In second start off DL, King Felix faces Phils

In second start off DL, King Felix faces Phils

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez faces Phillies rookie Mark Leiter in the finale of a brief two-game Interleague series at Safeco Field on Wednesday.

Leiter, filling in for Jerad Eickhoff (upper back strain), is making his second career start after throwing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out six, against the D-backs on Friday.

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

Looking to return to early form, Paxton goes 7

Mariners starter struck out nine vs. Phillies on Tuesday

Looking to return to early form, Paxton goes 7

SEATTLE -- The good news for the Mariners: James Paxton looked more like his dominant early-season self for much of Tuesday's seven-inning start against the Phillies.

The bad news? That still wasn't enough to turn Paxton's recent rough run around, as he allowed three runs on four hits, but took the loss in an 8-2 setback in the series opener at Safeco Field.

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

Segura homers but Mariners drop opener to Phils

Segura homers but Mariners drop opener to Phils

SEATTLE -- Road wins have been rare for the Phillies this season, but right-hander Aaron Nola shut down the Mariners with seven innings of two-run ball en route to an 8-2 victory in Tuesday's Interleague series opener at Safeco Field.

"It was great to see Nola pitch well, like we've grown accustomed to. He's been pitching really well," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "His ball-to-strike ratio wasn't the greatest, but he just kept nibbling in the right spots. He really kept us in the game. He set a good pace during that game, like he was attacking the hitters. It was great to see."

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

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smyly suffers setback, sim game scratched

Smyly suffers setback, sim game scratched

SEATTLE -- After throwing a 25-pitch simulated inning on Saturday, Mariners left-hander Drew Smyly was expected to make a longer practice outing on Tuesday, before heading out to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. But those plans have been delayed, at least temporarily.

Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. said Smyly's two-inning simulated session for Tuesday was scratched after the lefty experienced a setback. No timetable has been set yet for the resumption of his throwing program.

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

Pipeline: Lopez fires seven scoreless

Pipeline: Lopez fires seven scoreless

Keegan Akin had showed progress in each of his starts this month before putting it all together on Tuesday to fire a career-high eight scoreless frames and lead Class A Advanced Frederick past Wilmington, 5-1.

The Orioles' No. 5 prospect carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before allowing a two-out single to center field. It was the only hit allowed by the left-hander, as he struck out six and walked three while tossing a season-high 110 pitches, 71 for strikes.

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

Cruz needs help to maintain ballot lead

Cruz needs help to maintain ballot lead

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz has anchored the middle of the Mariners lineup in impressive fashion again this season, but now he needs Seattle fans to go to bat for their big designated hitter as he enters the final days of voting with a narrow margin for a starting spot on the American League team for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

With voting set to conclude on Thursday, Cruz has seen his lead whittled considerably over the past week by the hard-charging Corey Dickerson of the Rays, who leapfrogged Matt Holliday of the Yankees into second place in the DH race and now is within less than 100,000 votes of Cruz.

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

Mariners hold 32nd annual golf tournament

Mariners hold 32nd annual golf tournament

SEATTLE -- Mariners radio play-by-play announcer Rick Rizzs doesn't get out on the golf course much anymore. In fact, he only gets a chance to play once every year.

But he makes that one round worthwhile.

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

The Kingdome closed 18 years ago today

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The Kingdome closed 18 years ago today

The Mariners called the Kingdome their home from their inception in 1977 up through the 1999 season. The turn of the century called for a new stadium, though, and Safeco Field was ready to welcome the team after the 1999 All-Star break.

Although the Mariners never managed to celebrate a pennant at the Kingdome, it was the site of some fantastic moments for the franchise, especially during the 1995 campaign. They rallied from a 13-game deficit in August to force a one-game playoff in Seattle for their very first AL West crown. Future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson delivered. 

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Robinson Cano: Me in Real Life

Robinson Cano: Me in Real Life

My name is Robinson Cano. I live in Seattle, and I love it here.

That wasn't the case right away when I signed with the Mariners in December 2013. I'm from the Dominican Republic and spent the first nine years of my career in New York, and Seattle seemed about as far away from those places as any city in baseball.

