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Baseball notebook: Wright hears boos

Was it only 14 days ago that fans at Citi Field in New York were on their feet cheering David Wright as he became the first player to hit a …


Angels send Washburn to first loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A telling moment in the third inning of Sunday’s series finale let Jarrod Washburn and the Mariners know this wasn’t their day. Washburn, already down by two …


Baseball notebook: Webb out one month

Brandon Webb’s pitching shoulder feels fine – until he pitches. A nagging shoulder strain may sideline Arizona’s ace for another month.


M’s get help from above in beating Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. – This night was clearly going the Seattle Mariners’ way when a guy in the stands who wasn’t even a Seattle fan might have saved them from a …


One Ichiro swing powers M’s

SEATTLE – Ichiro Suzuki hit seven of eight pitches for home runs in batting practice. The show was reminiscent of his prodigious pregame display at the All-Star Game two years …


Baseball notebook: Selig won’t interfere

Bud Selig has noticed those empty seats at the new ballparks in New York, too. Should the Yankees and Mets lower their tickets prices? The commissioner said that’s up to …


Mariners notes: Burke bumbles at first base

Backup catcher Jamie Burke was hardly prepared for what Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu threw at him two hours before Thursday’s game. The manager needed Burke to play first base because …


Baseball notebook: Pricey seats sit empty

At the new Yankee Stadium, the best seats in the house have turned out to be the emptiest. The most expensive spots in America’s costliest ballpark have become an embarrassment …


Rays do everything right, M’s don’t

SEATTLE – An ill chill swept through Safeco Field, and it wasn’t just the frigid temperature Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners in every way in …


Mariners notebook: Branyan could be back by weekend

First baseman Russell Branyan’s “day-to-day” back injury has become more of a one-week issue. That’s what the Mariners are hoping. Five days after he injured his lower back running the …


Johnson’s triple backs 3-0 Washburn

SEATTLE – Jarrod Washburn is having fun again. Washburn tossed seven strong innings to continue his surprising start, catcher Rob Johnson had a two-run triple and the Seattle Mariners beat …


Baseball notebook: Doumit out with injury

Pittsburgh catcher Ryan Doumit, a native of Moses Lake, needs an operation to repair a broken bone in his right wrist and will be out for at least eight to …


Heart of M’s order comes up short in loss to Tigers

SEATTLE – All teams – even these Punch-and-Judy Seattle Mariners – need a big bop every now and then. Lately, the Mariners haven’t gotten enough big ball to match their …


Rays first with academy in Brazil

IBIUNA, Brazil – The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping a few Brazilians can handle a bat better than they kick a soccer ball. Convinced that this nation of 190 million …


Baseball notebook: Pitchers progress

Detroit manager Jim Leyland is encouraged with the progress of reliever Joel Zumaya and starters Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman. Speaking before Sunday’s series finale in Seattle, Leyland said that …


Holland gets quick call-up

ARLINGTON, Texas – The promotion of Derek Holland after only one outing at Triple A might have the appearance of a team extending its head start on 2010. But the …


Mariners’ win streak unravels

SEATTLE – Chris Jakubauskas, whose back story could be sold to Hollywood, was breezing in his first major league start, energizing the crowd of 18,528 – 12 more fans than …


Griffey gets his 400th M’s homer; Ichrio hits slam

SEATTLE – Another strong outing by Jarrod Washburn. A rare homer by Endy Chavez. A great piece of clutch relief by rookie Shawn Kelley. An eventful fill-in job by catcher …


Baseball notebook: Kinsler hits for cycle

Ian Kinsler bolted out of the batter’s box as soon as the ball left his bat. He knew he was headed to third base, no matter what. The Texas Rangers …


M’s, Griffey open home slate with win

SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. had only one concern about his first Mariners home game in 10 years. “Don’t trip on the red carpet!”’ the 39-year-old slugger said.


Baseball notebook: Glavine finished?

Tom Glavine may retire if his sore left shoulder doesn’t improve in two weeks. Glavine was told Tuesday he must rest for at least two weeks after inflammation was found …


Blanchette: It’s the little things that count on a big-emotion day

SEATTLE – In the bullpen, Carlos Silva was going through his pregame warmup, doing his best to block out the hubbub of the Opening Day at Safeco Field – the …


Griffey playing it cool

SEATTLE – Others will have to describe their goosebumps today, because that’s not the game Ken Griffey Jr. is playing. The Seattle Mariners will open their home schedule this afternoon …


Commentary: Baseball has lost many to early death

The tragic death of Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning after he had blanked the Oakland Athletics for six innings in his first and last start …


Notebook: Pitchers like Citi Field

On his first visit to Citi Field, New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey was happy to see the high outfield wall and 415-foot sign in deep right-center. He figures the …


Bedard blanks Oakland as M’s win fourth in a row

OAKLAND, Calif. – It was easy for Erik Bedard to keep up his intensity level, locked in an improbable pitching duel with Trevor Cahill. Bedard allowed three hits pitching into …


Baseball reacts to economy

This is what baseball should be. Take the family out to the ballgame, without financial guilt. The Arizona Diamondbacks sell tickets for $5, hot dogs for $1.50, sodas for $1.50. …


Lopez, Johjima deliver as Seattle wins

OAKLAND, Calif. – It didn’t take long for Jose Lopez to find himself in a pressure situation. An inning after entering for injured teammate Wladimir Balentien, Lopez hit a two-run …


Ichiro says he’ll play Wednesday

Ichiro Suzuki missed a final rehab game because of inclement weather. It’s OK because the Seattle Mariners’ star does not plan to miss any more.


Ichiro takes his cuts

Ichiro Suzuki looked like his All-Star self while going 7 for 10 in an extended spring training game at Peoria, Ariz., his first action since a bleeding ulcer sidelined the …