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Mariners cut ties with left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski

Marc Rzepczynski had one job to do as a member of the Mariners’ bullpen – get out left-handed hitters. It was a small, but definable role and the reason he was signed to a two-year, $11 million contract before the 2017 season.

Grip on Sports: Hisashi Iwakuma’s return could define M’s

Wednesday: In a week or two, Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list. The M’s will have to find the right-handed pitcher a spot on the roster and in the rotation. Who they decide to part with when that happens will tell us a lot about the future of this team.  Why am I worried about this?  Over the years you could almost always count on the Mariners to make the most inexpensive decision, not necessarily the best one. It’s been a hallmark of the administration.

Astros rock Elias in 13-0 rout of M’s

Seattle starter Roenis Elias struggled and Seattle’s hitters didn’t fare any better to send the Mariners to their most lopsided loss of the season, 13-0 to the Houston Astros on Sunday.

M’s still can’t surpass .500

Climbing above .500 remains an elusive goal for the Mariners after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Cleveland again kept them from doing so. The M’s, now 24-25, haven’t boasted a winning record since winning their season opener behind Felix Hernandez. They lost their next three games.

Roenis Elias in top form, but Mariners still have to hold on for victory over Orioles

BALTIMORE – This is how it is these days for the Seattle Mariners. Nothing comes easy. They were four outs away from a notably clean victory Wednesday night with a four-run lead and nobody on base. And, still, they were holding on at the end before Fernando Rodney performed his latest escape act while closing out a 4-2 victory for Roenis Elias over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Mariners hitless in run-scoring situations in losing to Twins

SEATTLE – Roenis Elias pitched well enough to help the Mariners win on Sunday, throwing far better in his 2015 big-league debut than he had in spring training, or in his first three starts this season at Triple-A Tacoma. And, unlike the self-inflicted failure that led to Saturday night’s loss, the Mariners made it through this entire game without committing an error. That rates as news for a team that had already committed 14 through its first 17 games.

Elias odd man out

PEORIA, Ariz. – So lefty Roenis Elias looks like the odd-man out in the Mariners’ spring game of rotation roulette. After a promising rookie season, Elias figures to open this season at Triple-A Tacoma. Right-hander Taijuan Walker certainly earned his spot in the five-man unit by pitching 18 scoreless innings in his five spring starts. He allowed just six hits while striking out 19 and walking four.

Elias has plans to pay visit to Cuba

PEORIA, Ariz. –  The thawing relations between the United States and Cuba already has Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias, a 2010 defector, planning a trip back to his homeland to visit his family. “I’ve got a visa,” he said. “I’m looking to go down there to visit family at the end of December. That’s going to be big to be able to see my father and my grandmother.

Cano knocks in 4 as M’s win

ARLINGTON, Texas – Robinson Cano is no stranger to playing in September games that matter. Cano is having quite an impact in his first stretch run with wild card-contending Seattle, with his first four-RBI game for the Mariners putting them up big early on the way to a 10-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Mariners edge Royals for sweep

The Mariners defeated Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday to complete their first three-game sweep since beating Oakland the first week of May.