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Mariners hit 4 HRs in 9-5 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison all hit two-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 Friday night for their third win in four games. J.A. Happ (4-5) snapped a personnel four-game slide with six strong innings, giving up three runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked none. Mark Canha had two hits and...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mariners-Athletics Preview

The Oakland Athletics would not be in last place in the AL West if they had better results against the Seattle Mariners. Seattle looks to win six in a row in the series for the first time since 2009 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in Oakland. The Athletics (36-45) rolled to a 12-0 win in the first matchup this season before the Mariners (36-42) took the next...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' bats stay silent, lose 7-0 to Mariners

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Taijuan Walker pitched one-hit ball for six innings to win his fifth straight start, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the punchless San Diego Padres 7-0 on Wednesday. Cano had four hits and drove in three runs. Cruz connected for his 20th homer on his 35th birthday. Walker (7-6) struck out seven and walked none. The 22-year-old...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' bats stay silent, lose 7-0 to Mariners

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Taijuan Walker pitched one-hit ball for six innings to win his fifth straight start, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the punchless San Diego Padres 7-0 on Wednesday. Cano had four hits and drove in three runs. Cruz connected for his 20th homer on his 35th birthday. Walker (7-6) struck out seven and walked none. The 22-year-old...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Walker throws 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Mariners top Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Taijuan Walker pitched one-hit ball for six innings to win his fifth straight start, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the punchless San Diego Padres 7-0 on Wednesday. Cano had four hits and drove in three runs. Cruz connected for his 20th homer on his 35th birthday. Walker (7-6) struck out seven and walked none. The 22-year-old righty...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Cruz declines Home Run Derby invitation, thanks fans for All-Star votes

Despite being among the league leaders in home runs thanks to his prolific start to his Seattle Mariners career, slugger Nelson Cruz will not take part in the Home Run Derby during All-Star Week. Cruz made the announcement on Tuesday night, and cited the same reason he gave the Baltimore Orioles for opting out of the event last season.As he told Greg Johns of MLB.com, he's all about...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz leapfrogs Morales in DH race for All-Star Game with voting ending soon

With voting for the All-Star rosters coming to a close this Thursday, Nelson Cruz holds a precarious lead over Kansas City Royals DH Kendrys Morales as the top vote-getter for the position. The league released the latest voting update on Monday, and it'll be the final update before the official rosters are announced this coming Sunday ahead of the All-Star Game at Cincinnati's Great...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals lose two more all-star starters in latest voting

As Thursday’s deadline approaches for All-Star Game voting to close, it appears baseball fans outside of Kansas City are moving ever closer to making the American League team an accurate representation of which players truly deserve to start in Cincinnati on July 14. In other words, two more Kansas City Royals lost their starting places this past week, bringing the number down...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Treading Water

Saying a three-game series before July is “must win” is of course ridiculous, but that’s what the series against the Astros felt like. Trailing the division leaders from Houston by 4-1/2 games just feels so much better than 6-1/2. Winning that series was progress, having lost it would have been doomsday. With the division crown still very much in play, not to mention the...
Via Monkey with a Halo
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lloyd McClendon Says “Relax” To Seattle Mariners Fans

Message Not Well Received My doubts about Lloyd McClendon as an effective big league manager are beginning to grow.  Questionable lineups and a lack of passion were my primary concerns, at least until this week when Lloyd made one of the worst statements I have ever heard from a manager. Lloyd McClendon told Seattle Mariners fans, HIS fans, to “relax”. Fans should Relax. Fine...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar drilled in gonads by wicked hop (video)

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is probably counting his blessings — among other things — after he was drilled right in the crotch by a wicked hop during Wednesday’s 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. It appears the nut-shot occurred during the fifth inning when Seattle’s Nelson Cruz reached base on a play that...Read More The post Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz 'OK', but prognosis unclear after leaving game early with injury

Nelson Cruz left the Seattle Mariners' 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night early with what the team called 'hamstring tightness'. After the game, manager Lloyd McClendon referred to Cruz's injury as a 'right pelvic bone injury', but declined to provide any more specifics. Obviously, the M's would not be thrilled if Cruz has to spend some time on the disabled list...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Not so Royal: The King Out-dueled by Joe Blanton

