De Jong takes the mound for first career start

De Jong takes the mound for first career start

Seasoned veteran Josh Tomlin will take on 23-year-old rookie Chase De Jong in the final game of a three-game set between the Indians and the Mariners at Progressive Field on Sunday.

De Jong will start in place of Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who will miss three to four weeks with right shoulder buristis after he was removed in the third inning against the Tigers on Tuesday. De Jong is scheduled to make his first career start on Sunday.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallardo dominates after difficult first inning

Right-hander struck out 6 over 5 scoreless after the opening frame

Gallardo dominates after difficult first inning

CLEVELAND -- Before he made his first pitch of the game, Yovani Gallardo was handed a 3-0 lead. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager hit back-to-back home runs in the top half of the first inning off Indians starter Danny Salazar to give the Mariners right-hander an early cushion to work with.

But after Gallardo faced all nine hitters in the Tribe's lineup and delivered 38 pitches in the bottom half of the inning, Mariners manager Scott Servais looked up at the scoreboard and saw that his team trailed, 4-3.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seattle bats go quiet after 3-run 1st vs. Indians

Seattle bats go quiet after 3-run 1st vs. Indians

CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez delivered a two-run double in the first inning, and Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a two-run single later in the frame, leading the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

Seattle had taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the first -- on three consecutive pitches -- via a double by Robinson Cano, a two-run homer from Nelson Cruz, and a solo shot by Kyle Seager. They were the only hits the Mariners managed on the windy, brisk day.

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Brian Dulik is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Indians on Saturday.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Saturday.

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Mariners call up Powell to shore up outfield

No. 24 prospect in Seattle's system had .424 OBP for Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners call up Powell to shore up outfield

A Mariners team that has already used 10 rookies this year added another to the mix on Saturday, as outfielder Boog Powell was called up from Triple-A Tacoma for the first time to join the club in Cleveland.

Powell takes the roster spot of right-handed reliever Evan Scribner, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a flexor bundle strain in his right arm.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Povse set for prospect duel of the day

Povse set for prospect duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Yanio Perez (Rangers' No. 15), Hickory vs. Columbia (3 p.m. ET)

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Cano, Gamel come up big for Mariners

Cano, Gamel come up big for Mariners

CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Ben Gamel added a solo shot and scored twice, powering the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night.

Cano's shot to right-center-field snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and was the 282nd of his career. Gamel also homered off Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco as Seattle won the opener of the three-game series.

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Brian Dulik is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Indians on Friday.

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Shoulder bursitis to keep Felix out 3-4 weeks

Haniger may also miss a month due to Grade 2 strain of right oblique

Shoulder bursitis to keep Felix out 3-4 weeks

CLEVELAND -- Prior to Friday's game, the Mariners released a medical update announcing that ace Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger will both miss three to four weeks after undergoing testing in Seattle with Mariners team medical director Dr. Ed Khalfayan on Friday morning.

Hernandez -- who left in the third inning of his last start on Tuesday in Detroit -- was diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder. Haniger also left in Tuesday's game, as the rookie was experiencing discomfort in his right oblique after a third inning at-bat. The outfielder was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle. Both players were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

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Pazos provides key shutdown innings in win

Left-hander struck out 4 batters over 2 1/3 vs. Cleveland

Pazos provides key shutdown innings in win

CLEVELAND -- During a Spring Training game on March 8 between the Mariners and the Indians, Mariners reliever James Pazos got ahead of Edwin Encarnacion 0-2. The next pitch the left-hander threw was a fastball in the middle of the zone, resulting in an RBI double that nearly went over the center-field fence.

In relief of starter Ariel Miranda, Pazos had a chance to redeem himself in Friday's 3-1 win over the Indians. Mariners manager Scott Servais called on the left-hander to face Encarnacion with one out and a runner on first in the sixth inning.

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Cruz held out of the lineup Friday

OF had left leg cramp in Thursday's game, expects to return Saturday

Cruz held out of the lineup Friday

CLEVELAND -- Nelson Cruz was scheduled to hit clean-up on Friday in the series opener in Cleveland, but Mariners manager Scott Servais scratched him from the lineup a few hours before the game.

Cruz -- who comes into the series with an eight-game hitting streak -- was removed from the batting order after experiencing some tightness in his left hamstring throughout Thursday's 2-1 win over the Tigers.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Mariners on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gamel-on! Mariners' rookie plates winner

Gamel-on! Mariners' rookie plates winner

DETROIT -- A Tigers-Mariners series that began with two one-sided affairs ended with Detroit and Seattle putting on a pitching duel. Ben Gamel's ninth-inning RBI single off Francisco Rodriguez scored Kyle Seager to put the Mariners on top for a 2-1 win, taking a series that began with Seattle giving up 19 runs in the opener.

