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James Paxton was torched for nine runs -- eight earned -- in 2 2/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Monday.

Ouch, ouch, ouch. Paxton had allowed a total of 15 earned runs in 11 starts coming into this one. He hadn't walked more than three in any of those outings. His season high was seven hits allowed. Tonight, he walked six and still gave up seven hits while retiring just eight batters. Hopefully, it was an isolated incident. He should still be worth using this weekend against the Angels, unless the Mariners have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Roenis Elias will need 4-6 weeks of rehab after an MRI revealed a strained left flexor bundle in his elbow.

The Mariners were leaving open the possibility that Elias could make an appearance in relief this week, but obviously that's not going to happen. The good news is that it doesn't appear he'll need surgery and he should have a relatively normal offseason. Elias had a solid rookie year after surprisingly cracking the rotation out of spring training, posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts.
Sep 22 - 6:31 PM

Chris Young has been moved to the Mariners' bullpen.

The veteran right-hander was scheduled to make his final regular-season start on Thursday against the Blue Jays, but the M's need to rack up as many victories as possible over this final week and aren't confident right now about what Young might give them. He had a great first half, but Young was lit up for seven runs in just three innings Saturday by a weak Astros team and owns an 8.35 ERA over his last five outings.
Sep 22 - 3:48 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Saunders was one of the few Mariners hitters able to muster some offense against Collin McHugh, as his two-run home run in the fifth inning gave the M's a short-lived lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and his first since coming back from a strained oblique in early September. Saunders is hitting .267/.332/.424 on the year.
Sep 21 - 7:24 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma lost his third straight start Sunday, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.

The Astros made Iwakuma work, as he needed 88 pitches to get through one out in the fourth inning. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out eight in the loss. He's now 14-9 with a 3.54 ERA on the year, and the 33-year-old will look to end on an upswing against the Angels on Friday.
Sep 21 - 7:08 PM

Roenis Elias (elbow) could pitch in relief during the final week if his MRI results come back clean.

The Mariners are confident that Elias' elbow injury is minor, but we'll know for sure on Monday. He won't start again and it seems unlikely that he'll pitch in relief, but the M's aren't closing the door on the possibility.
Sep 21 - 12:34 PM

Chris Young allowed seven runs on eight hits in just three innings in the Mariners' 10-1 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

The Astros were batting Young around from the start in this one. They put up four runs in the first frame thanks to two-run homers by Chris Carter and Alex Presley and an RBI single to Jose Altuve in the second. When Young gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan to start the fourth, he was promptly yanked. In the end, he managed to last just three innings, striking out three, walking one and surrendering eight hits. The loss comes at a bad time for the M's, who are in a tight race with Oakland and Kansas City for the final two wildcard spots. Young's been a rock in the Mariner rotation, but he has been slightly more hittable since the All Star Break (3.15 ERA/.208 BAA in first half, 3.73 ERA/.264 BAA in second half) and this outing won't help those numbers. He'll take a 3.65 ERA into his last start of the season against the Blue Jays.
Sep 20 - 9:56 PM

Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 10-5 win over the Astros.

Filling in for the injured Roenis Elias (elbow), Walker was making his first start for the Mariners since way back on July 23. The young right-hander gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. While he wasn't great, he managed to dance around trouble for most the evening. Walker lines up for another start next week against the Blue Jays in Toronto
Sep 20 - 1:16 AM

Dustin Ackley had big night at the plate Friday against the Astros, going 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, a walk, and three runs scored.

It was the second multi-homer game of his career. Ackley came into Friday's action 3-for-35 (.086) this month. The Mariners and fantasy owners will have to hope that the big game will get him going again.
Sep 20 - 1:15 AM

Kyle Seager finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Astros.

Seager's three-run blast off Jake Buchanan capped a seven-run rally for the Mariners in the fourth inning. After going hitless in five straight games, the 26-year-old has three multi-hit games in his last six. Seager has been a consistent source of production for fantasy owners this season, batting .273/.341/.466 with 24 home runs and 92 RBI -- both career-highs -- over 150 games. There's a case to be made that he has been the Mariners' most valuable position player this season, not Robinson Cano.
Sep 20 - 1:14 AM

Mike Zunino was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer against the Astros on Friday.

Zunino hit one of four homers for Seattle on Friday, as Dustin Ackley hit two and Kyle Seager also went deep. The 23-year-old backstop is now up to 21 home runs and 57 RBI on the year, though he's done it with a .199/.256/.409 batting line and an ugly 150/16 K/BB ratio.
Sep 20 - 1:14 AM

Roenis Elias' left elbow injury is not considered serious.

He underwent a precautionary MRI, but Elias' exam with doctors went well and there wasn't a high level of concern. The left-hander won't pitch again this season, but it's sounding like he'll have a relatively normal offseason.
Sep 19 - 6:01 PM

Fernando Rodney allowed one run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday but hung on to earn his 46th save of the season.

Rodney, tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead against an Angels team that more or less got the night off after clinching the AL West, retired the first batter of the frame before coughing up a Hank Conger homer to right. He evaded further danger, and struck out one, to improve to 46-for-49 in save opportunities to go with a 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Sep 19 - 1:26 AM

Logan Morrison blasted a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break a 0-0 tie and push the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Angels on Thursday.

He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Morrison has now homered in three of his last eight games, a stretch in which he also has a trio of doubles. It's certainly debatable whether Morrison is Seattle's best option at first base versus righties, but he's rewarded the club's patience with a strong September.
Sep 19 - 1:25 AM

Felix Hernandez fired seven shutout innings, striking out 11, in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.

He scattered three hits and walked two. The Mariners ultimately won 3-1, but we're not going to call this a "tough-luck" no-decision, because King Felix didn't exactly face a murderer's row. The Angels trotted out the following Little League World Series lineup after clinching the division last night: 1. Tony Campana CF, 2. Gordon Beckham SS, 3. Brennan Boesch RF, 4. C.J. Cron DH, 5. Efren Navarro 1B, 6. Grant Green 2B, 7. Hank Conger C, 8. Luis Jimenez 3B, 9. Shawn O'Malley LF. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA across his last four outings. The soon-to-be Cy Young gets the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Sep 19 - 1:25 AM


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