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Throwaway game for M’s

DENVER – The dual Seattle story lines that started the game – Brandon Morrow’s first start, and Ken Griffey Jr.’s first left-field appearance of the year – were distant memories …


Halladay day-to-day

Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay won’t pitch again until at least next Saturday because of a mild groin strain. Halladay (10-1), who leads the majors in wins and innings …


Ackley difficult to categorize

Here’s a partial list of left-handed hitters to whom Dustin Ackley, the Great New Mariner Hope, has been compared by various scouts, coaches and analysts: Johnny Damon. Chase Utley. Darin …


Baseball notebook: Rangers sign El Duque

El Duque will try to make a comeback with the Texas Rangers. Orlando Hernandez, who has been part of four World Series championship teams, agreed to a minor league contract …


Branyan blast bolsters M’s

BALTIMORE – A rocket shot launched some 450 feet deep into the center-field bleachers by Russell Branyan put the exclamation point on what really was two games played here in …


M’s duo delivers

BALTIMORE – Felix Hernandez turned in another solid outing on the mound and Jose Lopez picked up right where he left off at the plate. It added up to a …


Baseball notebook: No. 1 tag not intimidating

Relaxation is on Stephen Strasburg’s agenda for the summer. History, apparently, is not. Asked about the spotty success rate of No. 1 draft picks over the years, the latest to …


Way leads the way in draft

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Washington State University pitcher Matt Way in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Wednesday, highlighting a second day of draft …


Position players focus of Mariners

SEATTLE – Dustin Ackley said he patterns himself after Pete Rose – the player, not the man. “The hustle part,” said Ackley, whom the Seattle Mariners selected Tuesday with the …


Baseball notebook: Schoeneweis comes back

Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned Tuesday to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ active roster, 21 days after the death of his wife. The club reinstated the lefty reliever from the restricted list and …


M’s fall on road

BALTIMORE – An unfavorable replay call wasn’t enough to ruin a significant night in the Baltimore Orioles’ youth movement. Brad Bergesen pitched eight innings of five-hit ball, Nolan Reimold homered …


Baseball notebook: Washington earns boost

The Texas Rangers are sticking with manager Ron Washington, at least through 2010. “This was an easy decision,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement Monday announcing the …


Expect draft surprises

NEW YORK – With his 100 mph fastball, Stephen Strasburg has all but eliminated any mystery about which player will be picked first by the Washington Nationals in the baseball …


M’s feel pressure of No. 2 pick

SEATTLE – Forget the Mariners’ fast start in April, and their current push back to .500 in this promising season. The biggest event yet for Seattle’s new regime comes today, …


Baseball notebook: GM explains McLouth deal

Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wrote an open letter to the team’s fans explaining the decision to trade center fielder Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves wasn’t financially motivated. …


Bullpen steps up as M’s edge Twins

SEATTLE – Sean White arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning realizing he’d have a little more important role in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen against the Minnesota Twins. Closer David Aardsma …


Big Unit wins No. 300

WASHINGTON — Randy Johnson had to wait a while for his shot at 300 wins. The crowd was small, and the weather was wet. His performance, however, was more than …


M’s overcome O’s

SEATTLE – Adrian Beltre finally seems to have his two-strike, swing-at-anything dilemma figured out. Now he’s has the postgame pigpile to avoid. Beltre put his early-season hitting struggles behind him …


Baseball notebook: Longoria laps Rodriguez

Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria leads all American League players in fan voting for All-Star spots, more than doubling the total of perennial starter Alex Rodriguez. Longoria had received …


Lineup change lifts M’s

SEATTLE – Another tweak near the top of the batting order produced something completely different Tuesday night for the Seattle Mariners. The middle of the lineup delivered a victory.


M’s bats can’t help Washburn

SEATTLE – Once upon a time, even Jarrod Washburn got a meaningful hit off Rich Hill. That was two years ago during an interleague game against the Cubs at Wrigley …


Baseball notebook: Money issues in New York

New York Yankees officials say it would cost taxpayers more than $5 million if the team is forced to provide internal records sought by lawmakers looking into public financing of …


Callers applaud Moyer

SAN DIEGO – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan were among those who called Jamie Moyer to congratulate the 46-year-old Phillies lefty for winning his 250th …


Baseball notebook: Moyer wins 250th game

Jamie Moyer reached a rare mark for a pitcher, becoming the 44th to win 250 games. The veteran Phillies left-hander would have been just as happy if it was his …


Down 7, Angels rally to topple M’s

ANAHEIM, Calif. — A fitting end to a dismal month of May proved crushing for a Mariners team that looked to have turned a corner. Instead, it suffered its most …


Baseball notebook: Zambrano suspended

Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, a day after his tirade during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Zambrano said he …


Jakubauskas heads home

FULLERTON, Calif. – It wasn’t so long ago that Dillon Bryant refused to even think about making it big on a baseball field. He was more worried about sticking with …


M’s give A’s the slip

OAKLAND, Calif. – Manager Don Wakamatsu is finally seeing his Seattle Mariners do the little things at the plate: working the count, making adjustments, taking consistent swings. It was a …


Baseball notebook: Schoeneweis visits team

Grieving Arizona pitcher Scott Schoeneweis visited Chase Field on Wednesday for the first time since the death last week of his wife, Gabrielle. Schoeneweis played catch and lifted weights before …


Ramirez not out of running

NEW YORK – Jason Rosenberg was heading home and listening to satellite radio when he heard that Manny Ramirez was fourth among National League outfielders in initial All-Star voting. By …