Mariners drop 4th straight after Leake's gem

September 20, 2017

• Gomez’s ‘huge at-bat’ off bench sparks rally “Big win, we still have a chance,” Rangers starter Martin Perez said. “We have to stay strong and positive. We never ever quit so it’s time to show ourselves we can do it.” The Rangers passed the Mariners in the American League Wild Card standings and they are now 3 1/2 games back of the Twins for the second spot. The Twins…

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'Gamble' on squeeze backfires for Mariners

September 20, 2017

With runners on the corners and one out in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, Yonder Alonso was picked off at third base after catcher Robinson Chirinos received Tony Barnette‘s offering and fired to Drew Robinson at the bag, who easily nabbed Alonso for a key second out. Guillermo Heredia ended up singling to center, but Ben Gamel flied out to spoil the opportunity. Servais said it was a…

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Iwakuma weighing options, done for season

September 20, 2017

Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since May 7 with inflammation in his right shoulder. The 36-year-old starter inched closer to returning in late June with a pair of Minor League rehabilitation starts, but his throwing program was shut down in early July due to discouraging results and continued discomfort in his shoulder. He returned to throwing, including a recent simulated game facing live hitters at Safeco Field on…

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Mariners measure themselves against Astros

September 19, 2017

The Mariners are 8-2 this September against the rest of baseball, but 0-6 against Houston, and those two series sweeps by the Astros are a huge reason why Seattle sits at 74-76 and has been losing ground in what had been a wide-open AL Wild Card race. Servais, now the Mariners manager, acknowledges the Astros’ talent and admires the approach they’ve taken while racking up a 91-58 record with two…

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Inbox: Will Dyson return to Seattle in 2018?

September 18, 2017

• Submit an Inbox question Dyson has been recovering on the East Coast, but will return to Seattle this week and begin rehabbing with the Mariners over the remainder of the season before heading home to Mississippi for the offseason. The 33-year-old hits free agency for the first time this winter and the surgery shouldn’t affect that as he’ll be fully recovered in plenty of time to resume workouts. I…

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Mariners can't keep up, watch Astros clinch

September 17, 2017

Verlander, pitching at home for the first time since he was acquired in a trade with the Tigers, struck out 10 batters in seven dominant innings, and the Astros blasted four home runs for a 7-1 win over the Mariners that clinched their first AL West crown, setting off a raucous celebration at Minute Maid Park. • Clinch me: Astros win first division title since ’01 “It’s not easy going…

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Haniger closing '17 just like he started — strong

September 17, 2017

While fighting to regain his timing at the plate, Haniger got hit in the right index finger as he attempted to lay down a bunt in mid-July and had to deal for several weeks with trying to hit and throw after losing his fingernail. Then came the 95-mph fastball in the face from the Mets’ Jacob deGrom that landed him back on the disabled list for three weeks. It’s probably…

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