"It was unbelievable," said Andreoli, who signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners in January. "It was so much fun, everything you could have dreamed of."

Filling in for Haniger, Andreoli made an impressive sliding grab to rob A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy of a hit in the eighth.

"I thought I had a good jump off the bat," Andreoli said. "With the righty, he kind of stayed through, so [the ball is] going to fade back a little bit toward me, so I knew it was probably my ball. Thought I had a good bead on it. Just went after it and made the catch."

Video: SEA@OAK: Andreoli sprints, lunges for a great catch

Andreoli batted .294 with three home runs, seven doubles and 20 RBIs in 32 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season. To make room for Andreoli, the Mariners optioned right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla to Tacoma.

Manager Scott Servais has been scrambling to fill a healthy team for more than a week. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup after missing four of the previous six games with elbow and foot injuries. Shortstop Jean Segura was also in the leadoff spot after jamming his left shoulder sliding into home plate for the go-ahead run in Tuesday's 10-inning victory.

Haniger wore a thick ice bandage around his right wrist in the Mariners' clubhouse Wednesday. Seattle's leader in home runs (11) and RBIs (36), Haniger did some hitting before the game and is doing better than originally thought, according to Servais.

"[Haniger] feels a little bit better than maybe expected," Servais said. "We'll try to give him a day today, maybe tomorrow, wait and see how he's feeling and progressing. Certainly could have been a lot worse. Probably got a little fortunate on that one."

Video: SEA@OAK: Haniger gets hit on the wrist, later exits

Segura in good shape
Segura appeared fine a day after hurting his left shoulder while sliding into the leg of A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the 10th inning, a contrast from a night earlier when the Seattle shortstop was laying on the dirt behind home plate for several moments while being attended to by a team trainer.

The play was spotlighted not only because Segura scored the go-ahead run, but because of the positioning of Lucroy, who was essentially blocking the plate without the ball. Segura was openly critical of Lucroy after the game, and the Oakland catcher acknowledged he might have been in the way.

It also raised questions about players sliding headfirst into home plate, something Servais said he would rather his team not do. At the same time, Servais has no plans to ask Segura to change his tactics.

Video: SEA@OAK: Heredia belts a go-ahead RBI double in 10th

"It's one of those instinctive plays," Servais said. "Some guys are going to go headfirst. You certainly don't like to see it at home plate. But the baserunning read, the secondary lead, the jump off the bag, [Segura] really can run. We've seen him move before. I don't want to take any of his aggressiveness away.

"In a perfect world, would you teach it that way? No. I'd like the guys to go in feet first to home plate. But I'm not going to say anything about it."

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Mariners approved for 25-year lease at Safeco

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The Mariners were approved for a new 25-year lease at Safeco Field by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), the club announced Wednesday.

The new lease agreement takes effect after the ballpark's original 20-year lease expires at the end of this year and includes provisions for two three-year options that could extend the term through 2049.

The Mariners were approved for a new 25-year lease at Safeco Field by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), the club announced Wednesday.

The new lease agreement takes effect after the ballpark's original 20-year lease expires at the end of this year and includes provisions for two three-year options that could extend the term through 2049.

"We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years," Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement. "Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox.

"We sincerely appreciate our partnership with the PFD, who share our vision to ensure that our fans will continue to enjoy Major League Baseball in a state-of-the-art facility for decades to come."

Under the terms of the new agreement, the Mariners will contribute about $650 million to PFD and the ballpark, including $55 million for 25 years' rent, $120 million to a new Capital Expenditure Fund for ballpark upgrades and improvements, 1.5 to 2 percent of ticket sales revenue and an estimated $175 million generated from taxes collected on parking and tickets sold for Safeco Field events.

The lease requires that the Mariners maintain Safeco Field in first-class condition, measured against the top one-third of comparable MLB ballparks.

The Mariners will also continue to pay for all ballpark operation and routine maintenance costs, estimated at $250 million over the life of the lease. Eighty percent of the costs of capital expenditures, operations and maintenance will be paid for by the Mariners via contributions to the PFD and taxes generated by the ballpark.

"This is a great day for baseball fans in the Northwest," Stanton said. "Safeco Field has been the site of so many special moments and we look forward to many more to come."

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Segura's aggressiveness pays off for Mariners

Shortstop scores from first on Heredia's double for go-ahead run in 10th
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OAKLAND -- Mariners third-base coach Scott Brosius had second thoughts about waving Jean Segura home with the game tied in the 10th inning. It didn't matter, because Segura wasn't paying attention anyway.

