Offense can't back Felix in loss to Yankees

Offense can't back Felix in loss to Yankees

SEATTLE -- Brett Gardner's solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday, as flame-throwing Luis Severino out-dueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw a seven-inning gem, allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts, but was the tough-luck loser as he fell to 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA. Robinson Cano had a pair of hits against his former Yankees team, but Seattle lost its opening game of a key 10-game homestand after a 5-1 road trip got it back in Wild Card contention.

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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.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday.

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Mariners acquire Phelps from Marlins

Mariners acquire Phelps from Marlins

HOUSTON -- With the Mariners making a push in the American League Wild Card race, general manager Jerry Dipoto reinforced his bullpen Thursday by trading four Minor Leaguers to the Marlins for veteran reliever David Phelps.

The Mariners gave up 19-year-old outfielder Brayan Hernandez, who was their No. 6-ranked prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, as well as right-handed pitchers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lukas Schiraldi. Miller was Seattle's No. 16 prospect and Miller was No. 22.

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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.

Dipoto still in the market for starting pitching

Potential additions to the rotation won't come cheap

Dipoto still in the market for starting pitching

SEATTLE -- After making a move to bolster the Mariners bullpen with the acquisition of right-hander David Phelps from the Marlins, general manager Jerry Dipoto will continue searching for help for Seattle's starting rotation between now and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But Dipoto acknowledged Thursday that doing so appears a difficult proposition, given the number of teams in the same pursuit.

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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.

M's land Phelps, 29 years ago dealt Phelps

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M's land Phelps, 29 years ago dealt Phelps

Seattle acquired reliever David Phelps  from the Marlins on Thursday for four prospects. It's a move that should help solidify the team's bullpen as it chases an AL Wild Card spot.

It's also a move that may bring back memories of another certain Phelps -- one that the Mariners traded away to the Yankees 28 years and 364 days ago: Veteran first baseman Ken Phelps for a young, unproven outfielder named Jay Buhner.

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Gaviglio to Triple-A as Mariners recall Povse

Righty was set to start Sunday, but Gallardo will take spot

Gaviglio to Triple-A as Mariners recall Povse

SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio, who had been scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against the Yankees at Safeco Field, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday as the Mariners will move veteran Yovani Gallardo back into the rotation.

The club recalled right-handed reliever Max Povse to take Gaviglio's roster spot on Thursday, but he'll likely be sent back to Tacoma on Friday when newly acquired reliever David Phelps arrives from Miami.

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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.

Moore looks to tame Yankees' offense

Moore looks to tame Yankees' offense

New York veteran starting pitcher CC Sabathia will go toe-to-toe with Seattle rookie right-hander Andrew Moore in the second game of a four-game series between the Mariners and the Yankees on Friday at Safeco Field.

Moore will be making his fifth career start. Sabathia is making his 498th.

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

Paxton stifles Astros as Mariners win series

Paxton stifles Astros as Mariners win series

HOUSTON -- James Paxton continued his mastery of the Astros, allowing six hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings, as the Mariners took a series at Minute Maid Park with a 4-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.

Ben Gamel's two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Mariners ahead, 2-1, and was all the offense needed for Paxton (9-3), who improved to 2-0 in three starts this year against Houston, allowing one run in 20 innings.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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

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Mariners' 5-1 trip puts them in thick of WC race

Surging club has momentum heading into 4-game series with Yankees

Mariners' 5-1 trip puts them in thick of WC race

HOUSTON -- A Mariners team that knew it had to get hot coming out of the All-Star break in order to have a chance took a huge first step in that direction by completing a 5-1 road trip on Wednesday and now sets its sights directly on the Yankees team ahead of it in the American League Wild Card race.

Seattle beat the Astros, 4-1, to win its first series against the American League West leaders this season. On the heels of a three-game sweep against the White Sox, the Mariners suddenly have some serious momentum after climbing back to .500 at 48-48 as they return home for a 10-game homestand against the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets.

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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 throw 'play of the game' for Mariners

Thriving on defense, outfielder helps thwart Astros' potential rally in 8th

Heredia's throw 'play of the game' for Mariners

HOUSTON -- Despite having his playing time reduced considerably by the return of Mitch Haniger in recent weeks, Guillermo Heredia continues to put up some of the top outfield defensive metrics in baseball in his limited time.

And the rookie from Cuba again showed why in a 4-1 win over the Astros on Wednesday, when he quickly fielded a line drive off the left-field wall by Jose Altuve, turned and threw out George Springer trying to advance from first to third, helping to thwart the Astros' attempted eighth-inning revival against Seattle reliever Nick Vincent.