"We got outscored, but we ended up winning the series," said Mariners manager Scott Servais, whose team is now 4-10 on the road after winning the last two. "We'll take it. That's getting back to playing our style of ball. We had a rough night that first night in. They scored some runs, we didn't pitch very well, but our guys washed it off and got back after it. We won the series, and we've got to continue to build some momentum here on the road."

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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.

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Mariners' Motter leaves feet for latest feat

Super utility man dives over tarp, into crowd for game-ending grab

Mariners' Motter leaves feet for latest feat

DETROIT -- Taylor Motter has turned into a bit of a rock star in the early going this year for the Mariners as the new super utility man who keeps providing timely hits, but the versatile rookie with the flowing hair added his glove to the equation Thursday.

Starting at first base for the first time this season and just the second time in his Major League career, Motter came up with a spectacular game-ending catch, as he went over the tarp and into the stands to snare a foul ball by James McCann to clinch Seattle's 2-1 win over the Tigers as Seattle won its first road series of the season.

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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.

Gamel: Key is to 'let the game come to me'

Gamel: Key is to 'let the game come to me'

DETROIT -- Ben Gamel isn't trying to be Mitch Haniger. Gamel just wants to be himself, and that turned out to be plenty good on Thursday as the 24-year-old rookie drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth in the Mariners' 2-1 victory over the Tigers in his second game filling in for his injured teammate.

Haniger was putting up some of the best numbers in the American League for any player, let alone rookies, when he strained the oblique in his right side and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

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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.

Martin clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Martin clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

DETROIT -- Center fielder Leonys Martin will remain in the Mariners' organization after clearing waivers and being outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

Martin, the club's starting center fielder until a week ago, was designated for assignment on Sunday in a surprising move after the Mariners decided to go with Jarrod Dyson in center and give Guillermo Heredia regular playing time in left field.

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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.

Cishek throws perfect frame as return nears

DL'd Felix, Haniger return to Seattle to meet with team physician

Cishek throws perfect frame as return nears

DETROIT -- Rehabbing reliever Steve Cishek threw a perfect seventh inning in Double-A Arkansas' 6-5 loss at Tulsa on Wednesday night and appears close to rejoining the Mariners as he works back from microfracture hip surgery.

Cishek, who could be a key late-inning right-hander for Seattle when he returns, is expected to throw again for Arkansas on Thursday night in his first back-to-back outings. That was one of the final tests the Mariners were waiting to see before adding him to their Major League roster.

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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.

Paxton blanks Tigers for 7 as Mariners roll

Paxton blanks Tigers for 7 as Mariners roll

DETROIT -- James Paxton shut down a Tigers offense that put up 32 runs over its previous two games, allowing Guillermo Heredia's two-run homer in a three-run second inning to put Seattle in command for an 8-0 win on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Paxton (3-0) won the battle of stingy lefties over Daniel Norris by punchouts, racking up called third strikes on three of Detroit's first five hitters before fanning four in a row in the fourth and fifth innings. His seven innings marked his fourth scoreless outing in five starts this season, and a rebound from the five runs he yielded to the A's in his last start.

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

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

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Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

Mariners lefty blanks Tigers for 7, relies heavily on four-seamer velocity

Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

DETROIT -- James Paxton proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Mariners on Wednesday. For starters, he didn't need any medical help, which was a welcome change for a Seattle club that has lost Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger, Drew Smyly, Jean Segura and Kyle Seager for various amounts of time.

With Hernandez and Haniger going on the disabled list Wednesday, Paxton provided a bright ray of optimism with his seven brilliant innings in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers as he continued cementing his status as the Mariners' emerging ace.

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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.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Mariners shouldn't reverse course yet

New-look club needs time to meld despite rocky April

Mariners shouldn't reverse course yet

DETROIT -- Jarrod Dyson scored the championship-clinching run for the Royals in the 2015 World Series. He knows a playoff team when he sees it.

Can the Mariners be one?

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners hit 3 HRs, sunk by Tigers' 9-run fifth

Mariners hit 3 HRs, sunk by Tigers' 9-run fifth

DETROIT -- The Tigers teed off for four home runs and 24 hits Tuesday in a 19-9 runaway over the Mariners, knocking Felix Hernandez out with a tight right shoulder after just two innings in the process as they rolled to their third consecutive win.

