Inbox: Will Dyson return to Seattle in 2018?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers questions from Mariners fans

Inbox: Will Dyson return to Seattle in 2018?

What's going on with Jarrod Dyson and is there any chance he returns to the Mariners next year?
-- Phil R., Bainbridge Island, Wash.

The speedy center fielder underwent sports hernia surgery last Wednesday, with the procedure performed by Philadelphia-based specialist Dr. William Meyers, the same physician who did Robinson Cano's double-hernia surgery two years ago.

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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 measure themselves against Astros

Seattle needs more athleticism, run prevention to catch up to Houston

Mariners measure themselves against Astros

HOUSTON -- As the Mariners watched the Astros celebrate their first division title since 2001 -- when Scott Servais was a backup catcher for Houston -- one thing was clear in the wake of Sunday's 7-1 loss.

Seattle has some catching up to do in the American League West if it wants to compete with the young and talented Astros, who won 14 of 19 meetings with the Mariners this season.

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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 keep up, watch Astros clinch

Mariners can't keep up, watch Astros clinch

HOUSTON -- A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon.

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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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Haniger closing '17 just like he started -- strong

Haniger closing '17 just like he started -- strong

HOUSTON -- Mitch Haniger has come full circle this season and that's a welcome sign for the Mariners' future.

Seattle's rookie right fielder got off to a scorching start in April before straining his right oblique and having to sit out seven weeks. And when he returned, things got a little rocky.

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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.

Leake looks to stay perfect with Mariners

Leake looks to stay perfect with Mariners

Newly-acquired Mariners right-hander Mike Leake will square off against Rangers southpaw Martin Perez for the second time in the past week when the two American League West rivals open a three-game series on Tuesday at Safeco Field still clinging to AL Wild Card hopes.

The game kicks off Seattle's final homestand of the season -- three games against the Rangers and three against the Indians -- while Texas is in the middle of its last road trip of the year. The Mariners sit 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot, while the Rangers are five games back.

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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.

Late drive not enough for Mariners

Late drive not enough for Mariners

HOUSTON -- The Astros have waited 16 years for another division title, so what's another day?

After topping the Mariners, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon behind a pitching gem from Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park, the Astros lowered their magic number to one and needed only an Angels loss to the Rangers on Saturday night in Anaheim to clinch their first division crown since moving to the American League West in 2013. But the Angels won, 2-0, temporarily denying Houston its seventh division crown in franchise history and first since winning the National League Central in 2001.

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

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.

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Servais plots pitching for regular season's end

Servais plots pitching for regular season's end

HOUSTON -- Even with James Paxton struggling in his first game back off the disabled list on Friday, the Mariners will stick with their big lefty and could get both him and Felix Hernandez three more starts in the closing two weeks of the regular season.

Manager Scott Servais said that next week's rotation will have Mike Leake on Tuesday, Hernandez on Wednesday and Paxton on Thursday against the Rangers to open the final homestand of the season. That sets up Erasmo Ramirez to open Friday's series against the Indians, followed by a yet-to-be-named choice on Saturday and Leake again on Sunday.

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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.

Hannemann thrilled to get 1st hit in the books

Hannemann thrilled to get 1st hit in the books

HOUSTON -- It was a simple infield single, a slow roller to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. But for Mariners rookie outfielder Jacob Hannemann, that pinch-hit in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-6 loss will forever be a thing of beauty.

Hannemann's first career hit in the Majors wound up sparking a four-run rally that inning. And although the Mariners ultimately fell short, you never forget the first one.

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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.

Zunino's fly ball hits Minute Maid Park roof

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Zunino's fly ball hits Minute Maid Park roof

In the top of the fifth inning of the Mariners' 5-2 loss to the Astros on Friday night, Seattle catcher Mike Zunino hit a towering fly ball down the left-field line ... that appeared to be swallowed by the heavens and/or Minute Maid Park.

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Mariners miss chance to move up in WC

Mariners miss chance to move up in WC

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton isn't the biggest name in the Astros' rotation, but the 10-year veteran put his club on the verge of clinching the American League West crown on Friday night as Houston topped the Mariners, 5-2.

Morton helped Houston reduce its magic number to two -- meaning any combination of Astros wins or Angels losses that equals two -- will have them popping the champagne at Minute Maid Park. The Angels edged the Rangers on Friday night.

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

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.

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At long last, Albers has a home with Mariners

Journeyman lefty has posted five wins with Seattle

At long last, Albers has a home with Mariners

HOUSTON -- When Andrew Albers joined the Mariners in mid-August in a cash trade from the Braves' Triple-A club, it's fair to say that manager Scott Servais didn't have much of an advance scouting report.

