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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 …


Baseball notebook: Bad back for ace Lincecum

San Francisco Giants ace and former Washington Husky Tim Lincecum was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against San Diego due to spasms and inflammation in the lower left …


Angels beat M’s in 10th

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A rejuvenated Mike Sweeney had said right before game time that he isn’t ready to call it a career just yet. Nor was he calling it quits …


Baseball notebook: Brewers turn triple play

The Milwaukee Brewers turned their first triple play in 10 years, pulling it Sunday on a grounder by San Francisco’s Aaron Rowand. With Randy Winn on second and Ryan Garko …


Grand slam lifts A’s over M’s

OAKLAND, Calif. – Scott Hairston took advantage of a second chance. Ichiro Suzuki took advantage of the second pitch. Ichiro’s 2,000th hit was overshadowed by the go-ahead grand slam Hairston …


Baseball notebook: Marlins clear air after spat

Hanley Ramirez was out of the Florida Marlins’ starting lineup with a tight left hamstring for the second straight game against Atlanta on Thursday, a day after teammate Dan Uggla …


M’s prop up Snell

OAKLAND, Calif. – Manager Don Wakamatsu stuck with Ian Snell even though the Seattle pitcher struggled to throw a strike or find a groove as his pitch count climbed. The …


Baseball notebook: Jones’ season likely over

Adam Jones’ breakthrough season with Baltimore could be over. A fluke injury has left the All-Star center fielder on crutches with a severe left ankle sprain. The initial prognosis is …


M’s outshine Angels

SEATTLE – Three days ago, when winning two of three games from the Los Angeles Angels seemed like a remote possibility for the Seattle Mariners after a 10-run loss, manager …


Baseball notebook: Boone back with Astros

Aaron Boone returned to the major leagues Tuesday, rejoining the Houston Astros just five months after having open-heart surgery. The 36-year-old third baseman was activated off the disabled list.


Mariner notes: Griffey slowed by ailing knee

Ken Griffey Jr. is having an MRI and visiting a doctor to find out why his surgically repaired knee still hurts. Manager Don Wakamatsu said before Tuesday’s game against the …


Mariners make most of few runs

SEATTLE – Two runs seemed like a dozen, given what the Seattle Mariners had experienced since they last experienced the joy of crossing home plate. To turn those two into …


Baseball notebook: Good seats still available

Shhh! A tiny crowd finally cheered when Darnell McDonald scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a …


Mariners running out of time

If the Mariners still harbored secret hopes of re-emerging as a factor in the A.L. West race, they were rudely rebuffed Monday. The Los Angeles Angels, unleashing a savage offense …


Baseball notebook: Big Unit says he’ll be back

Randy Johnson believes he will pitch again this season for San Francisco, albeit as a reliever. The 45-year-old Big Unit is on the 60-day disabled list and has been sidelined …


Greinke puts on clinic to beat M’s

SEATTLE – Part 2 of Cy Young Weekend appeared at Safeco Field on Sunday, and Zack Greinke made the Seattle Mariners wonder just how many games he’d win if he …


Baseball notebook: Gonzo retires after 18 years

A tearful Luis Gonzalez announced his retirement as a player in Phoenix and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant in the front office. “Obviously, when you’re a professional …


Patchwork M’s deliver

SEATTLE – An example of how money doesn’t always buy happiness could be found on the glum faces of the team getting blown out by the Mariners in the fourth …


Baseball notebook: Angels trade for Kazmir

Scott Kazmir was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, giving the A.L. West leaders a major boost to their unsteady rotation. The …


Royals go deep, blast Mariners

Even the host of “Inside Edition” was going to have a tough time selling her seen-everything audience on this one. None other than tabloid TV anchor Deborah Norville threw out …


Baseball notebook: Court condemns seizure of drug list

A federal appeals court sided with the baseball players’ union Wednesday, ruling federal agents were wrong to seize the infamous drug list and samples of 104 Major League Baseball players …


Mariners finish off sweep of A’s

SEATTLE – Jose Lopez homered, newly acquired Bill Hall drove in two runs and Luke French won his third game in four decisions since joining the Mariners in Seattle’s 5-3 …


Baseball notebook: Dizzy spells halt Morneau

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau missed his third straight game Thursday and returned to Minnesota to be examined by a specialist for an inner ear infection. Morneau has experienced dizziness …


Baseball notebook: St. Louis signs Smoltz

John Smoltz agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, giving the 42-year-old former ace a chance to rejuvenate his career in the middle of a pennant …


Ichiro’s homer supports recently acquired Snell

DETROIT – Ian Snell knew he had more to offer the Seattle Mariners. Wednesday night, he showed it.


Baseball notebook: Pudge comes back to Texas

Fourteen-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez who started his career with the Texas Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher …


Hernandez’s night spoiled

DETROIT – When an eternally long eighth inning first began, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was feeling pretty good about his chances. After all, he’d watched his team’s 175-pound, emergency shortstop, …


Baseball notebook: Mets’ Wright feeling better

The most frightening moment for David Wright came an instant before he got hit in the head. It was the moment he braced for impact, knowing he had no time …


Temps, tempers rising

Check the baseball highlights lately and it’s hard to tell whether you’re watching MLB or WWE. Kevin Youkilis charges the mound, chucks his helmet and tackles a pitcher. Prince Fielder …