9/20/2014 | McClendon, Mariners enjoying playoff chase
Two-and-a-half hours before their own game with the Astros on Saturday, most of the Mariners' players were huddled in front of television sets tuned to the afternoon's game between the Royals and Tigers.
9/20/2014 | Zunino continues to pile up extra-base hits
When Mike Zunino hustled into second base with a double in the seventh inning of Friday's 10-5 victory over the Astros, it gave him 20 doubles for the season to go along with 21 home runs. Zunino thus became the first Mariners catcher with 20 homers and 20 doubles in the same season. And at 23 years and 178 days old, he's the fifth-youngest catcher in Major League history to hit that 20-20 club.
9/20/2014 | Ankle not ailing, Ackley feels he's 'turned the corner'
As the Mariners close in on clinching their first postseason berth in 13 years, Dustin Ackley is feeling healthy again. And that's a good thing for a Seattle club that needs every offensive weapon available to supplement its outstanding pitching.
9/20/2014 | Young's rough start costs Mariners in Wild Card race
Handed an opportunity to move into a tie for the first American League Wild Card spot by virtue of losses by the Royals and A's, the Mariners instead stumbled themselves Saturday night as veteran right-hander Chris Young got roughed up in a 10-1 loss to the Astros.
9/20/2014 | Mariners turn to Iwakuma to boost Wild Card hopes
As the Mariners' playoff chase hits the final eight games -- they're a half-game behind the Royals for the American League's second Wild Card -- the club hopes for a better outing Sunday from right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma as it closes out a three-game set in Houston, with the Astros turning to righty Collin McHugh in their home finale.
9/20/2014 | Mariners send Young to knock on Wild Card door
Just a half-game short of the second American League Wild Card spot, the Mariners will turn to one of their steadiest starters on Saturday, when Chris Young opposes Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel.
9/19/2014 | Four homers keep Mariners in postseason hunt
Baseball managers are fond of saying that it's the little things that make a difference for winning teams. But sometimes big things work just fine, too, such as the three-run homers by Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager that highlighted the Mariners' 10-5 victory over the Astros on Friday.
9/19/2014 | Mixed results for Mariners, Astros in challenges
Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson gained a stolen base on Friday when replay officials overturned an out call at second base, but Jake Marisnick's groundout in the eighth stood.
9/19/2014 | McClendon won't overextend Felix
Lloyd McClendon has leaned toward lower pitch counts for Felix Hernandez as the season has stretched out and says that won't change, even in the postseason, should the Mariners make it that far.
9/19/2014 | Morales comes up with a key contribution
Kendrys Morales hasn't yet provided big production in the middle of the Mariners' order, but he came up with a very timely hit in Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Angels -- a two-out single in the ninth that helped ignite the winning rally.
9/19/2014 | Morrison lighting an offensive fire in September
Although Logan Morrison's game-winning homer on Thursday was a career highlight, he has been more than just a one-hit wonder in the past few months, and he has been especially on fire in September.
9/19/2014 | Credit due for Mariners' handling of Felix
Felix Hernandez was lifted after just 97 pitches in a crucial game Thursday. But should the Mariners wrap up one of the American League's two Wild Card spots, they'll be glad that manager Lloyd McClendon didn't overextend their ace down the stretch.
9/19/2014 | MLB Notebook: No King's ransom for Felix
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed seven shutout innings vs. the Angels on Thursday but came away with a no-decision. It marked the eight time since 2005 he'd gone at least seven scoreless without a decision.
9/19/2014 | Mariners put Wild Card hopes in Walker's hands
Just one game behind the A's for the second American League Wild Card spot, the Mariners will turn to rookie right-hander Taijuan Walker as they open a three-game series against Brad Peacock and the Astros in Houston on Friday.
9/19/2014 | LoMo, Felix put Mariners a game out of WC
Felix Hernandez threw seven scoreless innings against an Angels lineup loaded with backups on Thursday night, and Logan Morrison's three-run homer in the ninth lifted the Mariners to a 3-1 win that pulled them back within one game of an American League Wild Card spot with 10 games remaining.
9/18/2014 | Jackson keeps focus on Mariners' task at hand
As a veteran of one World Series and three straight postseason appearances with the Tigers, Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson has his own theory about scoreboard watching: Don't do it.
9/18/2014 | Walker heads to Houston to prepare for opener
Rookie Taijuan Walker flew ahead to Houston on Thursday as the Mariners looked to give the young right-hander a little rest for his Friday start, with Seattle not expected to arrive at its hotel in Houston until 5 or 6 a.m. CT on Friday thanks to a night getaway game concluding a four-game series at Angel Stadium.
9/18/2014 | Felix, Mariners square off vs. new champs
With the Angels clinching the AL West title on Wednesday and the Mariners eyeing a Wild Card spot, both teams will send their aces to the mound on Thursday when Felix Hernandez and Jered Weaver square off in an Opening Day rematch.
9/18/2014 | Mariners' top prospect Walker returning to rotation
Top Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker will move back into the starting rotation Friday against the Astros, as rookie southpaw Roenis Elias is likely done for the season after experiencing elbow problems.
9/18/2014 | Paxton's gem unravels against Angels
Rookie James Paxton pitched another gem on Wednesday night, but a misplayed line drive by right fielder Chris Denorfia opened the floodgates in the seventh inning as the Angels saddled the Mariners with a 5-0 loss that dropped them to two games back in the AL Wild Card race.
9/17/2014 | Taylor staying sharp while splitting time at short
With Brad Miller heating up at shortstop, rookie Chris Taylor saw his playing time curtailed the past few weeks and started just three of 12 games in one stretch to start the month. But the 24-year-old has continued playing well when given the chance.
9/17/2014 | Elias 'most likely' done for season
Rookie southpaw Roenis Elias will fly back to Seattle on Thursday to have an MRI exam on his left elbow after experiencing some stiffness in his last start. He likely is done for this season, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated on Wednesday.
9/17/2014 | Rookie Smith giving Mariners important innings
Somewhat lost in the Mariners' offensive breakthrough in Tuesday's 13-2 victory over the Angels was yet another stellar outing by Seattle's bullpen, including the first career victory for newcomer Carson Smith.
9/16/2014 | Felix recognized with Clemente Award nomination
Felix Hernandez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for the past decade, but the Mariners hurler also has had a significant impact in the community, a fact recognized by his nomination for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award.
9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.
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