Segura scored the go-ahead run from first base on Guillermo Heredia's one-out double, as the Mariners beat the A's, 3-2, in Tuesday night's series opener.

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OAKLAND -- Mariners third-base coach Scott Brosius had second thoughts about waving Jean Segura home with the game tied in the 10th inning. It didn't matter, because Segura wasn't paying attention anyway.

Segura scored the go-ahead run from first base on Guillermo Heredia's one-out double, as the Mariners beat the A's, 3-2, in Tuesday night's series opener.

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It was a big win for manager Scott Servais' club on a day it placed leadoff hitter Dee Gordon on the disabled list with a fractured right big toe and lost right fielder Mitch Haniger to a bruised right wrist after he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.

"Really proud of our group," Servais said. "The guys are fighting, clawing and finding a way to hang in there."

After Gordon Beckham struck out looking, Segura singled, then raced around to score when Heredia lined a 1-2 pitch into the right-center-field gap.

A's rookie center fielder Dustin Fowler retrieved the ball, bobbled it briefly, then threw it into the infield. Segura slid headfirst into home to beat the relay throw, appearing to jam his left shoulder on the leg of A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

"When it was first hit, I thought it was going to be a stretch," Brosius said. "I think the bobble kind of opened the door a little bit for me to think that we could get him. I kind of knew it was going to be a bang-bang play, but we've got a good runner on the bases, a wet baseball, so I just figured it was worth taking a shot at that point."

Segura said he didn't even notice Brosius.

"My mind was trying to score," Segura said. "I didn't even look at Brosius. I knew it was a good opportunity to score at that time."

Segura questioned Lucroy's defense on the play, which left him laying on the dirt behind home plate while a team trainer checked him.

"When I turned third base to go to home plate, I saw his foot right on home plate before he got to the baseball," Segura said. "I know he's trying to do the best he can to get me out, but at the same point, you have the plate blocked. He didn't even have the ball. As a catcher, you know you don't have any chance to get people out at home plate. I think you can't do that. You can't block the plate like that."

Lucroy acknowledged that he might have been in the way.

"I didn't really know where I was. I think I got in his way a little bit," Lucroy said. "I put my foot in front of the plate. I think it would have been an interference call anyway. I think he would have been safe any way, shape or form, so I don't think we had a chance of getting him out there no matter what."

Video: SEA@OAK: Zunino belts a game-tying 2-run homer in 7th

After being held scoreless through six innings, Mike Zunino hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh. Daniel Vogelbach, called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Gordon on the roster, drew a one-out walk against A's starter Trevor Cahill before Zunino lined a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall for a 384-foot home run. The homer had an exit velocity of 111 mph with a launch angle of 20 degrees, per Statcast™.

Seattle got a lift from its bullpen, as three relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, with Edwin Diaz working a perfect 10th for his 16th save.

Video: SEA@OAK: Diaz gets a scare, locks down save in 10th

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Got out of it: With the score tied at 2, the A's had a runner on second with two outs in the eighth, after Matt Olson hit a sharp grounder off reliever James Pazos that got past Segura at shortstop and rolled to the wall, where left fielder Ben Gamel slipped and fell as the play resulted in a double. Nick Vincent replaced Pazos and got Matt Chapman to fly out to the warning track on his first pitch.

YOU'RE GONE
Servais was ejected after Gamel was called out on strikes on a high curveball from A's closer Blake Treinen to end the top of the ninth, Seattle's sixth strikeout over a seven-batter stretch. It was Servais' second ejection in eight days. He was also tossed against Texas on May 15.

Video: SEA@OAK: Servais gets ejected for arguing in the 9th

UP NEXT
Left-hander Marco Gonzales faces the A's for the second time this season on Wednesday at the Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. PT, as he looks for his first win in more than three weeks. Gonzales allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings against Oakland on April 14, but he had an effective outing against Detroit last time out. Daniel Gossett will start for the A's.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Mariners' Gordon to DL with fractured toe

Vogelbach recalled from Triple-A to fill roster spot for Mariners
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OAKLAND -- The Mariners' search to fill their second-base position took another turn Tuesday as Dee Gordon was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right big toe.

Gordon just shifted from center field to second base to replace the suspended Robinson Cano three games ago.

