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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

Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92.
Sep 24 - 1:07 AM

Mariners suspended C Steve Clevenger without pay for the rest of the season.

Clevenger was in hot water over some inappropriate tweets on Thursday. He was already not going to return this season due to hand and elbow injuries but now won't be paid during that time.
Sep 23 - 12:16 PM

Ketel Marte said he's still rebuilding overall strength following a six-week bout with mono.

"When you lose 22 pounds, especially for me, a skinny guy, it’s not easy," Marte told the Tacoma News Tribune. "But not just me. Anybody. If you lose 22 pounds, it’s not that easy. It takes time. You just progress. You eat, but you still feel like your energy level is down." He's batting just .232/.254/.268 in 17 games this month, with only two extra-base hits over his last 75 plate appearances.
Sep 22 - 11:27 AM

Edwin Diaz blew his second save of the season when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Baustia in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays.

Diaz came on with two outs in the eighth inning as the M's looked to hang for a 1-0 victory. He fanned Josh Donaldson to close out that frame, then opened the ninth by striking out Edwin Encarnacion. No such luck next batter. Jose Bautista would make contact -- and then some -- with an epic game-tying shot. Diaz rebounded to record the final two outs in the ninth without issue and Seattle went on to win the game on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. For the season, the flame-throwing 22-year-old Diaz has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 80/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He is now 16-for-18 in save chances. That ninth-inning run surrendered on Wednesday was the first run he has allowed since August 30.
Sep 21 - 8:46 PM

Felix Hernandez took a no-decision but pitched stupendously in Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays, firing seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

King Felix wasn't striking out batters left and right (he finished with four whiffs on the afternoon) and he struggled with his control at times (he walked three), but no matter. This was a clutch performance in a big spot as the Mariners cling to hope for a late Wild Card run. The veteran hurler finished his seven innings of work having thrown 112 pitches, 64 for strikes. Hernandez holds a 3.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 116/63 K/BB ratio across 144 2/3 innings for the season as a whole. Up next on the docket is a potentially huge road date with the Astros.
Sep 21 - 8:13 PM

Leonys Martin went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Martin and the Mariner offense was mostly helpless outside of a two-run triple by Robinson Cano, as they ultimately fell by a 10-2 score. With the hit-less, three-strikeout showing under his belt, the 28-year-old outfielder is hitting .247/.306/.389 with 15 homers, 44 RBI and 19 steals over 478 at-bats.
Sep 21 - 1:59 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Iwakuma kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard altogether through the first three innings. Then, the fourth inning happened. The frame opened innocently enough with a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Jose Bautista single, a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin, a Troy Tulowitzki single, a two-run home run by Michael Saunders, a Kevin Pillar double and an RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera to cap it all off before Iwakuma was mercifully relieved of duty. Yikes. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump from 3.87 to 4.04 by the time the dust had settled. He will try for a more favorable result in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 21 - 1:47 AM

Taijuan Walker surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Walker's foot still isn't quite right, and we'd say that has something to do with his inconsistent results, though it's certainly fair to say he's been inconsistent since the day he entered the league. He fell to 6-11 with a 4.32 ERA after this one. He'll make his next start Sunday in Minnesota.
Sep 20 - 1:49 AM

Seth Smith blasted a pair of home runs and plated four on Sunday, powering the Mariners to a 7-3 victory over the Astros.

Smith tagged Astros starter Doug Fister with a solo shot in the third inning then chased him from the game with a three-run bomb the following frame. He finished the day 2-for-2 plus a walk and scored three times. After the impressive afternoon, he's now hitting .264/.350/.443 with 16 homers and 60 RBI on the season.
Sep 18 - 6:56 PM

Ariel Miranda racked up a career-high eight strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball in Sunday's victory over the Astros.

Miranda scattered three hits and a walk over seven brilliant frames in this one. The only blemish on his afternoon was a solo homer off the bat of George Springer in the third. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Mariners, compiling a 3.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 38/17 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. He's worth a look as a streaming option against the Twins in Minnesota on Saturday.
Sep 18 - 6:54 PM


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