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Once hailed as the franchise savior, Ackley returns on the bottom rung of the clubhouse hierarchy – a non-roster invitee with almost no chance to make the roster. Ackley’s initial chance, if it comes, almost certainly would occur with Class AAA Tacoma.
The Los Angeles Angels have signed first baseman Dustin Ackley to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. The Angels announced the deal Saturday with Ackley, who was released by the New York Yankees in November. Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft by AL West rival Seattle. He spent parts of five seasons with the Mariners before they traded him to the Yankees in late July 2015.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The New York Yankees acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday. New York sent right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners in the deal completed a day before the non-waiver trade deadline.
The New York Yankees acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday.
MESA, Ariz. – His job title may have changed. But Dustin Ackley keeps all of the tools of his trade handy just in case. When Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told Ackley the other day that the team might use him some at first base and asked if he’d be ready, Ackley had a quick response.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Robinson Cano’s two-run double highlighted a three-run fifth inning Thursday night that carried the Mariners to a 5-2 victory over Cleveland at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Taijuan Walker turned in four more scoreless innings in his bid to win a spot in the rotation. He walked two and gave up two hits while striking out five. He has 12 scoreless innings in his four spring starts.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Dustin Ackley and his 7-months- pregnant wife were about an hour from stop No. 2 in their cross-country trek from Michigan to Arizona for the start of spring training when her water broke outside Oklahoma City. The Seattle Mariners’ left fielder also had two dogs in tow, so the couple acted quickly to figure out the best plan. It was approaching midnight on Feb. 18. Ultimately, Ackley dropped Justine at the hospital and he stayed with their pups. When she called about 7 a.m. the next morning, he returned to the hospital with little time to spare.
Dustin Ackley and his 7-months- pregnant wife were about an hour from stop No. 2 in their cross-country trek from Michigan to Arizona for the start of spring training when her water broke outside Oklahoma City.
Dustin Ackley delivered one of his best performances of the season Sunday at a time when the Mariners desperately needed the boost.
The Mariners have scored in only two innings the past two days, and that’s still been enough to beat slumping Boston.
BALTIMORE – This is how it’s supposed to work when everything is right: The hitters at the top of the lineup reaching base and the hitters in the middle of the order driving them in. It hasn’t happened often for the Mariners this season, and certainly not since the All-Star break. But on Saturday night at Camden Yards it all came together in a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
The Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals for the second straight game by conjuring ninth-inning magic. This time, it was Dustin Ackley who delivered the winner in a 2-1 victory.
Dustin Ackley drove in three runs, Roenis Elias won his second consecutive start, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Saturday.
SEATTLE – John Buck was ready to explode, ready to let first-base umpire Lance Barksdale have it, and as a result, ready to ruin Mike Zunino’s day off. But before Buck could put an end to Zunino’s “spa day,” as Seattle’s backup catcher put it, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was out of the dugout and on his way to a quick ejection.
Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam, Michael Saunders homered twice and the Mariners roughed up Cy Young knuckleballer R.A Dickey, beating the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Saturday for their sixth win in seven games.
PEORIA, Ariz. – For Dustin Ackley, this is brand-new territory. He has always been the prodigy, the hitting machine. He was the one who routinely caused teammates and opponents alike to marvel at his consistency, his approach, his stroke. Dustin Ackley is used to being the best hitter on his team, not the one flailing to figure out why he can’t get on track, no matter what or how hard he tries.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Consider second base second nature now for Dustin Ackley. It wasn’t that way a year ago, when Ackley was still trying to learn his new position. A first baseman at the University of North Carolina, he was selected No. 2 overall by the Mariners in the 2009 draft. He signed in August that year and was immediately moved to second, where he played a combined 121 games the following season for Double-A West Tennessee and Triple-A Tacoma.
SEATTLE – In the midst of another disappointing Mariners season, Dustin Ackley has been one of the few beacons of light. And hope. Ackley continues to grow in stature by the day, exceeding so far even the most optimistic assessment of his initial impact. While the Mariners play a rotating carousel of youngsters to figure out exactly what they have, I’d say we’ve already found out what they have at second base: a future star, for whom the future has arrived.
SEATTLE – While manager Eric Wedge continues to yearn for a veteran to make a consistently positive impact on the Seattle Mariners’ offense, the reality is that the young players are left to do it. Saturday, two of them were the difference in the Mariners’ 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.