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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Robinson Cano returns but Mariners lose James Paxton in 3-2 defeat to Oakland

Mariners ace James Paxton had X-rays on his injured forearm, which came back negative. He was diagnosed with a “left forearm contusion.” Meanwhile, the M’s fell 3-2 against rival Oakland.


Larry Stone: Robinson Cano’s return energizes the Mariners, but they’ll also need to adjust

Robinson Cano’s eagerly-anticipated return from his suspension could spark the Mariners to a playoff push. Or it could mess up their chemistry. It also begs many questions: Where will be …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Analysis: The Mariners are on pace to make the playoffs. But … how?

The Mariners don’t wow you with statistical dominance. Their offense is about average, which was unexpected. Their pitching has been better than average – also unexpected. So how did they …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage

Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games. That initiative is likely to be met by a testy union …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Record 10 homers as American League wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling to start the 10th inning, part of a record 10 long balls …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

King Again: Hernandez starts strong as M’s top Indians 2-1

Felix Hernandez pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners opened the season with a 2-1 …


Shohei Ohtani to make MLB pitching debut Sunday for Angels

Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to make his major league pitching debut Sunday when he starts for the Los Angeles Angels in their fourth game of the season at …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Pitching staff will likely determine the success of Mariners’ season

The Mariners have the longest playoff drought in the four major sports, meaning there is an urgency to finally end the skid. They appear to be an average ballclub at …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Analysis: Poor past decisions could come back to haunt Seattle Mariners this season

As another major-league baseball season draws near, it is past time for Seattle Mariners fans and readers to face some unpleasant facts.


Boston’s Chris Sale will make first postseason start against Houston’s playoff veteran Justin Verlander

Houston manager A.J. Hinch loves that Justin Verlander, his starter for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, has a ton of …


Edwin Encarnacion’s 11th-inning home run lifts Jays over Orioles, into ALDS

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday night’s A.L. wild-card game to advance …


MVP Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez lift A.L. to All-Star win, World Series home field

Eric Hosmer stood in the middle of the field, holding up a trophy. He hopes to do it again with the Kansas City Royals this fall.


A.L. teammates embrace Ortiz after his final All-Star appearance

David Ortiz ended his All-Star Game career with quite a walk off.


MLB Preview: American League East capsules

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MLB: Rolling Texas Rangers are in thick of American League pennant race

The Texas Rangers finally had a good time at home. After struggling so much on their own field this season, the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the A.L. West-leading …


A.L. Wild Card roundup: Royals rout Chris Sale, close within one-half game of Detroit

Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and …


Verlander sends Tigers past A’s in Game 5 gem

OAKLAND, Calif. – With the season on the line once more in Oakland, Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem. Verlander carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and …


Ortiz helps Red Sox swat Rays

BOSTON – John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before. He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout.


Rookie power

OAKLAND, Calif. – A pair of Oakland rookies, one heralded and the other a relative unknown, provided everything the Athletics needed to tie their A.L. division series with Detroit at …


Tigers tame A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. – Max Scherzer overpowered Oakland with his dominant fastball, then baffled the Athletics with his off-speed stuff. Scherzer struck out 11 over seven dominant innings, Miguel Cabrera helped …


Athletics vs. Tigers preview

Season series: Athletics won 4-3. Detroit Tigers (93-69): Detroit won the A.L. Central by one game over Cleveland, but that slim margin was deceiving. The Tigers were in control from …


Red Sox vs. Rays

Season series: Red Sox won 12-7. Tampa Bay Rays (92-71): Evan Longoria is the face of the Rays, but Wil Myers had a huge impact as a rookie. Tampa Bay …


Astros open season with rout of Rangers

HOUSTON – Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League West, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 Sunday in the major league opener and giving …


Yanks beat O’s, advance to ALCS

NEW YORK – Yankees-Orioles. Playoffs. Disputed home run to right field. Yankees win. Sound familiar?


Orioles force deciding game against Yankees

NEW YORK – With midnight approaching, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats awoke for one more improbable rally. Now they have a last shot to finally overtake the New York Yankees.


Tigers ride Justin Verlander back to ALCS

OAKLAND, Calif. – Already an ace and MVP, Justin Verlander proved to be the Detroit Tigers’ ultimate closer, too. Verlander struck out 11 in a four-hitter, pitching Detroit into a …


In command

Al Alburquerque reached out and snagged a sharp grounder to the mound – then planted a little kiss on the ball before tossing it to first. The relieved reliever gave …


Detroit takes series opener over Oakland

DETROIT – Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game – and quickly shrugged it off. This hard-throwing ace doesn’t usually hit his stride until …


M’s can’t hold multiple leads, fall to Indians

CLEVELAND – Seattle Mariners closer Brandon League has been a reliable reliever throughout his nine-year career. When he faces the Cleveland Indians, however, things typically do not end on a …


MLB 2012: Pujols, Fielder power up

Albert Pujols gave the Texas Rangers an October preview of what they can expect 18 times in this season, now that the Los Angeles Angels are shelling out a hefty …