Overton fires six, Motter homers in Seattle win

Overton fires six, Motter homers in Seattle win

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Dillon Overton, a southpaw acquired from the A's in January, threw six innings of one-run ball in his second Cactus League start as Seattle topped the Rangers, 3-1.

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua ripped a first-inning home run off an Overton changeup, but the 25-year-old gave up just four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in a 71-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.

Miranda, Valle assigned to Minors camp

Instead of heading to bullpen, lefty Miranda will start at Triple-A

Miranda, Valle assigned to Minors camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In the second surprise of Mariners camp, left-hander Ariel Miranda was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday as the club intends to keep him stretched out as a starting option rather than open the season as a second lefty in the bullpen.

Catcher Sebastian Valle was also reassigned to Minor League camp, leaving the Mariners with 41 players in Major League camp as they approach next week's final cutdown to 25 prior to Opening Day on April 3.

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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.

Paxton gets Minors start, feels ready for season

Lefty worked on a back field; Motter, Overton bidding for roster spots

Paxton gets Minors start, feels ready for season

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Though he was still dealing with the aftereffects of the nasty head cold virus going around the Mariners' clubhouse, left-hander James Paxton got in 5 1/3 innings of work in a Minor League start Saturday and said he feels ready for the regular season.

Paxton will get one more abbreviated start next week, but threw a spring-high 82 pitches against a High-A Rangers farm club while allowing 10 hits and three runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.

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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, Cruz out as head cold affects clubhouse

Cano, Cruz out as head cold affects clubhouse

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz were both sent home sick Saturday as the Mariners continued dealing with a nasty cold virus that has hampered a number of players over the past few days.

Both Cano and Cruz just returned earlier in the week from competing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and played in games Tuesday and Wednesday before the issue first arose. Starting pitcher James Paxton is among the others who've been hampered, though he made a Minor League start Saturday.

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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 giving Dyson's legs a rest

Mariners giving Dyson's legs a rest

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jarrod Dyson relies on his wheels as one of Major League Baseball's premier speedsters, so the Mariners are giving him time to rest up before beginning the final push for the regular season next week.

Dyson has played just once in the past six days as manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old is recovering from some soreness in his legs.

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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.

Diaz to lose hairstyle, keep Classic emotion

Diaz to lose hairstyle, keep Classic emotion

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Edwin Diaz returned from the World Baseball Classic on Friday sporting the blond-topped head made famous by his Puerto Rican team as it advanced to the championship game of the 16-team tournament.

The Mariners closer says he'll lose the hairstyle, reverting back to black, but he won't part with the emotion he displayed on the mound in key moments.

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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, Iwakuma lead Mariners past Royals

Seager, Iwakuma lead Mariners past Royals

PEORIA -- Kyle Seager continued warming up with his first Cactus League home run and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 5 2/3 strong innings on Friday afternoon as a Mariners split squad topped the Royals, 4-3, at Peoria Stadium.

Paulo Orlando led off the fifth with a solo homer off Iwakuma. Orlando went 2-for-3 and Jorge Soler added a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth. Alex Gordon added a pair of base hits for the Royals.

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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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners' split squad held hitless by Angels

Mariners' split squad held hitless by Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Eight Angels pitchers combined to no-hit a Mariners split squad on Friday night, leading the Halos to a 4-0 win in the lone night game of the spring at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

With only two regular position players, Leonys Martin and Jean Segura, in their lineup, the Mariners mustered only two baserunners; Segura reached on catcher's interference in the fourth and Zach Shank walked in the sixth.

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Gamel may get closer look for roster spot

Gamel may get closer look for roster spot

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The assumption all spring has been that the Mariners needed a right-handed-hitting backup outfielder to complement lefty-swinging Jarrod Dyson in left field, meaning Guillermo Heredia had the inside track over southpaw Ben Gamel in the chase for the extra spot.

But that may not be the case anymore, with Dyson holding his own against lefties and manager Scott Servais leaning toward giving him a shot at being close to an everyday starter. And with right-hand hitting Taylor Motter grabbing the utility role -- and having the ability to spell Dyson when needed -- the Mariners could give Gamel a closer look as the final bench player, or even go with one less outfielder and carry an extra reliever.

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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.

Felix dominates Giants in Cactus League return

Felix dominates Giants in Cactus League return

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Mariners blanked the Giants for six innings Thursday, riding a masterful pitching performance behind their ace, Felix Hernandez. The Giants could muster only one hit through the first six innings as Seattle went on to a 9-2 triumph.

Hernandez was in rare form in his first start since pitching a pair of games for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. The Mariners' Opening Day starter was perfect through 3 2/3 innings before Jarrett Parker hit a grounder to third that went into left field for a double. The Mariners infield was shifted far to the right side of the diamond, leave a gaping hole at third. No other Giant reached base in Hernandez's six innings on the hill.

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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.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Thursday.

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Mariners option No. 10 prospect Vogelbach to Triple-A

Valencia will start at first base to open season

Mariners option No. 10 prospect Vogelbach to Triple-A

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rookie Daniel Vogelbach, who was expected to open the season as Seattle's starting first baseman, instead was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

The move means veteran Danny Valencia will be Seattle's starter at first base and utility man Taylor Motter can fill in as his backup when needed.

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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 near lock for Mariners' utility role

O'Malley out 10-14 days following appendectomy; Vogelbach sent down

Motter near lock for Mariners' utility role

PEORIA, Ariz. -- One of the few roster battles in Mariners camp appears all but finalized now as Taylor Motter will open the season as the club's utility player with Shawn O'Malley expected to miss about 10 to 14 days following his appendectomy surgery Tuesday.

That situation, in conjunction with the Mariners' decision to option rookie first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, puts Motter in the driver's seat for a role that now includes backing up first base behind Danny Valencia as a key component.

