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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Legislature opens on historic note amid plenty of protests

The Legislature opened its 2020 season on a historic note with Tacoma attorney Laurie Jinkins, a five-term legislator, sworn in as the first woman and first lesbian to be elected …

In data-driven age, ‘honor’ of opening day start still big

As spring training neared its conclusion, a reporter mentioned to Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez that Max Scherzer was not precisely on schedule to start on opening day. “He’s going …

Mariners’ Marco Gonzales carries Gonzaga memory to mound for Opening Day start

Whether they stayed up into the early-morning hours to watch or decided to catch the highlights, Marco Gonzales’ former coaches at Gonzaga saw a familiar scene when the southpaw took …

As the Mariners open 2019 season in Japan, Ichiro receives a fitting – if a bit awkward – hero’s welcome

At about 1 p.m., the Tokyo Dome’s outside concourse was abuzz with baseball fans avoiding their jobs and responsibility – an opening-day tradition that can be found even in Japan’s …

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

Mariners announce Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi will start two games vs. Oakland in Japan

Former Gonzaga standout will earn his first start on opening day.

UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Hans Crouse draws Spokane Indians’ Opening Day assignment on the mound

Hans Crouse will tell you – he be can be a little, well, quirky on the mound. “I talk to myself out there quite a bit,” Crouse, 19, said on …

Despite rain, fog, anglers flock to area lakes for opening-day fishing

Saturday’s 2018 opening day for lowland trout fishing was a success, despite rainy and foggy weather statewide, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

King Again: Hernandez starts strong as M’s top Indians 2-1

Felix Hernandez pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners opened the season with a 2-1 …

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Opening day highlights: White Sox’ Matt Davidson homers three times vs. Royals

Matt Davidson became the fourth player in major league history to homer three times on opening day, and the White Sox homered six times total against the Kansas City Royals.

Out of Right Field: Mariners relying on hope to bring end to postseason drought

The Seattle Mariners embark on the 2018 season in an effort to bring to a halt the longest postseason drought in the four major sports.

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Cubs’ Ian Happ hits home run on 1st pitch of 2018 MLB season

The baseball season began with a bang.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Royals’ Salvador Perez out 4-6 weeks after freak knee injury

Talk about carrying some baggage into the season. Kansas City will be without Salvador Perez for up to six week after the star catcher sprained the medial collateral in his …

Ichiro to get start for Mariners on Opening Day

It was like he’d never left. Well, there are a few more grays in his close-cropped hair now. But there was an odd feeling of deja vu, watching Ichiro sit …

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Mariners blanked by Astros on Opening Day, Felix Hernandez exits after five innings

Mariners’ new-look lineup offers little resistance against Houston ace Dallas Keuchel. Astros get homers from George Springer and Carlos Correa in winning season opener.

Steve Christilaw: Start of the baseball season is a time full of wonder

Feb. 27, the opening day of the high school baseball and softball season will be here before we know it and winter is showing few signs of leaving any time …

Trump opening GOP convention with call for law and order

CLEVELAND – Republicans cast Donald Trump as the right man for turbulent times as they opened their presidential convention Monday against a backdrop of unsettling summer violence and persistent discontent …

Puget Sound re-opens to salmon fishing after impasse

SEATTLE – State fish managers have reopened Puget Sound marine areas, rivers and lakes that were previously closed because of an impasse between tribal and state officials. The Washington Department …

Rain doesn’t dampen the mood of opening day at Shanghai Disney

Under dark skies and intermittent showers, Walt Disney Co. officially threw wide the gates of its most expensive international resort to mostly orderly crowds on Thursday, creating a beachhead for …

Let’s put the refs back in charge

Monday: There has been a lot of discussion this season on improving college basketball. The game has gotten too physical, the narrative goes, and changes have to be made. Attendance …

Couch Slouch says MLB messes up Opening Day again

In his swan song as MLB commissioner last year, Bud Selig scheduled Opening Day in Australia. Because, hey, nothing says spring and baseball more than playing the season’s first game …

Baseball season starts in earnest with 14 games today

No team lost more games in spring training than the champion San Francisco Giants, hardly any pitcher struggled more than World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. So what? Throw out those …

Ready to roar, or paper tigers?

SEATTLE – Robinson Cano is one of the few on the Mariners roster who can speak with certainty about the playoffs. In his previous stop, Cano played in the postseason …

Familiar: Cardinals win, Cubs lose

CHICAGO – Same ol’ Cubbies. Same old Cardinals, too. At least for one game.

GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher

OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …

Ozzie Smith leading drive to make opening day holiday

NEW YORK – Ozzie Smith wants the federal government to make opening day of the Major League Baseball season a national holiday. The Hall of Fame shortstop is leading a …

Opening day for fishing draws families

The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families.

Photo: Somewhere over the rainbows

Stocking up: Jade Helm, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, stocks 5,000 catchable-size rainbow trout in the West Medical Lake on Wednesday, to spice the action for anglers …

Opening days changed for some Spokane pools

Some of the city of Spokane’s swimming pools will open later than expected due to weather-delayed repairs.

Anglers embrace season as dozens of lakes open for fishing

Night owls made the first casts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to ring in the opening of Washington’s lowland fishing season. Docks at Fishtrap and other popular camping-fishing lakes were lined …

Landers: Opening day of fishing still special

Opening day of fishing season isn’t what it used to be. The crowds have declined – a blessing in many ways – partly because most of the region’s waters have …