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Mariners batters adopt unique strategy to hassle pitchers

Scott Servais wouldn’t take credit for it. And he wouldn’t share who actually came up with the concept. But when the Mariners manager was asked about his team’s relentless approach at the plate and its ability to torment starting pitchers, he talked about an observation made by someone in the baseball operations department.

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Mitch Haniger HR lifts Mariners over Royals as Whit Merrifield sets KC hit-streak mark

UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Mitch Haniger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Royals 6-5 after Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to a Kansas City-record 31 games. Merrifield’s RBI bunt single in the seventh tied it at 5 and moved him past Hall of Famer George Brett for the Royals mark. Haniger took Brad Boxberger deep, lifting Seattle to 12-2 following an offseason roster overhaul.