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We survived Tebowmania and Linsanity, now it’s time to help think of a catchy phrase that will captivate the sports world that follows every at-bat of the (presumably) young Cuban sensation of the Oakland A’s.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his first career big league home run off a hanging breaking ball, and Bartolo Colon threw 8 strong innings to earn a 4-1 over the Seattle Mariners in the Tokyo Dome.
These two AL West teams split the Tokyo series and now will return home to American soil to play their remaining 160 games. Josh Reddick homered immediately after Cespedes, and Justin Smoak accounted for the lone Mariners run with a bomb of his own.
The good news is that now we can all settle in, because the next games played that count will be the real deal variety of openers and we’ll have a lot to focus on in just a short while.
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This week in Tokyo Seattle Mariners left fielder Mike Carp was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Not a great way to start your season.
Carp suffered the injury diving for a double hit by Kurt Suzuki of the Oakland A's in game 1 of the MLB 2012 season's opening series in the Tokyo Dome.
Your probably wondering how this came to be since Carp stayed in through the entire...
The Mariners' season-opening trip to Japan provided shortstop Brendan Ryan with the perfect opportunity to pop the question, and Major League Baseball provided an assist.
The 30-year-old told his longtime girlfriend he would be taking her on a tour of the city Tuesday, but the guide was actually an employee of Major League Baseball who was in on the plan.
When the couple reached...
Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Wednesday in baseball's season-opener in Tokyo.
Brendan Ryan doubled to lead off the 11th, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins and scored on Ackley's single to center.
Suzuki then gave Seattle an insurance...
Sports make people do crazy things. Whether it’s the Little League father who feels the need to beat up a Little League umpire for calling a third strike on their six year-old son, or Bud Selig deciding to start the 2012 Major League Baseball season in Tokyo, Japan in the middle of spring training, sport causes insanity. As a fan of baseball and a writer of sports, I’ve...
Ichiro looks good in pink
Hello all, and welcome to the first edition of my new weekly column titled The Mariners: Week That Was.
This is going to be a fun column, with lots of laughs, I hope, and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman, but since this was a short week, I’m starting off with five.
So here goes. I hope you all enjoy it, our first...
Hard to believe, but MLB’s 2012 season is about to unfold while most of America is asleep. The “Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012” (yes, “Gloops” is the title sponsor) starts Weds and ends Thursday when the Athletics and Seattle Mariners play at the Tokyo Dome.
But, many have asked when and where on the dial they can watch the game. Here’s the lowdown:
Live on ROOT...
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Apparently, the Seattle Mariners superstar has a doppleganger and, naturally, he took it upon himself to show up at an autograph signing Monday...dressed exactly like the ten-time All-Star.
"I couldn't tell the difference," Saunders said. "It was unbelievable. Full uni, the facial hair...
JoeIn case you weren’t aware, regular season baseball transpired this morning. Really early this morning, between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s. The Mariners prevailed 3-1 in 11 innings behind Felix Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki, and Dustin Ackley. Ichiro went 4-5 with four singles in his return to Japan. This was a great start to [...]Sports-Kings - The Kings of Sports Lists
Dave Cameron laid out the methodology behind the rankings last Friday. Remember that the grading scale for each category is 20-80, with 50 representing league average.
2012 Organizational Rankings
#30 – Baltimore
#29 – Houston
#28 – Oakland
#27 – Pittsburgh
#26 – San Diego
#25 – Minnesota
#24 – Chicago White Sox
Seattle’s 2011 Ranking: #17
2012 Outlook: 36 (26th)...
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners opened the 2012 MLB season early this morning before a sell-out crowd of 44,227 in the Tokyo Dome, Japan. The two game series was held in Japan to raise money for relief efforts to assist with the rebuilding in Japan following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Clearly the attraction of the series is Ichiro Suzuki, who didn’t disappoint...
Photo Credit: Itsuo Inouye/Associated PressSince a first-place finish in the 2001 season, the Seattle Mariners have rarely sniffed first place in the A.L. West over the last decade, grabbing a pair of second-place finishes in that time frame. Is this the season that things...
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Shawn Kelley could only pitch 0.1 innings, while George Sherrill couldn't even get through an inning.
Can Dustin Ackley capitalize on a strong rookie season and come back ready for more this year? What can Mariners fans expect from Montero? It's all right here in this preview of the 2012 Mariners. Find out what National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere is expecting from Seattle in this video.
Bartolo Colon tossed eight solid innings and Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes belted a two-run homer in the seventh as the Oakland Athletics salvaged a split with their American League West rival after a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes also went deep for the Athletics, who rebounded from a 3-1 loss in 11 innings in Wednesday's season...
Baseball is here! Well, sort of. The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners began their season-long race for third place this week, and in the process gave the HardballChat crew a few minutes of conversation.
FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris joins Hudson and Scott for a discussion of fantasy baseball, its evolution, and a few strategy points. Eno talks about FanGraphs: The Game...