Inbox: Can Zunino provide boost to offense?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers questions from Mariners fans

Inbox: Can Zunino provide boost to offense?

When will the Mariners recall Mike Zunino? Also, is he out of options and does he have to make the team next spring or go through waivers?
-- Gil P., Spokane, Wash.

Zunino was recalled Monday and will join the team in Washington, D.C., for the start of the upcoming road trip on Tuesday against the Nationals. After batting .293 in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma and hitting three homers in their last two games in Iowa, that's enough of what the Mariners wanted to see to bring Zunino back, particularly with Carlos Ruiz and Tuffy Gosewisch combining to bat .110 (8-for-73).

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bergman, Mariners take on Nats in opener

Bergman, Mariners take on Nats in opener

The Mariners will make their first trip to Nationals Park since 2011 when they begin a three-game Interleague series with Washington on Tuesday night.

Seattle will call on right-hander Christian Bergman (1-1), who dazzled in his second start of the season, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the A's with nine strikeouts. The Mariners' offense has struggled lately, however, and it has been a major reason why they dropped seven of their past 10 games entering Sunday.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners recall Zunino, Pagan amid flurry

Gosewisch, Vogelbach and Heston optioned to Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners recall Zunino, Pagan amid flurry

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had an off-day on Monday to travel across the country for the start of an eight-game road trip in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, but that didn't slow general manager Jerry Dipoto from continuing his flurry of roster moves as the club attempts to deal with a rash of injuries.

Catcher Mike Zunino and reliever Emilio Pagan were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, while catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and starter Chris Heston were optioned back to Tacoma.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners can't stop White Sox offense

Mariners can't stop White Sox offense

SEATTLE -- Tim Anderson provided the offensive punch and Derek Holland threw eight innings of one-run ball Sunday as the White Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Mariners in their second straight runaway win at Safeco Field.

The White Sox won the last three games of the four-game series, including a combined 24-2 margin over the final two days, as they improved to 20-22 on the year. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Holland allowed six hits, including Nelson Cruz's 11th home run of the season in the seventh.

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

Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Mariners look forward to Cano's return

Slugger expected back in DC opener; Cruz to play right field

Mariners look forward to Cano's return

SEATTLE -- For all the justified concern over the state of the Mariners' injury-riddled rotation, it's not just pitching that is troubling the struggling club as it heads out on a tough eight-game road trip after an 8-1 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Since Robinson Cano was sidelined with a strained right quad muscle, the Mariners have scored just 30 runs in 11 games while hitting .203. Combined with a pitching staff whose ERA has fallen to the worst in the American League at 4.86, that's a rough recipe.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heston's 1st Mariners start marred by walks

Heston's 1st Mariners start marred by walks

SEATTLE -- Chris Heston, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, struggled in his first start of the season, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in three-plus innings in the Mariners' 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

"The thing that was frustrating today for us, and for Chris, was the lack of command," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "You have to trust your stuff, trust your defense behind you. He was living too far on the edges and wasn't working out too good and he got out over the plate and got hurt a little bit."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallardo hit hard as Mariners fall

Gallardo hit hard as Mariners fall

SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia continued his red-hot start to the season with two home runs and a career-best four hits and six RBIs on Saturday as the White Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Garcia also doubled twice in his 4-for-5 night as the 25-year-old right fielder moved into the American League batting lead with a .357 average. The White Sox racked up their most runs and hits (19) of the season in the one-sided affair and improved to 19-22 with their second straight win.

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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.

Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.

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

Mariners call on Freeman to pitch in rout

Infielder allows one run in ninth inning vs. White Sox

Mariners call on Freeman to pitch in rout

SEATTLE -- Mike Freeman hadn't pitched since Little League.

So, naturally, he made his Major League debut on the mound Saturday.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz could return to closer's role soon

Diaz could return to closer's role soon

SEATTLE -- Encouraged by what he saw from Edwin Diaz's two-inning performance in Friday's 2-1 loss to the White Sox, Mariners manager Scott Servais said the 23-year-old isn't far from returning to the closer role after moving temporarily out of that spot to work on some mechanical issues.

Diaz allowed just two infield singles in the eighth inning on Friday, then worked a 1-2-3 ninth before the White Sox won in the 10th with a run off Tony Zych.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Waldrop plates four for Arkansas

Waldrop plates four for Arkansas

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cano ready to return from DL on Tuesday

Cano ready to return from DL on Tuesday

SEATTLE -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano said he's on target to come off the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday as scheduled, as the seven-time All-Star continues recovering from a strained quadricep muscle in his right leg.

