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Mariners manager Eric Wedge looks at his team's strikeout binge -- hitters have gone down flailing 53 times in the last five games -- and he's just about had it. Seattle led the league last year with 1,280 strikeouts, and the Mariners are ahead of that pace after 26 games. Wedge said that number is not one he wants to approach again. "The strikeouts are ridiculous," Wedge said Wednesday after the Mariners dropped a 5-4 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle's fifth consecutive loss after beginning the trip with four wins in succession. "We're better than that. If we have to change personnel or change roles, so be it." Two players whose status on the team remains shaky are the shortstop, Brendan Ryan, and the third baseman-turned-left fielder, Chone Figgins. Ryan struck out in all three of his at-bats Wednesday and is now hitless in his last 26 at-bats dating back to April 20. A dozen of the outs are strikeouts. Figgins is 4-for-32 sin...
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The elephant has left the room. With Miguel Olivo now out injured and placed on the 15-day DL, the Mariners will be forced to rely on rookie catcher Jesus Montero and back-up John Jaso, who hasn’t caught a game this year, to handle the catching duties.
Olivo had been a lightening rod for what is wrong with the Mariners’ poor offense. The veteran catcher had been in the doghouse...
The Reds have signed right-hander Michael Wuertz to a minor league deal, allowing him to work out at their spring training complex in Arizona as part of the team's extended spring training program.
The 33-year-old reliever pitched five seasons for the Chicago Cubs and three with Oakland, which released him in October. Wuertz went 0-0 with a 6.68 ERA in 39 relief appearances...
--C Miguel Olivo officially went on the disabled list with a strained right groin. He
missed 28 games with a strained left groin last year, and this injury seems to be at least
as serious. He will remain with the team until they return home on Friday, when he will be
checked out by the Mariners medics.
Seattle Drops a Close One at the Trop
The Headline: Kyle Seager provides the spark, but the Seattle Mariners lack the fire necessary to hold down a win.
Seattle Mariners , Tampa Bay Rays
When: 7:10 ET, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
Umpires: Home — Jim Wolf, 1B — Derryl Cousins, 2B — Al Porter, 3B — Ron Kulpa
Whoever came up with Milton Bradley's tag line for Gator Golf clearly never dealt with a real life alligator. If you ask 75-year-old Albert Miller, he'll tell you a lot of things are greater than golf with a gator. That's because he was bitten and dragged into a pond by a 9-foot alligator while playing golf last week, according to The Ledger. "You'll never get...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have signed right-hander Michael Wuertz to a minor league deal, allowing him to work out at their spring training complex in Arizona as part of the team's extended spring training program.
The 33-year-old reliever pitched five seasons for the Chicago Cubs and three with Oakland, which released him in October. Wuertz went 0-0 with a 6.68 ERA in 39...
Tune into Sun Sports at 12:30 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Seattle Mariners.
While the Tampa Bay Rays continue to roll at home, the Seattle Mariners probably can't wait for their once-promising road trip to end.
The AL East-leading Rays look to complete a four-game sweep of the struggling Mariners with a ninth consecutive home victory Thursday.
There are downsides to having a primary team, like developing tunnel vision to the other divisions. The Yankees guaranteed Jesus Montero would make fewer trips to Tropicana Field when they traded him to the Mariners. With only seven scheduled visits on the season, Montero demands attention when he plays at the Trop. This isn’t my first tango with Jesus, though my strongest memory...