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Sloppy Seattle loses to start second half

CLEVELAND – The Seattle Mariners had ended the first half of their season on a roll, brimming with confidence. They started the second half Thursday on a downer, brimming with …


M’s exude confidence heading into second half

SEATTLE – The analysts look at the Seattle Mariners and see a team that overachieved on its way to a 46-42 record. The run differential – 348 scored vs. 366 …


A.L. All-Stars keep N.L. winless for 13th consecutive game

ST. LOUIS – World Series champions change. Stadiums change. Stars of the game change. Baseball’s All-Star game winner is always the same.


Selig: Banned should be just that

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return. Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors …


Stan still the Man

ST. LOUIS — If he’d played in Boston, he would’ve been Ted Williams. In New York, maybe Joe DiMaggio. In Brooklyn, who knows what song they might’ve written about him? …


Prince crowned home run king

ST. LOUIS — Prince Fielder beat the hometown boppers on their own turf. With Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard eliminated early, Fielder won baseball’s Home Run Derby on Monday night …


N.L. looks for turnaround

ST. LOUIS — A lot has changed since baseball’s All-Stars last pulled into the Gateway City. Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey topped the 1966 N.L. batting …


Baseball notebook: Home-field link irks fans

Every time Tony La Russa walks onto a field, it’s serious. So the St. Louis Cardinals manager wants to see a competitive All-Star game. Whether the winner should be rewarded …


M’s hit stride at All-Star break

SEATTLE – Nobody with the Seattle Mariners wants to think about the 2008 season, much less re-live it. But as a matter of perspective, it’s important to look back a …


Three All-Stars added

ST. LOUIS – Trevor Hoffman was supposed to take his sons fishing. Instead, they’re all headed back to the All-Star game. The career saves leader was a late addition to …


Players grateful for break

After the 88th game, the Mariners will rest. A week ago, the Mariners reached the halfway point of the season in Boston. Sunday, they arrived at a more important juncture: …


Blanchette: Whatever M’s are doing, it’s working

SEATTLE – OK, spend. Buy. Do it now. Go get some right-handed power or a No. 4 starter. Mortgage the farm system. Rent a veteran free-agent-to-be. Grab a fistful of …


Baseball notebook: Phillies scout Martinez

Pedro Martinez said his agent is negotiating with the Philadelphia Phillies, trying to get the pitcher back into the major leagues. Martinez said the Phillies have been scouting him in …


Franklin mints victory for Felix, M’s

SEATTLE – On another night of intrigue with the Seattle Mariners, reports about shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt were generating more hits than the M’s themselves against the Texas Rangers. Then Franklin …


Baseball notebook: Morneau dodges derby

There will be a new champion crowned at the home run derby this year. Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau said he has declined an invitation to participate in the popular …


No relief for M’s: Bullpen folds again

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners foiled the Baltimore Orioles once with the bases loaded and nobody out. They couldn’t foil them twice. Three innings after escaping the ultimate jam, the …


Orioles rally for five in ninth to beat Seattle

SEATTLE — The Baltimore Orioles took advantage of two errors by second baseman Jose Lopez and rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 …


Baseball notebook: Toronto ace trade bait?

Roy Halladay wants to keep pitching for Toronto, but is willing to consider accepting a trade if approached by the Blue Jays. “I want to stay, but I think it’s …


Baseball notebook: N.L. names Derby lineup

Former champion Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez will represent the National League in the All-Star home run derby next week. The four sluggers are the N.L.’s …


Washburn one-hits Orioles

SEATTLE — Jarrod Washburn is pitching better than ever in his 12th major league season. Washburn tossed a one-hitter for his ninth career complete game, leading the Seattle Mariners to …


M’s miss out on Fenway sweep

BOSTON — A frustrated Miguel Batista was upset with himself for denying the Mariners a shot at their first series sweep here in 32 years. Batista spoke over and over …


Baseball notebook: Wedge safe for season

Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro put an end to speculation that Indians manager Eric Wedge could be fired before season’s end. “Eric and his staff will be managing and coaching …


Pujols tops All-Star voting

NEW YORK — Albert Pujols will be in a familiar spot when St. Louis hosts the 80th All-Star game. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is headed for a brand new situation. …


Johnson’s 2-run double lifts Mariners to 7-6 win

Rob Johnson doubled home two runs in the 11th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Friday night.


Yanks out-homer M’s in 4-2 victory

NEW YORK – A stiff breeze at this ballpark should have sent a chill down the spine of every Mariners pitcher before the game even began. If not, they sure …


Baseball notebook: Webb aims for return

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb will not have surgery on his ailing pitching shoulder, hoping he can play again this year. Webb made the decision Wednesday after meeting with team …


Baseball notebook: Pirates deal outfielders

The Pittsburgh Pirates, swapping outfielders at a rapid rate for the second successive season, sent starting left fielder Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals in a four-player deal involving outfielder …


Yankees outlast patchwork M’s

NEW YORK – So many things seemed to be conspiring against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night that it was tough to tell what would ultimately do them in. There …


M’s hoping Bedard can face Red Sox

NEW YORK – Erik Bedard is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, and the team hopes he can get up to around 55 or 60 pitches. If that’s the …


Baseball notebook: Manny drops to seventh

Manny Ramirez dropped one spot to seventh place in All-Star voting among N.L. outfielders with four days remaining in balloting for starters. The Los Angeles Dodgers star’s 50-game drug suspension …