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MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Bullpen comes up big as Mariners get by Angels

June 25, 2022, 5:52 AM

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The Seattle Mariners got three hits apiece from Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez and a clutch performance by reliever Andres Munoz in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.

The Mariners scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings and made it stand up, thanks to four scoreless innings by the bullpen, including 1 2/3 by Munoz.

The hard-throwing right-hander entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with Seattle leading 4-3, but the Angels were threatening with runners on first and second and one out. Munoz, though, got pinch hitter David MacKinnon to hit into an inning-ending double play.

In the eighth, Munoz faced the top of the Angels' order. He struck out Taylor Ward, then fell behind in the count 3-0 to Mike Trout, who already homered and tripled in the game, before intentionally walking him.

The strategy paid off as Munoz then struck out both Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh to end the inning.

Paul Sewald pitched the ninth to close it out and earn his sixth save.

Angels starter Michael Lorenzen (6-5) has struggled in June and his troubles continued on Friday against the Mariners.

With one out in the first inning, Julio Rodriguez walked, went to second on a single by Winker and scored on a single by Suarez to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners added to their lead in the third inning after a double by Winker and a walk to Suarez. Two outs later, Justin Upton singled home Winker for a 2-0 Seattle advantage.

Lorenzen was finished after just three innings, needing 85 pitches to get nine outs. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out five.

The Mariners increased their lead in the fourth against the Angels bullpen, Rodriguez hitting a solo homer, his 10th of the season, off Oliver Ortega for a 3-0 lead.

Mariners starter Chris Flexen (3-8) held the Angels scoreless through three innings before Trout led off the fourth with his 22nd homer of the season, tied for second in the league behind Aaron Judge (27).

Taylor Trammell's RBI single in the top of the sixth increased the Mariners' lead to 4-1, but the Angels responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to make it 4-3. Trout had an RBI triple and Ohtani scored Trout with an RBI groundout.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels

All eyes on Shohei Ohtani in Angels-Mariners clash

June 24, 2022, 11:51 AM

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Shohei Ohtani won't be on the mound but he will be in the lineup as the designated hitter when the Los Angeles Angels host the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.

All eyes will be on the two-way player to see what he might do for an encore.

On Tuesday, the reigning American League MVP hit two home runs and had a career-high eight RBIs. Then on Wednesday, he shut out the Kansas City Royals for eight innings on two hits, striking out a career-high 13 batters and walking only one.

"Watching it every day, you think you get used to the greatness but there's a lot of things involved with him," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "Just the way his mind is in the game. He's aware of everything. He's incredible. To see what he does on a baseball field, it's fun to be a part of every day."

Angels center fielder Mike Trout is expected back in the lineup after not playing in Wednesday's game. Trout had played in all but three innings since returning from a groin strain on June 11 before getting the day off Wednesday.

Right-hander Michael Lorenzen (6-4, 4.15 ERA) will be on the mound for Los Angeles to make his 12th start of the season. He's coming off his worst start of the season, also against the Mariners.

Last Friday in Seattle, Lorenzen gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. It was his only career start against the Mariners.

After a strong start to the season -- he was 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in April and 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in May -- he has struggled thus far in June, going 1-2 with a 6.88 ERA.

The Mariners will throw right-hander Chris Flexen (2-8, 4.23 ERA), who will make his 14th start of the season. Flexen is winless in four starts in June but hasn't pitched all that poorly. He gave up two runs in each of his last three starts over 17 innings.

The status of Ty France is not known after the Mariners first baseman appeared to injure his left arm in a collision with Oakland's Sheldon Neuse on a play at first base in Thursday's 2-1 win over the A's. France had to leave the game.

Losing France would be a blow to the Mariners considering he has been the most consistent hitter on a team that ranks 11th of 15 teams in runs scored in the AL.

France has played in all but one of the Mariners' 71 games, and he leads the league in plate appearances (311). He also leads the team in RBIs (45), batting average (.316) and OPS (.866), but he said all the hitters need to loosen up a little.

"I think right now guys are just trying to do too much," France said. "We haven't been scoring many runs lately, so when we get those opportunities, I think we're really trying to capitalize on it and just maybe putting too much pressure on ourselves and just not getting the job done right now."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners

Angels recall RHP Janson Junk, option LHP Kenny Rosenberg

June 20, 2022, 11:24 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels recalled right-hander Janson Junk from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and optioned left-hander Kenny Rosenberg.

Junk, 26, made one appearance with the Angels earlier this season and did not give up a run in one inning. In five career appearances for the Angels, over the past two seasons, he is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA.

Rosenberg, 26, made his major league debut with the Angels on April 18. He has a 4.22 ERA in three outings (one start) this season, with that start coming Sunday at Seattle when he went 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

--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

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Angels recall LHP Kenny Rosenberg to start vs. Mariners

June 19, 2022, 6:46 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels recalled left-hander Kenny Rosenberg from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his first career start in Sunday's series finale against the host Seattle Mariners.

Rosenberg, 26, made his major league debut on April 18 and has appeared in two games out of the bullpen, posting a 7.50 ERA with no decisions.

Rosenberg is 2-2 with a 2.34 ERA in seven starts at Salt Lake this season.

Infielder Jack Mayfield was optioned to the Triple-A club in a corresponding transaction.

Mayfield, 31, is batting .186 with one homer and six RBIs in 23 games this season with Los Angeles.

--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: Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers

Angels 3B Anthony Rendon (wrist) to undergo season-ending surgery

June 17, 2022, 10:37 PM

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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon will undergo surgery on his right wrist and miss the rest of the season, the team announced Friday.

The Angels said Rendon will undergo the surgery next week.

The latest setback for Rendon means he will have played in just 155 of a possible 384 regular-season games during the first three seasons of a seven-year, $245 million contract he signed as a free agent prior to the 2020 season.

Rendon played in just 58 games last season due to injuries, and eventually underwent surgery on his right hip in August. The 2020 season was limited to 60 games due to the coronavirus and he saw action in 52.

Rendon, 32, batted .228 with a .383 slugging percentage in 45 games this season. He had five homers and 24 RBIs.

Rendon recently missed 13 games while on the injured list due to wrist inflammation and returned to action on June 10. But he reinjured the wrist in his fourth game back -- Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Before joining the Angels, Rendon spent seven seasons with the Washington Nationals and helped the team win the 2019 World Series before cashing in as a free agent. He established career bests of a .319 batting average, 34 homers and 126 RBIs and made the All-Star team for the lone time in his career.

In 10 seasons, Rendon has a .285 average with 156 homers and 635 RBIs in 1,071 games.

--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: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers

Angels activate RHP Austin Warren from injured list

June 12, 2022, 6:18 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels reinstated right-hander Austin Warren from the 15-day injured list on Sunday.

Warren has been sidelined since he was hit in the nose by a stray ball during batting practice prior to the Angels' game against the Boston Red Sox on May 3.

Warren, 26, is 2-0 with a 4.32 ERA in seven relief appearances this season. He owns a 5-0 record with one save and a 2.51 ERA in 23 career relief appearances with Los Angeles.

Warren takes the available roster spot of right-hander Oliver Ortega, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake following the Angels' 11-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

--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: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

Angels put 2B Luis Rengifo on paternity list

June 8, 2022, 11:39 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels placed starting second baseman Luis Rengifo on the paternity list Wednesday among a litany of moves.

Per MLB rules, players placed on the paternity list are allowed up to three days of leave.

Rengifo is batting .233 with two home runs and 10 runs in 26 games this season.

Also Wednesday, the Angels recalled INF Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Salt Lake, selected the contract of outfielder Dillon Thomas, optioned LHP Jose Suarez to Salt Lake and designated RHP Ty Buttrey for assignment.

Mayfield is batting .220 with a homer and six RBIs in 20 games this season with the Angels.

Thomas is batting .296 with eight HRs and 39 RBIs at Salt Lake. He made his major league debut with Seattle last June. He has nine big league at-bats.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

Angels' Mike Trout leaves game due to groin tightness

June 8, 2022, 3:18 AM

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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout was pulled from the team's Tuesday game in Anaheim, Calif., against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning due to left groin tightness.

Trout appeared to slow down between home and first base after doubling to right-center field. He remained in the game for a few more pitches before being visited by the trainer and interim manager Phil Nevin. Jo Adell then pinch-ran for Trout at second base.

Adell remained in the game to play right field, with Juan Lagares moving from right to center.

Trout went 2-for-2 on the night with a home run and two RBIs. He snapped a career-worst 0-for-26 slump on Monday with a first-inning single. Despite the skid, the three-time American League Most Valuable Player is batting .284 this year with 14 homers and 30 RBIs.

--Field Level Media