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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.

Zych, Cishek progress nicely in rehab process

Zych, Cishek progress nicely in rehab process

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Tony Zych fired a sharp 1-2-3 inning against a Texas Double-A squad and Steve Cishek looked strong in a 22-pitch bullpen session as Seattle's two rehabbing relievers took big steps forward Thursday.

Zych, pitching in a game for the first time since biceps replacement surgery in his right arm in October, induced two quick grounders to second and then struck out his final batter looking in a 12-pitch outing that had him beaming afterward.

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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.

Segura goes yard in Mariners' loss to Angels

Segura goes yard in Mariners' loss to Angels

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ben Revere and Eric Young Jr. ripped back-to-back home runs in the second inning and Yusmeiro Petit turned in a strong start as an Angels split squad topped the Mariners, 9-8, under overcast skies at Peoria Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Shortstop Jean Segura, playing his second game since returning from the World Baseball Classic, hit his second homer of the spring for the Mariners with a two-run shot in the sixth.

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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'Malley eager to return after appendectomy

Mariners utility hopeful's roster shot set back by surgery

O'Malley eager to return after appendectomy

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Shawn O'Malley wasted no time getting back to Mariners camp Wednesday, checking into the clubhouse and meeting with the team's athletic trainers around 10 a.m. after undergoing an appendectomy surgery the previous evening.

The question now is how soon the versatile utility man can return to the field, and that remains to be seen.

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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.

Homers continue to plague Vincent's spring

Homers continue to plague Vincent's spring

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners reliever Nick Vincent gave up his fifth home run in 5 2/3 innings this spring with a solo shot by Jefry Marte of the Angels in Seattle's 9-8 loss Wednesday at Peoria Stadium, but manager Scott Servais says the parade of long balls isn't a concern.

Vincent is a notorious fly-ball pitcher, and the dry air and hitter-friendly ballparks in Arizona don't lend themselves to his style, as evidenced by Wednesday's pop fly that hooked just inside the left-field foul pole on what likely would have been a routine out in most Major League parks.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

Krause's scouting ability evident with Gibson

Bulls' championship-winning GM worked for Mariners, pointed out future walk-off hero

Krause's scouting ability evident with Gibson

Jerry Krause made his name in the NBA as the general manager of a Chicago Bulls franchise that won six championships.

It was no surprise to longtime baseball executive Mel Didier. He knows firsthand that when it came to evaluating talent, one of the best in sports was Krause, who died on Tuesday at the age of 77.

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

Cano has strong return from Classic vs. A's

Cano has strong return from Classic vs. A's

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe continued their strong springs for the A's with two hits and two RBIs each as Oakland topped the Mariners, 8-5, on Tuesday despite a productive return by Robinson Cano from the World Baseball Classic.

Cano went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBIs in his first game back from his stint with the Dominican Republic, but a Seattle lineup that looked much like its projected Opening Day nine couldn't keep up with a 14-hit night by the A's.

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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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Mariners welcome stars back from Classic

Hernandez to start Thursday vs. Giants after two outings for Venezuela

Mariners welcome stars back from Classic

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The big boys are back, at least most of them for the Mariners, who on Tuesday looked a lot more like the group fans can expect to see with the return of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura and Felix Hernandez following the ouster of their teams from the World Baseball Classic.

"They're all in good spirits, ready to go, ready to get the season rolling," said manager Scott Servais, who now only is missing closer Edwin Diaz from his Major League camp.

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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' projected roster sees little change

Mariners' projected roster sees little change

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Before the Mariners reported to camp, we took a shot at projecting the final 25-man roster that would emerge from the initial 63 players invited to compete for jobs. So now with two weeks left before Opening Day and that number whittled to 45, it seems the perfect time to check back and see what's changed.

For a Seattle squad that underwent a lot of reshuffling over the offseason, it's been a remarkably stable Spring Training. Only one new worrisome injury -- a strained forearm by reliever Shae Simmons -- has arisen to date. And that indeed may tweak the bullpen that breaks camp.

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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.

Servais, Dipoto balance metrics with old-school thinking

Servais, Dipoto balance metrics with old-school thinking

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle's Scott Servais and Jerry Dipoto are known as one of the more forward-thinking, analytics-friendly manager-general-manager tandems in the Majors. But that doesn't mean they can't get old school.

Take Servais' observations of what went down in the pitcher-catcher relationship category Friday night at Camelback Ranch, for example.

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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.

Diaz douses Netherlands' offense in extras

Puerto Rico closer works 10th, 11th innings to earn win

Diaz douses Netherlands' offense in extras

LOS ANGELES -- Mariners manager Scott Servais said recently from Arizona that he enjoyed watching his closer, Edwin Diaz, displaying emotion as the ninth-inning man for Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic team.

Servais must have had a great time Monday night, taking in the tour de force that Diaz supplied in Puerto Rico's 4-3 victory in a Classic semifinal matchup with the Netherlands at Dodger Stadium.

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Scribner healthy, ready to be key piece of bullpen

Scribner healthy, ready to be key piece of bullpen

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Missing Spring Training and the first five months of the 2016 season wasn't exactly the plan for Evan Scribner, but things eventually worked out for the Mariners' right-handed reliever.

This year, Scribner is healthy, he's been around for every minute of big league camp in the desert, and he's planning on being with the team when the season opens on April 3. That would work out even better.

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Haniger's RBI double supports Overton's solid start

Haniger's RBI double supports Overton's solid start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Home runs by Carlos Gomez and Ryan Rua carried the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.

Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa went five strong innings for the Rangers, allowing two unearned runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked one, giving the Rangers something to consider as they ponder the last two open spots in their rotation.

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