Mariners fill 'pen spot by recalling Guaipe

Mariners fill 'pen spot by recalling Guaipe

DENVER -- Right-hander Mayckol Guaipe was recalled by the Mariners on Tuesday to fill an open spot in the bullpen after Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night.

Guiape, 24, pitched three games for Seattle in two stints earlier this season, allowing four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings for an 8.31 ERA. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was 0-4 with a 3.02 ERA in 34 appearances with Tacoma, with 31 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.

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Not at his best, Felix finds way to 13th win

Mariners ace allows four runs in 6 2/3 frames and strikes out nine

Not at his best, Felix finds way to 13th win

DENVER -- There will be some who look at the 11 hits surrendered by Felix Hernandez on Monday and wonder what's up with the Mariners' ace. But don't count Lloyd McClendon in that group.

The Mariners skipper was plenty pleased with how Hernandez survived his first career outing at Coors Field, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as Seattle held on for an 8-7 victory.

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Red-hot Cruz homers in fourth straight game

Outfielder helps power Mariners over Rockies on Monday

Red-hot Cruz homers in fourth straight game

DENVER -- One thing the Mariners have learned this year about Nelson Cruz, he tends to hit home runs in bunches. And the big right fielder is on one of those tears right now, going deep for a fourth straight game Monday in Seattle's 8-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.

Cruz went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk and continues to share the longest active hitting streak in the Majors with Jose Abreu of the White Sox at 14 games. During that span, he's batting .427 with four doubles, nine homers and 13 RBIs.

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Mariners option newly-acquired Ramirez

Mariners option newly-acquired Ramirez

DENVER -- Jose Ramirez, a right-handed reliever acquired last Thursday from the Yankees, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after the Mariners' 8-7 victory over the Rockies on Monday.

Ramirez had yet to pitch for the Mariners. Another reliever will be recalled on Tuesday to take his spot.

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Powerful Mariners hold off Rockies rally

Powerful Mariners hold off Rockies rally

DENVER -- The Mariners clubbed three early homers, scored seven runs over the first three innings and held off the Rockies' late rally, propelling Seattle to an 8-7 win in Monday's series opener at Coors Field.

Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero and Brad Miller delivered RBI hits in a four-run first inning. Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz went back-to-back off Eddie Butler (3-8) to give Seattle a 6-1, second-inning lead. Miller homered in the third, and Butler was gone one inning later, giving up seven hits and a career-high seven runs over just four frames.

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Mariners prospect O'Neill homers in fourth straight game

Bakersfield outfielder has nine long balls in his past 12 contests

Mariners prospect O'Neill homers in fourth straight game

Something happened to Tyler O'Neill in Canada.

The Mariners' No. 7 prospect was already dangerous going into the Pan-Am Games last month, but he emerged from Toronto a monster. Monday night, O'Neill went deep in his fourth straight game as Class A Advanced Bakersfield defeated Lancaster, 9-5. The barrage is not an isolated one either, as he now has nine homers in his past 12 contests.

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Mariners give Marte work in center field

McClendon confident in rookie's ability to play all over the field

Mariners give Marte work in center field

DENVER -- Mariners rookie infielder Ketel Marte had just four games of Minor League experience in center field, but Seattle's highly-regarded prospect will definitely get some time there going forward as manager Lloyd McClendon looks for ways to get him in the lineup.

The 21-year-old played 360 games at shortstop and 76 at second base during his five seasons in the Minors after signing with Seattle as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, but didn't get his first taste of the outfield until shortly before being called up from Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners last Friday.

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Nuno set to face Rockies in first start for Mariners

Nuno set to face Rockies in first start for Mariners

The hype surrounding Jon Gray will finally come to fruition on Tuesday night, when the Rockies right-hander will make his Major League debut at Coors Field.

Gray was Colorado's top pick in the 2013 draft at No. 3 overall. After not making the starting rotation out of Spring Training, Gray has spent this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, going 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA. But he's given up three earned runs or less in 15 of his last 17 starts.

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McClendon unsure of upcoming rotation order

McClendon unsure of upcoming rotation order

DENVER -- Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said Monday he's not sure yet how his team's rotation will play out for the next homestand and beyond, but the uncertainty has nothing to do with how lefty reliever Vidal Nuno performs in his first start Tuesday against the Rockies.

"It has everything to do with scheduling going forward," McClendon said. "Matchups, who does well against what team, not just the next five days, but 10-12 days out."

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After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

After duel, Mariners top Twins in 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a wild ninth inning that saw both teams exchange homers to send the game to extra innings, Logan Morrison connected on a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th to help lift the Mariners to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

"I haven't even taken batting practice in the last four to five days," said Morrison, who has been sidelined by a bruised thumb but entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth. "I was just trying to get something in middle of the plate. I didn't feel it. When you barrel it, you don't feel it no matter how bad your hand hurts."

