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M’s send Beltre off with win

LOS ANGELES — As Adrian Beltre went around the clubhouse Sunday hugging his teammates, he had the same message for each one: “Stay healthy.” Beltre’s mission now, of course, is …


Baseball notebook: Rays reach 100 homers, steals

The Tampa Bay Rays became the fastest team to reach 100 homers and 100 steals by the All-Star break when B.J. Upton homered in the third of inning of Sunday’s …


Tough stretch awaits M’s

SEATTLE – That soft bubble in the schedule the Seattle Mariners took advantage of during the last month to eclipse the .500 mark is done. Now comes the real challenge …


Ichiro drives Mariners to 9-3 win

SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki lined the 29th leadoff homer of his career into the right-field seats and finished a triple short of the cycle, and the Seattle Mariners gave starter …


Baseball notebook: Smoltz gets wake-up call

After reflecting on the three weeks of sleepless nights that followed his shoulder surgery, John Smoltz sounded as if he might be tossing and turning one more time – this …


Painful win for Seattle

SEATTLE – The Mariners added another to their pile of one-run victories Wednesday night but also to their growing list of injured players. On the day third baseman Adrian Beltre …


Baseball notebook: Manny’s silence vow ends quickly

Shortly after arriving in Albuquerque, N.M., Manny Ramirez vowed that he wouldn’t do interviews until his suspension ends. “I ain’t talking today, baby,” he declared. “Write what you want.”


One inning costly for M’s

SEATTLE – It started so routinely between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Mariners pulled their minimalist practice of turning three hits …


Baseball notebook: Fehr sets date to retire

Donald Fehr announced his retirement Monday as head of the baseball players’ association after a quarter-century marked by a strike that canceled the World Series, record salaries and finally 14 …


M’s accept gift win from Diamondbacks

SEATTLE – Those aren’t mirrors the Seattle Mariners have used to move closer to the American League West Division lead, despite the appearance considering the maladies that have hammered the …


Baseball notebook: Matsuzaka to miss start

Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will skip his next turn in the rotation with weakness in his right shoulder, and the Japanese phenom could be headed to the disabled …


M’s climb back to .500

SEATTLE – A patient Jason Vargas waited all night long for his team’s offense to avoid tripping over its shoelaces. The Mariners owned the basepaths for much of Saturday night’s …


In brief: Mariners lose Chavez for year

Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez is done for the season and likely won’t be ready when spring training begins next year following a violent collision that shredded his right …


Padres nip M’s in 10th

SAN DIEGO – The Seattle Mariners were living by one credo against the Padres: Don’t let Adrian Gonzalez beat us. So what happened Thursday at Petco Park? They let Adrian …


Baseball notebook: Martinez plans return

Pedro Martinez could be back on a major league mound soon. The right-hander said on Wednesday that he has had talks with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays and …


M’s keep Padres at bay

SAN DIEGO – For the Seattle Mariners, the J.J. Putz trade is the gift that keeps on giving. On the same day they added Mike Carp – the sixth player …


Mariners’ Hernandez continues recent dominance

SAN DIEGO – When Felix Hernandez had his worst outing of the season in May, Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu had seen enough. Wakamatsu had a heart-to-heart talk with his talented …


Baseball notebook: Times report fingers Sosa

Former slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, the New York Times reported Tuesday on its Web site. The Times, citing lawyers familiar with the case, …


Baseball notebook: Rangers miss Hamilton

That hole in the middle of the Texas lineup is getting harder to ignore, no matter how much the A.L. West-leading Rangers insist they can win without injured slugger Josh …


Baseball notebook: Ordeal has happy ending

Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba felt the fear cut through him. His 11-year-old son was in the hands of kidnappers and he thought the boy was going to die. Torrealba …


Rockies finish sweep of Mariners

DENVER – As the disconsolate Mariners shuffled out of the clubhouse late Sunday afternoon, it was as if all their pre-existing momentum had been lifted up by one of the …


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 …