The Mariners, who managed just two hits in Thursday's series-opening loss, tallied 13 this time, including nine in 6 1/3 innings against A's starter Jesse Chavez, who was responsible for Morrison and Smith's home runs that wiped away a three-run lead gained by the A's in the second against J.A. Happ -- highlighted by RBI hits from Mark Canha and Billy Burns. Canha also hit a two-run double in the ninth.
No corresponding moves will be announced until Saturday, but the club figures to add left-handed reliever David Rollins as well as another reliever and possibly a temporary position player to fill out the 25-man roster.
OAKLAND -- When Edgar Martinez signed on as hitting coach of the Mariners two weeks ago, the questions started coming at Willie Bloomquist as well. Would he consider getting into coaching when his playing days ended?
"Yeah, I was getting that a lot recently. Maybe I should have seen the writing on the wall," Bloomquist said with a laugh.
Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday
Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday
By Mark Newman
It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.
After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir held the Mariners to two hits over eight innings, leading the A's to a 4-0 victory in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at the Coliseum. It was Oakland's American League-leading 10th shutout of the season.
"That's probably the best we've seen him here," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "More cutters and sliders today, especially to right-handers. He had been basically fastball-changeup to them, where he worked everything to both righties and lefties today. Was on it from the very beginning, his velocity grew as the game went along."
OAKLAND -- Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday for his second stint with the Mariners this season, but this time the infielder from Virginia will be used more in a part-time role rather than replacing Brad Miller at shortstop.
Miller shifted to the outfield and more of a utility role when Taylor was called up in late May, but has since re-established himself at shortstop in the time since Taylor was demoted after hitting just .159 in 11 games.
OAKLAND -- Willie Bloomquist has come full circle in his Major League days, returning the past two years to the Mariners club with whom he began his career in 2002. But the veteran utility man isn't ready to let it end that way after being designated for assignment by Seattle on Thursday to open a roster spot for young infielder Chris Taylor.
Bloomquist told MLB.com he's not ready to retire and hopes a spot opens for him on another team that has more of an opportunity for him to contribute in the final half of the season.
Mariners agree to terms with int'l shortstop prospect Vargas
Sources say club and Dominican teen settled on $1.7 million signing bonus
By Jesse Sanchez
At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, teenage shortstop Carlos Vargas is one of the biggest middle infielders on the international market this year.
Now, Vargas, ranked No. 26 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, is taking a huge step toward his future. The Mariners have agreed to a $1.7 million signing bonus with the teenage infielder from the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.
SAN DIEGO -- Nelson Cruz didn't want to wait for the cake, so the Mariners slugger sliced his own gift -- a two-run homer in the top of the ninth -- in Seattle's 7-0 victory over the Padres in Wednesday's Interleague series finale at Petco Park.
Cruz cranked his 20th home run of the season on his 35th birthday to close out the day's scoring.
SAN DIEGO -- Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to shut out the Padres on three hits Wednesday as the Mariners took both games of the series at Petco Park with a 7-0 Interleague victory.
Walker threw six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. The 22-year-old is 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA with 51 strikeouts and three walks over his last seven starts. Seattle held the Padres to no runs and four hits over 18 innings in the two games and won the season series, 3-1.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SAN DIEGO -- With Taijuan Walker cruising through six innings on just one hit with a 1-0 lead, manager Lloyd McClendon chose to lift the 22-year-old for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh in what turned into a 7-0 victory for the Mariners over the Padres.
McClendon had just made a quick trip to the mound with trainer Rob Nodine with two out in the sixth to check on Walker, but he said that had no bearing on his decision for the surprising early hook with the right-hander at just 76 pitches.
SAN DIEGO -- With Hisashi Iwakuma completing his third Minor League rehab start on Tuesday in Tacoma, the Mariners have a decision looming.
Iwakuma is lined up to return on Sunday in Oakland if he continues pitching on a normal five-day plan, a move that would have made sense initially since that spot in Seattle's rotation is currently held by rookie Mike Montgomery.
SAN DIEGO -- Mike Montgomery didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning on Tuesday and finished with a shutout as the Mariners topped the Padres, 5-0, at Petco Park.
Montgomery, coming off a five-hit shutout of the Royals the last time out, allowed his only hit with one out in the seventh as Yangervis Solarte doubled. Montgomery walked four, hit a batter and struck out seven. He became the 12th Major League rookie to throw consecutive shutouts since 1980 and first since Jeremy Sowers of the Indians in 2006.
SAN DIEGO -- Since being called up four weeks ago to fill in for the injured James Paxton, rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery has opened eyes for the Mariners. But the 25-year-old took it to another level on Tuesday as he allowed just one hit and threw his second straight shutout, this one a 5-0 blanking of the Padres at Petco Park.