"I knew nothing about him," Servais said Friday with a smile. "Let's be clear about that. It's the beauty of baseball. They come from all different places. And with all the different people and personalities we've used this year, his is unique. He's had his journey."

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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.

Paxton gets just four outs in return from DL

Mechanical issues, rust get to lefty in a loss to the Astros

Paxton gets just four outs in return from DL

HOUSTON -- Turns out, the challenge of coming off a five-week stint on the disabled list without benefit of a rehab start isn't such an easy thing, as James Paxton and the Mariners were reminded Friday night in a 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Pitching for the first time since straining his left pectoral muscle on Aug. 10, the big left-hander got tagged for three runs on four hits with two walks and two wild pitches in just 1 1/3 innings as he fell to 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA.

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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.

Nuts complete Cal League playoffs sweep

Mariners' No. 12 prospect named series MVP

Nuts complete Cal League playoffs sweep

Kyle Lewis and Joe Rizzo combined for three of Class A Advanced Modesto's 14 hits on Friday night as the Nuts locked up a California League championship by defeating Lancaster, 8-1.

The title was Modesto's ninth in franchise history and its first since 2004, when the club was still affiliated with the A's. On top of that, the Nuts, a Mariners affiliate, became the California League's first champion in 20 years to go undefeated in the postseason.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

King Felix looks sharp in return from DL

King Felix looks sharp in return from DL

ARLINGTON -- The King was back on the hill Thursday night, and for the Mariners, that was a very welcome sight indeed.

Felix Hernandez threw 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his first game off the disabled list as Seattle topped Texas, 10-4, to keep their Wild Card hopes alive.

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

Cruz control: Seattle wins 3rd straight

Cruz control: Seattle wins 3rd straight

ARLINGTON -- The Mariners have been waiting for the return of some injured pitchers, but welcomed the arrival of some healthy hitting as well on Thursday as they rolled to a 10-4 win, their third straight blowout of the Rangers.

Nelson Cruz led the way with a four-hit day that included a home run, two doubles, two RBIs and four runs. The Mariners moved back above .500 at 74-73, and stayed 3 1/2 games back of the Twins for the American League's final Wild Card spot.

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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.

Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday.

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Iwakuma (shoulder) unlikely to return in '17

Righty starter has been out since May; Saturday's game time changed

Iwakuma (shoulder) unlikely to return in '17

ARLINGTON -- Hisashi Iwakuma is seeking doctors' opinions on his still-ailing right shoulder, and while Mariners manager Scott Servais wasn't ready to say the 36-year-old's season is finished, it's hard to imagine the veteran starter being able to return with just three weeks left.

Iwakuma, one of the American League's most consistent starters over the previous five years, has been sidelined since May 3. He made six starts to open the season and was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA before going on the disabled list with what has been described as inflammation in the shoulder.

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

Zunino's 2 HRs power Mariners past Rangers

Zunino's 2 HRs power Mariners past Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Mike Zunino hit two home runs and the Mariners jumped back in front of the Rangers in the American League Wild Card standings with an 8-1 victory at Globe Life Park on Wednesday.

The Mariners are 3 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card spot, while the Rangers are four back.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Leake provides boost to Mariners' rotation

Righty improves to 3-0 in three starts since being traded

Leake provides boost to Mariners' rotation

ARLINGTON -- Mike Leake took a different path this time, but the end result was another Mariners win -- an 8-1 victory over the Rangers -- and that worked quite well for the newest Seattle starter on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Leake has given the Mariners' injury-racked rotation a considerable boost, as he's 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts since being acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 30 for Minor League infielder Rayder Ascanio.

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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.

Servais interested to see how Ohtani fares

Japanese star will try to pitch and hit when he comes to MLB

Servais interested to see how Ohtani fares

ARLINGTON -- Scott Servais has no idea where Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will land, but with word emerging Wednesday that the two-way standout is expected to enter the posting system and make himself available to Major League teams this winter, the Mariners' manager is as curious as everyone about how he might be used by whichever team signs him.

Servais recalls trying to set a young Mitch Moreland up to try to be a two-way player in the Minor Leagues when the Rangers drafted the Mississippi State standout in 2007. But he said that experiment didn't get far, as Moreland opted to just stick with hitting and is now in his eighth year as a Major League first baseman.

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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 hang 10 on Texas; keep pace in WC

Mariners hang 10 on Texas; keep pace in WC

ARLINGTON -- Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager launched three-run home runs on Tuesday as the Mariners powered to a 10-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park to keep some air in their American League Wild Card hopes.

