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Crawford seizing opportunity at shortstop

Mariners’ offseason acquisition has hit in 20 of 27 games
@gregjohnsmlb
June 23, 2019

SEATTLE -- In a season where developing their young building blocks for the future stands as the primary goal, shortstop J.P. Crawford's showing since his arrival has become a shining light for the Mariners. Crawford went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the

Seattle calls up Carasiti, Wright to bolster 'pen

Bautista optioned to Triple-A Tacoma; Biddle designated
@gregjohnsmlb
June 23, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto reached back into his Minor League system on Sunday for a pair of bullpen additions, as Seattle called up right-handers Matt Carasiti and Mike Wright from Triple-A Tacoma. Right-hander Gerson Bautista was optioned back to Tacoma, while lefty Jesse Biddle was designated for

Here are the finalists for All-Star Starters Election

@MannyOnMLB
June 22, 2019

The field is set for the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election in advance of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. With voting wrapped in the three-week Primary phase of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, the top three vote-getters at each position (nine for outfielders) have been

Mariners' bats kept at bay in loss to Orioles

@gregjohnsmlb
June 22, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners broke out their 1969 Seattle Pilots throwback jerseys on Saturday. But in hindsight, they’d probably just as soon throw out the entire game as the Orioles rolled to an 8-4 win to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Pilots lasted just one season in Seattle, winning

Mariners' top draft pick Kirby aims for July debut

Haniger cleared to begin light baseball activity; Tuivailala's rehab start postponed
@gregjohnsmlb
June 22, 2019

SEATTLE -- George Kirby, the Mariners’ first-round Draft pick, had a chance to check out T-Mobile Park and meet with manager Scott Servais and other club officials on Saturday. But his introduction to pro ball will be delayed a bit longer as the lanky right-hander out of Elon University said

Sunday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @MannyOnMLB
June 23, 2019

Here's a look at Sunday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, SS (No. 1, No. 8 in MLB) -- 4-for-5, 2B, RBI (Triple-A Buffalo) Bichette has multiple hits in three of his past four games and is hitting

Mallex a catalyst as Mariners' offense erupts

Seattle takes early lead but has to fend off Orioles late
@gregjohnsmlb
June 22, 2019

SEATTLE -- It won’t go down as the Mariners’ prettiest win, but it was a win, nonetheless, on Friday night as Seattle handed the Orioles their 10th straight loss in a 10-9 shootout at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners launched three home runs -- by Dylan Moore, Kyle Seager and Mac

Altavilla recalled from Triple-A; Scott optioned

@gregjohnsmlb
June 21, 2019

SEATTLE -- Reliever Dan Altavilla was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday by the Mariners as the club continued shuffling its bullpen crew, with fellow right-hander Tayler Scott optioned back to Tacoma after starting Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Orioles. Altavilla was expected to be one of the Mariners’ primary

Mariners greeted warmly at school visits

@gregjohnsmlb
June 21, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners went back to school Friday and their message was clear. While it’s great being a professional baseball player, you need to study and have the right attitude and treat others with respect, no matter where your life leads. All of the Mariners players fanned out to

LeBlanc bails out opener with scoreless outing

Scott walks bases loaded, lasts just 2/3 of an inning
@gregjohnsmlb
June 21, 2019

SEATTLE -- While the Mariners’ opener strategy continued to raise eyebrows Thursday night, the final result worked out just fine as Wade LeBlanc threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in relief and Seattle came from behind to top the Orioles, 5-2, in the series opener at T-Mobile Park. LeBlanc has pitched

Haniger could be out until after ASG break

@gregjohnsmlb
June 20, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mitch Haniger has missed two weeks with a ruptured testicle and the Mariners outfielder could remain sidelined until after the All-Star break next month. The 28-year-old has started doing some light work in the weight room, but manager Scott Servais said Thursday that Haniger hasn’t yet been cleared

Santana's big day propels Mariners in finale

Two homers, five RBIs more than enough offense for starter Gonzales
@gregjohnsmlb
June 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- “Turn Back the Clock Day” isn’t until Saturday, when the Mariners will pay homage to the 1969 Seattle Pilots in a game against the Orioles. But Wednesday’s 8-2 victory over the Royals at T-Mobile Park felt a little like a throwback of its own ... back to the

MRI reveals no further injury for Hernandez

Felix: 'There’s a lot of miles on this arm'
@gregjohnsmlb
June 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- While issues with his sore right shoulder continue to slow Felix Hernandez’s return, the veteran right-hander got good news from his latest MRI test on Wednesday, and he said he’ll continue pushing to get back in the Mariners' rotation this season. Hernandez said the latest setback -- coming

Most intriguing prospects in short season

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 20, 2019

While the majority of the full-season leagues throughout the Minors have already reached the midseason mark, another batch of leagues, commonly referred to as short-season leagues, are just beginning and contain many of the game’s top up-and-coming prospects. The New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues (Class A Short Season) as well

Here are future All-Stars from the AL West

@alysonfooter
June 20, 2019

We're pretty close to finding out who this year's All-Stars will be, and while there may be some surprise elections and selections revealed, it's not that difficult to figure out which worthy candidates are most likely to hear their names called. But what about next year's All-Stars? Predicting that may

Why no love? 9 who deserve more ASG votes

@castrovince
June 20, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. The people are speaking. And thus far, it’s hard to disagree with much of what they have to say. Earlier this

Kikuchi's struggles continue against Royals

@gregjohnsmlb
June 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- In a season to be judged largely by the development of their younger nucleus of core players, the Mariners can’t help but be concerned by the recent struggles of Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. The 27-year-old rookie was the Mariners’ premier free-agent addition last winter, signed as a promising

Murphy's value rising with every clutch homer

@gregjohnsmlb
June 18, 2019

SEATTLE -- His arrival in a minor trade during the Mariners’ first homestand of the season barely made a ripple. But among the multitude of deals struck by general manager Jerry Dipoto this year, the acquisition of catcher Tom Murphy is beginning to look better and better. The 28-year-old Rockies

Dee, Vogelbach need fans' All-Star support

@gregjohnsmlb
June 17, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Now that American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion is no longer with the Mariners, one growing question is who should

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Healy diagnosed with spinal stenosis

@gregjohnsmlb
June 17, 2019

SEATTLE -- As Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy stood at his locker on Monday afternoon explaining how he’d been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and would be needing an epidural to ease the pain and allow him to begin rehab, teammate Braden Bishop sat several lockers away talking about the lacerated

Surging Leake prepared for trade rumors

@goodforball
June 16, 2019

OAKLAND -- Halfway through June, Mike Leake is pitching exceptionally. He knows what comes next. Trade rumors featuring him will proliferate. Some of them may even be rooted in fact, since multiple contending teams are bound to seek a qualified starter -- one who doesn’t require an “opener” for accompaniment