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OAKLAND -- The Mariners' search to fill their second-base position took another turn Tuesday as Dee Gordon was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right big toe.

Gordon just shifted from center field to second base to replace the suspended Robinson Cano three games ago.

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"He was trying to play through it," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He knew there was a small little crack in it, but it's one of those things you try to manage it as best you can, and then he kind of re-aggravated it on the homestand. You saw in the game on Sunday -- it was really bothering him.

"Speed being such a big part of his game, I just think the best thing to do is let that thing calm down. Not that it's going to completely heal in nine or 10 days, but certainly calm down enough to the point [that] hopefully we can get him back sooner than later."

The Mariners recalled first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma to take Gordon's roster spot. Vogelbach will join the team in time for Tuesday's series opener at Oakland.

With Cano gone until mid-August with his 80-game suspension and Gordon now sidelined, the Mariners' current second-base options are Gordon Beckham and utility infielder Andrew Romine.

Gordon, 30, initially injured the toe when he fouled a ball off it during an at-bat on May 9 at Toronto. Although X-rays taken revealed a small fracture, Gordon continued to play but further injured it in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Tigers when he made a diving attempt at a bloop single into shallow right field by John Hicks in the top of the 11th inning.

Video: DET@SEA: Gordon misses on his dive for fly ball

Gordon remained in the game and singled, stole second and scored the winning run on a walk-off single by Jean Segura, but he was limping noticeably.

Surgery was never considered, according to Servais, and the team opted to leave Gordon at home to rest rather than have him on the road trip.

"You certainly saw it in the ballgame on Sunday, him taking off stealing, kind of limping around there to score the winning run," Servais said. "We just want to make sure he's 100 percent. We're going to need him. We just thought the best way was by calming this thing down right now. He knows he's not right. I think it started affecting him in the batter's box a little bit in his swing. He tried to play through it as long as he could. Just wasn't working."

The speedster is hitting .304/.330/.386 with an American League-leading 16 steals out of the leadoff spot for Seattle, which acquired him in a trade from the Marlins in December.

Video: OAK@SEA: Vogelbach uncorks a long solo homer to right

Vogelbach, 25, made the Mariners' Opening Day roster and slashed .204/.317/.352 with two home runs in 19 games before being optioned to Triple-A. In 24 games for Tacoma this season, he hit .301/.449/.711 with nine homers.

Injury update

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was held out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day with a sore elbow after he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. The Seattle slugger missed two games last week after getting hit by a pitch in his right foot.

"We really need Nellie back in the lineup, no doubt, but we need the good Nellie being a force, driving in runs, doing what he can do. Just give him another day," Servais said.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Inbox: What's next for Paxton to accomplish?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers questions from Mariners fans
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James Paxton clearly has taken his game to a different level. Do you think he can keep this up and be a legitimate -- and much-needed -- ace for the Mariners?
-- Billy L., Oak Harbor, Wash.

Paxton indeed is on a dominant run. But, frankly, he's done this before. People seem to forget he started out last season going 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 37 innings in six starts before straining his forearm. And when he got back in a groove after coming off the disabled list, he put together an overpowering July when he was 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings before straining his pec muscle in August.

James Paxton clearly has taken his game to a different level. Do you think he can keep this up and be a legitimate -- and much-needed -- ace for the Mariners?
-- Billy L., Oak Harbor, Wash.

Paxton indeed is on a dominant run. But, frankly, he's done this before. People seem to forget he started out last season going 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 37 innings in six starts before straining his forearm. And when he got back in a groove after coming off the disabled list, he put together an overpowering July when he was 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings before straining his pec muscle in August.

So while Paxton's current stretch of five games (2-0, 1.70 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 37 innings) includes a career-high 16 strikeout game and a no-hitter, it's not wildly out of line with what he was able to do last year. The key clearly is staying healthy, and Paxton has been good there so far this year. He has also become more efficient with his pitches and able to go deeper, thus his first two career complete games.

Video: Paxton tosses sixth no-hitter in Mariners history

But this is how good Paxton can be when he's locked in. He already was knocking on ace-level stature when healthy, and there's no reason to think he can't carry that out for a full season if the pieces stay together.

Since moving Dee Gordon back to second base, do you think we have a chance to see Ichiro Suzuki playing again this season?
-- Jesus O., Maracaibo, Venezuela

Ichiro will not be playing again with the Mariners this season. Per MLB rules and the agreement he and the Mariners made, he's not eligible to return to Seattle's roster in 2018. He could sign with another club this year, but Ichiro has indicated to the Mariners he does not want to do that.

