Paxton blanks Tigers for 7 as Mariners roll

Paxton blanks Tigers for 7 as Mariners roll

DETROIT -- James Paxton shut down a Tigers offense that put up 32 runs over its previous two games, allowing Guillermo Heredia's two-run homer in a three-run second inning to put Seattle in command for an 8-0 win on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Paxton (3-0) won the battle of stingy lefties over Daniel Norris by punchouts, racking up called third strikes on three of Detroit's first five hitters before fanning four in a row in the fourth and fifth innings. His seven innings marked his fourth scoreless outing in five starts this season, and a rebound from the five runs he yielded to the A's in his last 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.

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Mariners place Felix, Haniger on 10-day DL

Pair likely out at least 2-3 weeks; Gamel, De Jong, Overton and Fien recalled

Mariners place Felix, Haniger on 10-day DL

DETROIT -- A Mariners team fighting through some early challenges took on a couple more Wednesday when ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and standout rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list amid a flurry of roster moves, as the club brought in reinforcements.

The two were both removed in the third inning of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers and evaluated by the team's medical staff Wednesday. They were scheduled to fly back to Seattle on Wednesday night for further tests from team doctor Ed Khalfayan on Thursday.

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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.

Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

Mariners lefty blanks Tigers for 7, relies heavily on four-seamer velocity

Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

DETROIT -- James Paxton proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Mariners on Wednesday. For starters, he didn't need any medical help, which was a welcome change for a Seattle club that has lost Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger, Drew Smyly, Jean Segura and Kyle Seager for various amounts of time.

With Hernandez and Haniger going on the disabled list Wednesday, Paxton provided a bright ray of optimism with his seven brilliant innings in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers as he continued cementing his status as the Mariners' emerging ace.

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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.

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Mariners shouldn't reverse course yet

New-look club needs time to meld despite rocky April

Mariners shouldn't reverse course yet

DETROIT -- Jarrod Dyson scored the championship-clinching run for the Royals in the 2015 World Series. He knows a playoff team when he sees it.

Can the Mariners be one?

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iwakuma takes on Tigers in rubber game

Iwakuma takes on Tigers in rubber game

Veteran right-handers Justin Verlander and Hisashi Iwakuma will be looking to bounce back from rough outings Thursday afternoon when the Tigers and Mariners, who split the first two games, close out a three-game series at Comerica Park.

Verlander lost his second straight start Friday in Minnesota when he tied his career high with six walks while allowing four runs on three hits in five innings. The former American League Cy Young Award winner is 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts after going 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA in 34 outings in 2016.

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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.

Mariners hit 3 HRs, sunk by Tigers' 9-run fifth

Mariners hit 3 HRs, sunk by Tigers' 9-run fifth

DETROIT -- The Tigers teed off for four home runs and 24 hits Tuesday in a 19-9 runaway over the Mariners, knocking Felix Hernandez out with a tight right shoulder after just two innings in the process as they rolled to their third consecutive win.

Ian Kinsler led the onslaught with four hits, four runs and two RBIs as the Tigers racked up season highs in hits and runs for the second consecutive game, having topped the Twins 13-4 with 13 hits 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 and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Mariners activate Segura from disabled list

Mariners activate Segura from disabled list

DETROIT -- The Mariners returned their lineup to full strength on Tuesday, as shortstop Jean Segura was activated from the 10-day disabled list after being sidelined the past two weeks with a strained right hamstring.

"He's ready to play and get after it," said manager Scott Servais. "He's a welcome sight. We like how he plays and he's off to a great start, so it's good to have him back."

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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.

Seager out of lineup again with sore hip

Seager out of lineup again with sore hip

DETROIT -- Kyle Seager missed his third consecutive start due to a sore right hip on Tuesday, but the Mariners third baseman continued to say the issue isn't serious and the club is just being careful at this early juncture in the season.

"I'd like to play, but it's being smart," said Seager, who missed just nine games in the previous four years combined. "It's a long season and instead of letting things nag, it might be something you can knock out in a few days. It's the smart move. But from a competitive standpoint, you want to be out there playing with your guys."

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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.

O'Neill homers, records three extra-base hits

O'Neill homers, records three extra-base hits

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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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.

Mariners option Freeman; Aro suspended

Mariners option Freeman; Aro suspended

DETROIT -- Mariners utility infielder Mike Freeman, who started the past two games in place of the injured Kyle Seager, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

No corresponding roster move was announced, but the club is expected to activate shortstop Jean Segura off the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday when it opens a three-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

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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.

