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Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
May 24 - 4:10 PM

Kyle Seager singled and belted a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He scored the Mariners' only two runs of the game, going deep in the second and then scoring on a sac fly in the seventh. Seager is starting to heat up, having homered in back-to-back games and while hitting .311 with five longballs over his last 16 contests.
May 24 - 4:03 PM

Mariners second base prospect Tim Lopes extended his hitting streak to 14 games Saturday for High-A Bakersfield.

Lopes ended Richelson Pena's perfect game with a one-out single in the seventh inning. Even with the hitting streak, Lopes is still batting just .259 this month with no homers in 85 at-bats. The 20-year-old doesn't hit for power but he does have a decent set of wheels. Lopes has ten steals on 14 attempts this year.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Welington Castillo is behind the dish Sunday in Zunino's place.
May 24 - 10:31 AM

Willie Bloomquist delivered a two-run double on Saturday, leading the Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

Score one for the batter vs. pitcher DFS crowd, as Bloomquist entered the day 20-for-44 (.455) with seven extra-base hits lifetime against Mark Buehrle. His two-run double in the third inning increased the M's advantage to 3-1 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon, and he's now hitting .184/.205/.211 with three RBI on the season.
May 23 - 3:39 PM

Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a one-run lead to earn his 12th save of the season.

The veteran right-hander has been far from good this season, registering a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 18/8 K/BB ratio through his first 17 1/3 innings, but he looked like the dominant closer of old at least for one afternoon. His hold on the the closer's gig grows more firm with each successful conversion.
May 23 - 3:38 PM

James Paxton went six strong innings in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks.

Paxton racked up four strikeouts on the afternoon, needing just 90 pitches to get through his six frames. After giving up a sacrifice fly to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, he was able to keep the Jays offense mostly at bay, save for Chris Colabello's solo blast in the fourth. Now 3-2 on the year, Paxton will head into Thursday's matchup against the Indians with a respectable 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 41/21 K/BB ratio through 53 2/3 innings on the season.
May 23 - 3:36 PM

Brad Miller is not in the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

He'll take a seat against opposing southpaw Mark Buehrle, with Chris Taylor starting at shortstop and hitting ninth for the M's. Look for Miller to be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
May 23 - 10:43 AM

Felix Hernandez notched his MLB-leading seventh victory after tossing of one-run ball in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

The only run scored on a solo homer from Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning. Otherwise, he was dominant, allowing just four hits in all against two walks and eight strikeouts. King Felix improved to 7-1 with the victory and now owns a 2.19 ERA and 63/14 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over nine starts. He's been exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for when they paid a high price in drafts this spring.
May 22 - 10:17 PM

Fernando Rodney worked around trouble to convert his 11th save of the season Friday against the Blue Jays.

Rodney entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello to cut things close. However, he was able to retire the final two batters he faced to finish off the victory. Rodney has only blown one save this season, but he has been scored upon in four straight appearances and has an ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the year. He's on shaky ground.
May 22 - 10:15 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his major league-leading 17th home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

It was a solo shot off Marco Estrada in the sixth inning. Cruz has multi-hit games in three out of the last four and currently leads the AL with a .354 batting average. Kendrys Morales pulled ahead in RBI with a big night Friday against the Cardinals, but Cruz isn't too far off the pace there either. He has 34 RBI for the year.
May 22 - 10:14 PM

Austin Jackson (ankle) will remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma through at least the weekend.

The Blue Jays have received a lot of flak for the condition of the artificial turf at Rogers Centre, and the Mariners understandably don't want Jackson to make his return on the sketchy playing surface. The M's will play on artificial turf in Tampa early next week, as well, but Jackson is a good bet to be activated then because the Rays' turf is in better shape.
May 22 - 10:44 AM

Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Cano was also caught stealing for the third time this season. The singles are nice to see, as his numbers are down across the board. If the season finished today, his .264/.305/.356 batting line would be the worst for his career. Thankfully for Cano and the Mariners, the season does not finish on May 21. Given that he hit .314/.382/.454 in 2014, this likely isn't a Safeco problem. Cano's merely in a bit of a rut. His numbers will right themselves over time.
May 21 - 6:37 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Up against his old mates for the closing game of the series, Nelson Cruz decided to show mercy and hit a mere single. He also struck out twice. Cruz has been worth every penny the Mariners paid in the off-season and is currently hitting a mind-bending .351/.412/.708 with 16 homers, 33 RBI and 28 runs scored. The RBI total would be higher if the Mariners actually had other hitters who got on base, but alas, they do not.
May 21 - 6:29 PM

J.A. Happ allowed four runs in two innings against the Orioles on Thursday.

Neither Happ nor Orioles starter Chris Tillman were long for this game, as the contest was delayed for a long stretch during the third inning. Rain or no, Happ started out terribly enough, allowing a two-out grand slam to Steve Pearce in the first inning. He struck out three and walked two in his short time on the mound. While his 3.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are fine, as is his 37/11 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings, owners should be cautioned that the last time Happ posted an ERA under 4.22 was in 2010. In his continued quest to defy his own history, Happ will take to the road for a start against the Rays in his next outing.
May 21 - 6:23 PM


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