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September 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Final: Royals 6, M’s 5, Sept. 23 game thread

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Final — Kansas City 6, Seattle 5. Long night. Controversial call on the check swing, too.

10:44 p.m. — Seager nearly scores in the 10th, but Alex Gordon throws him out after an Endy Chavez fly out. We keep going.

10:09 p.m. — Extra inning it is.

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September 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Mariners open final homestand of the year with Brandon Maurer on the mound

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UPDATE 5:46 p.m. — Wedge quotes added after the jump…

Good afternoon everyone. I’m over here from Sounders duty for another pinch-hit assignment.

The Mariners open their final homestand of the year today against the Kansas City Royals after going 3-7 on the latest road-trip. Brandon Maurer (4-8, 6.95 ERA) will be on the mound for Seattle facing fellow right-hander Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59).

The Royals are in town for three games and then the division-champion Oakland A’s visit for the final three games of the season after an off day Thursday.

I’ll update this post with any pregame notes from manager Eric Wedge. I’ll also get a game thread going closer to first pitch.

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September 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Final: M’s 6, Tampa Bay 4, game thread

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FINAL — Mariners 6, Rays 4. Here is the last bit from my story:

The rally began in the eighth inning began when Kyle Seager hit a ball to deep left-center field that popped out of the glove of a sprinting Desmond Jennings, denying what would have been a great catch by the center fielder. Seager ended up on second and Kendrys Morales followed up with a walk, setting up the big hit one out later by Smoak.

The first baseman crushed a line drive to right field off Joel Peralta (2-6) that just eluded the diving effort of Wil Myers, scoring Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte. Closer Danny Farquhar made sure the advantage wasn’t blown in the ninth, earning his 13th save in front of 14,796 fans.

10:15 p.m. — Tampa loads the bases but can’t find the go-ahead run as Zobrist grounds out to Seager to end the inning.

10:04 p.m. — The Rays got two on with nobody out to start the eighth inning when James Loney walked and Wil Myers singled. Capps got a big first out by picking off pinch runner Sean Rodriguez at second base. Pinch hitter David DeJesus then hit a heart-stopping deep fly to left field that was caught by Michael Saunders at the wall. Pinch hitter Luke Scott just scored Myers from first base. We’re tied 4-4.

9:37 p.m. — Two on here against Medina in the seventh inning, and Carter Capps is warming up, but Young strikes out! Big moment there.

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September 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Mariners start a six-game homestand with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound

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Good afternoon everyone. I’m filling in on Mariners duty this afternoon as the Mariners are back in town to start a six-game homestand.

Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92 ERA) is on the mound for Seattle, and he could take over the team lead in wins tonight against Tampa Bay. The right-hander is tied with Felix Hernandez, who has been stuck on 12 wins for a while.

The Rays counter with right-hander Alex Cobb, who is having a fine year (8-3, 2.82 ERA).

I’ll update this post with any pregame notes from manager Eric Wedge and I’ll also get a game thread started in a separate post closer to game time.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m. — Here is a transcript of Wedge’s pregame meeting with reporters:

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(On Ibanez being back in the lineup after his big hit last night…) “I thought that was the best ball he’s hit in a while, but he’s hit a couple balls like that lately. Obviously he’s had a tremendous year, and when you impact the ball game like he did last night, you want to give him a chance to get back in there. It’s a fine line for us. We know we have a lot of young kids up here that want to play, need to play, but you have to also respect the major league season and what Raul has done for us, and Kendrys Morales as well as a few of the other veterans.”

(On what he’s expecting from James Paxton’s MLB debut Saturday…) “I’m excited, excited to watch him. I know he’s excited to pitch, as well he should be, but it’s always fun to watch a debut, especially when it’s a starting pitcher. He’s been up here now for a few days and had a chance to get acclimated. He has a chance to do that here at home now, too. I look forward to watching him pitch.”

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August 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Taijuan Walker to move up from Tacoma, make MLB debut Friday

The Mariners announced after Wednesday’s game that they will select Taijuan Walker from Class AAA Tacoma to start Friday against the Houston Astros. It will serve as the MLB debut for the right-handed pitcher. The official roster move will be made Friday prior to the game. Walker has long been one of the top pitching prospects in…

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August 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Final: Rangers 12, Mariners 4, game thread

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Final — Rangers 12, Mariners 4. That’s six losses in a row for Seattle, which didn’t salvage anything from this homestand.