Motter slamming his way into lineup

Motter slamming his way into lineup

OAKLAND -- Taylor Motter has drawn considerable attention for his long, flowing hair, but the Mariners utility man is making a name for himself with his bat as the 27-year-old ripped his fifth home run in the past 11 games in an 11-1 win Sunday over the A's.

And this one really mottered, err, mattered, with a third-inning grand slam that provided the struggling Mariners with a much-needed timely hit as they snapped a three-game losing streak, and what they hope can turn around a 2-9 road 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense awakens to lift Gallardo over A's

Offense awakens to lift Gallardo over A's

OAKLAND -- The Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.

Gallardo, 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in six prior starts against Oakland in his career, had no such troubles in sailing through a four-hit outing with one walk and seven strikeouts, and helped the Mariners avoid their first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1992.

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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.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday.

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Remembering the Ken Griffey Jr. chocolate bar

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Remembering the Ken Griffey Jr. chocolate bar

It's pretty common for iconic baseball players to make their mark on pop culture more broadly. David Ross is currently on a quest to dance his way into America's heart. Keith Hernandez spent years searching for Loogie Bandit Roger McDowell. And who could forget David Ortiz's standing "Weekend Update" appointment? 

But, back on April 24, 1989, Ken Griffey Jr. managed to go where very, very few big leaguers have gone before or since: He got his very own candy bar.

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Mariners recall prospect Vogelbach, DFA Martin

De Jong sent to Triple-A; Heston called up to join bullpen

Mariners recall prospect Vogelbach, DFA Martin

OAKLAND -- Hoping to spark their struggling offense, the Mariners recalled rookie first baseman Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday and designated Leonys Martin for assignment, a surprising move given that Martin was the starting center fielder until being benched the last two games.

Vogelbach started at first base in an 11-1 victory over the Athletics. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk. 

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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.

Mariners rally late but fall short in loss

Mariners rally late but fall short in loss

OAKLAND -- The homer-happy A's were at it again Saturday, belting two in the first inning in support of right-hander Jharel Cotton in a 4-3 series-clinching victory over Seattle for their fifth consecutive win.

"It's a nice little run for us, and everyone is contributing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's what we talked about on Opening Day, that it takes all 25 of us to win, and today is a prime example of that, that it's not just your key guys sometimes. Over the course of 162 games, some other guys have to take over in big situations."

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

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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Cishek feeling fine after rehab outing

Reliever's mechanical issues need work, Servais says

Cishek feeling fine after rehab outing

OAKLAND -- Veteran reliever Steve Cishek felt fine physically after an abbreviated rehab stint on Friday night, manager Scott Servais said Saturday, but he had some mechanical issues that need to be straightened out as he returns from offseason hip surgery.

Cishek threw 20 pitches in his expected one-inning start for Triple-A Tacoma at El Paso, but was pulled after getting two outs with a single and two walks. One of the outs was a pickoff at first base, and Cishek also got a ground out in his second rehab outing.

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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.

Iwakuma stung by homers, lack of support

Iwakuma stung by homers, lack of support

OAKLAND -- The A's used the long ball to beat Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners on Friday night, getting homers from Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso in a 3-1 victory at the Coliseum that extended their win streak to four games.

"We've talked about when we're good and what we feel like is good offensively for us is the length of the lineup, and multiple guys can hit some homers," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

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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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Road woes continue for Mariners' offense

Servais says sluggers in middle of lineup are pressing

Road woes continue for Mariners' offense

OAKLAND -- A Mariners team that figured to have one of the better offensive clubs in the American League this season has discovered a troubling trend.

The Mariners aren't hitting -- or winning -- on the road. And that has been bad news in the early going in 2017, as Seattle fell to 1-8 away from Safeco Field with Friday night's 3-1 loss to the A's at the Coliseum.

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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.

Cano and Felix turn fake double play

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Cano and Felix turn fake double play

In addition to being one of the most consistent performers on both offense and defense, Robinson Cano also has fun. His smooth hands and calm demeanor on the infield makes even the most difficult-looking throws seem easy, and that's apparently even true when fielding foul balls in the dugout.

Early in Seattle's 3-1 loss to the A's at the Coliseum on Friday night, Cano and pal Felix Hernandez were hanging out in the M's dugout when a foul ball bounded toward them. Their reaction? Well, it's simple: Pretend it's a live baseball and turn a (fake) double play. Cano slightly bobbled the ball, but recovered (as he always does) and flipped it to Felix, who definitely looked ready to make a play.

