Error in 9th leads to finale loss for Mariners

Error in 9th leads to finale loss for Mariners

CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino's single off reliever David Rollins scored Alexei Ramirez with the game-winning run in a 6-5 White Sox victory over the Mariners in 11 innings Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. Ramirez started the rally with a one-out single and moved to second when Tyler Flowers walked on four pitches, helping the White Sox earn a split in this four-game set.

Austin Jackson tripled off Zach Duke with two outs in the eighth, leaving him a double short of the cycle, and Kyle Seager followed with the single to center to finish a triple shy of the cycle and give the Mariners a 5-4 lead. The White Sox put two on in the bottom of the eighth, but pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche, hitting for Avisail Garcia, flew out to left on a 2-0 pitch from Carson Smith. The White Sox tied the game in the ninth when shortstop Brad Miller threw away a routine Carlos Sanchez grounder up the middle with two outs, allowing Trayce Thompson to score from second.

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Guaipe gets the call in latest bullpen shuffling

Montgomery sent to Triple-A to work on command

Guaipe gets the call in latest bullpen shuffling

CHICAGO -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has been patient with his bullpen this season while he waits for someone to entrench themselves in a role. But he'll have to wait a little longer as his relievers continue to work through a stretch in which they have been called on more than ever.

With his closer traded away and having to utilize his two primary setup relievers in August more than any other month, McClendon's latest test has been figuring out the best course for his bullpen. And he'll use two members with little starting experience as spot starters on Sunday and Monday.

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Mariners to skip Felix's start on Monday

McClendon to give starters a break to stay fresh

Mariners to skip Felix's start on Monday

CHICAGO -- As the Mariners sit fourth in the American League West with just over a month remaining, manager Lloyd McClendon is looking to the future with his rotation.

Which is why McClendon will skip ace Felix Hernandez's next start in favor of leaving Hernandez fresh for September. He also plans to skip a start for Mike Montgomery on Sunday and Taijuan Walker in the upcoming future.

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Nuno fills in for Felix in opener against Astros

Nuno fills in for Felix in opener against Astros

Dallas Keuchel hopes to further his cause for the American League Cy Young Award when he takes the mound Monday night for the Astros to open a three-game series against the Mariners in Houston. But more importantly, he aims to keep Houston atop the AL West.

Keuchel became the AL's first pitcher to reach 15 wins and hopes to become the first to No. 16 as he enters on a five-game streak of quality starts. He currently sits second in ERA, WHIP and innings in the AL, but takes on a Mariners offense that has scored 24 runs over its last five games.

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Seager propels Mariners to second straight win

Seager propels Mariners to second straight win

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija lost for a sixth time in six August starts, as the Mariners scored three in the first and never relinquished the lead during a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was played under a fairly steady but light rain for most of the night, and the Mariners had to withstand a four-run rally from the White Sox with two outs in the eighth inning.

Kyle Seager's two-run homer put the Mariners on the board just two batters in, as the first four Mariners reached base. Samardzija was ahead at 1-2 on the first two hitters but couldn't put either one away. He finished with eight strikeouts and three walks to go with the five runs allowed over 5 2/3 innings.

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Hicks debuts in wake of Marte's injury

Catcher plays third after shortstop strains hamstring

Hicks debuts in wake of Marte's injury

CHICAGO -- John Hicks was in the bullpen Saturday night when he found out he would make his Major League debut at third base. So he stretched out and began to jog over to third base before he realized he was missing a crucial element: a fielder's mitt.

A catcher by trade, Hicks had arrived from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday with his catcher's mitt and a first baseman's mitt, so he had to borrow center fielder Brad Miller's glove. And he'd end up using it in the Mariners' 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night.

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Experience tops Seattle's criteria for new GM

Ability to build a knowledgeable team also among priorities

Experience tops Seattle's criteria for new GM

SEATTLE -- Now that the Mariners have made the decision to replace general manager Jack Zduriencik, the obvious question is what now?

For team president and chief operating officer Kevin Mather, the process of hiring the ninth GM in franchise history looms as the biggest challenge he's faced since he replaced Chuck Armstrong a year and a half ago.

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Zunino, Paxton getting back on track in Tacoma

Catcher sent down to regain confidence; lefty completing rehab

Zunino, Paxton getting back on track in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. -- Mike Zunino found out he was being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday night in Chicago, arrived in Tacoma on Friday afternoon and 2 1/2 hours before the Rainiers' 8-3 win over Triple-A Nashville, the 24-year-old was already catching bullpens and signing autographs.

Friday night was his break. Zunino wasn't behind the plate to catch James Paxton's second Minor League rehab start, in which the left-hander allowed three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two over three innings, but he was at Cheney Stadium with a positive outlook on his first Minor League stint since 2013.

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Walker in fine form prior to injury

Works 6 1/3 scoreless frames before cramp in his right hip flexor

Walker in fine form prior to injury

CHICAGO -- Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker was scared for a moment when he felt a cramp in his right hip flexor during the seventh inning Friday night against the White Sox. But the right-hander went into the clubhouse, stretched out and wasn't bothered by the pain any longer.