3:27 p.m. — Hard some technical difficulties on my end, so apologies for the lack of posts (not like you were desperate for them, I’m sure). The Rangers lead 12-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, having battered M’s pitching — naming Felix Hernandez — for 17 hits, including three home-runs.

2:45 p.m. — Kyle Seager absolutely crushed a home run in the sixth to right, but Mitch Moreland answers with one in the seventh, and it’s 11-2 Texas.

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August 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Eric Wedge: ‘I think there have been some disappointments within the veterans in regard to (leadership) this year.’

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Who better to end the second-longest losing streak of the season then your ace, right?

That’s the task assigned to Felix Hernandez, who takes the mound for the Mariners this afternoon looking to end the team’s run of five-straight defeats — all at home. Today marks the end of a six-game homestand that started with a three-game sweep by the Angels and Texas (today’s opponent) winning the first two games of this series, including a bizarre one Tuesday that saw the Rangers score the winning run in extra innings on a balk.

Seattle’s worst drought this season was going eight games without a win from May 17-25 against Cleveland, the Angeles and Texas.

Up next is an eight-game road trip with stop at Houston and Kansas City. More pregame notes to come followed by a separate post for the game thread.

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I’ll get to more from a pregame meeting with manager Eric Wedge in a bit, but first here’s an interesting quote when asked if some of the younger players on the team have shown leadership qualities in the clubhouse.

“There are a couple younger guys that have a chance to do it,” Wedge said. “I’d like to see them do it. I think they’re going to get to a point where they hold each other accountable, ride each other. But I think there have been some positives with the veterans in regard to that this year; I think there have been some disappointments within the veterans in regard to that this year. I don’t mind saying it. It’s tough to find leadership with people. Hell, everybody wants to be liked and everybody is afraid of confrontation. Show me a leader that wants both of those things and I’ll show you a bad leader.”

Wedge didn’t specify which veterans in particular had disappointed.

Also put on notice? The middle of the lineup.

“You need those guys in the middle to do more,” Wedge said. “We need those guys int the middle to start producing, getting some big hits for us. But we still need to do it from 1 through 9. I felt like we were really getting close to it, 1 through 9, for a while, so my goal right now is to just to get things back in line here so we can keep moving forward.”

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July 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Final: Twins 4, Mariners 0, game thread

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Final — Twins 4, Mariners 0. No offense for Seattle, which was shut out for the first time since June 19. The bullpen struggled. That’s now back-to-back losses and three out of four for a Mariners team that had been red-hot through the All-Star break.

4:13 p.m. — I have the Mariners 0-for-7 today with runners in scoring position. Not quite the production expected from a Mariners team that came into the day leading the league with 5.67 runs per game in July.

3:54 p.m. — Here is the full line on Deduno: 7 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 6 K’s. Josh Roenicke is in as a relief pitcher.

3:39 p.m. — Justin Smoak crushed what looked to be a two-run home run, but it hooked just foul at the last second into the right-field stands. The Mariners end up getting two men on, but Endy Chavez grounds into an inning-ending double play.

3:28 p.m. — Attendance is 24,524 as Farquhar gives up back-to-back walks upon entry, but eventually gets out of the inning.

3:22 p.m. — Now a home run by Morneau makes it 4-0 Minnesota. Not a great 25th birthday for Medina. Danny Farquhar is coming in.

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July 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Mariners recall pitcher Brandon Maurer, option Hector Noesi to Class-AAA

Good afternoon everyone. I am pinch-hitting on Mariners duty today and catching up on things after covering Sounders practice earlier this morning. I’ve posted the lineups above and there is some news to pass along: The Mariners have recalled pitcher Brandon Maurer from Class-AAA Tacoma and optioned pitcher Hector Noesi to the Rainers. Maurer, 23, will be available…

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May 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Iwakuma: ‘My finger is good now. It’s all healed up, and I was able to pitch my game.’

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times


Apologies for not being able to get to a more in-depth postgame piece — my other beat is calling ahead of an early game Saturday — but here is some reaction from the Mariners following a 6-3 win Friday to open a three-game series against Oakland.

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ERIC WEDGE, manager

(On Iwakuma’s performance…) “‘Kuma was good again. What he’s been doing is just executing pitches. He kept the ball down good. He had good nice splitting work tonight. He did a good job of using his fastball and moving his fastball around. Another solid effort by ‘Kuma.”

(At this point, are you surprised to see him allow runs?) “What you like to see is him come back and get us back in the dugout after that, and he kept going. He pitches with a lot of experience out there. You can tell in the way he handles himself, the way he handles the situations.”

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