9/24/2016 | Twins snap skid, slow Seattle's Wild Card chase
Other than a prodigious blast by Nelson Cruz, right-hander Tyler Duffey shut down the Mariners for seven innings Saturday as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak and dented Seattle's Wild Card pursuits with a 3-2 victory at Target Field.
9/24/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Cruz's mammoth blast
Nelson Cruz seems to be warming up for the stretch run, judging by his latest home run -- the second-longest blast in the Major Leagues this season, according to Statcast™ projections. Cruz launched a two-run shot a projected 493 feet into the upper deck at Target Field in the fourth inning of the Mariners' 3-2 loss to the Twins.
9/24/2016 | Walker, Santiago face off in Twins' last home game
With the Mariners still alive in the chase for an American League Wild Card spot, they'll turn to right-hander Taijuan Walker in the final game of a three-game series against the Twins on Sunday in the season finale at Target Field. Walker, who will start opposite lefty Hector Santiago, is looking to replicate his only previous outing at Target Field, when he threw a complete game and allowed just one hit -- a solo homer -- with one walk and 11 strikeouts on July 31 of last season.
9/24/2016 | Marte working hard to regain timing at plate
At first, Ketel Marte was just looking for the 22 pounds he lost while dealing with an untimely bout with mononucleosis. But now, the Mariners young shortstop is searching for the hitting stroke he seemed to misplace as well during his two-week stint on the disabled list last month.
9/24/2016 | Heart of lineup pounds away in blowout win
If the Mariners are going to do damage down the stretch, they're going to need their stars to lead the way. And the big boys -- Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager -- certainly muscled up in a 10-1 win over the Twins on Friday as Seattle kicked off a critical season-ending road trip in fine fashion.
9/23/2016 | Paxton sharp as Mariners erupt to keep pace
Mariners lefty James Paxton took matters into his own hands on Friday with a powerful seven-inning outing, and he got plenty of help from his offense as Seattle topped the Twins, 10-1, to stay in pursuit of an American League Wild Card.
9/23/2016 | Mariners turn to rookie Miranda in Wild race
Rookie left-hander Ariel Miranda will make a critical start for the Mariners on Saturday against the Twins, who will turn to righty Tyler Duffey in the second game of the final 2016 series at Target Field.
9/23/2016 | Mariners hire director of baseball operations
Justin Hollander, the current director of player personnel with the Angels, has been hired as the Mariners' director of baseball operations, the club announced Friday.
9/23/2016 | Smith hitting September stride for Seattle
While much of the Mariners' offensive focus understandably circles around the heart-of-the-order trio of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, veteran right fielder Seth Smith has quietly been playing a key role in the stretch run.
9/23/2016 | Start of Mariners-Twins delayed by rain
The Twins and Mariners opened Friday night's game (7:10 CT) in a rain delay, but were aiming for a 7:45 start.
9/22/2016 | Mariners disappointed in Clevenger for tweets
The Mariners issued a statement expressing their disappointment following a series of racially charged tweets by catcher Steve Clevenger on Thursday.
9/22/2016 | Mariners realize urgency of remaining series
Ten games. One road trip. One homestand. And a chance. That's what remains for the Mariners as them embark on their final trek of the season, with a three-game series against the Twins starting Friday, then three games at Houston and four final Safeco Field appearances against the A's.
9/21/2016 | King Felix silences invaders to his court
The King's Court was the smallest Felix Hernandez had ever seen it. A sea of Toronto blue pushed it back into just one small yellow triangle crammed behind the left-field foul pole. The King didn't like that.
9/21/2016 | Freeman's grab highlight for unexpected heroes
In a crucial game where the Mariners' big three of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager were a combined 0-for-12 until Cano's game-winning sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, a number of lesser-known heroes stepped up to facilitate Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays at Safeco Field.
9/21/2016 | Cano delivers in 12th for Wild walk-off vs. Jays
Needing an ace performance to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Mariners got seven scoreless innings from Felix Hernandez on Wednesday and Robinson Cano drove in Guillermo Heredia with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th as Seattle avoided being swept at Safeco Field with a dramatic 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
9/21/2016 | Paxton, M's continue WC chase vs. Gibson
The Mariners are counting on this series with the Twins going better than their last meeting as Seattle battles to stay in contention for an American League Wild Card spot. They open the three-game series in Minnesota on Friday.
9/21/2016 | Mariners hope Cano gets rolling down stretch
One thing that would clearly help the Mariners as they head down the stretch is getting Robinson Cano rolling again. Manager Scott Servais acknowledged that the second baseman's 2-for-4 game with a two-run triple in Tuesday's 10-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Safeco Field was one of the few positives out of that setback.
9/21/2016 | Sanchez faces Felix as Blue Jays eye sweep
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez gets a second chance to face the Blue Jays in a meaningful game as Seattle tries to avoid being swept by American League Wild Card-leading Toronto on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
9/21/2016 | Mariners' small mistake paves way for Jays' big rally
The wheels came off for the Mariners in the fourth inning as nine straight Blue Jays reached base in an eight-run, eight-hit rally that knocked Hisashi Iwakuma out of the game and wobbled the Mariners' postseason hopes with what turned into a 10-2 loss at Safeco Field.
9/21/2016 | Blue Jays alone atop Wild Card after 4-homer rout
J.A. Happ became Toronto's first 20-game winner since 2008 on Tuesday night and delivered a blow to his former Mariners teammates' playoff chances in the process, while the Blue Jays smacked four home runs in a 10-2 runaway at Safeco Field.
9/20/2016 | Mariners face unusual obstacle in Jays fans
Lots of Blue Jays fans have annually made the trek south from Canada to see Toronto play in Seattle since the two teams entered the American League together in 1977, but the numbers swelled and the volume increased on Monday when the Mariners hosted the Jays for the start of a key three-game series at Safeco Field.
9/20/2016 | Saunders on other side of Toronto-Seattle rivalry
Michael Saunders spent the first six years of his career with the Mariners, but whenever the Blue Jays came to town, it felt like a road game. Now he's getting a taste of what it's like on the other side of the spectrum.
9/20/2016 | Mariners shuffle 2 Minor League affiliations
The Mariners will be fielding two new Minor League affiliates next year, as the club announced a two-year player development contract with the Arkansas Travelers in the Double-A Texas League and a four-year contract with the Modesto Nuts in the Class A Advanced California League on Tuesday.
9/20/2016 | Estrada's gem puts Blue Jays back in WC tie
Marco Estrada allowed one hit over seven-plus innings and Edwin Encarnacion supplied the punch with a two-run homer as the Blue Jays opened a critical three-game series at Safeco Field with a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday night.
9/20/2016 | Walker turns in gutsy effort after early scare
Taijuan Walker survived a line drive off his arm and worked around a gimpy ankle, but he couldn't quite overcome the Blue Jays on Monday night as the Mariners dropped a 3-2 decision in front of a raucous crowd at Safeco Field.
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