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Robinson Cano is a second baseman for the Seattle Mariners. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miranda solid, but 4-run 4th costly vs. Astros

Miranda solid, but 4-run 4th costly vs. Astros

SEATTLE -- George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis clubbed home runs, and the Astros' bullpen shut the Mariners out for seven innings to lead Houston to an 8-2 win over Seattle on Sunday at Safeco Field, securing the series victory.

Springer launched a 456-foot solo home run, according to Statcast™, off the black batter's eye in center field in the fourth inning, scoring the Astros' first run. Carlos Correa added a game-tying RBI double, and Gurriel slugged a two-run home run to the upper deck in left field to cap the four-run inning.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Sunday.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Replay review mixup leaves Mariners confused

Replay review mixup leaves Mariners confused

SEATTLE -- The Mariners challenged a close play at the plate in the second inning of their 8-2 loss to the Astros on Sunday, and it resulted in some confusion after the replay review.

With the bases loaded, Robinson Cano hit a two-out double to left-center field off Astros starter Francis Martes that scored two runs, but Mitch Haniger was originally called out at home plate while trying to score from first. The Mariners challenged the ruling, and they appeared to have won it after crew chief Angel Hernandez initially signaled safe after the review, but he soon corrected the call to out.

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

Batboy could win just about any dance contest

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Batboy could win just about any dance contest

If you look up the word "impressive" in the dictionary, this guy will probably be listed as the definition.

In the middle of the fifth inning as the Mariners hosted the Astros on Sunday, Seattle's batboy put on a show for the crowd while being accompanied by Mariners Moose.

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Mariners fall short vs. Astros as streak ends

Mariners fall short vs. Astros as streak ends

SEATTLE -- Josh Reddick launched a two-run home run and Brian McCann hit a bases-clearing double as the Astros snapped the Mariners' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Houston's offense backed a strong return off the disabled list from starter Lance McCullers Jr. (7-1), who retired the first 12 batters of the game and gave up one run on four hits and struck out eight in a winning effort over five-plus innings.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Saturday.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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So close: Haniger's near-catch a game-changer

So close: Haniger's near-catch a game-changer

SEATTLE -- Ardent believers in the saying "baseball is a game of inches" added some weight to their argument during the Mariners' 5-2 loss to the Astros on Saturday night. 

With two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger lunged out to make a diving play on Brian McCann's slicing line drive. And for a moment, it appeared Haniger finished the catch. But the ball squirted out of Haniger's glove as he bounced off the outfield grass and it rolled under the fence along the right-field foul pole, allowing McCann to notch a bases-clearing double, pushing the Astros lead to four. 

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

King's welcome: Mariners get ace, rout Astros

King's welcome: Mariners get ace, rout Astros

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez returned from a two-month stint on the disabled list to beat the Astros on Friday night and he got plenty of help from his friends as the Mariners rolled to a 13-3 win in the series opener at Safeco Field.

Mike Zunino, Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager all homered and Danny Valencia went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs as Seattle (39-37) won its sixth straight. The Mariners have gone 19-10 since May 28, the best record in the American League in that span, and now have Hernandez back in their rotation.

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

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Dyson speeds home from 2nd on wild pitch

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Dyson speeds home from 2nd on wild pitch

On Friday night, the Mariners welcomed back Felix Hernandez and rode a fine pitching performance by the King to a 13-3 win over the visiting Astros. 

But it was a sequence in the seventh inning, with Seattle already up 9-3, that was a lesson to everyone watching that if you're fast, you can just do things others can't. And if you're Jarrod Dyson, a notoriously speedy individual, well, you can score from second base on a wild pitch. That's what he did, scampering home after Danny Valencia to push Seattle's advantage to 11-3. 

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Felix back on mound 'boost' for Seattle, fans

'It's a blast playing behind that guy,' Gamel says after win

Felix back on mound 'boost' for Seattle, fans

SEATTLE -- A Mariners team that has turned things around with a strong June could get a further boost from the return of Felix Hernandez, as the veteran right-hander showed Friday in a 13-3 runaway win over the American League West-leading Astros in his first game off the disabled list.

Hernandez can't take credit for the continued offensive outburst, but he certainly can provide another solid starter who is capable of taking advantage of that support now that he's overcome a two-month bout with bursitis in his shoulder.

