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Norman Chad: It’s time to root against Yankees

Like many non-New Yorkers, I root against the Yankees. It’s been a losing proposition in recent years – last season was the first time they missed the playoffs since the …


Sports in brief: Griffey collects bonuses

Baseball: Ken Griffey Jr. will collect $3.15 million of a potential $5 million for returning to the Seattle Mariners. The 39-year-old slugger earned an additional $1.15 million in bonuses tied …


Griffey’s future uncertain as M’s finish season

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr., the man who carried the spirit of a resurgent Seattle Mariners team that won its 85th game Sunday, rode the shoulders of his teammates on …


Baseball wrap-up: Tigers, Twins to tangle Tuesday

The chase for the A.L. Central championship is going to extra innings.


Mortensen rejoins A’s after night in jail

OAKLAND, Calif. – Athletics pitcher Clay Mortensen rejoined the team Sunday after spending the night in jail following his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Mortensen, …


M’s Fister silences A’s

SEATTLE – Mike Sweeney followed a two-out error with a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Thursday night. Doug Fister …


Rockies reach playoffs

DENVER – It’s a Rocktober redux for the Colorado Rockies, who are back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. “It stings,” Troy Tulowitzki said as he squinted away the …


Morrow hurls gem

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run homer and Brandon Morrow allowed one hit over eight impressive innings, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 7-0 victory over the Oakland …


Griffey warms up chilly night

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. started what might be his final homestand with career homer No. 628, and Felix Hernandez added another strong effort to his A.L. Cy Young Award …


Baseball notebook: Red Sox take A.L. wild card

The Boston Red Sox are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. The Red Sox clinched the A.L. wild-card berth when the Los Angeles Angels beat …


Sports in brief: Blowers’ ‘Pick to Click’ on target

Baseball: There are predictions and then there is the one made by Mike Blowers. Before the Seattle Mariners game at Toronto on Sunday Blowers, part of the M’s broadcasting crew, …


Baseball notebook: Back spasms bench Beckett

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was scratched from Monday night’s scheduled start because of back spasms. “He’s been feeling it. This time of year, guys feel it a lot,” Boston …


Lind beats M’s again

TORONTO – The Seattle Mariners have recorded a major league-high 33 one-run victories this year. As the season draws to an end, they’re starting to pile up one-run losses, too. …


M’s Hernandez baffles Blue Jays

TORONTO – If Felix Hernandez had a Cy Young vote, he’d cast it for Kansas City’s Zack Greinke. The batters who faced Hernandez on Thursday night might find it difficult …


Rays unload on M’s Lowe

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – B.J. Upton had three RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth, to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Wednesday …


Baseball notebook: Clemens case still not over

Roger Clemens filed a notice Friday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decisions of U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who threw out most of …


Baseball notebook: Cooper can’t finish season

The Houston Astros fired manager Cecil Cooper on Monday with 13 games remaining in another disappointing season. Third-base coach Dave Clark was named interim manager. The Astros were 70-79 heading …


Sandberg has major goal

CHICAGO – Hall of Famers don’t ride buses. They don’t carry their own bags and they don’t look forward to postgame meals from restaurants like Shoney’s and Arby’s. They don’t …


Cubs’ Bradley suspended

The Chicago Cubs suspended volatile outfielder Milton Bradley for the rest of the season Sunday, one day after he criticized the team in a newspaper interview. Bradley was disciplined for …


Griffey turns back clock

SEATTLE – If these are indeed the waning days of Ken Griffey Jr. in a Mariners uniform, he’s not saying. No matter how many times, or ways, he’s asked. “I …


Baseball notebook: MLB suspends two brawlers

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson both were suspended for three games and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing …


Rowland-Smith makes his pitch

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners need a consistent No. 2 starter behind ace Felix Hernandez. So far, it looks like Ryan Rowland-Smith might be up for the role. The Australian …


Baseball notebook: Yanks, Jays duke it out

Jorge Posada and Toronto reliever Jesse Carlson got into a fight near home plate, leading to a frenzied, bench-clearing brawl between the Yankees and Blue Jays in the eighth inning …


Sox pummel M’s bullpen

SEATTLE – The Mariners honored Ichiro on Tuesday night for his historic milestones, got career homer No. 626 from Ken Griffey Jr. in the second inning, and received a strong …


Ichiro gets 200th to surpass Keeler

ARLINGTON, Texas — The one thing Ichiro and the guy whose record he just toppled had in common was proving that size didn’t matter. Wee Willie Keeler stood somewhere between …


Yanks’ Jeter stands alone

Derek Jeter broke the New York Yankees’ hit record held by Lou Gehrig for more than seven decades Friday night. He did it with a single to right field in …


Baseball notebook: Lidge’s role still in doubt

Brad Lidge and Charlie Manuel had a meeting to discuss the struggling closer’s role with the Philadelphia Phillies. Lidge and Manuel spoke after Wednesday night’s game against Washington. The following …


Angels sweep anemic Seattle

ANAHEIM, Calif. – At least the Mariners can say they did not go down without a fight. But they did go down without an offense in this series, a 3-0 …


Baseball notebook: Ripken rip-off ends

As if things weren’t bad enough for the Orioles, who just clinched their 12th consecutive losing season: On Wednesday, a temporary fence and police tape surrounded the spot that had …


Mariners bullpen rests in loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. – At least Ian Snell was able to keep the Mariners from hitting the panic button for another 24 hours. Things are dire indeed in Seattle’s bullpen, leading …