The loss dropped Texas back to .500 at 72-72, trailing the Twins by three games in the chase for the AL's final playoff berth after Minnesota blasted the Padres, 16-0. Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak and now sits a half-game back of the Rangers and 3 1/2 back of the Twins at 72-73.

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

Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas who covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

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Gonzales' solid effort yields first win with club

Gonzales' solid effort yields first win with club

ARLINGTON -- For Marco Gonzales, the best is almost certainly yet to come. But the promising southpaw picked up his first win for the Mariners in Tuesday's 10-3 victory over the Rangers, and that's a big step in the right direction.

In his first year back from Tommy John surgery, the former Gonzaga University standout has been building back up his arm. His confidence will get a boost, as well, as he completed five innings for the first time since his acquisition from the Cardinals.

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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 announce 2018 season schedule

Seattle opens up with home slate vs. Indians on March 29

Mariners announce 2018 season schedule

For just the second time in the past 10 years, the Mariners will open their season at home in 2018, according to the tentative schedule released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

The Mariners are slated to face the Indians on Opening Day on Thursday, March 29, in a 7:10 p.m. PT game at Safeco Field. It will be the third time Seattle and Cleveland have opened against each other, with the Indians winning both previous meetings -- in 1994 and '98. Both games were one-run Mariners losses, each started by Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

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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 checks out Ohtani on Japan scouting trip

Dipoto checks out Ohtani on Japan scouting trip

ARLINGTON -- Every move by Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani figures to be monitored closely by Major League scouts and executives in the coming months. The Mariners, apparently, intend to be one of the interested parties, as general manager Jerry Dipoto was in Tokyo to watch Ohtani pitch on Tuesday morning.

The Mariners confirmed that Dipoto, vice president of scouting Tom Allison, Japan-based scout Manny Noto and Mariners translator Antony Suzuki are in Japan this week scouting players.

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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.

Lewis leads Modesto to win

Lewis leads Modesto to win

Tasked with starting the most important game of the season, Brendan McKay was at his best.

McKay, Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect (No. 29 overall), was nearly untouchable on Tuesday as he allowed one hit in five scoreless innings to lead Class A Short Season Hudson Valley past Staten Island, 7-1, and into the New York-Penn League finals.

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Haniger's 3 hits not enough as Mariners fall

Haniger's 3 hits not enough as Mariners fall

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers struck early and held on for a 5-3 victory over the Mariners in the first of a four-game series at Globe Life Park on Monday night. The Rangers, who led 4-1 after two innings, are now two games behind the idle Twins in the race for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Mariners dropped to 3 1/2 games behind the Twins with their ninth loss in their last 14 games. The Rangers had lost two straight to the Yankees, but have still won eight of their last 13.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Dyson to have pelvic surgery, miss rest of year

Dyson to have pelvic surgery, miss rest of year

ARLINGTON -- Mariners center fielder Jarrod Dyson did not accompany the team on its seven-game road trip starting Monday against the Rangers, and instead, he will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a problem in his pelvic area that has plagued him the past three weeks.

Manager Scott Servais said the 33-year-old speedster is seeing a specialist on the East Coast later this week for the surgery. The Mariners said Dyson is dealing with a "core-muscle issue and sports hernia."

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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.

Neidert, Miller win Minor League honors

Neidert, Miller win Minor League honors

ARLINGTON -- Nick Neidert, the Mariners' top-ranked pitching prospect, was named the team's top Minor League pitcher on Monday after a standout season at High-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas, while the club honored breakout outfielder Ian Miller as its Minor League Hitter of the Year.

Neidert, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, received the "Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award" after going 11-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 25 starts overall. The 20-year-old was 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts for Modesto and was just named to Baseball America's High-A Level All-Star Team for the best players in the California, Carolina and Florida State leagues. Neidert was a second-round Draft pick out of Peachtree Ridge High in Atlanta in 2015.

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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 lose Curtis to Phils in waiver claim

Weber clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners lose Curtis to Phils in waiver claim

ARLINGTON -- Left-handed reliever Zac Curtis was claimed off waivers from the Mariners by the Phillies on Monday, while right-hander Ryan Weber remains with Seattle after clearing waivers and being activated off the 60-day disabled list.

Curtis was designated for assignment last week to clear a 40-man roster spot when the Mariners claimed outfielder Jacob Hannemann and right-hander Seth Frankoff from the Cubs.The 25-year-old southpaw pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in three games over two stints with Seattle this year. He spent most of the year with Double-A Arkansas, going 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 13 saves in 51 1/3 innings over 41 outings.

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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.