Bats go quiet as Mariners lose WC ground

Bats go quiet as Mariners lose WC ground

ST. PETERSBURG -- Blake Snell hung nothing but zeros on the scoreboard, and the Rays got all the offense they needed from a pair of homers in a 3-0 win over the Mariners on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Hoping to rekindle postseason hopes, the Rays (61-65) snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided getting swept by one of the teams they are competing against the American League's second Wild Card spot, the Mariners (63-62), who saw their four-game winning streak end. Seattle is one game behind the Angels and Twins, who are tied for that slot, pending today's outcomes.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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Seattle recalls Motter after strong Triple-A stint

Mariners place Espinosa on waivers to make room on roster

Seattle recalls Motter after strong Triple-A stint

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Mariners recalled infielder Taylor Motter on Sunday after a strong stint in Triple-A in which he batted .350 in 100 at-bats.

"When we sent him out, we knew we needed to get the bat going and get him some consistent at-bats," manager Scott Servais said. "He's made a few adjustments down there. Obviously, the numbers have been very good."

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Mariners on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cano goes way back for Players Weekend

Cano goes way back for Players Weekend

SEATTLE -- When Robinson Cano needed to come up with a nickname to wear on the back of his Mariners jersey for the inaugural Players Weekend celebration at the end of August, he dug into his Yankees past.

And don't you know, by nice coincidence the Mariners will be at Yankee Stadium for the Aug. 25-27 weekend, when all Major League players will be allowed to personalize their uniform in unique ways to show fans a little more of their personal side.

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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.

Haniger's slam keys Mariners outburst vs. Rays

Haniger's slam keys Mariners outburst vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz brought the boom Saturday night as the Mariners defeated the Rays, 7-6, at Tropicana Field.

Playing his first game in the Majors since a 96-mph fastball hit him in the face on July 30, Haniger gave the Mariners an early three-run lead with a grand slam in the third off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Mariners on Saturday.

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Streaky Mariners zigging in the right direction

Streaky Mariners zigging in the right direction

ST. PETERSBURG -- More often than not this year, it seems the Mariners are riding some kind of streak. When they've come across the Rays, they've been at their hottest.

With a 7-6 win Saturday, the Mariners beat the Rays for the fifth time in five games. They handled Tampa Bay, 7-1, on Friday and outscored the Rays 28-7 in a three-game sweep in June, never scoring fewer than seven runs. On Sunday, Seattle goes for its first season sweep of an opponent in franchise history (with a minimum of five games).

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Mariners activate Haniger, place Dyson on DL

Club also sends Gaviglio to Triple-A and calls up Lawrence

Mariners activate Haniger, place Dyson on DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Mariners outfield will have a different dynamic at the start of their 12-game road trip, as Jarrod Dyson landed on the disabled list and Mitch Haniger was activated from the DL and recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

Dyson, the American League stolen-base leader (28), tweaked his groin the other day playing against the Orioles. Manager Scott Servais said he could tell from the dugout that something wasn't right with Dyson, judging by the way the center fielder ran after a double in the gap. Servais intended to give Dyson a day to rest the groin, but Dyson's body wasn't recovering as quickly as hoped.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Mariners on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz's 482-foot HR Statcast's longest at Trop

Along with Cano, veteran slugger puts up big numbers away from Safeco

Cruz's 482-foot HR Statcast's longest at Trop

ST. PETERSBURG -- Embarking on a two-week, 12-game road trip, a team could use some extra energy. And nothing screams "energy boost" quite like a 482-foot jack, according to Statcast™, to polish off a victory.

Nelson Cruz pulverized a Brad Boxberger offering into the upper deck of Tropicana Field during Friday's 7-1 win over the Rays, cranking a home run that tied for the third longest in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™. The shot had an exit velocity of 116 mph and is the longest tracked at Tropicana Field since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. It's the Mariners' third-longest homer in that time, with Cruz also accounting for the top two entries on that list.

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Cruz hits 30th HR, Ramirez solid in win vs. Rays

Cruz hits 30th HR, Ramirez solid in win vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez got some payback against his old teammates with a quality start, and Nelson Cruz made his mark with two doubles and a tape-measure home run to lead the Mariners' 7-1 win over the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Cruz tacked onto the Mariners' lead in the ninth inning with a 482-foot blast, the longest tracked by Statcast™ at Tropicana Field. Informed of his historic effort, Cruz fired a question back to reporters: "Do they give me a prize for that?"

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Mariners on Friday.

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Seager returns to lineup, knocks in 500th run

Seager returns to lineup, knocks in 500th run

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kyle Seager is feeling better after a stomach virus caused him to rapidly shed 12 pounds and miss two games this week.

"He did lose a significant amount of weight," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He still looks pretty thin, but he's ready to give it a go tonight."

