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Carson Smith did not have a particularly good ninth inning, but managed to close out an 8-7 win over the Rockies on Monday for his 10th save.

The Mariners entered with an 8-4 lead, but Tom Wilson and Rob Rasmussen each allowed a single before Smith was brought in. Smith, however, allowed a one-out, two-run double followed by an RBI single to make it an 8-7 game. After allowing another single, Smith recovered, striking out Michael McKenry, then getting Charlie Blackmon to fly out to end the game. The right-hander has struggled since being entrusted with the responsibility of closing out games in June. He's 10-for-12 in save chances overall with a 2.93 ERA and a 57/13 K/BB ratio over 43 innings.
Aug 4 - 12:33 AM

Felix Hernandez won his 13th game of the season, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Rockies on Monday.

Hernandez was coming off of a beating against the Diamondbacks in which he gave up 12 hits. He gave up 11 hits this time around, but the Rockies could only capitalize for four runs. He also walked one while striking out nine. Though Hernandez's numbers are down from last year's effort -- when he finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting -- his 3.13 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 140/41 K/BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings are quite good nevertheless. He'll host the Rangers in his next start.
Aug 4 - 12:29 AM

Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a solo home run, and three runs scored on Monday as the Mariners outlasted the Rockies.

Seager hit the first of back-to-back home runs with Nelson Cruz. He also scored runs in the first and seventh innings. The third baseman had been in a slump, batting .133 (4-for-30) in his previous seven games. Seager's numbers on the season are solid, hitting .270/.329/.447 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI.
Aug 4 - 12:19 AM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run as the Mariners narrowly escaped with a win against the Rockies on Monday.

Cruz went back-to-back with Kyle Seager in the second inning, extending the Mariners' lead to 6-1. It's his 30th homer of the year, marking only the third time he's crossed the 30-homer threshold in 11 big league seasons. (He's hit 29 twice, though.) Cruz has also knocked in 66 runs while hitting .321/.385/.590.
Aug 4 - 12:16 AM

Robinson Cano is back at second base for the Mariners on Monday.

Cano has been limited to designated hitter duty the last couple days due to a minor abdominal strain, but he's ready to play his position again with the DH not available in Colorado. Ketel Marte is starting in center field.
Aug 3 - 5:31 PM

Mariners OF prospect Tyler O'Neill slugged his third home run in as many games Sunday in a win for High-A Bakersfield.

O'Neill's only hit of the afternoon broke a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old has plated 15 runs over his last nine games, hitting .361 during that stretch. He's taken over the California League lead in home runs with 24 and is sixth in slugging at .554. The former third-round pick has struck out in over a third of his at-bats this season (100 Ks in 298 trips to the plate) but few can rival the power he generates.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 3 - 2:17 PM

Charlie Furbush (biceps) threw 33 fastballs in a successful bullpen workout Sunday.

Furbush should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment after one more side session. He has been on the disabled list since early July with tendinitis in his left biceps. The 29-year-old southpaw was having an exceptional season before the injury.
Aug 3 - 1:18 PM

Robinson Cano (abdomen) expects to be in the Mariners' starting lineup Monday at Colorado.

Cano was limited to designated hitter duties on Saturday and Sunday against the Twins due to a Grade 1 abdominal strain. He'll have to return to second base Monday as the M's open a three-game series in a National League park.
Aug 3 - 1:15 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a long solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

Cruz belted his prodigious bomb off of Twins closer Glen Perkins with two outs in the ninth. It was the first run that either team scored on the day. The Twins would tie it up in the bottom of the inning before the Mariners pushed across three runs in the 11th to pick up the victory. Cruz has been on fire of late, with homers in each of his last three games and five over his last eight. He's now hitting a sterling .317/.380/.581 with 29 homers and 65 RBI.
Aug 2 - 6:41 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a dominant performance in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, allowing just three hits and one run over 8 2/3 innings before the Mariners picked up a 4-1 win in extra innings.

Iwakuma struck out eight and walked one in the spectacular performance, but he would not earn a victory. After Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the ninth to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead, Iwakuma would trot out to try for the complete game and subsequently allow a solo home run to Brian Dozier. The Mariners would eventually win 4-1 in 11 innings. No-decision aside, it was a great start. He's been inconsistent since returning from injury in early July, but outings like this are a reminder that expectations should be initially tempered when a player returns from a long stint on the disabled list. For the season, Iwakuma holds a 4.31 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. There's still room for improvement on that ERA mark. He'll try to build off Sunday's strong start when he faces the Rangers in Seattle next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 2 - 6:27 PM

Vidal Nuno will start on Tuesday in Colorado.

He's taking J.A. Happ's spot in the rotation. Nuno boasts a 2.02 ERA and 38/8 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 relief innings between the D'Backs and Mariners this season. The downside is that he hasn't thrown more than 2 2/3 innings in any appearance this month, so he'll be pretty limited from a pitch count perspective on Thursday.
Aug 2 - 12:34 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Cruz took Twins starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The bomb was his 28th of the year. He's homered in four of his last seven games, including each of his last two. For the season, he's slashing .316/.380/.576 with the 28 homers and 64 RBI. Cruz will go through his cold streaks, as he did in a tough June, but when he's on, his bat is magical.
Aug 2 - 12:01 AM

Mike Montgomery pitched well but came away with a no-decision in Saturday's contest with the Twins, as he allowed one run on four hits over six innings.

Montgomery struck out six and walked two in the contest. He was actually in line to earn a tough 2-1 win, but the Mariner bullpen self-destructed and allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Montgomery struggled with the home run in July, allowing seven taters over the month, but the problem did not rear its head on Saturday. He'll take a 3.07 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into his next start, a home outing against the Rangers.
Aug 1 - 11:46 PM

Charlie Furbush (biceps) is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Sunday and Tuesday.

If all goes well, Furbush will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday and could be back with the Mariners by next weekend. Furbush has been one of the more reliable arms in Seattle's bullpen, contributing a dominant 2.08 ERA across 33 appearances this year. Left-handers are hitting .105 against him in 38 at-bats.
Aug 1 - 9:01 PM

Logan Morrison is likely to see less playing time when he returns from his thumb injury.

According to beat reporter Bob Dutton, the Mariners want to take "a long look" at Jesus Montero. Montero has been arguably the best hitter in minor league baseball this season and has played well since getting promoted (5-for-14 with three RBI). Morrison's .221 average this year is his lowest in six major league seasons. He could be headed for the bench if things don't improve quickly.
Aug 1 - 7:20 PM


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