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Marte provides spark atop Mariners' lineup

No. 2 prospect makes mark as leadoff hitter vs. Twins

Marte provides spark atop Mariners' lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has tried 10 different players in the leadoff role this season, searching for a spark at the top of the lineup in front of his middle-of-the-order threats: Kyle Seager, Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano.

Not many of the candidates really looked like a true leadoff threat, until the arrival of rookie Ketel Marte, who got on base four times in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Twins and wound up scoring the go-ahead run in the 11th inning.

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O'Neill on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Orioles' No. 29 prospect throws no-hitter, strikes out nine

O'Neill on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

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

Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

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Nuno to make spot start vs. Rockies

Reliever gets first crack at rotation opening from Happ trade

Nuno to make spot start vs. Rockies

MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-handed reliever Vidal Nuno will make his first start with the Mariners on Tuesday against the Rockies at Coors Field, manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday, as Seattle fills the opening created by the trade of J.A. Happ to the Pirates.

McClendon said he'd characterize it as a "spot start" for now as he's not ready to anoint Nuno as a permanent member of the rotation yet. But the 28-year-old from California does have starting experience, as he was a full-time member of the Yankees' and D-backs' rotations last year and started eight games for Arizona's Triple-A Reno club this season (3-3, 3.38 ERA) before being acquired by Seattle on June 3 in the Mark Trumbo trade.

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Furbush nearing Minors rehab assignment

Reliever eyeing return from biceps tendinitis

Furbush nearing Minors rehab assignment

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush threw a 33-pitch bullpen session on Sunday at Target Field and said his left arm is back to feeling normal as he returns from biceps tendinitis that has sidelined him since July 9.

The 29-year-old lefty will throw another bullpen outing on Wednesday in Colorado, then head out on a Minor League rehab session with Triple-A Tacoma on Friday if all goes well.

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Wild pitches fell Mariners vs. Twins

Wild pitches fell Mariners vs. Twins

MINNESOTA -- The Twins completed a comeback in walk-off fashion Saturday night, scoring two runs in the ninth and ousting the Mariners, 3-2, with a Kurt Suzuki single off of Carson Smith with two outs. Twins rookie Miguel Sano led off the ninth inning with a double and pinch-runner Shane Robinson took third and home on wild pitches from Smith before Suzuki drove in left fielder Eddie Rosario, who had been intentionally walked.

"I think that anybody who plays this game wants to be in that position. I don't care where you are in the standings -- you want to be in that spot," Suzuki said. "I kind of had an idea they were going to do that just the way Rosie was swinging and the matchup. I was kind of hoping, 'OK, this is what it's all about. This is why you play.'"

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More tough lessons for rookie closer Smith

More tough lessons for rookie closer Smith

MINNEAPOLIS - Strong pitching by starter Mike Montgomery and setup men Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney had the Mariners poised for victory on Saturday, but things haven't gone that smoothly for Seattle much of the time this season.

And after a wild ninth from rookie closer Carson Smith, the Mariners were slapped with another walk-off loss, this one to the Twins, 3-2. It was the Mariners' seventh walk-off setback of the season, and Smith has now taken the loss in his last three outings.

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Mariners' No. 1 prospect Jackson on DL

Outfielder out 1-2 weeks with left hand injury

Mariners' No. 1 prospect Jackson on DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Alex Jackson, the Mariners' No. 1 ranked prospect on MLBPipeline.com, has been sidelined for one or two weeks with a left hand injury.

The 19-year-old has put up a .259/.355/.444 line with two homers and 11 RBIs in 23 games for Class A Short Everett. He was transferred to Class A Clinton on Friday and placed on the disabled list to create room on Everett's roster, but is expected to be returned to Everett's roster as soon as he's ready to play again.

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After hectic 24 hours, Rasmussen thrilled

Mariners new reliever happy to be with Seattle

After hectic 24 hours, Rasmussen thrilled

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rob Rasmussen has been traded five times now in the past four years, but the well-traveled southpaw said it was a little different Friday when he learned he was being swapped by the Blue Jays to the Mariners.

This deal, it turned out, came with an invitation to the Major League club, and the former UCLA hurler flew immediately from Buffalo in time to arrive at Friday night's Mariners game against the Twins in the third inning at Target Field.

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Walker one-hits Twins to halt Mariners' skid

Walker one-hits Twins to halt Mariners' skid

MINNEAPOLIS -- Taijuan Walker was dominant Friday, helping the Mariners snap a four-game losing streak and giving up just one run on one hit in Friday's 6-1 victory over the Twins. Walker struck out 11 in the first nine-inning complete game of his career, and was aided by two RBIs apiece from Brad Miller, Jesus Montero and Nelson Cruz.

