Sims a man of many hats in broadcasting business

Mariners broadcaster has enjoyed a plethora of roles in sports media

Sims a man of many hats in broadcasting business

SEATTLE -- First, let's talk about the hats.

Dave Sims said he's got at least 30: Kangol vent caps, newsboy caps, golf caps, baseball caps, pork pies, Panamas and more. The veteran broadcaster, who is the television voice of the Seattle Mariners when he's not traveling across the country doing NFL football or college basketball, even has his own "D. Sims" hat line. In 2010, the Mariners, buoyed by fan interest, hosted Dave Sims Hat Club Night.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Without best fastball, Walker deals best start

Right-hander maintains control despite not having top velocity

Without best fastball, Walker deals best start

ARLINGTON -- Taijuan Walker's turnaround continued Monday as the 22-year-old right-hander shut down the Rangers for seven innings in a 3-1 victory. And this time he was rewarded with his first win of the season as Seattle's starting pitching continued taking positive strides.

The win was Walker's first against a Major League team not named the Astros as he'd gone 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA against Houston and 0-5 with a 5.59 ERA against the rest of baseball prior to Monday.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sharp Walker leads Mariners over Rangers

Sharp Walker leads Mariners over Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Young right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just one unearned run over seven innings on Monday night to pick up his first victory of the season as the Mariners topped Texas, 3-1, at Globe Life Park.

The 22-year-old Walker opened the season with two rough outings, but has given up just one earned run in his last two starts and improved to 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA as he scattered six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. After a 55-minute rain delay, Seattle jumped to an early lead and Walker did the rest as the Mariners (8-11) opened a 10-game road trip on the right foot.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ruggiano delivers in rare leadoff opportunity

Center fielder walks twice and tallies key stolen base in victory

Ruggiano delivers in rare leadoff opportunity

ARLINGTON -- Justin Ruggiano understands what it means to be a role player on a Major League team. And yeah, the veteran outfielder loves it when his role is called for and he's able to deliver as he did with a pair of walks, a key stolen base and two runs scored in Seattle's 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

Hitting leadoff for the first time this year and starting just his fourth game after being acquired from the Cubs in an offseason trade, Ruggiano made the most of his opportunity as the Mariners opened a 10-game road trip with a much-needed win that hiked their record to 8-11.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz happy to visit Texas, discusses improvements

Cruz happy to visit Texas, discusses improvements

ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz says it's always good to come back to Texas, where he spent eight seasons with the Rangers and played in two World Series. But the Mariners slugger is more interested in his new club now as Seattle opened a three-game series at Globe Life Park on Monday.

"It's still special," Cruz said. "But last year was a bigger deal."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners share story of bumpy flight to Texas

Club's players, staff thankful to arrive safely

Mariners share story of bumpy flight to Texas

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Dustin Ackley once was treated to a thrill ride in a Black Hawk helicopter by a pilot over Tokyo during a tour of a U.S. Army base during the Mariners' visit to Japan in 2012, so he's experienced some craziness in the air.

But Ackley said that heart-in-throat memory had nothing on the team's turbulent arrival to Dallas in its charter plane early Monday morning as the Mariners started a 10-day road trip by dodging thunderstorms in Texas.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happ sets sights on series victory against Rangers

Happ sets sights on series victory against Rangers

Mariners stater J.A. Happ will try to take advantage of a Rangers team that ranks last in the league with a .213 batting average in Tuesday night's contest at Globe Life Park. Happ has put together a strong start to his first season in Seattle, sporting a 2.61 ERA over his first three outings. However, the veteran southpaw is just 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA against the Rangers in his career. In his only previous outing in Arlington, the lefty allowed seven runs on eight hits over just 2 2/3 innings.

Happ's opponent, Ross Detwiler, hasn't pitched since April 19 as the club gave him some extra time to work on mechanical problems that he said contributed to three subpar starts thus far in 2015. Detwiler said he made adjustments to his delivery during two extra bullpen sessions while his turn in the rotation was skipped.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nelson Cruz tries to be caught stealing, steals base

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Nelson Cruz tries to be caught stealing, steals base

Few players have started the 2015 season as hot as Nelson Cruz. Through three weeks, the Mariners' right fielder leads MLB in home runs (9) and RBIs (20), and the American League in slugging percentage (.718) and total bases (51). But while Cruz has been nothing short of a travel agent for baseballs, one thing eluded him: a stolen base.

So, during Sunday's game against the Twins, Cruz did what anyone in search of a swipe would do: He tried, deliberately, to be caught stealing.

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Smith belts first homer as Mariners fall in extras

Smith belts first homer as Mariners fall in extras

SEATTLE -- Joe Mauer tripled in two runs in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 4-2 win over the Mariners in the rubber game on Sunday at Safeco Field.

