Update 11:19 a.m.: Brandon Maurer’s scheduled session of throwing live BP was scratched today when his back locked up. I’m giving Ryan a little break this morning — these kids today need to pace themselves — which allows me a return to the Mariner blog after an extended absence. I’m not saying I’ve been away for…More
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Ryan’s in the air returning from Orlando, so I’m making a cameo return appearance. Boy, Divish has really spruced up the place. House plants and macrame were a nice touch, Div.
The Mariners made it official, announcing Robinson Cano’s signing to a 10-year contract, with an introductory press conference today at 3 p.m. The deal is for $240 million, and we’ve learned that he’ll get paid $24 million each season, through 2023. Pretty simple math. Cano also has a full no-trade clause and can earn award bonuses. He becomes the fifth player to sign a contract for $200 million or more, joining Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, and Prince Fielder. A-Rod is the only player to ever sign a contract worth more in guaranteed salary.More
The Mariners just sent out a press release advising that Eric Wedge notified the ballclub he has “chosen not to return to manage the club in 2014.”
Wedge and the club agreed that he will manage the Mariners for the final three games of the season, and fulfill the remainder of his contract. The contract expires Oct. 31, 2013.More
Things looked dim for the Mariners when they fell behind 7-2 in the third inning — the same lead they held last week when the Red Sox rallied in the ninth for that devastating win. This comeback was slower developing, but the Mariners used a six-run fifth to win 9-7 over Toronto. Five relievers — Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Yoervis Medina, Oliver Perez and Danny Farquhar — combined to hold the Blue Jays scoreless over the last seven innings.
“We’ve had that done to us in the past,’’ said acting manager Robby Thompson of their comeback. “I’d like to think we kind of returned the favor today.
“I’m proud of the guys. They should be proud of themselves, offensively and in the bullpen.”More
Danny Farquhar converted his third straight save to complete a nice comeback win for the Mariners, who were down 7-2 after three innings.
JAYS EIGHTH:Toronto leaves runners on second and third as Perez comes in to get Rasmus on broken-bat grounder to second. That’s six scoreless innings by four relievers after Harang’s horrible start. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS SEVENTH: 42-year-old Darren Oliver worked out of a big jam after coming in with the bases loaded and one out. He got Brad Miller to ground into a force at the plate and struck out Nick Franklin. 9-7 Mariners
JAYS SEVENTH: With Medina pitching, DeRosa gets to third with two outs after sun-aided double, but Medina gets Reyes to ground out. 9-7 Mariners.
JAYS SIXTH: After the Jays loaded the bases against Maurer with one out, Furbush did a great job getting out of the jam. He struck out Lind and got Rasmus on a slow grounder to short. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS FIFTH: M’s bat around, score six to take the lead. The big hits were a two-run double off the left-field wall by a RH-hitting Justin Smoak, and a two-run homer by Humberto Quintero. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS FOURTH: They get one run back on a single by Saunders, who moves to second on wild pitch, third on Ackley single, and scores on a fielder’s choice by Quintero. 7-3 Jays.
MARINERS THIRD: After a promising start to the inning — Miller single, Franklin walk — the Mariners can’t get a run home. The runners moved up on a long fly by Morales but Morse grounded out to end the inning. 7-2 JaysMore
The Blue Jays fans are already amassing outside Safeco Field for their third straight takeover of the Mariners ballpark. The M’s, flailing with nine losses in their last 13 games and coming off a terrible performance last night, send Aaron Harang and his 5-10 record to the mound. He’s coming off a start in which he gave up seven runs in five innings against the Orioles.
Here are the lineups:More
It was just an ugly game all the way around tonight as the Mariners continued their slide — nine losses in 13 games — that is rapidly erasing the good vibes from their eight-game losing streak.
Felix Hernandez was not particularly sharp in the 7-2 loss to Toronto, though obviously he received little help from his defense. The Mariners committed four errors, Hernandez gave up nine hits in just five innings, and the Seattle offense was blanked until the seventh — not a winning formula.More
Just a sloppy, poor performance all the way around by the Mariners, who commit four errors in losing for the ninth time in 13 games. MARINERS SEVENTH: Seattle finally gets on the board on a two-run triple by Miller with two outs. He has four triples in just 34 games. 7-2 Blue Jays BLUE JAYS SEVENTH: The…More
Acting manager Robby Thompson brushed off the notion that the Mariners are converting Tom Wilhelmsen to starting, but didn’t completely shut the door. Wilhelmsen, sent down last night, started for Tacoma today and was roughed up, giving up homers to two of the first three hitters, and three runs total in two innings.
But back to the question of Wilhelmsen becoming a starter, Thompson said, “As of now, no. Basically, it’s a situation where we wanted him to go back down and regain his confidence. Regain pinpointing that fastball, having precise command with it like he’s had in the past so his secondary stuff can work off of that.”
Thompson said that logistically it’s easier for Wilhelmsen to get his necessary work in from a starting role.More
Nick Franklin is back at second base after two days off, trying to break out of his 0-for-24 stretch. Robby Thompson didn’t want to throw him in against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey yesterday, but he’ll face a conventional pitcher tonight, the struggling former All-Star Josh Johnson. He’s 1-8 with a 6.60 ERA, and gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Angels in his last start.
The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez, who has gone 12 starts since his last loss. He’s 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in tht stretch.
For those who missed it, here’s a blog post summing up today’s roster moves.
And here are the lineups:More