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April
22nd

Mariners skid reaches eight in 5-2 loss to Astros

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is right, you know. Things are going get better for his club. They can only get better — can’t they? — after Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros at Safeco Field

Because if this isn’t the bottom…oh, boy.

It isn’t just that the Mariners lost for a second straight night to Houston, which had lost seven in row before arriving in SoDo. (Bad enough.) Or that this makes eight straight True to the Blue losses. (Still worse.)

No, it was watching Collin McHugh so overmatch the Mariners’ whispering attack that he supplanted Roger Clemens in the Astros’

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April
22nd

Weather prompts Mariners to keep Iwakuma at Safeco

With the weather threatening less than ideal conditions Tuesday at Cheney Stadium, the Mariners shifted gears and kept rehabbing right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma at Safeco Field for another simulated game.

Everything suggests it went well.

“The feel for the game is coming back gradually,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “I felt a lot better than that sim game (last Friday) in Miami.

“The ball jumped out of my hand pretty well today. I feel pretty close now to the regular season.”

Iwakuma threw 58 pitches over four simulated innings. Plans now call for him to throw 75 pitches Sunday for

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April
22nd

Taylor hits first 2 Triple-A homers in Rainiers win

Few will confuse Tacoma Rainiers shortstop Chris Taylor for a power hitter. He sure doesn’t.

“That’s not my game,” he said. “I just think about getting on base and let the big guys hit me in.”

That didn’t seem to stop Taylor, the Mariners’ 2013 minor league player of the year, from hitting two home runs in two consecutive at bats – the first two of his Triple-A career – and a double his fourth plate appearance Monday in an 8-5 rain-shortened victory against the Sacramento River Cats at Cheney Stadium.

Taylor, 23, went 3-for-4 to up his batting average

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April
21st

Mariners’ skid hits seven when Astros beat Hernandez

It’s early. There’s more than a week left in April, but the Mariners still might want to scrounge up some velvet ropes to keep the lines orderly near the panic button at Safeco Field after Monday’s 7-2 loss to Houston.

Hyperbole? You judge.

The M’s carried a six-game skid into the start of this three-game American League West cage match against the ever-hapless Astros, who had lost seven in a row (after losing 324 games over the previous three years).

But the Mariners had Felix Hernandez on the mound. The King. The best right-hander, arguably anyway, in the game. And

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April
21st

Jones back in Tacoma after first MLB experience

James Jones returned to the Tacoma Rainiers for Monday’s game against the Sacramento River Cats after being sent down from the Seattle Mariners to make room for right-hander Brandon Maurer.

Jones, a 25-year-old outfielder from Long IslandUniversity, had one at-bat from when he was recalled on April 16 and optioned back before the Mariners’ game Sunday in Miami. He made it count – collecting his first major-league base hit.

“It was surreal,” Jones said. “It felt great. I was really thinking about getting the RBI there, but it was a memorable moment.”

The experience went by quick. But Jones

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April
21st

Weather may keep Iwakuma out of Tacoma

It’s looking more unlikely that All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will make a rehab start for the Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday.

It’s less to do with him and more to do with the forecast. It’s likely to rain Tuesday and the Mariners organization is unlikely to send Iwakuma to the mound in Tacoma if there’s a chance he’ll injure himself because of it, Rainiers manager Roy Howell said.

“We can’t have him slipping and blowing out a groin muscle or pulling a hamstring because the field is wet fielding a bunt,” Howell said. “I would imagine conditions will factor in majorly

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April
20th

Mariners blow late lead as skid hits six in 3-2 loss to Marlins

MIAMI — The longest road home seemed even longer Sunday for the Mariners after concluding a miserable road trip by coughing up a late lead in a 3-2 loss to Miami.

The Marlins struck for two runs in the eighth inning against Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen. The game-winner was Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly, but the game turned moments earlier on a play at the plate.

An overturned play.

A replay confirmed Christian Yelich beat the throw by first baseman Justin Smoak on Garrett Jones’ one-out grounder with the bases loaded. And that pretty much sums up how things are going

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