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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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


Seattle pitchers deliver

MINNEAPOLIS – Less than 42 hours had passed since Brandon Morrow’s disastrous first outing of the season. If walking three straight to eventually set up Alexi Casilla’s winning hit on …


Washburn out-duels Perkins in Mariners’ win

Jarrod Washburn gave up five hits in eight innings and Brandon Morrow got his first save of the season to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Thursday.


Morrow’s collapse lets Twins rally

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins finally got their offense going in the ninth inning – with a big assist from Seattle closer Brandon Morrow. Alexi Casilla’s two-run single capped Minnesota’s …


M’s subdue Twins, douse skipper

MINNEAPOLIS – The cheers and laughs were loud in Seattle’s clubhouse, and manager Don Wakamatsu was doused in beer. The Mariners started this season with plenty to celebrate. Ken Griffey …


M’s, Sweeney make great match

If there’s a team that needs a player like Mike Sweeney, it’s the Seattle Mariners. And if there’s a player who needs a team like the Mariners, it’s Sweeney.


Mariners’ Suzuki has bleeding ulcer

The Seattle Mariners have placed star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on the 15-day disabled list because of a bleeding ulcer.


M’s relievers Morrow, Lowe share diabetic battles

PEORIA, Ariz. – The only thing Mark Lowe knew about diabetes, he learned on the bullpen bench from fellow Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Brandon Morrow. “All I knew was what …


Finding that right mix

PEORIA, Ariz. — Franklin Gutierrez was standing in center field when it quickly set in on him. Ken Griffey Jr. was next to him in left. Ichiro Suzuki was on …


M’s hope to get noticed

PEORIA, Ariz. – One of the goals that Don Wakamatsu set for his staff this spring was to dramatically change the Seattle Mariners – on the field and in the …


Ichiro says remarks silly

PEORIA, Ariz. – Ichiro Suzuki didn’t want to spend time talking about jealous teammates, a divisive clubhouse or record flops from a year ago. To him, it’s all just “silly.”


Griffey becomes comfortable at plate

Ken Griffey Jr. is still trying to get comfortable playing left field for the Seattle Mariners. At the plate, baseball’s active home run leader looks just fine. Griffey doubled twice …


Hernandez set for spring debut for Mariners

Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez will make his Cactus League debut Thursday against Kansas City. Hernandez hasn’t pitched in a game since he helped Venezuela beat Puerto Rico 2-0 on March …


Griffey struggles in left

PEORIA, Ariz. – All eyes were on two pairs of legs Saturday at Peoria Stadium, and we’re not talking about sunbathers on the berm. Mike Sweeney seems to have answered …


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 …


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.


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 …


Zito, Giants hand M’s a loss

PEORIA, Ariz. — Barry Zito looked like his old self in his first spring outing. Carlos Silva’s two innings also were familiar, in a much different way.


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 …


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.