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By the time Oakland gets through its first eight games, the Athletics will already have faced Mariners ace Felix Hernandez three times.
It's a crazy schedule that began with these two clubs facing off in their first two games last week in Japan, with each winning once - including ''King Felix's'' Game 1 victory at the Tokyo Dome.
Now, the AL West rivals resume their season-opening series stateside - albeit eight days later. It's a nontraditional two-game series Friday and Saturday. Then, the A's travel to Seattle next weekend for a three-game series at Safeco Field in the Mariners' home opener.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge even swapped his starters for this weekend to move Hernandez to Saturday and Jason Vargas to Friday so Hernandez is lined up to also pitch the Mariners' home opener April 13.
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Another opening day, another new roster for M’s
The special circumstances surrounding the Japan trip are offically over and the Seattle Mariners, along with every other MLB team submitted their finalized 25 man roster for the start of the 2012 season.
Now most of the roster is the same as what was posted last week, with these changes:
RHP – Shawn Kelley who missed the majority...
The Mariners have transitioned Chone Figgins from third base to a utility backup in the outfield and infield, to make room for promising new players. The Mariners announced their 25-man roster on Wednesday.
With Figgins out at third base, the Mariners can now concentrate on putting their most competitive lineup on the field. For instance, it would have been a shame to block Kyle...
Seattle is dying to have an NBA team back, but the Mariners are not too thrilled about an arena being built in the same area.
It’s unknown at this point in the game how many more at bats Seattle will get trying to bring an NBA franchise back to town, but right now the Seattle Mariners are working on a shutout against such aspirations.
The same can be said about the Maloofs and the Sacremento Kings.
On Tuesday, the Mariners sent a formal letter -- signed by team chairman, Howard Lincoln -- to the...
The Seattle Mariners have optioned left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielder Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Tacoma to reach the major league-mandated 25-man roster limit.
Seattle made the roster moves Wednesday ahead of its final exhibition game against Colorado. The Mariners will go through a second opening day on Friday when they play at Oakland. The Mariners and A's...
After launching the season in Tokyo with a split of two games, the Athletics and Mariners resume their unorthodox four-game series on Friday night at the Coliseum. Left-hander Jason Vargas, who held Oakland to two hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings in Japan, gets the start on Friday night for the Mariners. Vargas had a couple of throwing sessions and moved him up to Friday so he...
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners & Tacoma Rainiers blogger Danny Ferguson tells us what to expect from the AAA farm team of the M's in 2012. Fans should see Adam Moore, Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Carp in Tacoma on training assignments before being activated off the disabled list. Does Tacoma have the same potential this season as well? It is hard to know exactly what to...
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Welcome to opening day. Well sort of.
After staring the season in Japan over a week ago, the Seattle Mariners and A’s will resume their rather unorthodox four-game series tonight at the Oakland Coliseum.
They’ll face-off again on Saturday, have a rare day off on Sunday, and then begin a four-game series in Texas on Monday against Japanese phenom Yu Darvish.
The A’s and the...
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You’ve pored over my “Tiers, Not Fears” series, fawned over my cheat sheet, and masturbated to episodes of Starbonell Station. At some point, you may have wondered, “does this handsome hooligan actually follow his own advice on draft/auction day?” It’s a fair question. To help answer it,...
The most traded players in The Sporting News fantasy baseball right now are two guys who were actually traded for each other this offseason. The Mariners dealt Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero this winter in a classic swap of young pitching for young hitting. Fantasy baseballers are getting antsy with the kids and moving them from their fake teams as well. Although presumably...
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Here’s what we know. The project proposed to the city by Chris Hansen is a good one.
The project does NOT rely on NEW taxes, it would be self-funding, IN any given year shortfalls would be covered by the teams. NO Public subsidies. This will avoid the roadblock many Seattle ventures have faced.
Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech Hit the brakes. A road block? Yes we have...
From 1967 to 2008 the city of Seattle, Washington was home to the NBA’s SuperSonics (minus a brief stint in Tacoma). Fans turned out last summer to see an exhibition game at KeyArena that featured NBA stars Spencer Hawes, Martell Webster, Aaron Brooks, Jamal Crawford, Michael Beasley, and Dorrell Wright. Along with enjoying [...]
In our continuing partnership with "Way Out in Left Field," Patrick Leary previews this weekend's series. Make sure to check out their blog here
Part two? Yeah, this is technically the continuation of the series from Japan. That's why it only lasts two games. Maybe that's common knowledge, or maybe I just solved a problem you'd been intensely grappling...