Unfortunately for Walker, it was too late to re-enter the Mariners' 2-0 victory. But he had already done enough to pick up his 10th victory.

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Mariners win in Chicago behind Walker, HRs

Mariners win in Chicago behind Walker, HRs

CHICAGO -- Taijuan Walker limited the White Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Seattle bullpen held the rest of the way during a 2-0 Mariners victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Walker exited on a 3-2 count to Adam LaRoche in the seventh with what was diagnosed as a cramp in his right hip flexor.

"I feel like we threw a lot of fastballs today," Walker said. "In and out, we were just locating, and that's what really helped us. It seemed like they were cheating on the fastball a little bit, so we tried to go more and more in, and get quick outs."

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Mariners dismiss Zduriencik from GM post

Mariners dismiss Zduriencik from GM post

Jack Zduriencik, who has been unable to get the Seattle Mariners into the playoffs during his seven years as their general manager, was relieved of his duties on Friday, and a search will begin immediately for his replacement.

Jeff Kingston, who has been the team's assistant general manager since 2009, will handle the GM duties for the remainder of the season.

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Players understand role in Zduriencik's dismissal

Former GM constructed entire current roster

Players understand role in Zduriencik's dismissal

CHICAGO -- Former Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik was described as a hands-on leader, someone who spent time in the clubhouse before games and got to know his players. He asked players how they were doing or if they needed anything to make their days easier.

And those players will miss those interactions after Zduriencik was dismissed on Friday and replaced by interim general manager Jeff Kingston. Zduriencik had been with Seattle for seven years and had a role in bringing every current player to the club.

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New GM will make call on McClendon's future

President Mather doesn't want to tie the hands of new general manager

New GM will make call on McClendon's future

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is under contract through next season and has the support of team president Kevin Mather, but McClendon's future with the club will lie with whomever is hired to replace Jack Zduriencik as the franchise's general manager.

"We're going to try to move forward and continue to try to win ballgames on a daily basis," McClendon said.

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Iwakuma tries to bounce back against White Sox

Iwakuma tries to bounce back against White Sox

Already in the midst of one of his longest slumps, Jeff Samardzija aims to avoid a winless August when he faces the Mariners on Saturday night on Chicago's South Side. The right-hander has lost five straight starts in the month, and could finish a month without a win for the first time since April 2014.

Samardzija has allowed 28 earned runs in as many innings during the month, tossing only one quality start in that time. And he won't get an easy matchup as the Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound.

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MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Mariners make GM change at necessary time

Mariners make GM change at necessary time

Mariners president Kevin Mather kept waiting for the team's sudden surge, like the one that in recent weeks has seen the Blue Jays rally from a sub-.500 record to first place in the American League East, or the recent rise of the Rangers into the middle of the AL Wild Card race.

It never came.

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Zduriencik's 5 biggest moves, Draft history

Zduriencik's 5 biggest moves, Draft history

Jack Zduriencik was relieved of his duties Friday after nearly seven years as the Mariners' general manager. Below are the five biggest moves of his tenure, as well as recaps of the team's drafts under Zduriencik.

Biggest moves

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Zunino sent to Triple-A to ease pressure

Catcher given opportunity to regroup offensively

Zunino sent to Triple-A to ease pressure

CHICAGO -- The Mariners optioned struggling catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma and purchased the contract of John Hicks from Tacoma on Friday.

The move is intended to help the struggling Zunino as he works through challenges at the plate, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. Zunino started the season with Seattle, hitting five homers in the month of May, but batted .130 in August with a .175 on-base percentage.

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Mariners fall short in Elias' return to rotation

Mariners fall short in Elias' return to rotation

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon continued his strong stretch through August, allowing two runs across six-plus innings as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Adam Eaton scored three runs and reached base four times while Avisail Garcia knocked him in twice.

Rodon struck out five and gave up just three hits, and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning when Franklin Gutierrez connected on his ninth home run of the season. Rodon has had fourth straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA in that stretch.

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Phil Rogers

Cruz has found a home and taking a liking to it

Cruz has found a home and taking a liking to it

CHICAGO -- Given the difficulty of hitting a baseball, it helps to be something of an optimist.

Nelson Cruz, who was traded three times before his 27th birthday, learned long ago about the beauty of the glass half full. So here he is at 35, continuing to raise his level with the Mariners, despite them being his third team in three years.

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Mariners deal Rodney to Cubs

Rosscup optioned to Triple-A; Schlitter designated for assignment

Mariners deal Rodney to Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix Thursday, acquiring right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash considerations. Rodney is expected to join the Cubs on Friday in Los Angeles.

"I was there for that year when he had the best in history," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the right-hander's 2012 season with the Rays, when he compiled an 0.60 ERA in 76 games with 48 saves. "He has the kind of stuff to get out both righties and lefties. I know he had trouble or struggled a bit this year, but I'm eager to see him in person and find out what's going on."

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Elias flashes potential in uneven return

Mariners lefty allows 4 runs, takes loss in first start since July 2

Elias flashes potential in uneven return

CHICAGO -- The results were mixed for Roenis Elias in his return to the Majors. Elias called his performance "inconsistent." His catcher, Mike Zunino, said he settled in "great," and manager Lloyd McClendon said he was "OK."

