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July 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Tell us your favorite King Felix memories

In Sunday’s paper, we take a look at the remarkable 10-year career of Felix Hernandez, the Mariners’ ace who has stayed loyal to Seattle. In the comments area of this post, please share your favorite Felix memories through the years. Were you at his perfect game in August 2012 or the very first King’s Court Night…

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April 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Ryan Divish’s MLB power rankings

Rank Team Comment 1 (1) Tigers 2 (2) Dodgers 3 (4) Nationals 4 (5) Rays 5 (7) Braves 6 (3) Red Sox Grady Sizemore‚Äôs comeback success is one of the best stories in baseball. Best of luck to the Cascade grad. 7 (11) Giants 8 (10) Mariners 9 (8) Pirates 10 (12) Athletics 11 (6) Cardinals 12 (14) Rangers 13 (18) Blue Jays 14 (9) Royals 15 (26) Brewers 16 (20) Yankees 17 (19) Rockies 18 (16) Orioles 19 (27) Marlins 20 (23) White Sox 21 (13) Reds They are struggling, but Billy Hamilton on the bases is a must-watch. He…

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August 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 30

Good morning, gang. Pat Borzi here in Minneapolis for one last day filling in for Geoff Baker, a coffee-and-bagels 10:10 a.m. Pacific time start at Target Field. Geoff will be back in the big chair when the homestand opens Friday.
The Twins traditionally schedule midweek getaway-day games an hour earlier than most teams (it’s 12:10 p.m. local time). While a tough turnaround for players coming off a night game, the earlier start helps the departing team avoid the teeth of rush hour to the airport and reach home or the next city at a more reasonable time.
Michael Saunders (groin strain) remained out of the lineup for the sixth straight game, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this morning he expects Saunders to start in the outfield on Friday at Safeco Field.
“He’s been pushing so hard to come back,” Wedge said. “The best opportunity for him to play the outfield tomorrow, to play an entire game, is to give him some time today. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Saunders has done everything in his recovery except run the bases, Wedge said, though Saunders showed the training staff in drills that he can change direction without problem. “He’s pretty much there,” Wedge said. “We all don’t want that one thing to happen where he misses the rest of the year. We’re trying to handle this as respectfully as possible.”
Otherwise, it’s mainly the regulars today. Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan are back in after their days off, with Jesus Montero catching and Miguel Olivo as the DH. Olivo is in there in part because he’s 3-for-8 with one homer against Twins lefthander Brian Duensing, who has been dreadful as a starter this season (2-7, 7.14 ERA).

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August 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 29

Now, the game blog.
A few lineup changes tonight. Mariners manager Eric Wedge gave Franklin Gutierrez a day off, moved Trayvon Robinson to the No. 2 spot and started backups Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki. Michael Saunders (groin strain) might be ready tomorrow, though Wedge said he’s being cautious with him.
“The biggest fear, especially in the outfield…if he breaks and clips it, he’ll be done for the year,” Wedge said. “That’s the last thing I want to have happen.”
Before the series started, Wedge said he planned to rest Gutierrez tonight or tomorrow, so this wasn’t alarming. Wedge also gave Brendan Ryan a day off after his three hits Tuesday nudged his average up to .202.
The lineups:
MARINERS
Dustin Ackley, 2b
Trayvon Robinson, lf
Kyle Seager, 3b
John Jaso, DH
Justin Smoak, 1b
Eric Thames, rf
Miguel Olivo, c
Chone Figgins, cf
Munenori Kawasaki, ss
(Jason Vargas, p)

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August 29, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Target Field Awarded 2014 All-Star Game

