Inbox: Will Mariners acquire a starting pitcher?

Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Mariners acquire a starting pitcher?

Do you think Jerry Dipoto addresses the need for a starting pitcher before the Trade Deadline on Monday? Or just stay pat and fill the open slots this winter?
-- Zach J., Sunburst, Mont.

Don't ever bet against Dipoto making more moves, given by my count he has engineered 48 trades involving 110 players (some who were acquired and then dealt again) in the 22 months since he took over as general manager. The Mariners have been the most active team in the Majors in his tenure, and that includes 22 trades since the end of last 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.

Series vs. Boston good barometer for Seattle

While unable to get over .500 hump, Mariners pleased with effort vs. first-place team

Series vs. Boston good barometer for Seattle

SEATTLE -- Sure, it concluded with the Mariners being shut out, 4-0, by an American League Cy Young Award candidate in Boston's Chris Sale on Wednesday. But Seattle's three-game series win over the Red Sox proved the Mariners are getting back on track.

"The goal coming in here was to win the series, and we accomplished that," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Which is great. Obviously, that's a first-place club over there. We're trying to move up the standings."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners shut out by Sale, Sox to end series

Mariners shut out by Sale, Sox to end series

SEATTLE -- Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, firing seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field to claim the three-game series finale.

The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday's victory preserving Boston's one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

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

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Segura setting table with hits, not walks

Recent free passes aside, leadoff man staying aggressive, looking to make contact

Segura setting table with hits, not walks

SEATTLE -- If you're looking for a leadoff hitter who'll work deep into counts and draw walks on a regular basis, Jean Segura isn't your man. But that doesn't mean Segura hasn't been outstanding as the guy atop the Mariners' lineup this season.

The 27-year-old shortstop drew three walks on Monday and Tuesday in the first two games of the series against the Red Sox, snapping a streak of 21 games without a free pass. Just don't count on it becoming a trend for Segura, who entered Wednesday's series finale hitting .327, the second-best average in the American League.

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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.

Consistent Miranda starts as Mets hit Safeco

Consistent Miranda starts as Mets hit Safeco

Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda and Mets right-hander Rafael Montero face off in the first game of a three-game Interleague series at Safeco Field on Friday night.

Miranda has been the most consistent member of Seattle's rotation this season. He'll be making his team-high 21st start.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seattle pulls off 2-run rally in 13th to stun Sox

Seattle pulls off 2-run rally in 13th to stun Sox

SEATTLE -- It took five hours and a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the 13th inning, but the Mariners pulled out a 6-5 win over the Red Sox on a walk-off single by Jean Segura to hand Boston its season-high fourth straight loss on Tuesday night at Safeco FIeld.

Sandy Leon singled in Hanley Ramirez for the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th, but the Mariners rallied in the bottom of the frame off Doug Fister. A wild pitch by Fister allowed Ben Gamel to score the tying run from third with two outs before Segura pushed a ground ball up the middle to score Guillermo Heredia for the game winner.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Heredia's power, speed key in comeback win

Outfielder homers, scores winning run in 13th inning vs. Red Sox

Heredia's power, speed key in comeback win

SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia often flickers excitement. Sometimes it's with his elite speed in center field and on the basepaths. Other times it's with flashes of pop at the plate.

Seattle's 6-5 extra-innings victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday showcased a symphony of those abilities.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis leads Mariners' Top 30 Prospects list

Lewis leads Mariners' Top 30 Prospects list

SEATTLE -- While outfielder Kyle Lewis continues to lead the Mariners' list of top prospects that was updated this week by MLBPipeline.com, the club has a number of newcomers among its Top 30 players.

Lewis is the lone Mariners prospect on MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100, sitting at No. 47 as he works back from major knee surgery. But 20-year-old right-hander Nick Neidert, who was just promoted to Double-A Arkansas last week after going 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Modesto, just missed the Top 100 and has moved up to Seattle's No. 2 prospect.

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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.

