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UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 8-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles

Wearing the uniforms of the one-and-done 1969 Seattle Pilots, the Mariners suffered an 8-4 defeat Saturday afternoon to the Baltimore Orioles, who had dropped 10 in a row.


Paul Newberry: Baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast

As the Tampa Bay Rays look into the idea of playing games north of the border, it’s clear that baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

John Blanchette: Despite their collegiate accomplishments, the toughest challenges still await this bunch of Bulldogs

Both players, Hachimura in particular, will have to endure the modern blather that suggests that any first-rounder who falls short of All-Pro status is somehow a bust.


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

Wade LeBlanc pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Michelle Kaufman: Never a doubt U.S. women would keep foot on gas in grudge match against Sweden

Sandbagging? The U.S. Women’s World Cup team? No way.


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals

Domingo Santana hit two home runs with five RBIs and former Gonzaga standout Marco Gonzales pitched 6 2/3 strong innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals …


Doug Ferguson: Score not the measure of when U.S. Open is a good test

The leaderboard next to the 18th green at the U.S. Open again was filled with red numbers under par. The only difference was the scenery.


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Oh, Babe, imagine Daniel Vogelbach in the home run derby

Ever imagine what it would be like to have Babe Ruth participate in the home run derby?


Tim Dahlberg: Time to appreciate Brooks Koepka as he chases Open history

Brooks Koepka is chasing history, and no one seems to care. Three U.S. Opens in a row. Five wins in the last nine majors. What time does Tiger Woods tee …


John Blanchette: Firing Don Verlin puts Idaho in contention as college basketball’s No. 1 laughing stock

This may be Idaho doing the most Idaho thing ever. So far.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 9-2 victory against the Oakland Athletics

Marco Gonzales pitched seven strong innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Oakland Athletics 9-2 Friday night.


Tim Dahlberg: Tiger Woods struggles to recapture magic at Pebble Beach

There wasn’t much memorable about a second round Friday in the U.S. Open that left Tiger Woods fuming about missed opportunities.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks wrap up minicamp happy as clams, with none of the soap opera drama of 2018

“Let’s talk kickers,” gushed Pete Carroll, beginning his final press briefing of the Seahawks offseason on Thursday with unabashed enthusiasm over a mundane topic.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies

The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight.


Tim Dahlberg: Rickie Fowler brings game along with mullet to U.S. Open

Someone wanted to know about Rickie Fowler’s haircut, not the kind of question you usually get after taking a share of the lead in the U.S. Open. The mullet was …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off the alliterative duo of Brandon Brennan and Austin Adams to rally past Seattle 6-5 Tuesday night.


Doug Ferguson: U.S. Open should be a tough test with no whining

Complaints are normal at the U.S. Open, and some of them are valid because mistakes are made. But it’s starting to sound like whining.


Tim Dahlberg: A lot to smile about as Tiger Woods returns to Pebble

Tiger Woods is 44 now, balding and with the usual aches and pains that go along with age and the wear and tear of swinging a golf club. That he’s …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Dave Hyde: Kevin Durant’s injury is all pain, no gain for anyone

Kevin Durant dropped the ball, skipped quickly in pain and dropped to the court Monday night with a sad but fundamental lesson on display for all us: That’s why you …


Analysis: Warriors’ hopes hinge on Kevin Durant coming back

Kevin Durant limped off the floor at Oracle Arena a month ago – Game 5 of the second round – with what the team called a mild calf strain. It’s …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 8-7 loss to the Houston Astros in 14 innings

Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored on Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 8-7 Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Larry Stone: Baseball could use a little tough love right now

I’ve burned with a passion for baseball my entire life, and I don’t see it waning anytime soon. When I speak of a dire need to tweak what I (and …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 14-1 win over the Houston Astros

Domingo Santana, Tom Murphy and Edwin Encarnacion hit homers in a seven-run sixth inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Houston Astros 14-1 Wednesday night to snap a four-game …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 11-5 loss to the Houston Astros

Alex Bregman went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 11-5 Tuesday night.


Doug Ferguson: Patrick Cantlay’s past shows why the future is promising

To the victor go the social media requests. This proved far more difficult for Patrick Cantlay than his 64 at Muirfield Village, the lowest final round by a winner in …


Tim Dahlberg: Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again

Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Jerry Brewer: NBA’s global ambitions get a boost from Toronto’s arrival in Finals

Hate to turn this column into a visitors bureau pitch, but you should know something: It has been amazing to experience the first NBA Finals in this pulsating city.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners have the MLB Draft to look forward to – but what else?

It’s tough to be positive about a team that for the past 44 games has played at a .250 clip – a 40.5 win pace over a full season.


Tim Dahlberg: Baseball finds itself with a real numbers problem

The official culprit last season was the weather, which Major League Baseball cited as a big reason for a 4 percent slide in attendance over the previous year. This season? …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Angels

Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings as the Seattle Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.