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Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox.

Seager's solo homer in the sixth inning snapped a scoreless tie. He also chipped in with a pair of singles. It's possible he's starting to snap out of a frigid August stretch, as he's recorded four hits in his last 10 at-bats. Two of those hits have left the park. For the season, Seager's hitting .258/.314/.428 with 19 home runs and 50 batted in.
Aug 29 - 1:11 AM

Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox.

Gutierrez's sixth-inning home run came with two outs and boosted the Mariner advantage to 2-0. That would stand as the final score, as Taijuan Walker and the M's bullpen combined for a terrific pitching performance. The outfielder's working on a modest five-game hitting streak at the moment and maintains a .319/.366/.644 triple-slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 113 at-bats.
Aug 29 - 1:06 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen locked down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's 2-0 win over the White Sox.

Wilhelmsen entered with the Mariners clinging to a 2-0 lead. He made sure that slight advantage held up, recording three outs without issue. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances and has pitched to a 3.78 ERA with a 45/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings.
Aug 29 - 12:53 AM

Taijuan Walker was forced to leave Friday's start against the White Sox due to a cramp in his right hip flexor.

Walker had been absolutely dealing before his departure, allowing just three hits and a walk over 6 1/3 shutout frames. The Mariners are calling his exit precautionary, though there's always the chance that it could force him to miss his next scheduled start.
Aug 29 - 12:25 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Edgar Olmos will make his first career start on Sunday.

The 25-year-old southpaw has appeared out of the bullpen in all four of his outings with the M's this season, hurling 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues, though he's unlikely to work deep into the ballgame.
Aug 28 - 11:31 PM

Mariners recalled C John Hicks from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's have decided to give Mike Zunino some much-needed time in the minors so he can try to figure things out at the plate. Hicks has batted .245/.282/.362 with six homers at Tacoma this season and should share the workload behind the dish with Jesus Sucre.
Aug 28 - 1:20 PM

Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

The demotion is probably long overdue. Zunino has simply been lost at the plate all season, sporting a hideous .174/.230/.300 batting line over 112 games. John Hicks has replaced him on the roster and will share the catching duties with Jesus Sucre for now.
Aug 28 - 1:18 PM

The Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Zduriencik has seemingly been on the hot seat for a few years now and it's not a surprise to see him get the boot in the midst of the Mariners' disappointing season. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle the GM duties for the remainder of the season, although it's unclear whether he might be a candidate to get the full-time gig. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says that the club has already reached out to former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd.
Aug 28 - 11:33 AM

Roenis Elias lost to the White Sox in his return to the rotation, allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings.

Elias should be a solid enough starter for the Mariners the rest of the way, but with the rest of the team treading water, he wouldn't seem to have any mixed-league value at all.
Aug 27 - 11:28 PM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Thursday, leaving him with a .174 average after 350 at-bats.

It doesn't seem likely that Zunino will fall below Adam Dunn's .159 average in 2011, but he could finish with the second lowest average (min. 400 at-bats) of anyone in the last 50 years. The next lowest marks were .179s from Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.
Aug 27 - 11:24 PM

Kyle Seager is out of Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.

He's just getting a day off. Brad Miller will fill in at third base.
Aug 27 - 4:13 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Mariners' 8-2 win over the A's on Wednesday.

Cruz had an RBI single in the Mariners' four-run first inning, adding another RBI single in the sixth before blasting a solo homer in the eighth. Cruz has an AL-best 39 home runs to go with 82 RBI and 76 runs. The outfielder is hitting a robust .321/.390/.615 with a little over a month left to play.
Aug 26 - 7:20 PM

Felix Hernandez allowed two runs over eight innings in a win over the Athletics on Wednesday.

King Felix had been shaky in his previous two starts and didn't get off to a great beginning Wednesday after Billy Burns hit a first-pitch home run, but the right-hander settled down after that. He gave up just three hits, including another solo homer, on the afternoon, walking one while striking out seven. The win moved him to 15-8 on the year. Hernandez will look to improve on his 3.66 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 158/45 K/BB ratio in Monday's start at the Astros.
Aug 26 - 7:13 PM

Kyle Seager hit his 18th home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Athletics.

The solo shot in the eighth inning snapped a 1-for-26 slide on the homestand for Seager. The cold stretch has Seager's line down to .254/.310/.420 on the year.
Aug 26 - 6:58 PM

Joe Beimel (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma early next week.

Beimel has been playing catch and will throw a bullpen session on Friday. He's on track to be activated when first eligible on September 4.
Aug 26 - 2:45 PM

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