Hernandez rewards manager's trust in stellar 7th inning

Seattle ace strikes out side to cap 12-K outing

Hernandez rewards manager's trust in stellar 7th inning

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez likes ending losing streaks. Now he and his Mariners teammates are hoping to enjoy starting a winning one.

Hernandez was in brilliant form on Saturday night when his team needed it the most -- on the mound and in a discussion with Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon prior to his final inning, the seventh, in which he struck out the side to help seal his team's 3-1 win over the Rangers.

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One and done: Zunino's timely blast sweet relief for Seattle

One and done: Zunino's timely blast sweet relief for Seattle

SEATTLE -- It was only one swing, but it was a big one.

Mike Zunino's home run that led off the bottom of the fifth inning in Saturday's 3-1 Mariners win over the Texas Rangers was a relief for a team that had been battling for positives. Throughout their four-game losing streak, which spanned the three-game set against the Dodgers early in the week and the series opener against the Rangers on Friday night at Safeco Field, Seattle hitters were hitting the ball hard in key situations and watching run-scoring, game-winning opportunities disappear into the webbing of their opponents' gloves.

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Felix the finisher: Hernandez K's 12, Seattle snaps skid

Felix the finisher: Hernandez K's 12, Seattle snaps skid

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had been in search of a momentum starter, and the Rangers were seeking to continue the good vibes from the previous night's victory. Saturday's game was set for high drama on a beautiful night at Safeco Field, but when it was over, Felix Hernandez had become the story once again. On his bobblehead night, Seattle's ace gave up only two hits and a run while striking out 12 in seven innings, and the Mariners got enough timely hits to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win before 43,017.

Things weren't looking good early for the Mariners, who followed a recent pattern of knocking on the door but not capitalizing on chances early in the game. They took a 1-0 lead on a Seth Smith sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against Rangers starter Colby Lewis, but Texas tied the game in the top of the fifth on an Elvis Andrus fielder's choice RBI.

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Miller makes strides in improving defense at shortstop

Miller makes strides in improving defense at shortstop

SEATTLE -- Brad Miller broke camp in 2014 as the Mariners' starting shortstop, but shaky moments at the plate and in the field got Chris Taylor called up from Triple-A Tacoma in late July and the competition between the two was on this year in Spring Training.

Miller got the starting job for the beginning of the season when Taylor's right wrist was fractured in a Cactus League game, and while the Mariners expect Miller to become more of an offensive force than he was in 2014, the club needs him to improve on defense first. Miller made 18 errors in 107 games last year.

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Paxton seeks first win vs. fellow lefty Detwiler

Paxton seeks first win vs. fellow lefty Detwiler

SEATTLE -- A pair of left-handers will be looking for their first win on Sunday as Ross Detwiler pitches for the Rangers against James Paxton of the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Detwiler, acquired from the Nationals in the offseason, has struggled with his fastball command and is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first two starts. He had a 3-1 lead going into the fifth inning of his last start against the Angels before giving up a pair of two-run home runs to Collin Cowgill and David Freese.

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Mariners to honor military with Armed Forces Day

Mariners to honor military with Armed Forces Day

SEATTLE -- The Mariners will pay tribute to the men and women serving in the U.S. military on Sunday with the 14th annual Boeing Salute to Armed Forces Day. The ceremonies, which will take place prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at 1:10 p.m. PT, will be streamed live on MLB.com.

Fifteen thousand fans in attendance will receive a special commemorative coin, courtesy of Boeing, as service persons from six branches of the military will be honored and will throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. They are: Sgt. Sean Rowell of the U.S. Army; Navy Counselor-Petty Officer First Class Sara Dozier of the U.S. Navy; Airman 1st Class Tyler March of the U.S. Air Force; Sgt. Sean Wicks of the U.S. Marine Corps; Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Senior Airman Sandra Wiley of the Washington National Guard.

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Mariners at forefront of establishing Jackie Robinson Day

Griffey Jr. was first to don No. 42 to honor MLB trailblazer

Mariners at forefront of establishing Jackie Robinson Day

LOS ANGELES -- Ever since Ken Griffey Jr. donned a No. 42 jersey on April 15, 1997, the Mariners have been at the forefront of Major League Baseball's efforts to make Jackie Robinson Day special.

And the Mariners found themselves again in that spotlight Wednesday when they faced the Dodgers on the first combined Jackie Robinson Day and annual Civil Rights Game at Dodger Stadium.

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Happ's home debut a bright spot in loss

Mariners lefty allows 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings

Happ's home debut a bright spot in loss

SEATTLE -- The Mariners needed a good outing from their starting pitcher on Friday almost as much as they needed a win. They got one of those, at least, courtesy of J.A. Happ.

