Cruz takes the cake with birthday blast

Slugger launches two-run shot vs. Padres on 35th birthday

Cruz takes the cake with birthday blast

SAN DIEGO -- Nelson Cruz didn't want to wait for the cake, so the Mariners slugger sliced his own gift -- a two-run homer in the top of the ninth -- in Seattle's 7-0 victory over the Padres in Wednesday's Interleague series finale at Petco Park.

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Cano's big game, Walker shut down Padres

Cano's big game, Walker shut down Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to shut out the Padres on three hits Wednesday as the Mariners took both games of the series at Petco Park with a 7-0 Interleague victory.

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Walker yields 1 hit in 6 scoreless innings

Youngster continues team's stellar pitching after Montgomery shut down Padres on Tuesday

Walker yields 1 hit in 6 scoreless innings

SAN DIEGO -- With Taijuan Walker cruising through six innings on just one hit with a 1-0 lead, manager Lloyd McClendon chose to lift the 22-year-old for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh in what turned into a 7-0 victory for the Mariners over the Padres.

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Mariners, A's set for AL West clash in Oakland

Mariners, A's set for AL West clash in Oakland

The Mariners and A's meet will begin a four-game series at the Coliseum on Thursday, with Roenis Elias and Scott Kazmir squaring off in the opener. Seattle leads the season series 5-1, including a three-game sweep at Safeco Field in May.

Kazmir is 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA over his last six starts, but he lost his last start in a seven-inning, three-run performance against the Royals. The veteran left-hander is 4-5 with a 2.79 ERA on the season.

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Mariners facing decision on Iwakuma's return

Fill-in Montgomery has been stellar with back-to-back shutouts

Mariners facing decision on Iwakuma's return

SAN DIEGO -- With Hisashi Iwakuma completing his third Minor League rehab start on Tuesday in Tacoma, the Mariners have a decision looming.

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Montgomery one-hits Padres for shutout feat

Montgomery one-hits Padres for shutout feat

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Montgomery didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning on Tuesday and finished with a shutout as the Mariners topped the Padres, 5-0, at Petco Park.

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Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

Lefty joins Unit, Garcia, Langston as Mariners pitchers to throw back-to-back shutouts

Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

SAN DIEGO -- Since being called up four weeks ago to fill in for the injured James Paxton, rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery has opened eyes for the Mariners. But the 25-year-old took it to another level on Tuesday as he allowed just one hit and threw his second straight shutout, this one a 5-0 blanking of the Padres at Petco Park.

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Cruz feels 'blessed' for fans' All-Star support

Mariners slugger reclaims DH lead heading into final days of voting

Cruz feels 'blessed' for fans' All-Star support

SAN DIEGO -- Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz is down to the final two days of All-Star Game voting and says he appreciates the fan support, no matter how things turn out in his race to the wire with Kendrys Morales of the Royals for the starting designated hitter spot on the American League team.

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Iwakuma sharp before blister ends rehab start

Iwakuma sharp before blister ends rehab start

TACOMA, Wash. -- Despite the finger blister that ended his night, Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma looked like an improved pitcher Tuesday in his third Minor League rehab start of the season.

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Mariners' Cruz forges ahead in All-Star DH voting

Fans have until 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday to vote

Mariners' Cruz forges ahead in All-Star DH voting

SEATTLE -- As voting on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot hits its final days, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz has surged past Kendrys Morales of the Royals into first place for the starting designated-hitter spot on the American League team.

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Jackson swats his first home run of the year

Mariners' No. 1 prospect is batting .282 in 11 games for Class A Short Season Everett

Jackson swats his first home run of the year

The Mariners' No. 1 prospect finally broke through on Tuesday night.

That'd be Alex Jackson, the highly touted outfielder who is baseball's No. 22 overall prospect. Playing for Class A Short Season Everett, he connected on his first homer of the year, a two-run shot that provided the winning margin in the AquaSox's 5-3 win over Boise.

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Smith answering closing bell for Mariners

Smith answering closing bell for Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Carson Smith hasn't been officially proclaimed the Mariners' new closer. Or temporary closer. Or anything else. When the phone rings in the bullpen, he waits for his name to be called, just like always.