Montgomery maneuvered through 6 1/3 innings with three walks and a hit batter before Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte doubled down the left-field line. But that was all the damage San Diego could muster as Montgomery became the first Mariner to throw a one-hit shutout since Jarrod Washburn in 2009.
That'd be Alex Jackson, the highly touted outfielder who is baseball's No. 22 overall prospect. Playing for Class A Short Season Everett, he connected on his first homer of the year, a two-run shot that provided the winning margin in the AquaSox's 5-3 win over Boise.
ANAHEIM -- Carson Smith hasn't been officially proclaimed the Mariners' new closer. Or temporary closer. Or anything else. When the phone rings in the bullpen, he waits for his name to be called, just like always.
But for the past three weeks, those calls have been coming in ninth-inning save situations, and the 25-year-old rookie has relished the chance to be Seattle's stopper after Fernando Rodney's early-season struggles
ANAHEIM -- Felix Hernandez plays with emotion. But on Sunday, one reaction to a big double-play groundout by Mike Trout turned into something of a pain in the neck. Or side, to be more accurate.
Hernandez was battling his way through a 90-degree afternoon with a 1-0 lead against the Angels, having allowed just one hit, when he got Trout on a key twin killing in the sixth. But his pained reaction following that play led to manager Lloyd McClendon and trainer Rob Nodine hustling out to the mound.
ANAHEIM -- With the Mariners on the verge of getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th inning on Sunday, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen threw a wild pitch that let Kole Calhoun race home with the winning run, giving the Angels a 3-2 walk-off win in the rubber game at Angel Stadium.
Johnny Giavotella and Calhoun led off the 10th with back-to-back singles, and Mike Trout was intentionally walked to load the bases for Albert Pujols. With the Mariners playing a six-man infield, Pujols hit into a double play -- shortstop to home to first. Wilhelmsen got two strikes on Kyle Kubitza, but bounced a pitch past catcher Mike Zunino, and Calhoun scored without a play.
ANAHEIM -- Robinson Cano emerged unscathed from Saturday's incident in which he got hit in the temple with an errant warmup throw by Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston while sitting in the dugout between innings, but the Mariners knew they dodged a bullet.
"It was an inch and a half away from his eye," said manager Lloyd McClendon, who had Cano back at second base for Sunday's series finale. "That could be career-ending. The thought is scary. You take things for granted in this game, but anything can happen at any time. We were very fortunate in this instance."
ANAHEIM -- Mike Zunino isn't going to turn his season around in one week, but the Mariners' catcher is feeling better at the plate in recent days as his work with new hitting coach Edgar Martinez seems to be paying dividends.
Zunino went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels and has hit .357 (5-for-14) with a walk and just one strikeout in 16 plate appearances over his past four games going into Sunday's series finale against the Halos.
ANAHEIM -- J.A. Happ wasn't perfect in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels, but the Mariners' veteran lefty seemingly deserves a better fate than four straight losses and six weeks since his last victory.
Happ has posted a 3.87 ERA and been a steady presence on the mound in his first season with Seattle, but after a 3-1 start, he's now fallen to 3-5 and frustration is mounting.
ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards allowed just two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday as the Angels topped the Mariners, 4-2, with help from Kole Calhoun's two-run homer at Angel Stadium.
Richards (8-5, 3.54 ERA) gave up seven hits but limited the damage to a pair of runs and is now 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in seven career starts against Seattle. He struck out six and helped the Angels move back above .500 at 38-37.
ANAHEIM -- Fernando Rodney got to shoot his arrow on Friday night, delivering a scoreless ninth inning in the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Angels in his first save situation since losing the closer's job 24 days earlier.
But the man who led the Majors with 45 saves last season and is second to Craig Kimbrel for the most saves in the big leagues since 2012 hasn't won back the role yet, as manager Lloyd McClendon went to right-hander Carson Smith in the eighth inning Friday strictly because he wanted the big rookie facing Angels standouts Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
ANAHEIM -- For young Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, this has clearly been the tale of two seasons. And the Mariners like the second one a whole lot better.
The hard-throwing 22-year-old continued his recent surge with seven innings of one-run ball in Seattle's 3-1 win over the Angels on Friday, continuing the reversal from his early-season woes to even his record at 6-6 with a 4.64 ERA.
ANAHEIM -- Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Mariners' scuffling offense did just enough against the Angels' Matt Shoemaker to capture a 3-1 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.
Walker scattered seven hits, but didn't walk any batters and struck out six. The 22-year-old right-hander has given up just nine runs in 34 1/3 innings this month, dropping his ERA from 6.18 to 4.64.