"You can see what this young man is going to become and it's going to be special," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after the 22-year-old right-hander improved to 8-7 with a 4.73 ERA.

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Mariners, Walker hope gem a glimpse of future

Mariners, Walker hope gem a glimpse of future

MINNEAPOLIS -- Things haven't always gone smoothly for Taijuan Walker this season. But Friday night at Target Field, the hard-throwing 22-year-old showed a strong glimpse of what could be for the Mariners future as he fired a one-hitter at the Twins in a 6-1 victory.

Walker gave up only a home run to Miguel Sano in the fourth inning in a dominant outing that included a career-high-tying 11 strikeouts and just 101 pitches in his first nine-inning complete game.

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Mariners call up touted prospect Marte, Montero

Restocking 25-man roster, Seattle also promotes relievers Ramirez, Rasmussen

Mariners call up touted prospect Marte, Montero

MINNEAPOLIS -- Infielder Ketel Marte and first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday along with newly acquired relievers Rob Rasmussen and Jose Ramirez. Montero immediately provided a spark as the Mariners topped the Twins, 6-1, to snap a four-game losing streak.

Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while playing first base. Marte made his Major League debut and went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored while leading off and playing second base.

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Mariners trade Happ to Bucs for righty prospect

Mariners trade Happ to Bucs for righty prospect

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Mariners completed a two-day push to add pitching prospects to their organization by dealing veteran starter J.A. Happ to the Pirates for young right-hander Adrian Sampson just prior to Friday's Trade Deadline.

Sampson, 23, is a Seattle-area native who grew up in Redmond, Wash., attended Skyline High School and Bellevue College before he was drafted by the Pirates in the fifth round in 2012. He was ranked as the Pirates' No. 28 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

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Mariners acquire 3 lefty prospects for Lowe

Mariners acquire 3 lefty prospects for Lowe

MINNEAPOLIS -- Veteran reliever Mark Lowe, one of the better comeback stories in baseball this season, was dealt by the Mariners to the Blue Jays for three left-handed Minor League pitchers before Friday's 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline.

Lowe, 32, posted a 1.00 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 36 innings over 34 appearances this season after signing a Minor League deal with the Mariners. The 10-year veteran had pitched primarily in Triple-A the previous two years during stints with the Angels and Indians, with his last full season in the Majors coming with the Rangers in 2012.

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Mariners can't recover after Happ stumbles early

Mariners can't recover after Happ stumbles early

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs to help the Twins snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday night at Target Field.

Rosario fell a single short of the cycle, as he was robbed of a hit in the eighth on a leaping catch from Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, but still had three hits, including a three-run blast as part of a five-run first inning. Hicks registered his fifth straight multi-hit game by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk, and is hitting .365 over his last 22 games since coming off the disabled list.

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Mariners send Ackley to Yankees for prospects

Seattle acquires outfielder Flores and right-hander Ramirez

Mariners send Ackley to Yankees for prospects

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley, the second player selected in the 2009 Draft, was dealt to the Yankees on Thursday for two prospects -- outfielder Ramon Flores and right-hander Jose Ramirez -- who had brief Major League stints earlier this year.

Ackley, 27, never flourished as hoped with Seattle, hitting .243 over five seasons and .215 this year when he was reduced to a platoon role in left field.

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Happ's troubles add to Seattle's pitching woes

McClendon has few options to turn around rotation

Happ's troubles add to Seattle's pitching woes

MINNEAPOLIS -- For a Mariners team built largely on the back of its pitching staff, things have gone upside down the last week. While the offense has finally heated up, a once-reliable rotation has come unglued and J.A. Happ was the latest victim when the Twins pinned a 9-5 loss on Seattle in Thursday's series opener at Target Field.

Happ surrendered three home runs in the first two innings and wound up allowing nine hits and seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 as he fell to 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA.

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Infielder Taylor optioned to Triple-A

Mariners expected to promote Marte, Montero

Infielder Taylor optioned to Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS -- Infielder Chris Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after Thursday's 9-5 loss to the Twins as the Mariners opened up a roster spot for the expected addition of highly regarded prospect Ketel Marte.

No corresponding move was announced Thursday, but Marte was pulled from Tacoma's lineup in El Paso on Thursday and is expected to join the Mariners on Friday, along with designated hitter/first baseman Jesus Montero.

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Command off, Felix has rare rough day

Mariners ace allows 7 runs, cites 'mistakes' left over plate

Command off, Felix has rare rough day

SEATTLE -- As hard as it is to believe and as rare as it is to witness, Felix Hernandez has the occasional bad day.

This is never expected, especially on a perfect, cloudless Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field with the Mariners needing their ace to salvage one victory out of their three-game series against the D-backs. But Hernandez never had it, and the 8-2 loss had the right-hander and his team in the midst of a three-game losing streak that pushed it further out of the postseason picture.

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