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Paxton struggles as Seattle falls short vs. A's

Paxton struggles as Seattle falls short vs. A's

OAKLAND -- The A's became the first team to score against Mariners starter James Paxton this season, tallying five runs against the lefty in a 9-6 series-opening victory at the Coliseum to extend their win streak to three games.

Paxton's season-opening scoreless streak was snapped at 23 innings, when the A's rallied for three runs in the third to tie the game, before coming up with two more against the lefty in the fifth and forcing his departure with one out. Paxton scattered nine hits, after allowing just eight total over his first three starts.

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

Paxton's scoreless streak ends at 23 IP

Mariners lefty tagged for 5 runs in opening loss to Oakland

Paxton's scoreless streak ends at 23 IP

OAKLAND -- It had to end sometime, right? James Paxton's scoreless streak to open the season for the Mariners was snapped at 23 innings when the A's jumped on the lefty for three runs on four hits in the third inning Thursday night en route to handing Seattle a 9-6 loss at the Coliseum.

The 28-year-old Canadian wound up allowing five runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in his shortest start of the season, though he struck out eight with just one walk in the 91-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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vincent leading way in bullpen's turnaround

Vincent leading way in bullpen's turnaround

OAKLAND -- After a rough start to the season, the Mariners' bullpen has solidified itself over the past 10 games and veteran right-hander Nick Vincent has played a big role in that improvement.

The 30-year-old right-hander is one of manager Scott Servais' primary late-inning options, but he gave up six hits and three runs with one walk and one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings over his first three outings in Houston and Anaheim.

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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.

Emotional Ichiro homers in finale at Safeco

Although it could be final game at stadium for RF, he says, 'I think I'll be back'

Emotional Ichiro homers in finale at Safeco

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki seemed to always come up with ways to thrill the crowd at Safeco Field. That didn't change in what might end up being his last appearance at the stadium where he began his Major League career.

On the same day that the Mariners honored their former right fielder and current Marlin with a bobblehead, an emotional Ichiro homered in his final at-bat on Wednesday, blasting an Evan Marshall pitch over the wall in right-center field in Miami's 10-5 loss.

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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.

Face-plant payback? Yelich robs Dyson at wall

Last season, Seattle OF (then with KC) made great grab of Miami hitter's drive

Face-plant payback? Yelich robs Dyson at wall

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich got a measure of revenge against Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson, and he got a busted lip in the process.

In the first inning of Miami's 10-5 loss at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon, Dyson laced a long drive that Yelich clutched while running face-first into the wall.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro hits homer at Safeco on bobblehead day

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Ichiro hits homer at Safeco on bobblehead day

It's been an emotional few days for Ichiro Suzuki, who returned to Seattle with the Marlins to face the Mariners this week ... and he capped it off in just about the most perfect way possible.

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Haniger's hot bat backs King in win vs. Miami

Haniger's hot bat backs King in win vs. Miami

SEATTLE -- Run support hasn't always been plentiful for Felix Hernandez over the course of his Mariners career, but the 13-year veteran got lots of help Wednesday afternoon as Seattle topped the Marlins, 10-5, in the Interleague series finale at Safeco Field.

Hernandez gave up four runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings , but he improved to 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA as Seattle -- which managed just one hit in a 5-0 loss on Tuesday -- racked up a season high in runs while totaling 11 hits and 10 walks.

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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.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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Haniger, Barraclough go back pre-near-no-no

Seattle RF grew up with Miami reliever before ending combined no-hitter Tuesday

Haniger, Barraclough go back pre-near-no-no

SEATTLE -- The ninth-inning at-bat Tuesday night in which Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger broke up a combined no-hitter by the Marlins with a double off Kyle Barraclough wasn't just a clutch one-out hit against a hard-throwing pitcher in dramatic circumstances.

As it turns out, it also was a nostalgic moment for two Bay Area kids who knew quite a bit about each other.

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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.

Fan has great reaction to Stanton homer

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Fan has great reaction to Stanton homer

During Wednesday's Marlins-Mariners game, Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth homer because, um, that's just what he does every day. Statcast projected it at 445 feet with an exit velocity of 114 mph. But if you're not really into numbers telling you how far a home run goes, please direct your attention to this fan's I-just-saw-Godzilla reaction below.

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