Ian Kinsler led the onslaught with four hits, four runs and two RBIs as the Tigers racked up season highs in hits and runs for the second consecutive game, having topped the Twins 13-4 with 13 hits on Sunday.

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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.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Mariners activate Segura from disabled list

Mariners activate Segura from disabled list

DETROIT -- The Mariners returned their lineup to full strength on Tuesday, as shortstop Jean Segura was activated from the 10-day disabled list after being sidelined the past two weeks with a strained right hamstring.

"He's ready to play and get after it," said manager Scott Servais. "He's a welcome sight. We like how he plays and he's off to a great start, so it's good to have him back."

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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.

Seager out of lineup again with sore hip

Seager out of lineup again with sore hip

DETROIT -- Kyle Seager missed his third consecutive start due to a sore right hip on Tuesday, but the Mariners third baseman continued to say the issue isn't serious and the club is just being careful at this early juncture in the season.

"I'd like to play, but it's being smart," said Seager, who missed just nine games in the previous four years combined. "It's a long season and instead of letting things nag, it might be something you can knock out in a few days. It's the smart move. But from a competitive standpoint, you want to be out there playing with your guys."

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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.

O'Neill homers, records three extra-base hits

O'Neill homers, records three extra-base hits

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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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.

Mariners option Freeman; Aro suspended

Mariners option Freeman; Aro suspended

DETROIT -- Mariners utility infielder Mike Freeman, who started the past two games in place of the injured Kyle Seager, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

No corresponding roster move was announced, but the club is expected to activate shortstop Jean Segura off the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday when it opens a three-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

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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.

Motter slamming his way into lineup

Motter slamming his way into lineup

OAKLAND -- Taylor Motter has drawn considerable attention for his long, flowing hair, but the Mariners utility man is making a name for himself with his bat as the 27-year-old ripped his fifth home run in the past 11 games in an 11-1 win Sunday over the A's.

And this one really mottered, err, mattered, with a third-inning grand slam that provided the struggling Mariners with a much-needed timely hit as they snapped a three-game losing streak, and what they hope can turn around a 2-9 road start.

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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.

Offense awakens to lift Gallardo over A's

Offense awakens to lift Gallardo over A's

OAKLAND -- The Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.

Gallardo, 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in six prior starts against Oakland in his career, had no such troubles in sailing through a four-hit outing with one walk and seven strikeouts, and helped the Mariners avoid their first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1992.

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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.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday.

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Remembering the Ken Griffey Jr. chocolate bar

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Remembering the Ken Griffey Jr. chocolate bar

It's pretty common for iconic baseball players to make their mark on pop culture more broadly. David Ross is currently on a quest to dance his way into America's heart. Keith Hernandez spent years searching for Loogie Bandit Roger McDowell. And who could forget David Ortiz's standing "Weekend Update" appointment? 

But, back on April 24, 1989, Ken Griffey Jr. managed to go where very, very few big leaguers have gone before or since: He got his very own candy bar.

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Mariners recall prospect Vogelbach, DFA Martin

De Jong sent to Triple-A; Heston called up to join bullpen

Mariners recall prospect Vogelbach, DFA Martin

OAKLAND -- Hoping to spark their struggling offense, the Mariners recalled rookie first baseman Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday and designated Leonys Martin for assignment, a surprising move given that Martin was the starting center fielder until being benched the last two games.

Vogelbach started at first base in an 11-1 victory over the Athletics. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk. 

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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 rally late but fall short in loss

Mariners rally late but fall short in loss

OAKLAND -- The homer-happy A's were at it again Saturday, belting two in the first inning in support of right-hander Jharel Cotton in a 4-3 series-clinching victory over Seattle for their fifth consecutive win.

"It's a nice little run for us, and everyone is contributing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's what we talked about on Opening Day, that it takes all 25 of us to win, and today is a prime example of that, that it's not just your key guys sometimes. Over the course of 162 games, some other guys have to take over in big situations."

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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.

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Iwakuma stung by homers, lack of support

Iwakuma stung by homers, lack of support

OAKLAND -- The A's used the long ball to beat Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners on Friday night, getting homers from Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso in a 3-1 victory at the Coliseum that extended their win streak to four games.

"We've talked about when we're good and what we feel like is good offensively for us is the length of the lineup, and multiple guys can hit some homers," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

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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.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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