Cano went through a full pregame routine prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miranda's gem goes for naught in loss

Miranda's gem goes for naught in loss

SEATTLE -- Melky Cabrera's RBI double in the top of the 10th lifted the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday, as Chicago snapped a seven-game road losing streak while holding Seattle to one hit on the night.

Mariners reliever Tony Zych hit Kevan Smith with a pitch to lead off the 10th and pinch-runner Leury Garcia was sacrificed to second before Cabrera delivered the two-out game-winner for the White Sox, who improved to 18-22.

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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.

Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Mariners opt to slow Haniger's rehab routine

Rookie outfielder feels soreness in oblique after workout

Mariners opt to slow Haniger's rehab routine

SEATTLE -- After initially hoping to send right fielder Mitch Haniger out to start a Minor League stint with Class A Advanced Modesto on Friday, the Mariners backed off that plan and will keep the standout rookie in Seattle for now to continue rehabbing the strained oblique in his right side that has sidelined him the past 3 1/2 weeks.

"I'm just treating it and going day to day, trying to take it slow before we go out and do anything," said Haniger, who hit .342 in 21 games before going on the 10-day disabled list on April 26.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gaviglio gives beleaguered rotation a boost

Rookie from Oregon tosses five scoreless innings

Gaviglio gives beleaguered rotation a boost

SEATTLE -- Looking to stay afloat in the American League West while their pitching staff returns to health, the Mariners have found a life raft from two fill-in starters -- Sam Gaviglio and Christian Bergman -- who pieced together 12 1/3 scoreless innings in back-to-back wins on Wednesday and Thursday.

Gaviglio didn't get the win in his first Major League start in Seattle's 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Thursday, but he put them in position by allowing just three hits and a walk in a 75-pitch outing.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heredia's heroics: Mariners win in walk-off

Heredia's heroics: Mariners win in walk-off

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia drove home Jarrod Dyson with a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mariners topped the White Sox, 5-4, in Thursday's series opener at Safeco Field.

The speedy Dyson gave Heredia a chance by avoiding what looked like an inning-ending double play on a grounder to third by Carlos Ruiz with one out. Dyson beat the throw to second, with Ruiz still thrown out at first for the second out. Reliever Dan Jennings then intentionally walked Jean Segura before Heredia singled to right for the win.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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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Paxton passes hurdle with bullpen session

Lefty throws 25 pitches, could begin rehab stint soon

Paxton passes hurdle with bullpen session

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Scott Servais admitted the light at the end of the tunnel is still distant when it comes to regaining his fleet of injured pitchers, but progress is underway and James Paxton is the closest to returning after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

The Mariners have four of their original rotation members on the disabled list and all are back throwing again now, although Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly are limited to playing light catch and could be a month or more from returning.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners pay their respects to Chris Cornell

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Mariners pay their respects to Chris Cornell

Legendary Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell passed away at the age of 52 on Wednesday in Detroit. So, before the Tigers played the Orioles for a Thursday matinee, the Tigers' press notes featured a small tribute: The headings were Cornell songs. 

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Needing long outing, Bergman saves taxed 'pen

Righty combines with Pazos to blank A's on Wednesday

Needing long outing, Bergman saves taxed 'pen

SEATTLE -- They needed this one. The rotation, the bullpen and manager Scott Servais all breathed a sigh of relief with Christian Bergman's 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Mariners' 4-0 win over the A's on Wednesday.

A group of injury fill-ins have done their best to keep the Mariners competitive in the American League West -- despite having five starters on the disabled list -- but not since James Paxton threw eight innings on April 15 had a Seattle starter gone as deep into a game as Bergman went in the series finale.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bergman's 9 K's lift Mariners to series win

Bergman's 9 K's lift Mariners to series win

SEATTLE -- Christian Bergman provided a much-needed lift to the Mariners' injury-plagued rotation with a 7 1/3-inning gem on Wednesday, as Seattle rolled to a series-clinching 4-0 win over the A's at Safeco Field.

Making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, Bergman allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out a career-best nine. The right-hander pitched the previous three seasons for the Rockies, and was making just his 17th Major League 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.

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

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Mariners recall Lawrence, option De Jong

Recently acquired righty will work out of bullpen

Mariners recall Lawrence, option De Jong

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' pitching shuffle continued Wednesday, as the club recalled recently acquired right-hander Casey Lawrence from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned rookie right-hander Chase De Jong back to Tacoma.

