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Mariners notebook: Branyan could be back by weekend

First baseman Russell Branyan’s “day-to-day” back injury has become more of a one-week issue. That’s what the Mariners are hoping. Five days after he injured his lower back running the …


Johnson’s triple backs 3-0 Washburn

SEATTLE – Jarrod Washburn is having fun again. Washburn tossed seven strong innings to continue his surprising start, catcher Rob Johnson had a two-run triple and the Seattle Mariners beat …


Baseball notebook: Doumit out with injury

Pittsburgh catcher Ryan Doumit, a native of Moses Lake, needs an operation to repair a broken bone in his right wrist and will be out for at least eight to …


Heart of M’s order comes up short in loss to Tigers

SEATTLE – All teams – even these Punch-and-Judy Seattle Mariners – need a big bop every now and then. Lately, the Mariners haven’t gotten enough big ball to match their …


Rays first with academy in Brazil

IBIUNA, Brazil – The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping a few Brazilians can handle a bat better than they kick a soccer ball. Convinced that this nation of 190 million …


Baseball notebook: Pitchers progress

Detroit manager Jim Leyland is encouraged with the progress of reliever Joel Zumaya and starters Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman. Speaking before Sunday’s series finale in Seattle, Leyland said that …


Holland gets quick call-up

ARLINGTON, Texas – The promotion of Derek Holland after only one outing at Triple A might have the appearance of a team extending its head start on 2010. But the …


Mariners’ win streak unravels

SEATTLE – Chris Jakubauskas, whose back story could be sold to Hollywood, was breezing in his first major league start, energizing the crowd of 18,528 – 12 more fans than …


Griffey gets his 400th M’s homer; Ichrio hits slam

SEATTLE – Another strong outing by Jarrod Washburn. A rare homer by Endy Chavez. A great piece of clutch relief by rookie Shawn Kelley. An eventful fill-in job by catcher …


Baseball notebook: Kinsler hits for cycle

Ian Kinsler bolted out of the batter’s box as soon as the ball left his bat. He knew he was headed to third base, no matter what. The Texas Rangers …


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.


Baseball notebook: Glavine finished?

Tom Glavine may retire if his sore left shoulder doesn’t improve in two weeks. Glavine was told Tuesday he must rest for at least two weeks after inflammation was found …


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 …


Commentary: Baseball has lost many to early death

The tragic death of Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning after he had blanked the Oakland Athletics for six innings in his first and last start …


Notebook: Pitchers like Citi Field

On his first visit to Citi Field, New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey was happy to see the high outfield wall and 415-foot sign in deep right-center. He figures the …


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 …


Baseball reacts to economy

This is what baseball should be. Take the family out to the ballgame, without financial guilt. The Arizona Diamondbacks sell tickets for $5, hot dogs for $1.50, sodas for $1.50. …


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 …


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 …


Season’s greetings: Major league baseball opens

Baltimore beat up on CC Sabathia, Ken Griffey Jr. homered in his return to the Seattle Mariners and Emilio Bonifacio became the first player in 41 years to hit an …


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.


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 …


High prices at games a big concern

Take me out to the ballgame … because I can’t afford it. The high price of going to a game is now the No. 1 problem in Major League Baseball, …


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 …