Player News - Mariners

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Nelson Cruz had yet another multi-hit game Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Astros.

Cruz now has five consecutive two-hit contests, and he's got two doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and six runs scored in that span. On Tuesday, his RBI single in the first inning gave the Mariners a short-lived lead. The 36-year-old is batting .288/.360/.553 with 41 homers, 102 RBI and 93 runs scored in 151 games overall this year.
Sep 28 - 12:37 AM

Felix Hernandez gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

King Felix allowed two runs out of the gate but settled in after that, hurling four scoreless frames before the fateful six-run sixth inning. Hernandez got himself into some trouble in that inning, but a two-out error by first baseman Adam Lind prolonged the inning and paved the way for four more unearned runs to cross the plate before the bleeding stopped. The loss dropped the 30-year-old to 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA through 24 starts. His last start of the 2016 season will come Sunday against the Athletics.
Sep 28 - 12:29 AM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in the Mariners' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros.

The MRI taken Monday on his sore left wrist apparently showed nothing of concern. Cruz is starting at DH and batting cleanup versus Astros right-hander Mike Fiers.
Sep 27 - 4:19 PM

Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96.
Sep 27 - 12:36 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then.
Sep 27 - 12:33 AM

Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games.
Sep 27 - 12:31 AM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps.
Sep 27 - 12:26 AM

Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist.
Sep 26 - 5:18 PM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh.
Sep 26 - 4:12 PM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week.
Sep 26 - 11:02 AM

Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista.
Sep 25 - 5:20 PM

Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day.
Sep 25 - 4:47 PM

Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18.
Sep 24 - 10:02 PM

Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats.
Sep 24 - 9:43 PM

James Paxton pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Twins on Friday.

Paxton struck out nine and walked none. The left-hander hasn't been very consistent, but he's flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff this season, and he'll enter next year as a nice mid-round pick in mixed leagues, even if he doesn't seem like a great bet to make 30 starts.
Sep 24 - 1:09 AM


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