Injuries clear playing time at 1B for Ford

February 25, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — When the Mariners selected Mike Ford from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft in December, they wanted to give the former Princeton University standout a good look to see where he might fit. With Ryon Healy acquired to handle the everyday first-base duties, the Mariners even had Ford come to Arizona at the start of February to do outfield work for several weeks — in addition…

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Gordon passes first test in CF with flying colors

February 24, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — After not getting any defensive opportunities in his three-inning debut Friday, newly converted Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon was tested early and often at his new position in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the White Sox. And Gordon, the two-time National League Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman, passed his initial challenge with flying colors, flawlessly handling four fly balls — one in each frame of his four-inning stint…

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Haniger taking it slow with sore right hand

February 24, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — The early injury bug continued to bite the Mariners on Saturday as right fielder Mitch Haniger was ruled out for several days to rest a sore hand, while first baseman Daniel Vogelbach had his foot in a walking boot after being hit by a pitch in Friday’s Cactus League opener. Haniger’s situation is believed to be minor, as he said his right hand has been tender off…

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Mariners map out plan for fun-loving Felix

February 17, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — Felix Hernandez is looking for one thing this spring. He wants to stay healthy. The Mariners are looking for something else as well. They want their longtime ace to get back to having a good time and being fun-loving Felix. Which, of course, would come a lot easier if he stays healthy and productive on the mound. PEORIA, Ariz. — Felix Hernandez is looking for one thing…

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Mariners' 4th outfield spot could see competition

February 13, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — Among the questions facing the Mariners as they prepare to open Spring Training this week will be the health of outfielder Guillermo Heredia. And, in turn, should Heredia not be ready to start the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery, who steps up to fill the role of fourth outfielder on a team that is largely set in the position battles? The acquisition of Dee Gordon…

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Mariners' rotation success hinges on health

February 10, 2018

With Spring Training rapidly approaching, we’re taking an in-depth look at the Mariners’ roster. This is the eighth part of an Around the Horn series looking at each position on the team. Today: the rotation. The big question: Can the injury bug be avoided this season? With Spring Training rapidly approaching, we’re taking an in-depth look at the Mariners’ roster. This is the eighth part of an Around the Horn…

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Mariners enter spring with core intact

February 9, 2018

SEATTLE — More than 60 players will converge on the Mariners’ Spring Training complex in Peoria, Ariz., in the coming days with hopes and dreams of landing a spot on Seattle’s Major League roster. But only 25 will make the Opening Day club that kicks off the season March 29 at Safeco Field against the Indians, and we’ll take a shot at predicting who’ll be in that final group. SEATTLE…

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Cruz's consistent bat anchors Mariners' lineup

February 8, 2018

With Spring Training rapidly approaching, we’re taking an in-depth look at the Mariners’ roster. This is the seventh part of an Around the Horn series looking at each position on the team. Next up is the designated hitter. The big question: Can the big man keep bombing? With Spring Training rapidly approaching, we’re taking an in-depth look at the Mariners’ roster. This is the seventh part of an Around the…

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