With the Mariners being in contention a quarter of the way through the season, who do you see them going after to fill the void left by Robinson Cano?
-- Nathan D, Melbourne Australia

This seems to be the $12 million question, which is the amount of money the Mariners are saving from Cano's suspension without pay. General manager Jerry Dipoto is already inquiring with other teams about potential deals, and I have no doubt he'll bolster the roster for a playoff push, likely by adding both an outfielder and some pitching help.

With Gordon moving to second and Cano due back in mid-August, there's no need for infield help. But the outfield depth is thin now and I could see Dipoto acquiring a solid veteran like the Royals' Jon Jay, who is a guy they were interested in last winter before trading for Gordon and wouldn't cost a ton.

That would leave money to pursue pitching as well, which to me is a bigger need. The injury to setup man David Phelps has hurt the bullpen, and even with Paxton's success, the starting rotation's 4.55 ERA is 10th out of 15 teams in the AL.

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What role does Cano pose for the team in the playoffs?
-- Harlan G., Seattle, Wash.

Even though he can return from his suspension on Aug. 14, Cano won't be eligible to participate in the postseason this year. So that indeed raises a difficult situation. Gordon can move back to the outfield when Cano returns for the final six weeks, but he'd have to shift back to second in the playoffs.

What has the message to the team been concerning the news of Cano's suspension? It appears to have been the right one.
-- Mark C., Cavalier, N.D.

Pull together, keep playing hard and don't try to do too much individually to overcompensate for Cano's absence.

Can we please stop making such a big fuss about Paxton being from Canada? I get the maple leaf tattoo. But he was born and raised in Ladner, near Vancouver, in British Columbia. It's barely a two-hour drive from Safeco Field.
-- Ian D., Corvallis, Ore.

Sure, Paxton grew up close to Seattle. But it doesn't matter how close you are to a border, you still are a citizen of the country where you're born. He grew up in Canada and played for Team Canada as a junior player. I was in Toronto when Paxton threw his no-hitter, and his pride in being Canadian and accomplishing that feat in his home country was readily apparent. It was a cool deal for him. Not sure why that wouldn't be noteworthy, just as players from other countries take pride in their roots.

Which team does Tom Wilhelmsen play for this season?
-- Gordon P., Glasgow, Scotland

Wilhelmsen remains one of the most fascinating personalities I've ever covered and his unique path continues. The Bartender was released by the Padres during Spring Training and is now pitching independent league ball for the St. Paul Saints, making $1,800 a month, and seeing where life takes him at age 34.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Mariners tie it with HR in 9th, walk off in 11th

Segura drives in winner after Haniger's homer sends it to extras
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SEATTLE -- Dee Gordon could barely walk, let alone run on an aching toe. And the Mariners' offense could barely score, let alone win on what had been a frustrating Sunday at Safeco Field. But in the end, Gordon ran, the Mariners won and a surprising Seattle squad stayed squarely in the hunt in the American League West.

After being handcuffed by Francisco Liriano on one hit for eight scoreless innings, the Mariners pulled out a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Tigers with some late fireworks.

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SEATTLE -- Dee Gordon could barely walk, let alone run on an aching toe. And the Mariners' offense could barely score, let alone win on what had been a frustrating Sunday at Safeco Field. But in the end, Gordon ran, the Mariners won and a surprising Seattle squad stayed squarely in the hunt in the American League West.

After being handcuffed by Francisco Liriano on one hit for eight scoreless innings, the Mariners pulled out a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Tigers with some late fireworks.

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Gordon singled off Tigers reliever Buck Farmer leading off the 11th, stole second and raced home on Jean Segura's walk-off base hit down the first-base line. The Mariners are 3-0 in extra-inning games this season with three walk-off wins.

Mitch Haniger's two-run homer off closer Shane Greene tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Haniger broke up Liriano's no-hit bid with a one-out single in the seventh and then broke the Tigers' hearts with a blast projected at 415 feet by Statcast™ after Segura's one-out single.

Video: DET@SEA: Haniger's single breaks up no-hitter in 7th

"The heart this club has is pretty, pretty impressive," manager Scott Servais said. "These guys just keep battling through adversity. One thing after another. We've had some injuries, some guys out of the lineup, guys hobbling around out there.

