Mariners' Cruz forges ahead in All-Star DH voting

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Mariners' Cruz forges ahead in All-Star DH voting

SEATTLE -- As voting on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot hits its final days, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz has surged past Kendrys Morales of the Royals into first place for the starting designated-hitter spot on the American League team.

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Smith answering closing bell for Mariners

Smith answering closing bell for Mariners

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.

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Felix's one-hit gem cut short by cramps

Felix's one-hit gem cut short by cramps

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.

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Mariners fall to Angels on wild pitch in 10th

Mariners fall to Angels on wild pitch in 10th

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.

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Cano returns day after ball hits him in head

Cano returns day after ball hits him in head

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.

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Rookie Montgomery looks to continue outstanding run

Rookie Montgomery looks to continue outstanding run

Veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy will look to close off a strong June for the Padres when he faces the Mariners and their surprising rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery in Tuesday's 7:10 p.m. PT opener of a two-game Interleague set at Petco Park.

Kennedy is 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA on the season, but has gone 2-1, with a 2.40 ERA in five starts this month. The 30-year-old's rough early season included an 11-4 loss to the Mariners on May 12 at Safeco Field when he allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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Zunino benefiting from Edgar's tutelage

Zunino benefiting from Edgar's tutelage

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.

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Happ's run of hard luck continues

Happ's run of hard luck continues

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.

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Happ, Mariners drop duel vs. Angels

Happ, Mariners drop duel vs. Angels

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.

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Rodney ready for any role Mariners need

Rodney ready for any role Mariners need

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.

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Walker's moxie impresses McClendon

Walker's moxie impresses McClendon

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.

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Walker's gem lifts Mariners at Angel Stadium

Walker's gem lifts Mariners at Angel Stadium

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.

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Whoa, Nellie! Cruz's 2B lifts M's over Halos

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz's 2B lifts M's over Halos

ANAHEIM -- Lloyd McClendon has said if the Mariners are going to rebound this season, they need their stars to lead the way. And Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz helped pave the path to a 3-1 win Friday over the Angels that got Seattle off on the right foot at the start of a nine-game road swing.

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Trumbo seeks jump-start in return to Angel Stadium

Trumbo seeks jump-start in return to Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo acknowledges that getting traded by the D-backs in midseason has been one of the bigger challenges in his baseball career, adjusting to a new Mariners club and settling into a new city and surroundings on the fly.

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Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start

Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start

ANAHEIM -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said reports on right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma's rehab start Thursday were that the 34-year-old pitched "OK" and he'll make another start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday against Las Vegas at Cheney Stadium before a decision is made on his possible return to Seattle.

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Can Edgar unlock Mariners' offense?

New hitting coach has plenty of experience to draw from as legendary DH

Can Edgar unlock Mariners' offense?

SEATTLE -- With Edgar Martinez taking over as the man mentoring Mariners batters this season, the age-old baseball question looms large once again. How much impact can a hitting coach have on Major League players?

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Mariners duo Diaz, Marte set for Futures Game

Right-hander, shortstop each named to World Team for prospect showcase

Mariners duo Diaz, Marte set for Futures Game

SEATTLE -- Right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz and shortstop Ketel Marte, two of the Mariners' top prospects, were named Thursday to compete in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Iwakuma toils, but improves over rehab start

Recovering from lat strain, Mariners righty battles mechanics, rising pitch count over four innings

Iwakuma toils, but improves over rehab start

TACOMA, Wash. -- Hisashi Iwakuma looked like an over-achiever on Thursday night, throwing extra pitches in the Rainiers' bullpen after his scoreless four-inning start had ended.

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Elias sees fast start fall apart in flash

'It got away very quickly,' McClendon says of Royals' 7-run 4th

Elias sees fast start fall apart in flash

SEATTLE -- Roenis Elias was just one pitch away from getting out of the fourth inning and keeping his team in the ballgame.

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Elias tagged for 7 runs; Mariners drop series

Elias tagged for 7 runs; Mariners drop series

SEATTLE -- Mike Moustakas drilled a two-run homer as part of a seven-run fourth inning and left-hander Danny Duffy delivered 4 2/3 effective innings in his first start back from injury as the Royals handled the Mariners, 8-2, on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.

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Mariners call up Gutierrez from Triple-A

Mariners call up Gutierrez from Triple-A

SEATTLE -- On Tuesday night in Tacoma, Franklin Gutierrez had an 0-for-3 night in a 4-3 loss for the Rainiers.

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Cruz narrows gap at DH in AL All-Star voting

Mariners slugger trails Royals' Morales by 286,109 in latest balloting update

Cruz narrows gap at DH in AL All-Star voting

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz has the best numbers of any American League candidate at designated hitter this season, but whether the Mariners slugger gets enough support on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot to earn a starting spot in next month's Midsummer Classic will now come down to the final two weeks of voting.

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Montgomery rides 'emotion' in gem vs. Royals

Seattle rookie, drafted by Kansas City in 2008, pitches 1st shutout

Montgomery rides 'emotion' in gem vs. Royals

SEATTLE -- As Mike Montgomery jogged from the Mariners' dugout to take the mound for his ninth and final inning of work Tuesday night against the Royals, fans left their seats to give the rookie left-hander a standing ovation.

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Ackley finds relief with big night vs. Guthrie

Ackley finds relief with big night vs. Guthrie

SEATTLE -- Coming into Tuesday night's game, it had been a rough stretch for Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley.

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Montgomery mows down Royals in shutout

Montgomery mows down Royals in shutout

SEATTLE -- Mariners rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery, a former Royals prospect, survived a shaky start, then overmatched the Royals with a four-hit, complete-game shutout as the Mariners rolled to a 7-0 victory on Tuesday at Safeco Field.

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Ninth-rounder Hale among 4 signed by Seattle

Ninth-rounder Hale among 4 signed by Seattle

SEATTLE -- The Mariners announced the signings of four additional 2015 Draft picks Monday, bringing the club's total to 33 of 40 players signed.

Seattle signed ninth-round pick Conner Hale, a third baseman from LSU; 23rd-round pick Art Warren, a right-handed, 6-foot-4 pitcher from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio; 31st-round pick Logan James, a left-handed pitcher out of Stanford; and 36th-round pick Matt Walker, a right-handed pitcher from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas.

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