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Mariners outlast O's in 9th after 15-hit attack

Mariners outlast O's in 9th after 15-hit attack

SEATTLE -- Leonys Martin provided a game-saving catch in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at Safeco Field as the Mariners finished off a tough homestand with their second straight win before heading out on a rugged 12-game East Coast road trip.

After closer Edwin Diaz walked the bases loaded to start the bottom of the ninth with a 7-4 lead, Martin hauled in a drive into the right-center gap by Manny Machado, turning a potential tying blow into a sacrifice fly.

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

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Martin delivers at plate, in OF to lift Mariners

Game-saving grab denies Machado with bases loaded in ninth inning

Martin delivers at plate, in OF to lift Mariners

SEATTLE -- For a guy who spent most of the season seemingly forgotten in Triple-A Tacoma, Leonys Martin is turning out to have quite an influence on the Mariners' postseason hopes in August.

The energetic outfielder made a game-saving catch in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday after providing what turned out to be the game-winning run with a solo homer in the sixth in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles as Seattle pulled back to .500 at 61-61 with 40 games to go in its 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.

Heredia exits after HBP on right forearm

Mariners center fielder scored go-ahead run before leaving series finale

Heredia exits after HBP on right forearm

SEATTLE -- Mariners center fielder Guillermo Heredia was removed from Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Orioles after taking a 91-mph fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez off his right forearm in the fifth inning, but manager Scott Servais said the 26-year-old should be fine by Friday when the club opens a 12-game road trip at Tampa Bay.

"He's fine," Servais said. "X-rays were negative. He's OK."

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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 cool off Orioles, snap 5-game slide

Mariners cool off Orioles, snap 5-game slide

SEATTLE -- Andrew Albers picked up his first Major League victory since 2013 with five innings of one-run ball in his Mariners debut to help Seattle snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday at Safeco Field.

The Mariners needed to go to their 16th starting pitcher of the season, the most in the Majors, to fill in for the injured James Paxton. And the 31-year-old Albers -- acquired Friday from the Braves in a cash deal -- worked around some early trouble and finished his five frames with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts as well as the victory in his first MLB game of the year.

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

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

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Albers, 'pen roll to win by retiring 20 straight

Mariners starter holds Orioles to 1 run in club debut

Albers, 'pen roll to win by retiring 20 straight

SEATTLE -- With their injury-riddled rotation requiring a radical approach to stay in the American League Wild Card chase, the Mariners have tried going with shorter outings for a number of unproven fill-in starters, supplemented by a rotating crew of long relievers and heavier reliance on the bullpen.

That strategy didn't pay off in the first five games of this homestand as the bullpen faltered several times and the offense didn't provide enough cushion to overcome any mistakes. But things finally fell into place on Tuesday night as newly acquired starter Andrew Albers combined with four relievers to retire the final 20 batters in a row and record a 3-1 win over the Orioles.

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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.

'Women in Baseball' near to Candaele's heart

Mariners' first-base coach thrilled that club is hosting special event

'Women in Baseball' near to Candaele's heart

SEATTLE -- Mariners first-base coach Casey Candaele knows how important women are to the game of baseball. And on Tuesday, his organization is paying homage to some of those currently making contributions.

The Mariners are hosting a "Women in Baseball" event before Seattle and Baltimore square off on Tuesday, the first installment of the club's "Beyond the Baseline" series. Panelists include Shannon Drayer, the Mariners' beat reporter for 710 ESPN, the Seattle Mariners' radio rights holder; Sarah Gelles, the Orioles' director of analytics and Major League contracts; Amanda Hopkins, an area scout for the Mariners; and Kelly Munro, the Mariners' senior manager of baseball information. Meg Rowley, a writer at Baseball Prospectus, is the moderator. The event takes place at 5:10 p.m. PT in "The 'Pen" in left-center field and will be streamed on Facebook Live.

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Marlette homers twice for Arkansas

Marlette homers twice for Arkansas

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Vieira impresses in adventurous MLB debut

Seattle's No. 9 prospect snags liner, reaches 100 mph in 1-2-3 inning

Vieira impresses in adventurous MLB debut

SEATTLE -- Thyago Vieira survived his Mariners debut on Monday in impressive fashion. And in this case, survived was the correct word as the hard-throwing rookie snared a 98-mph line drive right at his head on the first pitch he threw to the Orioles' Chris Davis, then proceeded to record a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Seattle's 11-3 loss.

"Wow," said the excitable 24-year-old from Brazil. "I don't know. God protected me there. That was so fast. I saw it and put my glove there and the ball was right there."

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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.

Revisiting Felix's masterful perfect game

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Revisiting Felix's masterful perfect game

The afternoon of Aug. 15, 2012, was a special one in the Pacific Northwest, for it was the day of King Felix's coronation. 

The Mariners right-hander had a pretty good outing against the Rays. Or to put it another way, he threw a pretty perfect game against Evan Longoria and his Tampa Bay teammates with some just straight-up filthy pitching. Hernandez's fastball blazed, his slider slid, his changeup changed up, and so on. It was the stuff of legend, and made Felix the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the rare feat. 