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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 hope Haniger returns for Yanks series

Mariners hope Haniger returns for Yanks series

HOUSTON -- Mitch Haniger was sidelined for a fourth straight game on Wednesday with a jammed right index finger, but manager Scott Servais is hopeful the rookie right fielder will be ready to go when the Mariners open a four-game set with the Yankees on Thursday at Safeco Field.

Haniger bruised the finger when he was hit in the hand while trying to lay down a bunt in Saturday's win over the White Sox in Chicago, and he hasn't played since.

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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' win streak snapped in Houston

Mariners' win streak snapped in Houston

HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock extended his career-high winning streak to five games by throwing a career-high-tying seven innings, and catcher Evan Gattis slugged a pair of solo homers to lead the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock (8-1), who was moved to the rotation from the bullpen in late May when Dallas Keuchel went on the disabled list for the first time, allowed three hits -- two infield hits -- and one run and struck out nine batters in his longest outing since Sept. 5, 2013 at Oakland.

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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.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Seager joins big Seattle names with 200th 2B

Seager joins big Seattle names with 200th 2B

HOUSTON -- Kyle Seager narrowly missed out on homering for a fourth straight game on Tuesday, but Seattle's third baseman succeeded in joining an exclusive group of players who've hit 200 doubles during their Mariners careers.

Seager doubled off the center-field wall on a drive projected at 413 feet by Statcast™ in the fifth inning and wound up scoring Seattle's first run on an infield single by Jarrod Dyson for one of the few bright spots in a 6-2 loss to the American League West-leading Astros that snapped the Mariners' five-game win streak.

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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.

Griffey passes on lessons from iconic career

Hall of Famer speaks to young ballplayers at Elite Development Invitational

Griffey passes on lessons from iconic career

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens of hands shot into the air when Ken Griffey Jr. opened the floor for questions Tuesday at the Elite Development Invitational in Historic Dodgertown.

"These guys want to help you to be the best guys that you can be … the best people you can be," Griffey said of the coaches at EDI. "If you guys do make it, it's our bragging rights; 'I remember this kid when he was 12, 13, 14, on up.' … We just want to let other kids know, 'Hey, he was in the same situation that you are in; he came to this camp. You can be that guy.'"

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Cruz named Heart and Hustle winner

Cruz named Heart and Hustle winner

HOUSTON -- Nelson Cruz has been on quite a roll on the field, as he reached the 20-home run mark for a ninth straight year with his sixth blast in the past nine games on Monday.

But the big slugger has been a hit off the field as well, and on Tuesday was named the Mariners' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association for a second straight year.

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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.

O'Neill shows off power for Tacoma

O'Neill shows off power for Tacoma

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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Segura dazzles with defense in Mariners' win

Segura dazzles with defense in Mariners' win

HOUSTON -- On the day Seattle shortstop Jean Segura finally qualified with enough plate appearances to take over first place in the American League batting race, he impressed even more with some outstanding glovework to help the Mariners pull out a 9-7, 10-inning victory over the Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

The Mariners won their fifth straight game -- and fourth since opening the second half on the road -- with a huge win over the American League West-leading Astros on the strength of a pair of 10th-inning homers by Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia.

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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.

M's dazzling D in 9th, HRs in 10th top Astros

M's dazzling D in 9th, HRs in 10th top Astros

HOUSTON -- After five ties and six lead changes, Seattle's Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia secured the Mariners' 9-7 win at Minute Maid Park on Monday with a pair of solo homers in the 10th inning.

The Mariners' sixth set of back-to-back homers this season gave the Astros their first extra-innings loss in five such contests this season. It's the first time Seattle hit back-to-back HRs in extras since Sept. 8, 2002, at Kansas City (Ben Davis and Mike Cameron).

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

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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Relive 'Turn Ahead the Clock' night

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Relive 'Turn Ahead the Clock' night

When you hear the phrase "Turn Ahead the Clock," your mind probably drifts to the summer of 1999, when 20 Major League teams took turns imagining what baseball in the year 2021 might look like. The promotions were wacky. The logos were enormous. The uniforms seared themselves into our brains forever.

But one of the most outlandish ideas in baseball history was actually born a year earlier. It began with an idle conversation within the Mariners marketing department: What would it look like to flip the traditional throwback night on its head, and turn the Kingdome into the future? On July 18, 1998, their answer was realized -- and the future was weirder than anyone could've imagined.

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Diaz key part of Seattle's bullpen turnaround

Diaz key part of Seattle's bullpen turnaround

HOUSTON -- It's the nature of the job, but Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has been targeted at times this season as a big part of the team's early struggles after several difficult late-inning losses and blown saves for a bullpen that had one of the highest ERAs in the league in April.

But things have changed over the past two months, and those not paying attention would likely be surprised to know the Mariners' bullpen has the lowest ERA in the Majors over the past 49 games (2.65) after holding the Astros to two runs in the final 4 1/3 innings in Monday's 9-7, 10-inning win.