Minnesota will return home for a series against Detroit with some momentum after taking two of three from Seattle, which will try to regroup on the road at Texas on Monday.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. Josh Liebeskind is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Elias fans six, finds groove in solid spot start

Elias fans six, finds groove in solid spot start

SEATTLE -- Roenis Elias didn't retain his rotation spot after an encouraging rookie campaign in 2014 -- in large part because of his struggle to control his command. A spotty start at Triple-A Tacoma did little to show improvement.

The left-hander showed an ability to develop a rhythm and hit his spots on Sunday, though, in a spot start in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma. Elias went 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 loss in 11 innings against the Twins, scattering six hits and allowing two runs and three walks. Elias struck out six.

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McClendon: Pitching, defense keys to success

McClendon: Pitching, defense keys to success

SEATTLE -- Manager Lloyd McClendon has been steadfast in his belief that the Mariners are built to win. Despite a losing record almost a month into the season, the skipper hasn't wavered.

The changes needed to make McClendon's belief a reality? Better pitching and smoother defense.

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Paxton sees progress but can't overcome defensive misplays

'He's getting better each time out,' says McClendon

Paxton sees progress but can't overcome defensive misplays

SEATTLE -- Rarely is a starting pitcher happy when he doesn't make it the five innings required to qualify for a win, but Mariners left-hander James Paxton was encouraged by his progress Saturday after the Mariners lost, 8-5, to the Twins at Safeco Field.

It took Paxton (0-2) 106 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings, and he was saddled with the loss. But he struck out seven, allowed five hits and only one of the four runs surrendered -- Eduardo Escobar's fourth-inning, solo homer -- was earned.

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Mariners' shaky defense, pitching do them in vs. Twins

Mariners' shaky defense, pitching do them in vs. Twins

SEATTLE -- The Twins took advantage of shaky defense by the Mariners and made the most of their run-scoring opportunities to beat Seattle, 8-5, on Saturday night before 33,566 at Safeco Field. Minnesota knocked Mariners starter James Paxton out of the game in the fifth inning and strung together four consecutive frames with at least one run for the victory.

"It was a good night offensively from top to bottom. … There was a lot of contribution," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "And we talk about if we're effective offensively, it's going to be balance. I don't think they care too much about where they hit. They just kind of look and go play. And tonight we got some good results offensively."

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Iwakuma to miss 2-4 weeks with strained lat muscle

Mariners expected to start Elias on Sunday vs. Twins

Iwakuma to miss 2-4 weeks with strained lat muscle

SEATTLE - Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will miss two to four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, the club announced Saturday.

Iwakuma, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday, underwent a pair of MRI exams the past two days. He said he first felt discomfort while playing long toss Tuesday, and again when he played catch Friday in front of pitching coach Rick Waits and team trainer Rick Griffin before being shut down.

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The Kid takes lead in Mariners Franchise Four voting

The Kid takes lead in Mariners Franchise Four voting

SEATTLE -- Choosing the four most impactful players in Mariners history is no easy task, as evidenced by the initial fan voting results for Major League Baseball's Franchise Four campaign.

The early results for the Mariners voting has Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Felix Hernandez, in order, leading for the top four spots. It's hard to argue with any of those selections, but a noticeable absence in the competitive field is 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, who didn't crack Seattle's initial top four.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan sacrifices bucket of popcorn in try for foul ball

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Fan sacrifices bucket of popcorn in try for foul ball

In the top of the seventh inning of Saturday's Twins-Mariners matchup, Eduardo Nunez popped a ball into the stands at Safeco Field. In a desperate attempt at securing the potential souvenir, one fan launched a full bucket of popcorn at the ball soaring overhead. The attempt was, lamentably, unsuccessful.

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Cruz missile: Seattle slugger drives 9th homer 459 feet

Cruz missile: Seattle slugger drives 9th homer 459 feet

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz continued his home run barrage for the Mariners on Friday with a second-inning blast off right-hander Phil Hughes, raising his Major League-leading long ball total to nine in his first 16 games as the Mariners topped the Twins, 2-0, behind a shutout performance from Felix Hernandez.

Cruz's latest missile into the left-field upper deck in Safeco Field was estimated at 459 feet by Statcast, which reported the ball was traveling 113 mph as it left his bat.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix stays on fire with first shutout since 2012

Mariners ace fans 9, improves to 3-0 with 1.61 ERA

Felix stays on fire with first shutout since 2012

SEATTLE -- For a time, Felix Hernandez looked like Friday might be another one of those perfect nights. For the Mariners, a 2-0 shutout victory over the Twins worked just fine, but Seattle's ace admitted he thought he might be headed for something more until Trevor Plouffe's two-out single in the fifth.

