Paxton shines as Mariners edge Blue Jays

Paxton shines as Mariners edge Blue Jays

TORONTO -- James Paxton stole the show and had a night to remember at Rogers Centre on Friday, as the left-hander struck out nine Blue Jays and helped the Mariners take the first game of their weekend series, 2-1.

Paxton kept Toronto off balance all night, surrendering just three hits over seven innings. The nine strikeouts were one off a career-high for the 27-year-old southpaw, who helped the Mariners open their eight-game road trip on a high note.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Friday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Griffey Sr. proud of son before HOF enshrinement

Starting as a teammate in Seattle, now he's 'just being a dad' in Cooperstown

Griffey Sr. proud of son before HOF enshrinement

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. may have paved the way for his son's Major League Baseball career with 19 seasons of his own in the big leagues, but proud papa acknowledges Junior is on his own now as he prepares to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.

The elder Griffey says Junior hasn't asked him for help when it comes to putting together his induction speech for this Sunday's ceremony, or dealing with all the hoopla headed his way.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twister: Paxton spins big-time curveball, K's 9

British Columbia native relishes 'special' win in front of Canadian crowd

Twister: Paxton spins big-time curveball, K's 9

TORONTO -- James Paxton spent time between his starts with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre tweaking the delivery of his curveball. The adjustments paid off Friday, as the left-hander kept the Blue Jays' potent offense in check over seven innings in Seattle's 2-1 win.

Paxton struck out nine while allowing one earned run on three hits to avoid a third straight loss.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marte likely headed for DL with mononucleosis

O'Malley, Sardinas to see time in young shortstop's absence

Marte likely headed for DL with mononucleosis

TORONTO -- Just when Scott Servais thought his team was nearing full health, the Mariners were dealt another blow. Seattle will be without the services of shortstop Ketel Marte, who was diagnosed with a form of mononucleosis, for an indefinite period.

Marte is expected to be placed on the disabled list. Servais says Shawn O'Malley and recently recalled Luis Sardinas will fill in at short in Marte's absence.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iwakuma eyes 4th straight win vs. Dickey, Jays

Iwakuma eyes 4th straight win vs. Dickey, Jays

Hisashi Iwakuma will look for his fourth straight victory when he takes the mound on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre in the second game of the Mariners' three-game series against the Blue Jays.

The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings while surrendering just two hits and striking out eight with one walk his last time out on July 16 against the Houston Astros. Iwakuma (10-6, 4.01) has not lost a start since June 28 and has won six of his last seven outings.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vogelbach among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Vogelbach among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Peers share tales from Griffey's HOF career

Current, former players fond of Junior's contributions to game

Peers share tales from Griffey's HOF career

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- There is a reason Ken Griffey Jr. was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the highest percentage of votes in the history of the Hall. Griffey played 13 seasons in Seattle and nine in Cincinnati, as well as a couple months with the White Sox, but his popularity far transcended those cities, as an entire generation of fans and players grew up watching and emulating "The Kid."

With help from MLB.com writers around the league, here's a sampling of the impact of Griffey as he prepares for Sunday's induction, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 10:30 a.m. PT, with coverage beginning at 8 a.m.:

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners recall Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners recall Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma

The Mariners recalled infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in advance of this weekend's series in Toronto.

Sardinas, 23, has hit .190 with two home runs and five RBIs in 25 games during two stints with Seattle this season, appearing at all four infield positions and once in left field.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Junior ready to mint his Hall of Fame status

With induction Sunday, Griffey will become 1st Mariners player in Cooperstown

Junior ready to mint his Hall of Fame status

SEATTLE -- He's not "The Kid" anymore. He's 46, the father of three and the owner of 630 career home runs, not to mention the highest voting percentage into the National Baseball Hall of Fame of any player in Major League history.

But if there's one thing that can still make Ken Griffey Jr. feel like he's still the little guy running around the Cincinnati Reds' clubhouse as he did growing up when his dad played for the Big Red Machine, it's about to happen in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, when he becomes the first Mariners player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Coverage begins on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 a.m. PT Sunday, with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies getting underway live at 10:30 a.m.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reynolds knew Griffey was special from start

Reynolds knew Griffey was special from start

SEATTLE -- Harold Reynolds remembers the first time he saw Ken Griffey Jr. as a 17-year-old kid, taking batting practice with the Mariners in the Kingdome after being selected as the first pick in the 1987 MLB Draft.