In his first start with Seattle since July 2, Elias pitched well enough to keep his team in the game but not enough for the win as the Mariners dropped the series opener against the White Sox, 4-2, on Thursday night.

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Seager hopes he's on verge of snapping slump

Mariners 3B, batting .196 in August, given rare off-day

Seager hopes he's on verge of snapping slump

CHICAGO -- Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said he felt improved at the plate after he homered on Wednesday and drove multiple balls to center field. But he also admitted that he has a ways to go to return to where he was only a month ago.

The four-year veteran has batted .196 in August, while posting a .248 on-base percentage. Over his last six games, Seager has gone 2-for-27 with eight strikeouts.

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Cruz, Mariners back Felix, who cruises after homer

Cruz, Mariners back Felix, who cruises after homer

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz clubbed his Major League-leading 39th home run and Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings of two-run ball to win his 15th game of the season, an 8-2 decision over the A's on Wednesday as the Mariners wrapped up a series win at Safeco Field.

Hernandez gave up a leadoff homer to Billy Burns and a seventh-inning shot to Brett Lawrie, but allowed just those two runs and three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Hernandez (15-8, 3.66) had an 8.48 ERA over his previous five starts, but he dominated the A's to move into a tie with Dallas Keuchel of the Astros for the most wins in the American League.

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Felix finds fix in rare bullpen session

Felix finds fix in rare bullpen session

SEATTLE -- Although he's won 15 games, tied for the most in the American League, for a team that is 15 games under .500 on days he hasn't pitched, there had been concerns about Felix Hernandez in recent days.

The Mariners' ace had an 8.48 ERA over his previous five outings, the worst five-start span in his career, and he had allowed 10 or more hits in four of his last nine games. But on Wednesday, Hernandez looked like the King of old, holding the A's to three hits and two runs over eight innings in an 8-2 win at Safeco Field.

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Amid MVP talk, Cruz lets play do the talking

Amid MVP talk, Cruz lets play do the talking

SEATTLE -- Before the Mariners' 8-2 win over the A's on Wednesday afternoon, manager Lloyd McClendon said Nelson Cruz was rightfully receiving some American League MVP consideration, but that the Mariners' position in the standings could hurt Cruz.

On Wednesday, Cruz added to his MVP stock and did his part in helping bump the Mariners' record, notching three hits and his league-leading 39th home run to secure a 2-1 series win for Seattle. It put him one shy of his career-high total of 40 from last year, but Cruz said he's not worried about any milestones with more than a month still to play.

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Cano sets MLB record with 30-double season

Cano sets MLB record with 30-double season

SEATTLE -- Normally when Robinson Cano reaches second base with a double, the bag stays put. But on Tuesday night, Safeco Field needed a new second base as Cano's trophy room gained another piece of hardware.

With a bloop double to left in the seventh inning of the Mariners' 6-5 win over the A's, Cano became the first player in Major League history to record 30 doubles in his first 11 seasons.

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Mariners overcome early 5-run deficit, beat A's

Mariners overcome early 5-run deficit, beat A's

SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano became the first player in Major League history to open his career with 11 straight seasons with 30 doubles, and the Mariners came from behind to top the A's, 6-5, on Tuesday at Safeco Field.

"You've just got to keep fighting and competing," Cano said after Seattle (58-68) won for the second time in its past six games. "You've got teammates here and people that follow you all over. You help each other and play hard until the season's over ... just go out there and play hard every single day."

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Elias replaces Nuno in Mariners' rotation

Elias replaces Nuno in Mariners' rotation

SEATTLE -- Roenis Elias will return to the Mariners' rotation on Thursday for the first time in two months, replacing Vidal Nuno for the opener of a four-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday.

Elias is 14-18 with a 3.97 ERA in 43 games for Seattle over the past two seasons, including 42 starts before pitching one inning out of the bullpen on Monday after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

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With new perspective, Kensing thrilled to be back in bigs

With new perspective, Kensing thrilled to be back in bigs

SEATTLE -- Logan Kensing has added a veteran right-handed presence to the Mariners bullpen after being promoted from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. But beyond that, the 33-year-old brought something else. Something called perspective.

After breaking into the Major Leagues at 21 with the Marlins in 2004, Kensing threw in 135 games over the next six seasons. But bone spurs in his right elbow resulted in two surgeries that wiped his 2010 season. After that, he made it back to the big leagues for just one game -- a two-out relief appearance for the Rockies in 2013 -- before being called up on Sunday by the Mariners to bolster a bullpen thinned by injuries, trades and poor performances.

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Olmos earns first win with brilliant relief outing

Olmos earns first win with brilliant relief outing

SEATTLE -- On a night when the Mariners' bullpen provided an improbable boost, rookie southpaw Edgar Olmos proved to be the unexpected hero.

A relief crew that has taken plenty of lumps this season stepped up with 7 2/3 innings of scoreless work in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the A's. And it was Olmos -- pitching just his fourth game since his promotion from Triple-A -- picking up his first career win by hurling the first 3 2/3 frames after starter Mike Montgomery staked the A's to a five-run lead in the second.

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