Pat Borzi here for Day 3 the Mariners-Minnesota Twins series, filling in for again Geoff Baker. If you’re just joining us, Geoff posted on the blog earlier, with audio of his weekly Talkin’ Baseball appearance with Mitch Levy.
(Spoiler alert: This is NOT the game blog. That’s coming shortly.)
This hasn’t been a huge secret in Minneapolis, but Commissioner Bud Selig officially announced today that Target Field has been awarded the 2014 All-Star Game. The Twins made the announcement on the plaza behind the right-field stands, which was fine except they made Selig, assorted local politicians and former Twins All-Stars like Rod Carew and Tony Oliva stand in the broiling mid-afternoon sun, a worry for Selig since he’s had melanoma issues.
Selig got choked up after the press conference talking about the late Twins owner Carl Pohlad, a longtime pal who died 14 months before the stadium opened in March 2010. For more than 15 years, Pohlad and Selig spoke by phone every Saturday morning at 11:30. “And if I didn’t call him at 11:30, by quarter to 12 he was having a fit, calling me, wondering where I was,” Selig said.
But Pohlad, a billionaire with banking interests, also secretly arranged a $3 million loan to Selig’s Milwaukee Brewers in 1995 while Selig was acting commissioner. That caused a stir when word leaked in 2002, around the time baseball considered contracting the Twins and the Montreal Expos. In Minnesota’s case, the contraction threat was a ploy to help Pohlad get a new stadium. It didn’t work, but Pohlad kept at it. A stadium bill finally passed the state legislature in 2006.

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August 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 28

Pat Borzi here again from Minneapolis, filling in for Geoff Baker. Miss Geoff? Then check out his two fresh posts, just below this one.
Franklin Gutierrez’s left hand looked a little puffy from the Liam Hendriks pitch that struck it in the sixth inning Monday night. But Gutierrez said he’s fine – he’s missed enough games this year, don’t ya think? — and Manager Eric Wedge has him in the lineup again tonight, batting second. Wedge said Michael Saunders (groin strain) felt better and might be available in the late innings tonight.
One lineup change from Monday: Miguel Olivo catching instead of John Jaso, a concession to Twins starter Scott Diamond, a lefty. Diamond continues to pitch while appealing his six-game suspension for throwing at Josh Hamilton last week in Texas.
Here we go:
MARINERS
Dustin Ackley, 2b
Franklin Gutierrez, cf
Kyle Seager, 3b
Jesus Montero, dh
Justin Smoak, 1b
Miguel Olivo, c
Eric Thames, rf
Trayvon Robinson, lf
Brendan Ryan, ss
(Hisashi Iwakuma, p)
TWINS
Ben Revere, cf
Darin Mastroianni, rf
Joe Mauer, c
Josh Willingham, lf
Justin Morneau, 1b
Ryan Doumit, dh
Trevor Plouffe, 3b
Jamey Carroll, 2b
Pedro Florimon, ss
(Scott Diamond, p)

Who will win the American League Cy Young Award?

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August 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 27

The lineups: Mariners Dustin Ackley, 2b Franklin Gutierrez, cf Kyle Seager, 3b Jesus Montero, dh John Jaso, c Justin Smoak, 1b Eric Thames, rf Trayvon Robinson, lf Brendan Ryan, ss (Felix Hernandez, p) Twins Denard Span, cf Ben Revere, rf Joe Mauer, c Josh Willingham, dh Justin Morneau, 1b Ryan Doumit, lf Trevor Plouffe, 3b Jamey Carroll, 2b Pedro Florimon, ss (Liam Hendricks, p) Be interesting to see of either Span or Revere, who can bunt, try against…

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August 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Gutierrez returns to face Twins

No, Geoff’s not here in Minneapolis, sorry to say. I’m Pat Borzi, a veteran baseball writer who will be free-lancing this series for The Times.
I’ve been around so long I actually covered M’s manager Eric Wedge as a player with the Red Sox, writing for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald in the 1990′s. We both had more hair then. I’ve also been a Yankees and Mets beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger, and I’m a frequent contributor to The New York Times on baseball and other topics.
But enough of that. There’s news here: Franklin Gutierrez is back. The Mariners activated him from the disabled list Monday, almost two months to the day after he suffered a concussion on a wayward pickoff throw from Boston’s Franklin Morales. Wedge plugged him back into the No. 2 spot in the order tonight against the Twins. Gutierrez, who also missed the first two months of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, had two homers and nine RBI in 13 games before the concussion. The Mariners were 5-5 in his 10 starts in the two-hole.
“It felt good writing his name in the lineup today,” Wedge said. “It’s a big piece for us. We saw what it meant earlier when we had him, how it tied our lineup together.
“He’s a guy who, for me, is the best of all worlds. He’s situationally sound. He understands the game. Puts up a good at-bat. Sees pitches. Can drive the ball. Can steal a bag for you if you need him to. Just the overall presence and experience, which is something we sorely lack offensively, is big for us.”

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