The left-hander, acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade for outfielder Michael Saunders, made his Safeco Field debut as a Mariner an effective one, going seven innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two. He didn't get the win because Seattle could only put up one run in a 3-1 defeat, but he gave the taxed bullpen a needed rest and his team every opportunity to rally and prevail.

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Happ goes 7 solid but offense sputters in 4th straight loss

Happ goes 7 solid but offense sputters in 4th straight loss

SEATTLE -- The Mariners badly wanted a division win upon their return home to Safeco Field on Friday night after a tough road trip, but the Rangers had other ideas. Texas got a sterling start from its ace, Yovani Gallardo, a few timely hits and some key defensive plays in a 3-1 victory before 36,606.

Prince Fielder got the Rangers going with an RBI double in the first inning, Robinson Chirinos homered to dead center field to lead off the fifth, and that was all Gallardo would need. The veteran right-hander, acquired from Milwaukee in an offseason trade, twirled six innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and striking out three. The Rangers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.

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Rodney not dwelling on early season struggles

McClendon confident in veteran closer: 'This is not his first rodeo'

Rodney not dwelling on early season struggles

SEATTLE -- Mariners closer Fernando Rodney entered Friday night's series opener against the Rangers in a rare funk, and he's had a couple of days to think about how he can break out of it.

Then again, he said his strategy has always been to not think about it at all.

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Mariners find themselves stuck in early funk

'Our guys are built for this,' says McClendon after 4th loss in a row

Mariners find themselves stuck in early funk

SEATTLE -- It was another one of those nights. There have been quite a few of them for the Mariners lately.

Logan Morrison hit a ball on the screws in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Safeco Field crowd got loud, the ball soared high above right field, and Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo jumped at the wall and hauled it in.

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McClendon: Early adversity will help Mariners 'build character'

Club with high expectations finishes 3-6 vs. Angels, A's, Dodgers

McClendon: Early adversity will help Mariners 'build character'

SEATTLE -- The Mariners were a trendy pick to click in the 2015 season, with many prognosticators pegging them for the American League West title … and beyond.

This potential glory remains possible, but prior to Friday's series opener against the Rangers at Safeco Field, the Mariners were at 3-6, had lost three games in a row, and had already been in three one-run games (they're 1-2 in those), three extra-inning games (they're 2-1 in those), two two-run games (0-2) and two three-run games (1-1). All three of their opponents before Friday, the Angels, A's and Dodgers, made the postseason last year.

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Mariners determined to overcome pitching struggles

Walker, Paxton and Iwakuma lead slow start out of the gate

Mariners determined to overcome pitching struggles

SEATTLE -- A Mariners team expected to contend for its first playoff berth since 2001 has struggled out of the gate with a 3-6 start and it's not hard to point a finger at the problem. Pitching, expected to be the bread and butter of the club, has been more like toast as Seattle ranks 29th out of 30 Major League teams in ERA at 5.16 heading into Thursday's off-day.

Two things to consider. One, the Mariners are the only team in baseball to have faced three 2014 playoff teams -- the Angels, A's and Dodgers -- in their first three series. Secondly, the numbers are skewed by a pair of poor starts from young right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is sporting a 17.18 ERA after giving up 14 runs in 7 1/3 innings.

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Cruz extends homer streak in Civil Rights Game, but Seattle is swept

Cruz extends homer streak in Civil Rights Game, but Seattle is swept

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers roughed up Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker for five runs in four innings and ran their win streak to four games with a 5-2 victory in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium.

In five-plus innings, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson allowed a fourth-inning home run by Nelson Cruz (who hit four in the three-game series) and an unearned run in the sixth, when a baserunning blunder by Robinson Cano at third base torpedoed the Seattle rally. J.P. Howell, the fourth Dodgers reliever, got the save.

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Cruz goes deep in fifth straight game

Mariners slugger hits solo shot in fourth inning vs. Dodgers

Cruz goes deep in fifth straight game

LOS ANGELES -- Nelson Cruz continued his home-run barrage Wednesday by going deep for a fifth straight game. The Mariners slugger hit a solo shot in the fourth inning off Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson in Seattle's 5-2 loss in the Civil Rights Game.

Cruz has six homers and nine RBIs in the past five games for his new team and the five-game streak is the longest of his 11-year Major League career.

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Cano embarrassed after mental lapse on basepaths

Mariners second baseman erroneously thought bases were loaded

Cano embarrassed after mental lapse on basepaths

LOS ANGELES -- Robinson Cano has had many memorable moments on the baseball diamond, but the six-time American League All-Star made a mental error he'll have a hard time forgetting in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers when he got thrown out after strolling toward home plate following a one-out walk to Mariners teammate Logan Morrison.