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Felix's one-hit gem cut short by cramps

Felix's one-hit gem cut short by cramps

ANAHEIM -- Felix Hernandez plays with emotion. But on Sunday, one reaction to a big double-play groundout by Mike Trout turned into something of a pain in the neck. Or side, to be more accurate.

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Mariners fall to Angels on wild pitch in 10th

Mariners fall to Angels on wild pitch in 10th

ANAHEIM -- With the Mariners on the verge of getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th inning on Sunday, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen threw a wild pitch that let Kole Calhoun race home with the winning run, giving the Angels a 3-2 walk-off win in the rubber game at Angel Stadium.

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Cano returns day after ball hits him in head

Cano returns day after ball hits him in head

ANAHEIM -- Robinson Cano emerged unscathed from Saturday's incident in which he got hit in the temple with an errant warmup throw by Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston while sitting in the dugout between innings, but the Mariners knew they dodged a bullet.

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Zunino benefiting from Edgar's tutelage

Zunino benefiting from Edgar's tutelage

ANAHEIM -- Mike Zunino isn't going to turn his season around in one week, but the Mariners' catcher is feeling better at the plate in recent days as his work with new hitting coach Edgar Martinez seems to be paying dividends.

Zunino went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels and has hit .357 (5-for-14) with a walk and just one strikeout in 16 plate appearances over his past four games going into Sunday's series finale against the Halos.

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Happ's run of hard luck continues

Happ's run of hard luck continues

ANAHEIM -- J.A. Happ wasn't perfect in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels, but the Mariners' veteran lefty seemingly deserves a better fate than four straight losses and six weeks since his last victory.

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Happ, Mariners drop duel vs. Angels

Happ, Mariners drop duel vs. Angels

ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards allowed just two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday as the Angels topped the Mariners, 4-2, with help from Kole Calhoun's two-run homer at Angel Stadium.

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Rodney ready for any role Mariners need

Rodney ready for any role Mariners need

ANAHEIM -- Fernando Rodney got to shoot his arrow on Friday night, delivering a scoreless ninth inning in the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Angels in his first save situation since losing the closer's job 24 days earlier.

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Walker's moxie impresses McClendon

Walker's moxie impresses McClendon

ANAHEIM -- For young Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, this has clearly been the tale of two seasons. And the Mariners like the second one a whole lot better.

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Walker's gem lifts Mariners at Angel Stadium

Walker's gem lifts Mariners at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Mariners' scuffling offense did just enough against the Angels' Matt Shoemaker to capture a 3-1 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

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Whoa, Nellie! Cruz's 2B lifts M's over Halos

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz's 2B lifts M's over Halos

ANAHEIM -- Lloyd McClendon has said if the Mariners are going to rebound this season, they need their stars to lead the way. And Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz helped pave the path to a 3-1 win Friday over the Angels that got Seattle off on the right foot at the start of a nine-game road swing.

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Trumbo seeks jump-start in return to Angel Stadium

Trumbo seeks jump-start in return to Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo acknowledges that getting traded by the D-backs in midseason has been one of the bigger challenges in his baseball career, adjusting to a new Mariners club and settling into a new city and surroundings on the fly.

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Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start

Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start

ANAHEIM -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said reports on right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma's rehab start Thursday were that the 34-year-old pitched "OK" and he'll make another start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday against Las Vegas at Cheney Stadium before a decision is made on his possible return to Seattle.

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Can Edgar unlock Mariners' offense?

New hitting coach has plenty of experience to draw from as legendary DH

Can Edgar unlock Mariners' offense?

SEATTLE -- With Edgar Martinez taking over as the man mentoring Mariners batters this season, the age-old baseball question looms large once again. How much impact can a hitting coach have on Major League players?

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Mariners duo Diaz, Marte set for Futures Game

Right-hander, shortstop each named to World Team for prospect showcase

Mariners duo Diaz, Marte set for Futures Game

SEATTLE -- Right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz and shortstop Ketel Marte, two of the Mariners' top prospects, were named Thursday to compete in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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