Paxton's Maple Grove section branching out

Fan-created cheering squad gaining in popularity

Paxton's Maple Grove section branching out

SEATTLE -- When the Blue Jays came to Seattle in June, and their fan base flocked from western Canada to watch their national team play in person, Mariners fans Hillary Kirby and Daniel Carroll bounced around ideas for a fun group activity to seize some of attention from the invading Blue Jays fans.

"We wanted it to be like King's Court, but not King's Court," Kirby said. "We didn't want to dishonor Felix. We were trying to figure out what to call it. We came up with the Maple Grove."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dyson (toe) eyes weekend for return to lineup

Mariners center fielder sidelined after colliding with wall Saturday

Dyson (toe) eyes weekend for return to lineup

SEATTLE -- Mariners center fielder Jarrod Dyson was sidelined for a third straight game on Tuesday night by a hyperextended big toe on his left foot, but manager Scott Servais is confident the speedster can be back in the lineup at least by Friday when Seattle opens a three-game series against the Mets at Safeco Field.

Given that Dyson doesn't hit left-handers well, he's picked a good time to be out since the Red Sox are starting three southpaws in the current series.

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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.

Paxton heating up with summer in 5-0 July

Mariners lefty tallies 10 K's in 4-0 win over Boston

Paxton heating up with summer in 5-0 July

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have a tradition after wins where the game's top player is awarded a blue and gold helmet dubbed "The Swelmet."

Sometimes it's given to an unsung hero rather than the obvious choice, but there wasn't much thought into who was receiving it after the Mariners' 4-0 win over the Red Sox at Safeco Field on Monday night.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mark Feinsand

Mariners set to enter trade mix for Gray?

Mariners set to enter trade mix for Gray?

The Sonny Gray sweepstakes could have a new entrant: the Seattle Mariners.

A source with knowledge of the team's thinking suggested that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto might be preparing to make a run for the A's right-hander, who stands as one of the controllable jewels of this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners sign Espinosa, option Motter

Veteran infielder to serve as utility player off bench

Mariners sign Espinosa, option Motter

SEATTLE -- In an attempt to beef up their bench, the Mariners signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a Major League deal on Monday and optioned rookie utility man Taylor Motter to Triple-A Tacoma.

Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to open a 40-man roster spot for Espinosa, though that move doesn't change Iwakuma's situation, as he's already missed more than 60 days with a shoulder issue and still isn't close to returning.

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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.

Paxton racks up 10 K's as Mariners sink Sox

Paxton racks up 10 K's as Mariners sink Sox

SEATTLE -- Any questions about whether James Paxton has regained his early-season form appear to have been long-since answered as the big lefty fired seven scoreless innings and Seattle handed the Red Sox their third straight loss, 4-0, in Monday's series opener at Safeco Field.

Paxton allowed just four hits with no walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts as he improved to 10-3 with a 2.84 ERA overall and 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA in July. The five wins are the most by any Major League pitcher this month and the most in a month by a Mariners pitcher since Jason Vargas went 5-0 in July 2012.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Maple Grove section now has actual tree

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Maple Grove section now has actual tree

King Felix may have his court and his giant turkey legs, but James Paxton -- nicknamed "Big Maple" as he hails from Canada -- now has his very own maple tree. 

Before his start against the Red Sox on Monday night, the Mariners brought an actual maple tree to a section in left field now better known as Maple Grove.

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Gamel likely to see time as backup at 1B

'I'm willing to do whatever to keep me in the lineup,' Mariners rookie says

Gamel likely to see time as backup at 1B

SEATTLE -- Ben Gamel could see his name on another place on the Mariners' depth chart.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Gamel is likely to start at first base when Danny Valencia needs an off-day.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Rengifo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Rengifo makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallardo, Mariners can't hold back Yankees

Gallardo, Mariners can't hold back Yankees

SEATTLE -- Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.

New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday's win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.

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

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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Gallardo exits on top in return to rotation

Righty limits Yankees to three solo homers over five innings in no-decision

Gallardo exits on top in return to rotation

SEATTLE -- In his first start in more than a month, veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed three solo home runs on Sunday against the Yankees, but he also put up a scoreless final inning after the Mariners had rallied for the lead.

