Blake Snell allowed only two hits in seven innings for his second consecutive win following a long drought, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Sunday.
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The Mariners have relied on balance at all three positions to propel them to the top tier. Jarrod Dyson has led the way with nine runs saved in center, but their corners are also in good hands.
Mitch Haniger hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz added his 31st home run and the Seattle Mariners rolled to their fourth straight win Saturday night, a 7-6 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Twins feel the home run rhythm on Friday
Nelson Cruz hit a 482-foot moon shot on Friday night while Miguel Sano wasn't far behind with a 469-footer. That was one of two long homers for Sano, who also saw teammate Max Kepler tee off for a deep blast.
Nelson Cruz hit two doubles and his 30th home run Friday night and Erasmo Ramirez won his first game for the Seattle Mariners since April 1, 2014, a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Recently acquired Yonder Alonso hit his first homer for Seattle and drove in three runs, and Marc Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded to end the Mariners' 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Andrew Albers earned his first major league win in four years, pitching five effective innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Mariners shuffle roster
The Mariners optioned RHPs Casey Lawrence and Thyago Vieira to Triple-A Tacoma and designated RHP Christian Bergman for assignment on Tuesday. Seattle selected LHP Andrew Albers and recalled RHP Sam Gaviglio from Triple-A in corresponding roster moves.
Tim Beckham hit the first pitch of the game out for his first career leadoff homer, Manny Machado hit the sixth grand slam of his career an inning later and the Baltimore Orioles routed the Seattle Mariners 11-3 on Monday night.
Seattle has reportedly made "multiple" calls to the Twins regarding veteran right-hander Ervin Santana.
Mariners recall Vieira, option Bergman
The Seattle Mariners recalled RHP Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday and optioned RHP Christian Bergman to Tacoma in a corresponding move.
Before being swept in a four-game series by the Angels, the M's were on the rise in the wild-card race. They'll need help to stay afloat without James Paxton.
Parker Bridwell threw six strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep, beating the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Sunday for their sixth straight win.
ESPN Stats and Information's Mark Simon examines the wild-card chances for the Rays, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Royals and Mariners.
El cuarto bate de los Marineros tuvo una explosión ofensiva impresionante, al disparar 12 hits en 29 turnos, para average de .414, con ocho anotadas y nada menos que 13 empujadas.
That's a lot of power
Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr. and Nelson Cruz posed for a photo prior to Sunday's game between the Angels and Mariners. The trio has a combined 1,550 career home runs. (ncboomstick23/Instagram)
Luis Valbuena's two-run homer in the seventh inning pulled Los Angeles even, Albert Pujols added a two-run double in the eighth and the Angels rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
It's Edgar Martinez weekend in Seattle and the Mariners retired his No. 11 tonight in a pregame ceremony. The next ceremony should be in Cooperstown. He received 58 percent of the vote last year for the Hall of Fame, but has just two years left on the ballot. The selection of one of the best hitters ever -- .312/.418/.515 in his career -- is overdue.
Players relished one last opportunity to don Gar's No. 11 during batting practice, before the Mariners icon's number was to be officially retired on Saturday night.
Los Rangers de Texas retirarán el número 7 de Iván Rodríguez, recientemente exaltado al Salón de la Fama de Cooperstown, en tanto los Marineros de Seattle harán lo mismo con el 11 que vistió Edgar Martínez en sus 18 años de carrera.
Friday's longest home runs
Mike Zunino's 450-foot fifth-inning blast off the Angels' Ricky Nolasco edged out the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber -- by just a foot -- for the longest homer from Friday night.
Mike Trout scored from second base on Jean Segura's error in the top of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Another injury blow for the Mariners as James Paxton will be sidelined three weeks, joining Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly on the DL. That list helps explain why the Mariners are 22nd in the majors with a 4.81 rotation ERA. Given how good Paxton has been -- 12-3, 2.78 ERA -- losing five or six starts from him could likely mean the difference between making the playoffs and falling just short.
In the middle of the wild-card race in the American League, the Seattle Mariners will likely be without left-handed ace James Paxton for at least three weeks because of a pectoral strain.