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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.

O'Neill goes deep for Tacoma

O'Neill goes deep for Tacoma

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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Mariners storm back, finish South Side sweep

Mariners storm back, finish South Side sweep

CHICAGO -- Nelson Cruz's second game-winning homer in two games lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 7-6 extra-inning win and a series sweep over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday.

Chicago, who trailed 6-5 at the seventh-inning stretch, knotted things up with Jose Abreu's RBI double down the left field line off Steve Cishek to score Alen Hanson. After Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson shut down Seattle in the eighth and ninth to force extras, Chris Beck allowed the go-ahead homer to Cruz, the first batter he faced in the 10th. Cruz, whose two-run homer in the sixth on Saturday secured a 4-3 win, took a 3-0 fastball from Beck and laced it over the left-field wall. The ball traveled 352 feet, according to Statcast™.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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Cruz fakes charging mound to mess with Holland

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Cruz fakes charging mound to mess with Holland

From 2009-2013, Nelson Cruz and Derek Holland were teammates with the Rangers. The two shared a lot of good times in Texas, including back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011.

It's been a few years since they shared a clubhouse, and they've both moved on to different teams, but that's the kind of bond that can't be broken. So, when Cruz's Mariners met Holland's White Sox in Chicago on Sunday, Boomstick made sure he had a little fun with his old friend -- by pretending to charge the mound.

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Solid at home, Moore struggles in road debut

Solid at home, Moore struggles in road debut

CHICAGO -- It'd been awhile since Andrew Moore has had an outing like this -- nearly a year, in fact.

Before his start in the Mariners' 7-6 win over the White Sox, the young righty hadn't allowed five or more runs in an outing at any level since Aug. 29, 2016, when he was with the Double-A Jackson Generals.

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Cruz, 'pen give Mariners narrow win vs. Sox

Cruz, 'pen give Mariners narrow win vs. Sox

CHICAGO -- Nelson Cruz's go-ahead, two-run homer off of Anthony Swarzak gave the Mariners the boost they needed to edge the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field and claim both a series victory and the club's third consecutive win.

Leading 3-2 in the sixth inning with Robinson Cano on base, White Sox manager Rick Renteria elected to bring on Swarzak -- who had kept 19 of 26 inherited runners from scoring this season entering the game -- to face Cruz. Despite dealing with a lingering bruised right knee dating back to the beginning of the month, the American League RBI leader added to his total, taking a 95.7-mph fastball 425 feet to left-center field, as projected by Statcast™, to give Seattle a 4-3 lead.

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Mariners battle errors, mental mistakes in win

Mariners battle errors, mental mistakes in win

CHICAGO -- Manager Scott Servais' message since the All-Star break has been simple: There are things he's wanted to see cleaned up with the Mariners, both individually and as a team.

On Saturday, there was no doubt as to why.

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Servais seeks consistency from young OFs

Servais seeks consistency from young OFs

CHICAGO -- Scott Servais' All-Star break may have been more of a break in name than actuality.

While he did have some time away from the game, the Mariners' manager prepped for the second half of the season by going through the numbers and meeting with several players to chat about the first half and the progress he wanted to see.

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Cano's homer backs Paxton on South Side

Cano's homer backs Paxton on South Side

CHICAGO -- Robinson Cano didn't leave his heroics in Miami, following up his All-Star Game Most Valuable Player performance with a three-run homer to help power the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday.

"I knew I hit it good," Cano said of his homer, which barely cleared the right-center-field fence. "Maybe I left my power at the All-Star Game. Nah, just kidding."

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Paxton stays hot with 9-K, 0-BB outing in win

Paxton stays hot with 9-K, 0-BB outing in win

CHICAGO -- If James Paxton isn't 100 percent back to his pre-injury form, he's pretty darn close.

After going on the disabled list in May due to a strained left forearm and losing the momentum from a strong start to the year, the left-hander tossed his fourth consecutive quality start Friday as the Mariners topped the White Sox, 4-2.

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Inbox: What's Mariners' top All-Star moment?

Beat reporter Greg Johns fields questions from fans

Inbox: What's Mariners' top All-Star moment?

Robinson Cano's game-winning home run made me wonder, what has been the greatest All-Star moment in Mariners history?
-- Sandy A., Woodinville, Wash.

Excellent question, so I put it to my readers with two Twitter polls. The first one asked: What is the best All-Star Game highlight in franchise history? And I was surprised to see that the winner was "Having eight Mariners at the Safeco Field game in 2001," which earned 40 percent of the vote. Second was Ichiro Suzuki's inside-the-park home run in 2007 at 32 percent, followed by Cano's 10th inning home run on Tuesday with 17 percent and Griffey's 1992 MVP performance with 11 percent.

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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.