Mariners to honor military Sunday with Armed Forces Day

Mariners to honor military Sunday 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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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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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 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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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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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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Felix cleared to make next start on schedule

Seattle ace exited last game with sore quadriceps muscle

Felix cleared to make next start on schedule

LOS ANGELES -- Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will make his next start on schedule Saturday, against the Rangers at Safeco Field, despite a sore quadriceps muscle in his right leg that cut short his last outing.

Hernandez threw a flat-ground session Wednesday, but manager Lloyd McClendon didn't bother waiting for that workout to proclaim the 29-year-old fit for duty this weekend when the Mariners return home.

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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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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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Felix plans to start Saturday, but McClendon waits to commit

Felix plans to start Saturday, but McClendon waits to commit

LOS ANGELES -- Felix Hernandez is on schedule to start on Saturday, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will wait to see how his ace's tender right quadriceps muscle feels in a throwing session on Wednesday before finalizing Seattle's pitching plans for this weekend's series against the Rangers at Safeco Field.

Hernandez was removed after five innings on Sunday in Oakland after feeling some tightness in his leg. He also twisted his ankle in the first inning and said that affected his performance as he allowed three runs on eight hits with just one strikeout in his second start of the season.

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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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Happ's start brings McClendon relief

Lefty delivers 6 1/3 innings to ease bullpen load in win Saturday

Happ's start brings McClendon relief

OAKLAND -- A Mariners rotation, expected to be one of baseball's best, had some rough outings in its first turn, but veteran J.A. Happ helped solidify things with a strong start in Saturday's 5-4 victory over the A's.

Even with Happ throwing a quality start with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, Seattle's starters had the fifth-worst ERA among Major League Baseball's 30 teams with their 5.45 ERA after the first outings for each of the five hurlers.

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Miller keys win with go-ahead hit, key assist at home

Miller keys win with go-ahead hit, key assist at home

OAKLAND -- A Mariners team searching for a big play got two huge ones from shortstop Brad Miller and needed both to pull off Saturday's 5-4, 11-inning victory over the A's at the Coliseum.

Miller's relay throw in the bottom of the 10th cut down the A's potential winning run at the plate. And he followed up with the game-winning double in the top of the 11th as the Mariners won a back-and-forth tussle that sent a sigh of relief through a Seattle team that snapped a three-game losing streak.

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Cruz's first Mariners homer a game-changer

Slugger mashes three-run blast to give Seattle late lead

Cruz's first Mariners homer a game-changer

OAKLAND -- When the Mariners acquired Nelson Cruz last winter, they had one thing in mind. A big, right-handed power hitter to stick in the middle of their lineup and be a game-changer. And Cruz changed a game for the first time Saturday with a three-run blast in the eighth inning of a contest in which the Mariners came back twice to win, 5-4, in 11 innings.

At the time, Cruz was hitting .111 (2-for-18) and had yet to drive in a run in the first five games of his Seattle tenure. But that changed -- along with the tenor of another tough offensive day -- when the 34-year-old unloaded into the left-field seats off A's reliever Dan Otero.

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Miller's clutch hit lifts Mariners on Cruz's big day

Miller's clutch hit lifts Mariners on Cruz's big day

OAKLAND -- Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit a go-ahead, RBI double off A's reliever Fernando Abad in the 11th inning, leading Seattle to a 5-4 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday to split the first two games of this three-game series. Miller's knock plated first baseman Logan Morrison, who led off with a single and advanced to second on Dustin Ackley's sacrifice bunt. More >

Right fielder Nelson Cruz launched a three-run homer off Oakland reliever Dan Otero in the eighth to give the Mariners a 4-2 lead, but the A's answered back against Seattle's bullpen with two runs in the bottom of the inning, getting a pair of RBI doubles from Ben Zobrist and Brett Lawrie.

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Olson gets first Majors 'W' with gutsy 10th

Reliever benefits from putout at home, escapes bases-loaded jam

Olson gets first Majors 'W' with gutsy 10th

OAKLAND -- Tyler Olson's first Major League victory might have been just a one-inning effort in relief, but it came with a highlight reel of adventures.

The Mariners rookie out of Gonzaga University needed help from his defense -- a relay throw to the plate by shortstop Brad Miller in time for what would have been the winning run for Oakland -- and then pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam to send the game to the 11th inning.

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Walker aims to 'move on' after season debut goes south

Mariners righty allows 9 runs on 9 hits vs. A's

Walker aims to 'move on' after season debut goes south

OAKLAND -- This wasn't what Taijuan Walker imagined in his long-awaited debut as part of the Mariners regular rotation. After pitching small parts of the past two seasons in Seattle, the 22-year-old grabbed a spot among the starting five with a sensational spring -- only to see his initial outing go south in a hurry in Friday's 12-0 loss to the A's.

The young right-hander got knocked out after 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and nine runs in short order to the rebuilt A's lineup as the Mariners fell to 1-3 and started their first road trip off with a stubbed toe at the Coliseum.

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