LoMo's long ball sends Mariners past Astros

LoMo's long ball sends Mariners past Astros

HOUSTON -- Logan Morrison socked a two-run pinch-hit home run with two outs in the eighth inning off reliever Pat Neshek -- the third homer of the game for Seattle -- to break a tie and lead the Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"That was a lot of fun, especially here with the success they've had against us. Kind of exorcise the demons a little bit," said Morrison, whose Mariners had been outscored 57-26 while losing seven of eight previous games in Houston this season.

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

LoMo makes most of chance to have impact

LoMo makes most of chance to have impact

HOUSTON -- It wasn't the easiest situation in a season that hasn't gone quite according to plan for Logan Morrison. Coming off the bench to pinch-hit in a tie game, top of the eighth, against side-arming sinkerballer Pat Neshek.

But Morrison, who has largely lost his playing time at first base in the second half of the season to Jesus Montero and Mark Trumbo, worked the count to 2-0 and then hammered a game-deciding two-run homer to right field in the Mariners' 7-5 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.

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Trumbo crushes 464-foot homer off train at MMP

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Trumbo crushes 464-foot homer off train at MMP

You know when you're rushing to catch a train to get out of the city for Labor Day Weekend? Well, one baseball wanted to get an early start on getting out of Houston during Tuesday's Mariners-Astros game. Maybe to visit some family, maybe for some other reason. We're really not sure because, as you know, baseballs don't talk. Unfortunately, this baseball was at home plate and the Minute Maid Park train was 464-feet away. Fortunately, Mark Trumbo was there to give it some help.

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Ramirez, Zych among Mariners' callups

Ramirez, Zych among Mariners' callups

HOUSTON -- Right-handed relievers Jose Ramirez and Tony Zych, infielder Shawn O'Malley and outfielder Stefen Romero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday as the Mariners took advantage of rosters expanding to begin their September callups.

Zych will be making his Major League debut, while the other three all have previously had brief stints in the Majors.

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

Paxton among 7 Mariners to play in Fall League

Lefty reliever Rollins, No. 4 prospect Peterson also selected to Peoria

Paxton among 7 Mariners to play in Fall League

HOUSTON -- Left-hander James Paxton, who has missed much of the season with a strained middle finger on his throwing hand, was one of seven Mariners selected to play in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

Paxton began the season as the Mariners' No. 2 starter, and he went 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts before going on the disabled list. He will make his third rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday in Salt Lake City and is expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation next week, but the AFL will give him a chance to get in some additional work against some of baseball's top prospects in October and November.

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Walker, Kazmir set for series-finale duel in Houston

Walker, Kazmir set for series-finale duel in Houston

Two pitchers coming off contrasting Augusts look to start September right when Astros lefty Scott Kazmir faces off against Seattle righty Taijuan Walker in the teams' series finale on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Kazmir, who was named July's AL Pitcher of the Month, lost four of his five August starts, lasting more than six innings only once while giving up 13 earned runs.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trumbo knows success vs. Astros' Keuchel

Trumbo knows success vs. Astros' Keuchel

HOUSTON -- Not many Major League hitters have had much success recently against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, but Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo seems to have found some answers. Trumbo became the first player to homer off Keuchel at Minute Maid Park in his last 17 starts in a two-homer game in Seattle's 8-3 loss on Monday night.

Trumbo provided all of Seattle's runs with his 2-for-4 day as he hiked his season home run total to 19, including 10 with the Mariners since being acquired from the D-backs on June 3.

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Homers haunt Nuno as Mariners fall to Astros

Homers haunt Nuno as Mariners fall to Astros

HOUSTON -- There is nothing more automatic in baseball these days than Dallas Keuchel winning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' All-Star left-hander remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.

Keuchel (16-6) held the Mariners to six hits and one run -- a second-inning homer by Mark Trumbo -- to improve to 12-0 at Minute Maid Park this season. He also extended his club record by throwing at least six innings in his 38th consecutive start while throwing a season-high 121 pitches.

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

Mariners send outfielder Jackson to Cubs

Seattle gets international slot bonus money, player to be named in deal

Mariners send outfielder Jackson to Cubs

HOUSTON -- Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was dealt to the Cubs for a player to be named and $210,000 in international slot money on Monday afternoon in a deal consummated by assistant general manager Jeff Kingston, who is running the club for the remainder of the year following Jack Zduriencik's dismissal on Friday.

"Obviously we'd prefer to be buyers rather than sellers at this point," Kingston said. "But I think for us, at this point in time, it's more about the future and looking ahead. This gives us a chance to play Brad Miller more in center field down the stretch, Austin goes to the Cubs and can help them down the stretch, and we get some international slot money that will help [director of international operations] Tim Kissner and his group go sign some more good young players to help us for the future."

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Felix to make next start Saturday vs. A's

Felix to make next start Saturday vs. A's

HOUSTON -- Felix Hernandez will make his next start Saturday in Oakland after the Mariners' ace was skipped from his normal start on Monday against the Astros as manager Lloyd McClendon looks to freshen Hernandez up for the final month of the season.

The 29-year-old right-hander has been one of baseball's most durable pitchers over most of his career and is on pace for his eighth consecutive season of 200-plus innings, and 10th straight of more than 190 innings.

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Mariners ship Ruggiano to Dodgers for cash

Mariners ship Ruggiano to Dodgers for cash

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who opened the season with the Mariners but has been in Triple-A Tacoma the past three months, was traded to the Dodgers on Monday night for cash.

Ruggiano, 33, is a seven-year Major League veteran with a career line of .255/.319/.427 in 434 games. He hit .214 with two homers and three RBIs in 36 games with Seattle before being designated for assignment and then outrighted to Tacoma in early June.

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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.

"That was a fun win. The whole game, all the way through something was happening," Saladino said. "To pull it off at the end there, that was awesome."

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey Jr. and Sr. played in MLB together 25 yrs ago

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Griffey Jr. and Sr. played in MLB together 25 yrs ago

Major League history is filled with prodigious bloodlines. Some, like Barry and Bobby Bonds, featured two generations of stars, while other families like the Bells, Boones and LaRoches, seem to have enough Major League players in their families to field their very own teams. 

But despite the 140-something years of Major League Baseball and the thousands of players to have put on a jersey, only one father-son duo ever took the field at the same time: On Aug. 31, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. did it for the Mariners. 

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Jim Callis

Jackson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Jackson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller's miscue one of three in tough setback

Errant throw on potential final out allows tying run to score

Miller's miscue one of three in tough setback

CHICAGO -- Brad Miller was in position to make the play at shortstop, getting down to cleanly field a routine ground ball off the bat of Carlos Sanchez. He stood up, planted his feet as he normally does, and fired a throw wide of first base.

And the moment it left his hand Miller knew he had missed first baseman Logan Morrison. His error ultimately cost the Mariners the lead and the win as they fell to the White Sox, 6-5, in 11 innings on Sunday.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager, Jackson light a fuse atop the order

Collect six hits, five RBIs during finale loss in Chicago

Seager, Jackson light a fuse atop the order

CHICAGO -- Kyle Seager was frustrated when he entered Chicago, kept out of the starting lineup for just the third time this season. But he left U.S. Cellular Field in a better mood after his offensive performance over the weekend.

Along with Austin Jackson, Seager finished one hit shy of the cycle, but neither was able to complete the feat with their last at-bats as Seattle fell to the White Sox, 6-5, in 11 innings.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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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Andrew Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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.

And with time running out, the time came for the Mariners to make a change. General manager Jack Zduriencik, in his seventh year on the job, was dismissed Friday.

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

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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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.