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Gallardo hit hard as Seattle drops 5th straight

Gallardo hit hard as Seattle drops 5th straight

SEATTLE -- Manny Machado's grand slam led a four-homer attack as the Orioles blasted the Mariners, 11-3, on Monday night to pull within two games of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Tim Beckham, Trey Mancini and former Mariner Seth Smith also homered to make an easy winner of Kevin Gausman, who continued his strong second half by allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings in hiking his record to 9-8 with a 5.08 ERA.

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

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Mariners, Cruz excited for Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Mariners, Cruz excited for Players Weekend

OAKLAND -- Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz has had the "Boomstick" nickname for seven years.

But on Aug. 25-27, Cruz will get a chance to wear "Boomstick" on the back of his jersey as Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association introduce the inaugural Players Weekend, when all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.

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Mariners look to turn page after Angels series

Mariners look to turn page after Angels series

SEATTLE -- Intrigue was high for this weekend's series vs. the division-rival Angels, with the Mariners entering the four-game set in sole possession of the second American League Wild Card spot and prepared to have Edgar Martinez's number retirement ceremony on Saturday.

A total of 159,548 fans, an average of 39,887 each game, flocked to Safeco Field, but the Mariners couldn't deliver, losing 4-2 Sunday to close out the Angels' four-game sweep.

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Too little, too late: Mariners' rally falls short

Too little, too late: Mariners' rally falls short

SEATTLE -- Parker Bridwell allowed one run on four hits for his fifth win in seven starts, and the Angels toppled the Mariners, 4-2, at Safeco Field on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

After winning a season-high six games in a row, Los Angeles holds a half-game lead for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Mariners, who entered the series in that position, are now two games back for the last playoff spot.

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Vogelbach makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Vogelbach makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Many scouts believed Nick Senzel was the best pure hitter available in the 2016 Draft, which is a major reason why the Reds selected him second overall and signed him for $6.2 million. He has lived up to that reputation, batting .317/.390/.519 with 89 extra-base hits in his first 177 pro games.

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Edgar 'grateful' as Mariners retire No. 11

Seattle legend honored in pregame ceremony

Edgar 'grateful' as Mariners retire No. 11

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez doesn't know exactly what it'll feel like the in coming days when he reports to work at Safeco Field and sees his No. 11 permanently retired on the outfield facade, but he has a pretty good idea.

For the past dozen years, every time he's arrived at the ballpark from his home across Lake Washington in Bellevue, Wash., he's driven down Edgar Martinez Drive and turned into the parking garage across the street from the stadium. To see his name emblazoned on street signs and freeway exits in Seattle is not something the humble Puerto Rican ever expected.

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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 hold off Halos, drop 3rd straight

Mariners can't hold off Halos, drop 3rd straight

SEATTLE -- Albert Pujols came up with the big hit for a second straight night Saturday as the Angels again rallied against the Mariners' bullpen for a 6-3 win at Safeco Field that vaulted them into sole possession of the No. 2 Wild Card position in the American League.

The Angels equaled their season-best five-game win streak and have won 11 of their past 15 games to hike their record to 60-58, a half-game ahead of the Twins for the final playoff spot. Seattle dropped a game back at 59-59 with its third straight loss to the Angels.

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Ramirez goes 6 strong in encouraging outing

'He was on top of his game,' Servais says of recently acquired pitcher

Ramirez goes 6 strong in encouraging outing

SEATTLE -- Before Saturday night, Erasmo Ramirez's transformation into a starting pitcher wasn't making much progress. He hurled 58 pitches in his first start with the Mariners on Aug. 1 against Texas, lasting 3 1/3 innings. He improved slightly in his next outing, tossing 66 pitches and enduring five innings.

Saturday was a major step in the right direction in building his stamina.

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More hot August nights for Mariners' Cruz

Slugger has drilled six homers in his last six games

More hot August nights for Mariners' Cruz

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have stumbled in their lone August homestead so far, but Nelson Cruz hasn't cooled off one bit.

The Mariners' slugger matched his career high for extra base hits in a game, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles on Friday in the Mariners' 6-5 loss to the Angels at Safeco Field. He added two RBIs to push his total to 92, the highest in the American League -- Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop is the closest with 84.

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Paxton placed on DL with left pectoral strain

Left-hander likely to miss at least three weeks

Paxton placed on DL with left pectoral strain

SEATTLE -- A Mariners pitching rotation that has been battered by injuries much of the year received another tough hit on Friday with word that left-handed standout James Paxton is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle and likely will miss at least the next three weeks.

Paxton is 12-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 20 starts and had pushed himself into the American League Cy Young Award conversation after winning seven straight starts prior to a no-decision on Thursday when he had to be removed after 6 1/3 innings with what he thought was a cramp in his left chest.

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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.