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UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners face challenge in how to part with Ichiro, Felix Hernandez

Much about the start to this Mariners season is a bit off kilter. But that stands to reason, I suppose, in a year of such seismic change and philosophical recalibration.

UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Seattle Mariners season preview capsule: What to keep an eye on in rebuilding year

There will be as much attention on what is happening in the minors as what is happening with the major league club.

AP source: Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter …

Clint Roig’s family earns unique opportunity to retrace his baseball days in Japan

Clint Roig was an eager listener whenever his grandfather Tony wanted to share one of the many stories related to his baseball career.

UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Ichiro Suzuki, Yusei Kikuchi face massive media frenzy in first appearance of Mariners’ Japan trip

The two players and their manager walked through the underground tunnel that took them from the basement of the Tokyo Dome to the banquet room floor of the Tokyo Dome …

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners arrive in Tokyo, a sure sign baseball only days away

Ichiro wore a gray-and-black hat and slipped quickly through the arrival gate at Haneda Airport.

UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Yusei Kikuchi’s dream of playing in majors now a reality with Seattle Mariners

Yusei Kikuchi’s goal was always to pitch in the major leagues. The dream is now the reality for the newest starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. But in a twist, …

UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity

Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season …

Mariners’ Kyle Seager needs surgery on left hand, out for April

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needs surgery on his left hand and will be out at least through April.

UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

AP source: Adam Jones, Arizona Diamondbacks agree to $3M, 1-year deal

Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

King Felix upset by opening-day decision, but not surprised

Felix Hernandez doesn’t think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even by pitching well this spring.

Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102

Julia Ruth Stevens, a last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a champion of his legacy, has died at age 102

Trevor Rosenthal brings closer mentality to back of Nationals ’pen

Opponents who get past the three aces at the top of Washington’s rotation – Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin – will still have to navigate a trio of …

Giants’ Buster Posey catching more in spring than expected

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey played in his fifth spring training game and made his fourth start behind the plate. Told that it seems as if Posey is catching …

Lonnie Chisenhall ready to move around the field for the Pirates

Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary while Gregory Polanco recovers from shoulder surgery. Chisenhall is willing to serve in a …

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Mariners announce Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi will start two games vs. Oakland in Japan

Former Gonzaga standout will earn his first start on opening day.

Masahiro Tanaka to start Yankees’ regular season opener vs Orioles

Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees’ opening day starter March 28 against Baltimore. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the decision before a spring training game with the Orioles. …

Mariners’ Kyle Seager to see hand specialist after rolling wrist

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will see a hand specialist after rolling his left wrist during a spring training game. Seager was pulled Friday night after jamming his glove …

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

AP source: Royals sign Martin Maldonado to $2.5M deal for 2019

A person familiar with the deal says the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Martin Maldonado. That gives them a veteran catcher after losing …

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Bryce Harper walks twice in Phils debut, draws cheers and 4-man OF

Bryce Harper drew big cheers, a pair of walks and an unusual defense in his spring training debut for the Philadelphia Phillies. Both times the slugger with the biggest contract …

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Indians to count on strong starting pitching again in 2019

With the March 28 opener quickly approaching, Indians manager Terry Francona still hasn’t announced who will start Cleveland’s first game or how he’ll line up his rotation for early in …

UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 5 p.m.

Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 28 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground …

UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

Aaron Judge, Albert Pujols among spring training standouts

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out nine over four scoreless innings in his most recent start, including seven in a row

UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Mariners can’t wait to see reaction for Ichiro Suzuki in Japan

The Seattle Mariners are about to experience firsthand what Ichiro Suzuki means to his home country. Suzuki’s return to Japan is one of the big attractions as Seattle and Oakland …

UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Infusion of young talent makes the late innings of Cactus League games a must watch for the Mariners

The Mariners’ “step back” resulted in several prospects arriving in Peoria, Arizona, who breathed life into a low-ranked minor league system.

Dodgers haven’t ruled out Clayton Kershaw for opening day yet

Clayton Kershaw has not yet been ruled out for opening day by the Los Angeles Dodgers despite all the time he’s missed at spring training with a sore left shoulder. …

Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang having a strong spring despite long layoff

The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million, one-year contract in November as a free agent. Kang missed the …

Rob Manfred: Slow free agent market is ‘distributional problem’

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s not collusion that has slowed the free agent market but just a question of how salaries are distributed among the players. Manfred says owners …

MLB ’19: College draft picks on rapid rise to big leagues

The Giants’ Joey Bart already looks like a big leaguer in his first camp. The same with Nick Madrigal of the White Sox and the four college pitchers the Royals …

Clay Buchholz joins Blue Jays after another uncertain offseason

Clay Buchholz has resurfaced with the Toronto Blue Jays after another offseason of uncertainty. The 34-year-old right-hander has pitched brilliantly at times in his career. But he has also dealt …