Gallardo, who was removed from the rotation after struggling early, allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three in his first start since June 17. He did not get the decision when the Yankees rallied for a 6-4 victory.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phelps' versatility on display in Mariners debut

Phelps' versatility on display in Mariners debut

SEATTLE -- When the Mariners acquired reliever David Phelps from Miami, manager Scott Servais stressed the value of the veteran right-hander's versatility.

In his first appearance in a Mariners uniform, Phelps put that versatility on display.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis homers twice for Modesto

Lewis homers twice for Modesto

Max Schrock took full advantage of Double-A Midland's doubleheader, collecting a total of five hits and six RBIs in the two wins over Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The Athletics No. 18 prospect got off to a fast start in the first game, a 12-2 Midland win, as he doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth and capped his perfect day with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gamel shines in front of former teammates

Ex-Yankee plays central role in Mariners' walk-off win

Gamel shines in front of former teammates

SEATTLE -- If not for his former Minor League buddy, Aaron Judge, Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel might be making quite a case for himself as the American League Rookie of the Year.

But while Judge further cemented his impressive case for that honor with his 32nd home run on Saturday for the Yankees, Gamel was the one with a smile on his face at the end after doubling and scoring the winning run on a walk-off single by Nelson Cruz in the 10th in Seattle's 6-5 victory at Safeco Field.

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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.

Pagan settles into long-relief role

Pagan settles into long-relief role

SEATTLE -- After churning through a revolving door of long relievers, the Mariners finally have settled into a stretch with rookie Emilio Pagan handling the role.

And while much of that has to do with the rotation finally getting healthy enough to not need to rotate a fresh arm in constantly, Pagan has also pitched his way into prominence by allowing just one run in his last 15 1/3 innings, a span of five games dating back to May 23.

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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.

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz single sinks Yanks in 10th

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz single sinks Yanks in 10th

SEATTLE -- Another Aaron Judge home run wasn't enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle's fifth walk-off victory 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 Yankees on Saturday.

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Rengifo notches two-homer game for Clinton

Rengifo notches two-homer game for Clinton

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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Mariners get lefty Gonzales in trade with Cards

Seattle sends No. 2 prospect O'Neill to St. Louis

Mariners get lefty Gonzales in trade with Cards

SEATTLE -- Jerry Dipoto said Thursday he would only give up one of his elite prospects if he could land a starting pitcher who would be under team control for multiple years, and the ultra-active Mariners general manager pulled that off Friday, dealing highly regarded outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill to the Cardinals for 25-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales.

"Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feel fits our roster well in both the near and long term," said Dipoto. "We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the Major Leagues to be very appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 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.

Mariners knocked down by Judge, Yankees

Mariners knocked down by Judge, Yankees

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present -- a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field -- as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It's the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it's no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he's 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

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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 Yankees on Friday.

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Phelps eager to help Mariners reach playoffs

Veteran pitcher values winning above any specific role

Phelps eager to help Mariners reach playoffs

SEATTLE -- David Phelps arrived at Safeco Field on Friday, ready to get to work. It's unclear in what role the Mariners will use their new reliever, but he's ready for anything and that suits his new team perfectly.

Phelps' versatility as a former starter who can work multiple innings or be a very effective late-inning reliever made him particularly attractive to Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, who has seen what a weapon Chris Devenski has been for the Astros this season in a similar role.

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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.

Moore bitten by Judge's moonshot

Moore bitten by Judge's moonshot

SEATTLE -- Andrew Moore has already given up nine home runs in his first 30 innings in the Majors, but none quite like the one Aaron Judge launched in the fifth inning of Friday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

As the Mariners' rookie right-hander goes through the learning curve of becoming a Major League starter, there will be more balls hit over walls. It's part of the game. But Judge nearly knocked one out of the stadium, reaching the top row of the second deck in left field on a shot so high that Statcast™ didn't register it.

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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.