Cano thought the bases were loaded and was heading home when Morrison drew his fourth ball from reliever Paco Rodriguez, but there were actually only runners on second and third and the Dodgers quickly realized they had Cano hung out to dry.

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Mariners drop a stunner to Dodgers

Mariners drop a stunner to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick's two-run broken-bat single with one out in the ninth inning rallied the Dodgers to their second walk-off win in as many nights, 6-5, over the Mariners on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

"I got a sinker running in, pretty firm," Kendrick said of the pitch from Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, his Angels teammate in 2010-11. "The big thing was to get a pitch up that I could hit. It's always good to come through for my teammates."

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Cruz's homer streak reaches 4 games

Cruz's homer streak reaches 4 games

LOS ANGELES -- Nelson Cruz continued his home run tear on Tuesday, and this time Robinson Cano joined in the fun as the Mariners again flexed some early muscle at Dodger Stadium, but for a second straight night, the Dodgers rallied late for a 6-5 win.

Cruz hit a solo blast to left field in the first inning against Dodgers left-hander David Huff for his fifth home run in the past four games. The 34-year-old right fielder has homered in four straight games, a nice start to his tenure in Seattle after signing a four-year, $57 million deal this winter. That streak equals his career-best streak from April 1-4, 2011.

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Rodney eager to move on from early struggles

Rodney eager to move on from early struggles

LOS ANGELES -- Mariners closer Fernando Rodney had his second straight rough outing on Tuesday night, and this time it cost his team a win as the Dodgers scored twice in the ninth for a 6-5 walk-off win.

Rodney suffered his first blown save since July 20, snapping a streak of 23 straight saves. The 38-year-old endured an equally rugged outing Sunday, when he gave up four runs in a non-save situation in the ninth at Oakland, but Seattle battled back to win that one in the 10th inning.

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McClendon honored to follow in footsteps of Frank Robinson

McClendon honored to follow in footsteps of Frank Robinson

The 2015 Civil Rights Game between the Mariners and Dodgers will be played at Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, at 10:10 p.m. ET.

LOS ANGELES -- Baseball's proudest and most important moment will always be remembered. But Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the best part of baseball history will be living and on center stage.

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

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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With Wilhelmsen on DL, Leone turns in important innings

With Wilhelmsen on DL, Leone turns in important innings

LOS ANGELES -- Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow, with fellow right-hander Dominic Leone recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and immediately thrown into the fire in Monday night's 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Dodgers.

With the Mariners' bullpen stretched thin by three straight extra-inning games and a short start by Taijuan Walker, manager Lloyd McClendon left in Leone for 2 1/3 critical late innings, and he gave up just one hit, though ultimately took the loss when Andre Ethier's leadoff double in the 10th led to the winning run for the Dodgers.

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Mariners' four homers aren't enough against Dodgers

Mariners' four homers aren't enough against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Alex Guerrero's bases-loaded single off rookie reliever Tyler Olson cashed in Andre Ethier's leadoff double with two outs in the 10th inning on Monday night as the Dodgers overcame four Mariners home runs for a 6-5 walk-off win at Dodger Stadium.

Yimi Garcia got his first Major League win in relief for the Dodgers and Dominic Leone suffered the loss for Seattle.

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Interleague action still shines bright

Mariners-Dodgers clash brings excitement of unconventional matchup

Interleague action still shines bright

LOS ANGELES -- Interleague Play has become a daily staple of the Major League schedule, but that does not mean that it has descended to the level of the routine or the predictable.

Monday night at Dodger Stadium, we saw proof of the fact that this phenomenon still has the ability to grab the baseball imagination and hold it. This was a fine early-season Interleague match between the Dodgers and the Mariners, two teams with postseason aspirations and the ability to achieve that lofty level.

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Mariners rally for win

Mariners rally for win

OAKLAND -- Nelson Cruz homered for the second straight day Sunday and this one lifted the Mariners to an 8-7 victory over the A's in the 10th inning at the Coliseum.

Cruz's home run just over the left-field fence gave Seattle the series win after the A's had rallied for four runs off closer Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the ninth. Cruz's 199th career home run came on a 2-0 changeup from new A's closer Tyler Clippard.

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Cruz, Weeks paying quick dividends for Mariners

Cruz, Weeks paying quick dividends for Mariners

OAKLAND -- When the Mariners signed Nelson Cruz and Rickie Weeks to add right-handed power in the offseason, this is pretty much what they had in mind. Weeks slugged a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning on Sunday and then Cruz poked the game-winning shot over the left-field fence in the top of the 10th as the Mariners beat the A's 8-7 in a wild win at the Coliseum.

Cruz's homer -- his second in two days -- came off A's closer Tyler Clippard and saved the day after Mariners closer Fernando Rodney coughed up a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. The new Mariners slugger said it felt good to help out his teammate.

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