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Griffey takes rare spot in left

Ken Griffey Jr. played four innings in left field Thursday night, then tried to keep a poker face around reporters who wanted to know how strange it must have felt. …


Seattle no closer to a closer

PEORIA, Ariz. – Three weeks into spring training, Seattle rookie manager Don Wakamatsu still doesn’t know who his closing pitcher will be. None of the candidates for the job has …


Johnson believes 300 wins could be just the start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Early in the morning, before another practice was beginning Randy Johnson, more relaxed than I’ve seen him in the 20 years I’ve known him, was waxing nostalgic. …


Meche feels fine vs. M’s

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Gil Meche’s back feels better, which is great news for the Kansas City Royals. Meche threw 55 pitches Wednesday and Kansas City beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 …


M’s Kelley traded politics for pitching

PEORIA, Ariz. – On his way to becoming a pitching prospect who has the Seattle Mariners drooling at what they might have, Shawn Kelley once had a different plan. Politics.


Evidence against Clemens continues to mount

Federal authorities have found performance-enhancing substances on the materials Brian McNamee said he used to inject Roger Clemens, the New York Times reported Tuesday. McNamee turned over the syringes, vials …


Once again, Yankees trying to buy pennant

Somewhat forgotten in the recent Alex-Rodriguez-was-just-a- young-naïve-and-stupid-kid- dipping-an-experimental-toe-into- unknown-Dominican-pharmaceuti- cal-waters-with-his-caring-older- cousin saga is the simple fact the New York Yankees remain, well, the easiest team to root against in all …


Sore Morrow will miss next start for Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle right-hander Brandon Morrow will miss his next start after complaining of stiffness in his pitching forearm. “It’s just a little sore around the flexor bundle,” Morrow …


Griffey, Hansen go way back

PEORIA, Ariz. – Ask Ken Griffey Jr. what he remembers about Roger Hansen from their summer together in 1988, and he answers with a question. “Who?”


It’s Junior time for Mariners >>

Now that Ken Griffey Jr.’s swollen knee has calmed down, he is ready to play in his first game for Seattle in a decade. The 39-year-old slugger hit for about …


Rodriguez ‘cooperative’ in interview

Alex Rodriguez had a two-hour meeting with Major League Baseball officials Sunday. How much he told them about steroids is a secret – at least so far. The commissioner’s office …


Messenger takes mound minus pounds

PEORIA, Ariz. – You want will power? You want determination to reach a goal? Look no further than Randy Messenger and his big box of candy.


Hernandez battles bat

PEORIA, Ariz. – Felix Hernandez’s best move in his spring debut was avoiding a broken bat. Seattle’s ace dodged a flying piece of wood on a groundout by Brian Giles …


U.S. ace Peavy steers Padres past M’s

PEORIA, Ariz. – Boy, is Jake Peavy glad the winter is over. The ace of both the Padres and the United States team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic breezed …


Bedard takes big step by facing hitters

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners’ Erik Bedard passed his first brief test in his comeback from shoulder surgery, allowing only a ground-ball single during a scoreless inning in an …


Griffey helps make a point

PEORIA, Ariz. – Don Wakamatsu already has his first managerial “win,” two days before the Mariners’ exhibition games begin. Wakamatsu had made wearing the practice jersey with numbers on the …


Not much spotlight left for Teixeira

TAMPA, Fla. — In any of the 29 other Major League Baseball spring training camps, the arrival of a graceful, powerful switch-hitting first baseman who signed an eight-year, $180-million contract …


Junior hits field

PEORIA, Ariz. – Don Wakamatsu celebrated his 46th birthday Sunday, and before the Seattle Mariners ended their workout, veteran player Mike Sweeney asked everyone to gather around their manager near …


Griffey lifts M’s spirits

PEORIA, Ariz. – The energy in the Seattle Mariners’ spring training clubhouse was just as obvious as the No. 24 jersey that hung in the locker labeled “Griffey.” Ken Griffey …


My, oh my! Junior’s back with M’s

PEORIA, Ariz. – Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to return to the Mariners. “He’s coming home. … I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatic we are. He is, too,” …


Jeter speaks out about Rodriguez’s steroid use

A day after Alex Rodriguez tried to explain his use of performance- enhancing drugs, Derek Jeter responded. “We’re here to support him through it,” the New York Yankees’ captain said …


Report: Griffey to return to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to return to the Seattle Mariners.


Morse hopes for repeat spring performance

PEORIA, Ariz. – Like a struggling golfer trying to remember the one good swing that made the ball go straight, Mike Morse hopes to recapture everything that went so well …


Braves close to signing Griffey

PEORIA, Ariz. – Top Seattle Mariners executives walked out of team headquarters here Tuesday with empty hands and fading hopes. Roughly 2,000 miles away, in Orlando, Fla., onetime Mariners star …


Prosecutors question Pettitte

Federal prosecutors have interviewed New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as they investigate whether his former teammate Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Pettitte could …


New Mariners skipper must neutralize toxic waters

PEORIA, Ariz. – Uh, oh. Ichiro Suzuki is still in Japan. Yet three days into spring training, perceived preferential treatment of the superstar is already an issue with the Seattle …


Winning a priority for Pujols

Fresh from winning his second N.L. MVP award, Albert Pujols is eyeing the future. As in, will St. Louis still be the right fit for him? The Cardinals star said …


Blanchette: Latest Griffey saga is worth a few yucks

The one undeniable positive should Ken Griffey Jr. return to the Seattle Mariners is the way it will pucker the backside of Howard Lincoln. The cult of Junior made the …


Atlanta Braves showing interest in signing Griffey

Still seeking a proven bat for the outfield, the Atlanta Braves say they’re interested in acquiring Ken Griffey Jr. Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday …


Tejada awaits sentence

Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada issued a tearful apology at a news conference in Houston on Wednesday, hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misleading Congress regarding …