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

Moore optioned, but move likely short term

Mariners rookie delivered strong debut to finish sweep of Tigers

Moore optioned, but move likely short term

SEATTLE -- Andrew Moore was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday to open a spot on the 25-man roster for Felix Hernandez's return off the disabled list, but the move figures to be short term for the 23-year-old rookie right-hander.

Moore won his Major League debut on Thursday night, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 9-6 win over the Tigers. The Mariners were extremely pleased with the initial outing of their No. 4 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com rankings, but won't need him again in the short term as the club has two off days next week.

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

First-round pick White takes BP at Safeco

'It was an incredible experience,' says former University of Kentucky standout

First-round pick White takes BP at Safeco

SEATTLE -- Friday was a day for Evan White to get a taste of what it's like to be in the Major Leagues.

The Mariners' first-round Draft pick visited Safeco Field to tour the clubhouse and get acquainted with the players, coaches and executives, as well as to take part in the pregame routine by fielding grounders and taking batting practice.

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

O'Neill plates seven in huge game for Tacoma

O'Neill plates seven in huge game for Tacoma

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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

Cano slams door on Mariners' sweep of Tigers

Cano slams door on Mariners' sweep of Tigers

SEATTLE -- It's taken the Mariners all season to climb over the .500 mark, but they finally made it as Robinson Cano cranked two home runs and a career high-tying six RBIs in a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night to complete a four-game series sweep.

Cano hadn't homered in his previous 15 games, but he roped a two-run shot in the third and a grand slam in the seventh to give him 13 homers and 48 RBIs on the year. That provided plenty of run support for right-hander Andrew Moore, who won his Major League debut with seven innings of three-run ball.

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

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Mariners want Moore of rookie's stellar debut

Right-hander logs 7 strong frames in win against Tigers

Mariners want Moore of rookie's stellar debut

SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Andrew Moore said it felt like his Major League debut went by in the blink of an eye, but for the Mariners, it lasted plenty.

Moore, ranked as the club's No. 4 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, allowed three runs and six hits in seven strong innings to earn the win as the Mariners swept the Tigers with a 9-6 victory on Thursday night at Safeco Field.

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Josh Horton 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 fan makes catch, is mobbed by friends

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Mariners fan makes catch, is mobbed by friends

A standard evening at the ballpark brings with it plenty of chances for emotion -- and not just due to the actions on the field, though that happens too. When it comes to fans spearing foul balls in the stands, the act by its very nature is one for celebration. For young fans with their trusty gloves at the game, well, is there anything better?

This kid would probably say "no way" to that question after what happened to him during the Mariners' 9-6 win over the Tigers on Thursday night at Safeco Field. This young man, situated down by the right-field corner, caught a liner off the bat of Guillermo Heredia in the eighth inning and what happened next was as pure a tale of youthful excitement as anything. 

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Diaz enjoying resurgence as Mariners' closer

Diaz enjoying resurgence as Mariners' closer

SEATTLE -- As the Mariners have worked themselves back into postseason contention in the American League Wild Card chase with a strong three-week stretch, one of the many positive components has been a return of closer Edwin Diaz's dominant ways.

After some early-season struggles, the hard-throwing 23-year-old had posted a 1.26 ERA with 18 strikeouts and four walks over 14 1/3 innings in his last 13 games since May 19 entering Thursday's series finale against the Tigers. He also went 5-for-5 in save opportunities during that span, lowering his season ERA to 3.34.

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

Cloyd clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Cloyd clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

SEATTLE -- Right-hander Tyler Cloyd cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, keeping the veteran pitcher in the Mariners organization after he was designated for assignment a day earlier.

The 30-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in early June as one of a series of moves to keep a fresh long reliever in Seattle's bullpen and he made one appearance for the club, earning the win while throwing a scoreless inning with two hits allowed in a victory over the Blue Jays on June 9 before being optioned back to Tacoma.

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

Speedy Dyson changes game with bunt single

Mariners outfielder breaks up perfect game, atones for throwing error

Speedy Dyson changes game with bunt single

SEATTLE -- With Justin Verlander's perfect game still intact in the sixth inning of the Mariners' 7-5 win over the Tigers, Jarrod Dyson laid down a perfect bunt to first base to break it up. Verlander, unable to lunge over and make a play, walked back to the mound visibly frustrated.

Did Dyson break one of baseball's so-called "unwritten rules" by bunting in that situation? He doesn't think so. He said he just simply did his job.

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