Mariners Insider

April
16th

Solve pitch-selection issues by calling pitches from the bench? Well, no…

SEATTLE — It happens occasionally that Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, like all of his peers, expresses irritation over the pitch-selection decisions from his pitcher/catcher combination.

So question: Why not just call pitches from the bench? That routinely happens in college and high school. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino wore an NFL-style wrist band in college. Many college catchers do.

“It was for calling pitches,” Zunino recalled. “They had pickoff plays, pitchouts, the running game. It sort of had everything.”

Why not have something similar in the big leagues? The Mariners reached Thursday’s open date in their schedule at 3-6 in large part

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April
15th

Mariners get another homer from Cruz but little else in 5-2 loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Nelson Cruz went deep again Wednesday night. That makes six homers in five games and at least one in five straight games. And the good news pretty much ends there for the Mariners.

The Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Taijuan Walker for three runs in the first inning and completed a three-game sweep over the Mariners with a 5-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Sure, the script changed for the finale. The Mariners built early multi-run leads Monday and Tuesday before allowing the Dodgers to scramble back for a pair of 6-5 walk-off victories.

This time, it was the

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April
15th

Mariners notebook: McClendon remains committed to Rodney as closer

LOS ANGELES — First things first: Fernando Rodney remains the Mariners’ closer. Two straight rocky outings haven’t changed that.

“You got somebody else you want me to put out there?” manager Lloyd McClendon challenged prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Here’s the deal. People fly off the handle and say, `Rodney stinks. We need to change. Get another closer.’ OK, when that doesn’t work out, then what? You want me to go back? Or do you want me to try somebody else?

“That’s how all hell breaks loose.”

So McClendon will stick with the devil he knows.

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April
14th

Mariners blow more leads and suffer another walk-off loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The lesson coming out of Dodger Stadium over the last two days is the Mariners can build multi-run leads with their improved home run pop, but their vaunted rotation can’t hold them.

Oh, and All-Star closer Fernando Rodney coughed up another lead. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night that sent the Mariners to another depressing 6-5 loss.

Howie Kendrick’s two-run single with the bases loaded lifted the Dodgers to their second straight walk-off victory.

“I’ll just keep trying to have the best location I can,” Rodney said. “The pitch I made

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April
14th

Mariners notebook: Walker, Jackson embrace Jackie Robinson Day

LOS ANGELES — Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker is keenly appreciative of the opportunity to start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers when baseball again recognizes Jackie Robinson’s contributions.

“The fact that I get to pitch on Jackie Robinson Day,” Walker said, “and I get to wear 42 on my back is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time — since I started playing baseball. So, it’s definitely a great honor.”

Center fielder Austin Jackson views the annual observance of Robinson’s achievement as a moment that “means something to everybody” involved in Major League Baseball.

“When you take the field,”

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April
13th

Mariners squander four homers in 6-5 loss to Dodgers in 10 innings

LOS ANGELES — A four-run lead wasn’t enough Monday night for James Paxton and the Mariners. Heck, four homers of firepower wasn’t enough.

Paxton squandered that support before the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their comeback when Alex Guerrero delivered a walk-off single against Tyler Olson for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium.

“It was a tough game,” said right fielder Nelson Cruz, who hit two homers in helping the Mariners build leads of 4-0 and 5-3. “We played the last three games in extra innings, and we came out on top (in the first two in Oakland).

“That’s

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