Lawrence was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays last Thursday after going 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA in four appearances for Toronto, including a pair of spot starts.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager heating up after another late homer

Third baseman goes deep in 8th for second straight night

Seager heating up after another late homer

SEATTLE -- Spring has seemed like winter this year in Seattle, where the Safeco Field roof was protecting the field from another rainy Tuesday night during the Mariners' 9-6 loss to the A's.

But at least one thing might be heating up -- Kyle Seager's bat.

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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.

Mariners lose lead in 9th after Seager's late HR

Mariners lose lead in 9th after Seager's late HR

SEATTLE -- The A's entered Tuesday night's ninth inning looking at a fifth straight heartbreaking loss, but resilience and an extra dose of home-run power led them back to a dramatic 9-6 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

After Kyle Seager's solo home run in the eighth gave Seattle a 5-4 lead, pinch-hitter Rajai Davis led off the ninth with a single off Mariners reliever Steve Cishek., who returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list Monday. Matt Joyce followed with the biggest hit of the night, a two-run homer into the right-field seats that gave the A's a 6-5 lead. Later in the inning, the A's padded the lead with a three-run homer by Mark Canha off lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Canha had three hits and fell a triple short of the cycle.

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

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That's a relief: 'Pen prevails, keeps A's at bay

That's a relief: 'Pen prevails, keeps A's at bay

SEATTLE -- The Mariners entered their homestand coming off a heartbreaking three-game sweep in Toronto and with four of their presumed Opening Day starters -- Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly -- on the disabled list.

In other words, the bullpen has been hugely important and often used. It's had good days and bad days and strange days with a revolving cast that has had some injuries of its own. On Monday night against the A's, the Mariners got a little bit of everything from their bullpen, including a much-needed 6-5 victory.

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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.

Mariners thwart A's comeback to snap slide

Mariners thwart A's comeback to snap slide

SEATTLE -- The Mariners jumped out early and held on late Monday night at Safeco Field, beating the A's, 6-5, in the first of a three-game series between the American League West rivals.

A's starter Sean Manaea was wild in the first inning, leading to Seattle's first two runs, and Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit a two-run home run -- Cruz in the second inning and Seager in the eighth. Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo bent a bit but did not break, giving up three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

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

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.

Haniger could rejoin Mariners for next road trip

'Everything is moving in the right direction,' Servais says of injured outfielder

Haniger could rejoin Mariners for next road trip

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' injury report remains a lengthy list, but there might be some good news on the horizon.

Right fielder Mitch Haniger, who was among the team's best offensive players when he went on the disabled list April 26 with a strained right oblique, hit in the cage and played light catch at Safeco Field prior to Monday night's series opener against the A's.

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Seattle's 'pen welcomes Cishek back from DL

Seattle's 'pen welcomes Cishek back from DL

SEATTLE -- The Mariners got back one of the key pieces of their bullpen on Monday, activating reliever Steve Cishek from the 10-day disabled list before a 6-5 win over the A's.

Cishek's first appearance was his season debut after recovering from surgery for a left hip labrum tear last October. He faced one batter in Monday night's game, getting Khris Davis to ground out in the top of the eighth inning.

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Honorary Bat Girl Walsh throws 1st pitch

Honorary Bat Girl Walsh throws 1st pitch

TORONTO -- Vanessa Walsh, a mother of three and former member of the Air Force Reserves, threw out the first pitch as the Mariners' 2017 Honorary Bat Girl at Monday's game at Safeco Field.

The resident of Federal Way, Wash., has Stage 4 breast cancer and was celebrated for her courageous battle against the disease when she and her kids -- ages 19, 11 and 7 -- were honored on the field prior to the contest between the Mariners and A's that began Seattle's seven-game homestand.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miranda does part for shorthanded rotation

Despite no-decision, lefty fans 8 to show he's up to task with several starters on DL

Miranda does part for shorthanded rotation

TORONTO -- At a time when the Mariners' rotation is scrambling, Ariel Miranda stepped up and did his part Sunday, allowing just one run and three hits in five-plus innings while racking up a career-high-tying eight strikeouts.

It wasn't enough to prevent a series sweep -- Seattle fell, 3-2, as Toronto's Kevin Pillar hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth off closer Edwin Diaz -- but the Mariners know they're going to need Miranda and other starters to hold the line while Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly are all on the disabled list.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.