Reynolds, now a lead analyst for MLB Network, was a 26-year-old second baseman at the time for the Mariners, fully established as a big league ballplayer and fresh off his first All-Star Game for Seattle. But he knew this kid, The Kid, was something different.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winning touch: Martin hits Mariners' 6th walk-off HR

Winning touch: Martin hits Mariners' 6th walk-off HR

SEATTLE -- Leonys Martin launched a walk-off home run with one out in the 11th inning on Wednesday as the Mariners beat the White Sox, 6-5, for their second walk-off win of the series and Major League-leading sixth of the year.

"We're trying to win without having to walk-off, but if you win a ballgame no matter what, that's a great thing," Martin said. "That's what we play for."

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

Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle who covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

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10 GIFs of Ken Griffey Jr. being awesome

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10 GIFs of Ken Griffey Jr. being awesome

There are plenty of those retrospectives out there that feature Ken Griffey Jr.'s 10 best plays, his 24 greatest dingers, his 100 best catches, and so on. That's not what this is.

These are 10 GIFs that show there was something special about Junior -- even compared to the other legends of the game. 

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Buzz of Felix's return sets stage for dramatic win

In first start off DL, ace righty allows 5 ER over 6 2/3 innings vs. Sox

Buzz of Felix's return sets stage for dramatic win

SEATTLE -- King's Court was back in session on Wednesday at Safeco Field, which was a welcome sign for 39,985 Mariners fans. And though Felix Hernandez needed help from his friends in a 6-5, 11-inning victory over the White Sox, there was definitely a buzz in the air and another win in the books for the Mariners on a day their ace returned after nearly two months on the disabled list.

"It feels good," Hernandez said after going 6 2/3 innings and getting taken off the hook when his club rallied from a 5-2 deficit after he left the game. "It was fun to be out there, trying to do my job here and help this team to win."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners send Montgomery to Cubs for 2 prospects

Seattle nets power-hitting 1B, pitcher in 4-player deal

Mariners send Montgomery to Cubs for 2 prospects

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says Wednesday's swap of Mike Montgomery to the Cubs isn't a sign of selling this year as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but rather getting the best deal for a hot player in order to help his franchise for this season and beyond with the addition of Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.

Seattle also sent Triple-A starter Jordan Pries to the Cubs in the four-player deal.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

What was the best play of Griffey's HOF career?

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What was the best play of Griffey's HOF career?

For 22 years, Ken Griffey Jr. brought us more magical moments on the diamond than we knew what to do with (you know, when he wasn't delivering delicious chocolate or running for president). On Sunday in Cooperstown, he'll get his reward: induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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1st-round pick Lewis to have season-ending knee surgery

22-year-old outfielder injured in home-plate collision

1st-round pick Lewis to have season-ending knee surgery

SEATTLE -- Mariners first-round Draft pick Kyle Lewis will miss the remainder of the season after a home-plate collision on Tuesday resulted in a knee injury that will require surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as well as a torn medial and lateral meniscus.

Lewis, the No. 11 overall pick in last month's Draft, had put up a.299/.385/.530 line with three homers and 26 RBIs in his first 30 games with Short-A Everett. The 22-year-old center fielder recently was named USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Winner as the best college player in 2016 for Mercer University in Georgia.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners recall Aoki, Zunino; activate Felix

Seattle options catcher Sucre, reliever Rollins, OF Robertson to Triple-A

Mariners recall Aoki, Zunino; activate Felix

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez returned to the Mariners' roster for the first time in seven weeks on Wednesday, and he was joined by catcher Mike Zunino and left fielder Norichika Aoki as general manager Jerry Dipoto made a series of roster moves prior to the series finale with the White Sox.

Hernandez was activated off the 15-day disabled list to start the final game of the homestand after dealing with a strained right calf that sidelined him since late May. To make room on the roster, the Mariners optioned left-handed reliever David Rollins to Triple-A Tacoma, along with catcher Jesus Sucre and outfielder Daniel Robertson. Hernandez allowed five runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Mariners rallied for a 6-5, walk-off win in 11 innings over the White Sox.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK: 10 Griffey facts you should know about

Hall of Famer's swing, athleticism made him a transcendent talent

DYK: 10 Griffey facts you should know about

From a childhood spent around the clubhouse of the Big Red Machine to being blessed with one of the sweetest left-handed swings the game has seen, Ken Griffey Jr. seemed destined for stardom.

