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Oregon Sports News:
In my last column, I wrote about some of the positive aspects of the Seattle Mariners underwhelming season. Highlights included the strong play of King Felix, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyle Seager and the rise of several young rookies. However, one positive aspect that I didn’t really dive into was the historic age 41 season currently being put up by Raul Ibanez.
At the All-Star break, Ibanez is slashing .267/.314/.578. This is good for a more than solid .892 OPS. He’s not getting on base at an amazing clip, but you have to appreciate the power numbers, particularly from a guy who wasn’t expected to do a whole lot this season. We’ve had a column on OSN defending him from steroid questions, so I’m going to conduct this analysis under the assumption that Raul isn’t juicing. In all seriousness, I’m also of the opinion that immediately jumping on the steroids train for every guy who is having an unexpectedly productive year is a little disingenuous. We should try to refrain from jumping to c...
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Too Much Hope?
The Seattle Mariners are on fire right now. Heading into the All-Star break with a three game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels, the Mariners have forwarded their momentum and taken their first four of the second half, improving their record to 47-52 on the year.
They’ve done so with stellar pitching, a potent offense, and young players who are, right now, looking...
Justin Smoak is enjoying a fine 2013, can Mariners fans say he is putting it together?
On July 9th, 2010, after a disappointing not even half of a season with the Seattle Mariners, Cliff Lee (and Mark Lowe) was dealt to the Texas Rangers in exchange for top Rangers prospect, Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, and Matt Lawson. At the time, the Mariners were welcoming...
For the Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros have been an unexpected road block this season. Despite the Astros’ residence in last place, Seattle went 4-5 against Houston in the first half of the season, including Houston taking two of the three series. But July has been a different story for the Mariners. Seattle, after earning just one three-game sweep in the first half...
Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle's big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Houston Astros 12-5 on Sunday for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Franklin's slam, Seattle's fifth this season, came off Jordan Lyles (4-4) in a seven-run second.
Hernandez (11-4) scattered four hits...
Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered a dizzy spell during batting practice, had to be helped into the dugout by team personnel and was taken to a hospital as a precaution before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Wedge was helped off the field about halfway through the Mariners hitting session and into the Seattle clubhouse, general manager Jack Zduriencik said...
The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, and that could end up moving Seattle's roster around a bit. Even if the club stays away from moving their bigger assets, the big league roster figures to see some turnover. We look at who could be part of the next wave of minor league talent to hit Seattle late this summer.
Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino each homered to continue Seattle's July power surge, Aaron Harang pitched seven strong innings and the Mariners won their season-high seventh straight with a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Morales led off the fourth inning with a homer and Zunino did the same in the fifth off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, helping Seattle...
Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Erik Bedard (3-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2.
The long fly ball...
SEATTLE—In a city known for their lack of sleep, Indians bats remained in a deep snooze Monday night at Safeco Field.
More offensive woes continued, as the red hot Seattle Mariners squeezed by the Tribe, 2-1 to win their seventh straight and the first of the three-game series.
The loss slides Cleveland (52-45) 2 1/2 games in back of the first place Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Central...
Mike Zunino wasn’t around to witness firsthand how his team’s season was largely derailed early on by its current opponent.
The Mariners dropped four straight to the Cleveland Indians back in May, setting off a prolonged losing skid the team still hasn’t completely recovered from. But Zunino and some other newcomers are trying to help, and his solo home run that was a difference...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dropping three of four immediately following the All-Star break, and being held to two runs of less in all three, is already bringing questions of what's wrong with the Cleveland Indians offense.
Terry Francona isn't worried, yet.
"We're not rolling but our pitching, thankfully, is keeping us in games," Francona said. "If our pitching keeps...
Drained but delighted, bordering on delirious, the Mariners were in full agreement on one thing after they had — somehow — pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday night.
This one was special. Special, as in a win to savor. And special, as in, you might not see another quite like this for awhile.
“It’s the oddest win I’ve ever been a part of,’’ said Michael...
Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double
with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2
win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Mariners sweep for second time in 2013
This is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter, but will the team be able to claw back into any semblance of a playoff race?
Seattle Mariners 12, Houston 5
When: 2:10 PM ET, Sunday, July 21, 2013
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas