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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners

A's look to slow Mariners' offense in series finale

June 23, 2022, 6:56 AM

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A pair of Opening Day starters seeking consistency go head-to-head Thursday afternoon as the visiting Seattle Mariners try for a three-game sweep over the staggering Oakland Athletics.

The Mariners dominated the first two games of the series, using impressive starting pitching from Marco Gonzales and George Kirby in conjunction with six home runs to breeze to 8-2 and 9-0 victories.

After collecting three doubles and four homers on Tuesday, the Mariners added six doubles and two homers on Wednesday. Five different players have homered for Seattle in the two wins, with Jesse Winker hitting a pair.

The big offense has been accompanied by stellar pitching.

"We finally lined it up," Seattle manager Scott Servais said after the Wednesday win. "We pitched, and we got some big hits. We needed one of those games. We haven't seen that all year, so I was as excited as the guys were."

The series finale will pair Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray (6-6, 4.25 ERA) and A's righty Frankie Montas (3-7, 3.53).

Ray has rebounded from a 4-6 start to go unbeaten in his past three outings.

After shutting out the Boston Red Sox on three hits over seven innings in a no-decision two starts ago, Ray was rewarded with lots of run support in an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He struck out 10 in the victory while giving up just one run on three hits and one walk in seven innings.

Ray has fanned a season-best 10 three times this year, once in a 4-2 home loss to the A's on May 25. He allowed three runs in six innings during that outing, all on home runs by Seth Brown, a solo shot, and Elvis Andrus, a two-run blast.

The 30-year-old is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three career starts against the A's. He has faced Ramon Laureano three times and never gotten him out, surrendering a single, a double and a home run.

Unlike Ray, Montas has shown no signs of turning things around. He has won just once in his past 11 starts.

He has served up five runs on four occasions this season, including each of his past two starts, the latest of which was a 5-1 home loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

In his career, Montas has gone 2-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 10 games against the Mariners, including seven starts.

The 29-year-old has never faced Seattle rookie star Julio Rodriguez, who is 5-for-8 in the series with a double, homer, three RBIs and four runs.

Rodriguez hasn't been Oakland's only problem, according to A's manager Mark Kotsay.

"They've got some guys hitting the ball really well. Rodriguez is one of them," Kotsay said. "We made some mistakes, and they capitalized."

The A's have lost 10 of their last 11 home games, allowing five or more runs eight times in that span.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

Mariners reinstate RHP Ken Giles from 60-day IL

June 20, 2022, 6:41 PM

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The Seattle Mariners reinstated right-handed reliever Ken Giles from the 60-day injured list on Monday.

The club also recalled infielder Kevin Padlo from Triple-A Tacoma and designated relievers Roenis Elias and Sergio Romo for assignment.

Giles, 31, will make his Mariners debut with his first appearance. He has been sidelined since spring training with a sprained right middle finger, and missed the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Giles is 14-18 with a 2.74 ERA and 115 saves in 357 career games (no starts) with the Philadelphia Phillies (2014-15), Houston Astros (2016-18) and Toronto Blue Jays (2018-20).

Padlo, 25, was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on June 11 after being traded from the Mariners to the Giants for cash considerations on April 26.

Padlo was 2-for-12 with four strikeouts in four games with the Giants this season.

Elias, 33, has no decisions and a 3.52 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Mariners this season. The left-hander did not pitch in the majors during the 2020 or 2021 seasons.

Romo, 39, has no decisions and an 8.16 ERA in 17 appearances out of the Seattle bullpen. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2013 and won three World Series with the Giants (2010, 2012 and 2014).

--Field Level Media

Justin Upton hit by pitch, leaves game in debut with Mariners

June 18, 2022, 4:24 AM

Justin Upton's debut with the Seattle Mariners lasted just three plate appearances when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from the Anaheim Angels' Michael Lorenzen on Friday night in Seattle.

An outfielder who is beginning his 16th season in the majors, Upton was a free agent in the off-season who went unsigned until he came to terms on a one-year contract with the Mariners in late May.

Upton, who was sixth in the order and playing left field, grounded out in the second and struck out in the fourth before he was hit by a 90 mph sinker from Lorenzen with two out in the fifth inning. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off under his own power. Dylan Moore pinch ran and stayed in the game in left.

Upton entered Friday's game as a career .262 hitter with a slugging percentage of .471. He has 324 homers and 1,000 RBIs in 1,828 games and was debuting for his sixth team. He spent the previous five seasons with the Angels, for whom he hit only .211 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs in 89 games in 2021.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Colorado Rockies

Mariners call up veteran OF Justin Upton

June 17, 2022, 8:40 PM

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Veteran outfielder Justin Upton, who was cut loose by the Los Angeles Angels just before the start of the 2022 regular season, was called up to the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

The Mariners opened a roster spot Thursday when infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Upton, 34, signed with the Mariners on May 21 before reporting to the club's spring-training complex in Arizona. In 12 games with Tacoma, he batted .200 (9-for-45) with two home runs, six RBIs and eight runs.

Upton was designated for assignment, then released by the Angels in April with one season and $28 million remaining on his five-year, $106-million deal. The Mariners are now responsible for a prorated version of the league's minimum salary.

Upton had struggled with injuries the past three seasons but had three home runs and 11 RBIs this spring before he was let go to open up more at-bats for younger Angels outfielders like Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell.

In 15 career major league seasons, Upton has recorded 1,000 RBIs while hitting 324 home runs. A .262 career hitter, Upton also has an .814 OPS in 1,828 career games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-12), Atlanta Braves (2013-14), San Diego Padres (2015), Detroit Tigers (2016-17) and Angels.

A four-time All-Star, Upton combined to hit 35 home runs with 109 RBIs for the Tigers and Angels in 2017.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins

Mariners claim Drew Ellis, move Mitch Haniger to 60-day IL

June 16, 2022, 8:40 PM

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The Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Drew Ellis off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and moved outfielder Mitch Haniger to the 60-day injured list on Thursday.

Ellis, 26, will join Seattle's Triple-A club in Tacoma. He was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on June 12 after going 2-for-13 in six games this season and hitting .134 with one homer and six RBIs in 34 major league games over the past two seasons.

Haniger sustained a high right ankle sprain when he fouled a pitch off of it in a game against the Miami Marlins on April 29. He was placed on the 10-day injured list the following day.

Haniger has yet to resume running and is hopeful of returning at some point in July. The club plans to send him on a minor league rehab stint when he's healthy.

Haniger, 31, is batting just .200 (7-for-35) with three homers and seven RBIs in nine games this season. He also spent time on the COVID-19 IL in April.

He is coming off a year in which he posted career bests of 39 homers and 100 RBIs in 157 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

Mariners sign OF Jesse Winker through 2023

June 16, 2022, 5:32 PM

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The Seattle Mariners announced a contract extension Thursday for outfielder Jesse Winker through the 2023 season.

Terms were not disclosed. The deal buys out the rest of his arbitration-eligible service time and he will be eligible for free agency in 2024.

Winker, 28, has played in 61 games this season, entering Thursday with a .214 batting average, four homers, 24 RBIs and an American League-leading 38 walks.

A first-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012 and a National League All-Star with the Reds in 2021, Winker was acquired by Seattle in a March trade.

Winker is a lifetime .277 hitter with 70 homers and 214 RBIs in 474 games with the Reds (2017-21) and Mariners.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Seattle Media Day

Mariners claim INF Kevin Padlo off waivers from Giants

June 11, 2022, 6:57 PM

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The Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Kevin Padlo off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

He will report to Triple-A Tacoma, where he began this season before being traded to the Giants on April 26 for cash considerations.

Padlo, 25, was 2-for-12 with four strikeouts in four games with the Giants, who designated him for assignment on Wednesday.

In 37 Triple-A games this season with Tacoma and Sacramento, he is batting .235 with nine homers and 21 RBIs.

The Mariners designated right-hander Drew Steckenrider for assignment in a corresponding transaction.

Steckenrider, 31, was 0-2 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Seattle this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Mariners activate RHP Erik Swanson, option LHP Anthony Misiewicz

June 10, 2022, 9:49 PM

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The Seattle Mariners reinstated right-hander Erik Swanson (right elbow inflammation) from the 15-day injured list Friday and optioned left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to Triple-A Tacoma.

Swanson, 28, went on the IL on May 14 and made two rehab appearances last week. In 13 relief appearances with the Mariners this season, he is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just one walk in 14 innings.

In parts of four seasons with Seattle, Swanson has a 1-10 record with a 4.93 ERA.

Misiewicz, 27, has made 17 appearances for Seattle this season, posting an 0-1 record and 4.61 ERA, with six walks and just eight strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

He led the Mariners in appearances in each of the past two seasons (66 games last season, 21 in the abbreviated 2020 campaign). In 104 career games, he is 5-8 with a 4.48 ERA, striking out 86 in 88 innings.

Earlier in the week, the Mariners acquired Ryan Borucki from the Blue Jays, who apparently supplanted Misiewicz as a left-handed option in the Seattle bullpen.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

Astros’ Hector Neris banned 4 games for throwing at batter’s head

June 7, 2022, 11:57 PM

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Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Hector Neris received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine Tuesday for intentionally throwing at a batter's head during Monday's home game against the Seattle Mariners.

Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined and suspended for one game for Neris' actions, per Major League Baseball policy. Mariners manager Scott Servais and Astros coaches Joe Espada, Omar Lopez and Troy Snitker all were assessed undisclosed fines for what MLB called "actions that contributed to causing the incident."

Neris is appealing his suspension, so it will be held in abeyance for the time being. Baker will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Astros play the Mariners.

Neris drilled Seattle's Ty France in the back with a pitch during the ninth inning of Monday's game. Servais left the dugout and Mariners players followed him into the scuffle.

The umpire ejected Servais and issued warnings to both teams. But not long after Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Neris to extend Seattle's lead to 7-4, Neris threw a pitch that zipped by Eugenio Suarez's head. Neris was ejected.

Neris has a disciplinary history with the league. A similar incident occurred when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019, when he plunked David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was suspended three games.

Neris, who turns 33 next week, is in his first season in Houston after playing parts of eight seasons with Philadelphia. In 26 relief appearances this year, he is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

Bad blood has simmered between the American League West rivals in recent years. In July of last year, then-Astros pitcher Brooks Raley intentionally hit Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford with a pitch and earned a three-game ban. Servais angrily left the dugout in that case, too, though it didn't turn into a brawl.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

Mariners acquire LHP Ryan Borucki from Jays, DFA Mike Ford

June 5, 2022, 2:27 AM

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The Seattle Mariners dealt for left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder Tyler Keenan on Saturday.

Seattle added Borucki to its 40-man roster and designated infielder Mike Ford for assignment in a corresponding move.

Borucki has spent his first four-plus major league seasons with the Jays, starting 19 of his 75 career appearances and racking up an 8-9 record with a 4.47 ERA. He has 123 strikeouts and 67 walks over 151 innings.

Toronto had DFA'd Borucki after he began the season with a 9.95 ERA (seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings) over 11 games with no decisions.

Keenan has yet to make his big-league debut. He was batting .250 with three home runs and 14 RBIs over 25 games this season at High-A Everett.

Ford had two stints with the Mariners this season; he was traded to the San Francisco Giants on April 30 and traded back to Seattle May 12. In 16 games with the Mariners, he batted just .172 with a double and three RBIs. Ford is a career .197 hitter over 117 appearances with the New York Yankees (2019-21), Giants and Mariners.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

Mariners activate former Rookie of Year Kyle Lewis

May 25, 2022, 1:29 AM

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The Seattle Mariners officially activated outfielder Kyle Lewis Tuesday for the first time this season after he had not played in the majors since suffering a severe knee injury nearly one year ago.

In related moves, the Mariners released outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and shipped right-hander Adrian Sampson to Triple-A Tacoma.

Lewis was scheduled to start Tuesday as the designated hitter, batting seventh, for Seattle in the team's home game against the Oakland Athletics.

The 2020 American League Rookie of the Year last played on May 31, 2021, when he tore his meniscus in his right knee trying to make a catch in center field. Lewis also tore his ACL in the same knee as a minor leaguer in 2016.

Lewis played in 10 games for Triple-A Tacoma, going 11-for-35 with three homers and 12 RBIs. He played in the outfield once but was used strictly as a designated hitter after that.

The 26-year-old is a former Golden Spikes Award winner as the best player in college baseball before being a first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in 2016. He has produced a batting line of .258/.343/.450 in three prior seasons with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 112 games.

Souza, 33, was 3-for-19 with an RBI and eight strikeouts in six games with the Mariners this season. He hit a career-high 30 homers in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays, but has only seven in 106 games since while playing for four different teams -- the Arizona Diamondbacks (2018), Chicago Cubs (2020), Los Angeles Dodgers (2021) and Mariners.

Souza broke into the majors with the Washington Nationals in 2014 and played three seasons with the Rays.

Sampson, 30, had not yet appeared in a game for Seattle this season after being claimed off waivers from the Cubs earlier this month. He appeared in just one game with Chicago in 2022, allowing two unearned runs in one inning. He is 7-14 with a 5.13 ERA in parts of five big league seasons with the Mariners (2016, 2022), Texas Rangers (2018-19) and Cubs (2021-22).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

Mariners place INF Abraham Toro (shoulder) on IL

May 22, 2022, 4:23 PM

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The Seattle Mariners placed infielder Abraham Toro on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left shoulder sprain.

Toro left Saturday's 6-5 loss in Boston in the third inning following an earlier collision with right fielder Adam Frazier.

Toro, 25, is batting just .179 this season with six homers and 13 RBIs in 38 games.

The Mariners recalled outfielder Taylor Trammell and infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty from Triple-A Tacoma and designated outfielder Steven Souza Jr. for assignment.

Trammell, 24, has been on the injured list since April 7 with a strained right hamstring. He was 3-for-12 with a double, a homer, four RBIs and two stolen bases in three games at Tacoma.

Haggerty, who turns 28 on Thursday, is batting .304 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 32 games this season at Tacoma.

Souza, 33, batted .158 with one RBI in six games this season with Seattle.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels

Mariners sign OF Justin Upton to 1-year deal

May 22, 2022, 4:17 AM

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The Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Justin Upton to a one-year deal Saturday night.

Upton will report to Seattle's extended spring training camp. The team designated right-hander Adrian Sampson for assignment to create roster space.

Upton will make roughly $550,000, the prorated portion of the $700,000 MLB minimum.

Upton was released April 8 by the Los Angeles Angels, who owe Upton the remainder of his $28 million salary for 2022.

Upton, 34, batted .211 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs in 89 games last season. He missed significant time with back injuries.

A four-time All-Star, Upton is a career .262 hitter with 324 homers and 1,000 RBIs in 1,828 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers and Angels.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

Guardians acquire RHP Yohan Ramirez from Mariners

May 16, 2022, 11:56 PM

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The Cleveland Guardians dealt for right-handed relief pitcher Yohan Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

The Mariners designated Ramirez for assignment on Friday after he appeared in seven games to begin 2022, his third season with the club. He had a 1-0 record and a 7.56 ERA, with 10 strikeouts and six walks in 8 1/3 innings.

In 48 career games out of the bullpen, Ramirez, 27, owns a 2-3 record and a 3.97 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.

Earlier Monday, the Mariners purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias after he missed more than a year of action following Tommy John surgery.

The Guardians were off Monday and scheduled to open a two-game home series with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Mets

LHP Robbie Ray not with Mariners at Toronto

May 16, 2022, 11:08 PM

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After placing right-handed reliever Drew Steckenrider on the restricted list Monday, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said before the series opener at Toronto that left-handed starter Robbie Ray is not with the club either.

No official reason was given for the status of either player. Canada does require all players from United States-based clubs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the county.

Ray, 30, started for Seattle in Sunday's road game against the New York Mets and earned the win despite giving up five runs over six innings. Ray (4-3, 4.62 ERA) is next scheduled to pitch Friday in the upcoming road series against the Boston Red Sox.

Steckenrider, 31, is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.85 ERA in 14 relief appearances this season and is 10-10 with 22 saves and a 3.20 ERA in 199 career relief appearances over five seasons with the Miami Marlins and Mariners. He was replaced on the active roster by left-hander Roenis Elias.

--Field Level Media