"Dee Gordon gets on base and has an issue with his toe that's bothering him. But he steals second base. Just bite your lip and keep going. And Jean Segura, right guy up at the right time. Jean has been just on fire here all week."

Video: DET@SEA: Servais on Haniger, heart in comeback win

Servais said Gordon reinjured his toe on a diving attempt at a bloop hit in the top of the 11th by John Hicks and might not be able to play Tuesday in Oakland. But Gordon dug deep when needed with his AL-leading 16th stolen base, setting the stage for Segura's second career walk-off hit.

"When he gets on base, he sets the tone," Segura said. "When he's on base, we're a completely different team. Now you put so much pressure on the pitcher because he's running and he left a fastball down the middle and I was able to make good contact."

Liriano (3-1, 3.42 ERA) was gunning for his second career no-hitter until Haniger's one-out single in the seventh. The Mariners never advanced a runner past first against the 34-year-old, who issued three walks with five strikeouts.

But on a day they got out-hit, 10-6, the Mariners made their blows count at the end.

"It's huge. All wins are big," Haniger said. "The way we came back and battled shows a lot about the guys in this clubhouse."

Veteran lefty Wade LeBlanc allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings for Seattle, with a two-run homer by Hicks, a former Mariners catching prospect, in the first inning the only damage done in his 78-pitch outing.

LeBlanc has been extremely effective since stepping in for the injured Erasmo Ramirez, with a 1.33 ERA and 17 hits allowed in 20 1/3 innings over four starts.

The win capped a 4-2 homestand for the Mariners as they remain second in the American League West at 27-19. The Tigers lost the season series to Seattle, 4-3, and fell to 20-26 overall.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Haniger's homer came on an 0-2 slider from Greene and continued his run of late-inning heroics. Haniger is hitting .357 (20-for-56) with two doubles, a triple, nine homers and 17 RBIs in the seventh inning or later this season. Haniger hit 10 home runs in the season's first month, but this was his first blast in 19 games in May.

Video: DET@SEA: Haniger crushes a game-tying home run in 9th

"We've got a lot of fighters in this clubhouse," Haniger said. "With our lineup, we're never out of a game, I don't care what the score is. Two runs, we feel like we can get that with one swing, like it happened. We're just trying to stay focused and get runs however we can."

SOUND SMART
The Mariners are eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2016 season, when they finished the year 86-76.

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Six Mariners relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings on three hits to keep Seattle in position for the late rally. The Tigers nearly made it 3-0 in the sixth when Ryan Cook gave up a double down the left-field line to Jose Iglesias, but catcher James McCann -- running from first -- was thrown out at the plate on a relay from left fielder Andrew Romine to third baseman Gordon Beckham to catcher David Freitas, all backups. That run loomed large when Seattle came back to tie it in the ninth.

Video: DET@SEA: Mariners use relay to throw out McCann

"Some late heroics offensively, but really the story of the day was our bullpen," Servais said. "They kept the game right there. Every one of those guys threw the ball really, really well. Lucky with the complete game last night [by James Paxton], everybody was available and it really played into today's ballgame."

HE SAID IT
"It's hard when you've got your third- and fourth-hole hitters out of the lineup and you come here and grind every day and win without those people. It tells you what kind of team you have and what group of guys you have in the clubhouse. Every day grinding every at-bat. It's amazing how we've battled with those two guys out." -- Segura, on winning with Robinson Cano suspended and Nelson Cruz sidelined by an elbow injury

UP NEXT
After an off-day on Monday, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (4-3, 6.00 ERA) opens a three-game series in Oakland against right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.79) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. PT. Leake took a no-decision against the A's on April 13, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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There have been many cool things happening this baseball season. Shohei Ohtani doing things never done before, rookie relievers throwing 105-mph fastballs and Bartolo Colon catching line drives with his belly.

But one of the more unusual moments of 2018 (and maybe of the last 20 years), happened in early April. An eagle -- a real, living and breathing bald eagle -- landed on James Paxton .

Paxton goes the distance in victory over Tigers

Left-hander throws complete game in first home start since no-hitter
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SEATTLE -- James Paxton didn't throw a no-hitter. He didn't have an eagle landing on his shoulder. No, this was just Paxton getting back to the business of becoming one of the dominant pitchers in the Majors as the Mariners lefty quieted Detroit in a 7-2 victory Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Pitching at home for the first time since no-hitting Toronto 11 days earlier, Paxton tamed the Tigers on three hits and two runs in the second complete game of his career. The emerging Mariners ace struck out eight and walked one; he's now 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 36 innings over his last five starts.