"I felt terrible in the bullpen, but when I started the game, I was throwing everything in the strike zone and my fastball was really good and that makes everything better," Hernandez said. "I knew I had it. I had the stuff to throw a perfect game, but it didn't happen."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

Felix finishes off Twins in shutout; Cruz crushes 9th homer

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez continued his long-running dominance of the Twins and Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison backed The King up with home runs as the Mariners topped Minnesota, 2-0, on Friday at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw his 10th career shutout, allowing five hits and no walks and striking out nine as he improved to 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA on the year. The 29-year-old has now thrown six straight starts of eight-plus innings with two or less runs against the Twins.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Cruz a better fit for Seattle in right?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers Mariners fans' questions

Inbox: Cruz a better fit for Seattle in right?

Nelson Cruz hasn't looked good in right field, yet the majority of his starts have come there. Why doesn't he start more at DH?
-- James P., Manchester, N.J.

I keep hearing people say that Cruz is a lousy outfielder, but having watched him all spring and now in 11 of the first 15 regular-season games, I think that's a bad rap. The big man isn't a great outfielder, but he has a strong arm and certainly has handled the position adequately. Cruz made an outstanding catch at the wall on a long drive by Evan Gattis in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Astros.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LoMo patiently waiting for hits to start dropping

Slugger disappointed in early lack of production

LoMo patiently waiting for hits to start dropping

SEATTLE -- Logan Morrison knows it's not the way you start, it's the way you finish. But yeah, he'd like to see some hits start dropping in soon and begin the process of elevating his numbers back to where he ended last season for the Mariners.

Morrison has had more than his share of hard-hit, tough-luck outs in the first 15 games of the season, and these things tend to balance out over the long haul. Still, it's not a good sign when the big fella has more stolen bases (one) than extra-base hits (zero) after his first 51 at-bats.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seattle metro bus shows supports for Mariners

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Seattle metro bus shows supports for Mariners

Let's see ... you're a local Seattle-area bus that takes people to Mariners games and want to show off your support for the home team. How do you do it? Do you hire the Mariner Moose to be your driver? Could you hand out Randy Johnson mullet wigs to passengers? Can you somehow project a Ken Griffey Jr. GIF onto the outside of the bus? (Oh please god yes).

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Happ gives struggling 'pen rest in 'huge outing'

Seattle lefty allows 2 runs in 7 1/3 innings to earn first win

Happ gives struggling 'pen rest in 'huge outing'

SEATTLE -- With a rotation that had the highest ERA in the American League at 5.90 and a bullpen that had coughed up leads the previous two nights, the Mariners received the perfect tonic on Wednesday from fifth-starter J.A. Happ in a 3-2 victory over the Astros.

Happ delivered 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, continuing his early season excellence in his first season with Seattle, as he evened his record at 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zunino shows signs he's shaking off rough start

Mariners catcher, batting .159, slugs 2nd homer in 4 games

Zunino shows signs he's shaking off rough start

SEATTLE -- While Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager have provided plenty of punch in the middle of Seattle's order in the early going, the Mariners are going to need help from other offensive sources to consistently win games this season. And catcher Mike Zunino helped provide a spark from the No. 9 spot on Wednesday with a home run in Seattle's 3-2 win over the Astros.

Zunino is batting just .159 on the season, but his leadoff homer in the third gave Seattle a 2-0 cushion and No. 8 hitter Brad Miller added an RBI single in the fourth that stood up as the winning run after Cruz drove in his league-leading 17th run to get things started.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happ earns first win, Zunino homers as Mariners edge Astros

Happ earns first win, Zunino homers as Mariners edge Astros

SEATTLE -- Veteran southpaw J.A. Happ picked up his first victory for the Mariners with 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball as Seattle snapped the Astros' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 win on Wednesday at Safeco Field.

Happ has been strong in three outings as Seattle's fifth starter and finally got rewarded as he evened his record at 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA by scattering eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners sign veteran Quentin to Minor League deal

Mariners sign veteran Quentin to Minor League deal

SEATTLE -- Two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin has signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners and will report to Triple-A Tacoma, the club announced Wednesday.

Quentin, 32, was released by the Braves on April 14 after being acquired nine days earlier as part of a trade that sent Cameron Maybin and Matt Wisler to Atlanta for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paxton's ERA raised to 8.40 after MLB scoring change

League overturns error charged Sunday to Mariners' Bloomquist

Paxton's ERA raised to 8.40 after MLB scoring change

SEATTLE -- An official scoring change by Major League Baseball has added five earned runs to James Paxton's start on Sunday, raising the Mariners left-hander's ERA from 5.40 to 8.40 in one swoop.

Paxton allowed seven runs in the second inning of Sunday's 11-10 victory over the Rangers, but only two of the runs were initially ruled as earned due to an error charged to shortstop Willie Bloomquist on a ground ball by Elvis Andrus.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.