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Tommy Milone became the first Oakland Athletics rookie to earn eight wins before the All-Star break by beating the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Monday night.
Milone (8-5) allowed seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk anyone in his second straight superb outing. The left-hander threw the first complete game by a rookie in the majors this season in a three-hit victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday.
Grant Balfour pitched one inning, and Ryan Cook finished in the ninth for his fifth save in seven opportunities.
Seth Smith hit a first-pitch fastball from Erasmo Ramirez (0-2) 418 feet to center field with one out in the second inning to provide all the offense. It was his eighth homer of the season.
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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Britton Ransford tells us the season long sophomore slump that Dustin Ackley has been going through in 2012. With Ackley tearing the cover off the ball in every level prior to the big leagues, this is cause for concern for the Mariners. Ackley has a new found fondness of striking out that never has plagued him before in his career, and his...
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The Seattle Mariners had another tough week. It seems to be the trend in Seattle baseball lately, but hold out a shred of hope it might turn around. The Mariners are scoring runs, make no bones about it.
In 6 games over the week, though, the Mariners were outscored again.
After putting up 33 runs you would think a team did well that week, right? Not if...
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The Seattle Mariners dropped a tough one in game of this home series against the Oakland Athletics. Erasmo Ramirez finally threw a gem, a 3-hitter, and the team lost 1-0.
Not a good way to start a 10-game homestand, but there’s 9 more games to make it up!
Onward & Upward.
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Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge doesn't have quite the bullpen he thought he'd have coming into of spring training, but he's not arguing with the results. Closer Brandon League has been moved out of that role after a series of inconsistent performances in May, and George Sherrill, who was supposed to be the eighth-inning left-hander, is out for the season following...
Derek Norris will have a hard time topping his first major league home run celebration.
Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first career home run, and the Oakland Athletics walked off with a stunning 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
''It's something I'll never forget,'' Norris said.
Norris hammered a...
Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run, and the Oakland Athletics walked off with a stunning 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Norris hammered a full-count pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-3) over the left-field wall to help the A's avoid the first three-game sweep by San Francisco in Oakland....
Projecting ahead on what the rotation for the Mariners may look like in the future should involve looking at Erasmo Ramirez.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. Another bad week for the Mariners in inter-league play. Lost four out of six against the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, Michael Saunders...
Brendan Ryan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to send the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Mariners starter Jason Vargas matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Charlie Furbush (4-1) earned the win with a scoreless eighth and Seattle improved to 13-20 at home.
Yoenis Cespedes homered for Oakland, which had...
Tommy Milone finally figured out how to get it done on the road. The Oakland A's lefty is 5-1 with a 0.99 ERA in home starts, the lowest home ERA in the majors. On the road, entering Monday's game in Seattle, he had been 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA, the second-highest road ERA to Tim Lincecum's 7.59. On Monday, it all changed. He pitched seven scoreless innings in Oakland...
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third and final game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Even with strong pitching, the Mariners bats can't help them win games. The Mariners are now 31-43, seemingly already digging their proverbial grave. The top five hitters had just 2 hits—not including Kyle Seager's pinch hit...
After a successful run through the National League West, the Oakland A's return to their home division, taking on their northern rivals - the Seattle Mariners - for a three-game series. The two teams faced off frequently during the season's first month, but the A's have a much different look now. Chris Biderman previews the A's-M's series.