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SEATTLE -- James Paxton didn't throw a no-hitter. He didn't have an eagle landing on his shoulder. No, this was just Paxton getting back to the business of becoming one of the dominant pitchers in the Majors as the Mariners lefty quieted Detroit in a 7-2 victory Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Pitching at home for the first time since no-hitting Toronto 11 days earlier, Paxton tamed the Tigers on three hits and two runs in the second complete game of his career. The emerging Mariners ace struck out eight and walked one; he's now 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 36 innings over his last five starts.

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"We just jumped on his back tonight," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's been fun watching him evolve over the last 4-5 outings and taking a next step and establishing himself as one of the best starters in this league. There's no question about it."

The Mariners have been careful in pushing Paxton too far, as he's missed time with injuries in his previous four seasons in the big leagues. But sitting at 104 pitches after eight frames, Servais sent the 29-year-old back out for the ninth and he retired the side in order, finishing the game with 15 straight outs.

Paxton's pitch count of 117 was one shy of his career high. He threw 118 in 6 2/3 innings against the Rangers in 2014.

"I felt good. My arm felt good," Paxton said. "I saw my pitch count was low and decided to just go out and finish it. I like to be able to get to that 115-120 pitch count and just condition myself for it because we're going to need me to go 120 pitches or something like that. So to get a game in like that now is good."

Video: DET@SEA: Paxton finishes dominant complete game

The Mariners, who lost 5-4 at Detroit in Paxton's last start at Comerica Park last weekend, provided plenty of hits -- and some pretty good glove work -- in this one as they improved to 26-19, just two games back of the Astros in the American League West.

Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a homer, triple and three RBIs, Ben Gamel was 2-for-4 with a double and his first home run of the season and Dee Gordon unleashed a bases-loaded double off reliever Artie Lewicki's glove to highlight a four-run seventh.

Video: DET@SEA: Segura rocks solo home run to left-center

Segura has been on a tear since his close friend Robinson Cano was suspended on Tuesday, hitting .381 (8-for-21) with a double, triple, home run, four stolen bases, five RBIs and five runs.

"Jean is getting good pitches to hit and he's hitting everything," Servais said. "He's on everything, using the whole field to hit. He didn't even feel good coming in today. He didn't take batting practice, just kind of low-keyed it. He's been playing really, really hard."

Victor Martinez homered to lead off the second for Detroit, but the Tigers fell to 20-25.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Gordon has been a force at the top of Seattle's lineup this year, but was lugging an 0-for-10 stretch into his bases-loaded at-bat in the sixth against Lewicki. The fleet Gordon laced a 99 mph grounder back up the middle that deflected off Lewicki's glove and got past Tigers second baseman Dixon Machado as he tried to reverse course. As the ball rolled into shallow right field, Gordon steamed into second and two runs scored.

Video: DET@SEA: Gordon smacks unusual 2-run double to right

"Dee Gordon is really fast," said Servais. "That ball barely made it to the outfield grass and he got to second base. Not many guys in this league can do that."

SOUND SMART
Paxton joins Carlos Carrasco as the only pitchers in the Majors with two complete games this season. He's the first Mariners pitcher with two complete games in the first 45 games of the season since Felix Hernandez in 2011.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger made a spectacular catch of a foul ball by Jose Iglesias in the fifth inning, tumbling backward over the short fence down the line and holding on despite landing on his back.

Video: DET@SEA: Haniger makes great catch, falls into seats

"That was quite a play," said Paxton. "He's one of those guys that will run through a wall for you, literally. He was great out there."

HE SAID IT
"It's awesome to really see a guy come into his own. Let alone the no-hitter, but just this stretch of his last 5-6 starts. You really see a guy that didn't have his best stuff one day but was able to pitch us into the sixth, then all the sudden you throw in a 16-strikeout game, you throw in a no-hitter and you throw in another complete game. It's pretty impressive." -- Catcher Mike Zunino, on Paxton's progress

UP NEXT
Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 2.51 ERA) wraps up the four-game series against Tigers lefty Francisco Liriano (3-1, 4.03) in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. PT game at Safeco Field. The Mariners southpaw has been outstanding since moving into the rotation for the injured Erasmo Ramirez, allowing just one run and 10 hits in 15 innings, with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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