Raise your hand if you had Joe Blanton out-pitching Felix Hernandez. Nobody? Okay.   When Nelson Cruz belted a solo homer in the first inning, it was looking to be a long night for Joe Blanton and the Kansas City Royals. He then sat down the next sixteen batters. In his six innings of work, Blanton allowed just two hits, and struck out seven batters. Blanton went back out...
Via Royals Blue
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz leaves game with tight right hamstring

SEATTLE (AP) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz left in the seventh inning of Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals with a tight right hamstring. Dustin Ackley pinch-hit for Cruz in the bottom of the seventh after the first-year Mariner fielded his position in the top half of the inning. The Mariners trailed 4-1 at the time Cruz left, and Ackley struck out with a runner...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz doesn't seem overly concerned by power outage

Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz hasn't hit a home run in 19 games, spanning roughly 70 at-bats. Cruz had previously led the AL in homers with 18, but he has since fallen into a second-plate tie with Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees (Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels currently leads with 19).  Despite his lengthy stretch of homerless games, Cruz told Bob Dutton of...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

True All Star lineup: The best starters for the American League

The current All Star projections for the American League team has brought a whole new level of controversy along with it. With 8 Kansas City Royals currently in position to start in the mid-summer classic, with Mike Trout the lone man out, many see signs of ballot stuffing and popularized voting for the Royals. Obviously, people want to see the best players from THIS season start...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners vs. Giants starting lineups and betting line

The Seattle Mariners endured an offensive salvo by the Houston Astros over the weekend. They lost two games by a combined score of 23-0. Seattle dropped to 28-35 and will play four games against the San Francisco Giants in cavernous ballparks rarely prone to offensive displays they were subjected to in Houston. The San Francisco Giants have lost four straight and were swept at home...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
19 days ago  |  Discuss

McClendon doesn't think Cruz's back spasms caused power outage

Nelson Cruz hasn't hit a home run in two weeks, but the Seattle Mariners' slugger's manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't think a recent injury has anything to do with it.Speaking to Greg Johns of MLB.com on Sunday, McClendon was adamant that the back spasms Cruz experienced earlier on the M's road trip didn't negatively affect his swing: "No, the back just started hurting. I think home...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Series in Cleveland offers more Questions than Answers

It was a series of highs and lows this week in Cleveland. The Mariners ultimately left town with a 2-1 record this week, but not without some changes to the team. Nelson Cruz was pulled halfway through the game on Tuesday, due to back spasms. He noticed it during batting practice on Tuesday, a bit of tightness. After his at-bat in the 5th inning, M’s Skipper Lloyd McClendon pulled...
Via Seattle Side Up!
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' slugger Nelson Cruz out again with back spasms

CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, is out of the lineup for the second straight game because of back spasms. Cruz didn't play Wednesday after his back tightened up during an at-bat in Tuesday's series opener. He hoped to play Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon decided to...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Cruz misses second straight game with back spasms

CLEVELAND -- Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, is out of the lineup for the second straight game because of back spasms. Cruz didn't play Wednesday after his back tightened up during an at-bat in Tuesday's series opener. He hoped to play Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon decided to give...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians look to avoid sweep against Mariners

After finally showing some offensive life, the Seattle Mariners might get an additional boost if the AL home run leader returns to the lineup. Nelson Cruz hopes to play when the Mariners try to complete their first road sweep of the Cleveland Indians in seven seasons Thursday. Seattle (27-32) had failed to score more than three runs in the previous 13 contests before breaking out...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Seager subs for Cruz, hits grand slam as Mariners top Indians

  Kyle Seager, batting cleanup in place of ailing Nelson Cruz, hit a grand slam, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Cleveland Indians 9-3 Wednesday night. Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, missed the game because of back spasms. Seager helped Seattle win for the second straight day at Progressive Field after a 2-9 homestand...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruz out of Mariners' starting lineup because of back spasms

CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 homers, is out of the starting lineup against the Cleveland Indians because of back spasms. Cruz was removed from Tuesday's game in the fifth inning after fouling off a pitch. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz felt some tightness in his back during batting practice but thought he could play...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners get past Indians after Cruz leaves game early

  Robinson Cano broke out of a slump with two doubles and an RBI, while five pitchers held Cleveland in check, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Indians on Tuesday night. Roenis Elias (3-3) gave up a solo homer to Yan Gomes in the second, the only run the left-hander allowed in six innings. Gomes homered to lead off the ninth against rookie Carson Smith, the Mariners...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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