Griffey faced his own pressures along the way, including the weight of being the son of a former All-Star and a No. 1 overall Draft pick of a then-struggling franchise in Seattle. But from the moment he started dazzling fans at age 19, the natural talent of the man nicknamed "The Kid" quickly rose to the surface.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cano home run not enough in loss to Sox

Cano home run not enough in loss to Sox

SEATTLE -- Brett Lawrie, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier used the long ball to power the White Sox toward a 6-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night. That snapped Chicago's five-game losing streak.

White Sox starter Jose Quintana got his eighth win, allowing one run on six hits over six innings. An offense that had scored only four runs in the previous five games topped that in one night. Four of the White Sox six runs were scored on homers.

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Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Mariners see Miley start as 'step in right direction'

Mariners see Miley start as 'step in right direction'

SEATTLE -- The result wasn't what he wanted, as the Mariners suffered a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but for Wade Miley, it may have been a turning point.

"Really, two mistakes," the left-hander said. "It just so happens both of them got hit in the seats."

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Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sick Marte leaves Mariners short-handed

Sick Marte leaves Mariners short-handed

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' lineup is looking thin with shortstop Ketel Marte still feeling ill.

"It's better than we originally thought," manager Scott Servais said Tuesday. "He had a high fever last night. That's come down a bit today. We've got to get him right. We've got to get him 100 percent, just physically, health-wise."

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Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners agree to terms with Izturis Jr.

Mariners agree to terms with Izturis Jr.

LOS ANGELES -- Former All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis reports from Venezuela that his son, Cesar Izturis Jr., has signed with the Mariners as an international free agent.

The Mariners have not announced a deal.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Another Lind walk-off bolt saves Mariners

Another Lind walk-off bolt saves Mariners

SEATTLE -- The Mariners were almost out of chances. Two on, two out, down two runs, and Adam Lind's long fly ball was headed toward the deepest part of the fence.

And it just made it over.

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Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz named Mariners' Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Cruz named Mariners' Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top 10 moments of Griffey's Hall of Fame career

Top 10 moments of Griffey's Hall of Fame career

SEATTLE -- Ken Griffey Jr. created a lifetime of memories for baseball fans during his 22-year career, which will be capped Sunday by his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (live coverage on MLB Network and MLB.com begins at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT). Here's a look at 10 of his greatest moments.

1. Scoring on "The Double"
What made Griffey great was he could beat you with his bat. He could beat you with his glove. He could beat you with his arm. And, yeah, he could beat you with his legs, which led to his most iconic moment with the Mariners -- the sight of Junior's ear-to-ear grin at the bottom of a pile of teammates at home plate after he scored from first on what is known in Seattle as "The Double" by Edgar Martinez to beat the Yankees in the 11th inning of the deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 8, 1995, in the franchise's first postseason run.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adam Lind hit another walk-off HR and takes a helmet jump shot

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Adam Lind hit another walk-off HR and takes a helmet jump shot

They say history tends to repeat itself, and watching Adam Lind play baseball one might be inclined to agree. 

On Monday night, Lind cracked a three-run, walk-off homer to help the Mariners beat the White Sox, 4-3, at Safeco Field. After rounding third and approaching his waiting teammates at home plate, Lind stepped up and took a jump shot with his helmet.

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Mariners stun White Sox with improbable rally

Mariners stun White Sox with improbable rally

SEATTLE -- In a finish to a game that baseball fans just don't see very often, Adam Lind's pinch-hit two-out, three-run home run in a four-run bottom of the ninth inning stunned the White Sox and thrilled the Safeco Field crowd in a wild, improbable 4-3 Mariners victory on Monday night. After White Sox ace Chris Sale dominated Seattle for eight innings, Chicago closer David Robertson could not shut the door in the ninth, and Lind's blast sealed it for Seattle.

"It's really easy to give up, say, 'Ah this isn't our night,' and move on," manager Scott Servais said. "And we don't do that. This club doesn't do that."

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