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July
27th

Notebook: Dustin Ackley, now batting in No. 2 spot, continues hot July

SEATTLE – This is the Dustin Ackley the Seattle Mariners have been waiting for.

And with the outfielder’s newfound success in the batter’s box has come a new position in the lineup, one that manager Lloyd McClendon believes best suits Ackley, so long as he sustains the approach that has led to a most productive July.

In his second consecutive start in the No. 2 spot – his fourth this season – Ackley collected another three hits against Baltimore on Sunday, after hitting two doubles on Saturday.

Sunday’s effort boosted Ackley’s July batting average to .375 (27-for-72 in 21 games), and bumped his season average to .251, highest it’s been since May. It was .214 on June 30. Read more »

July
27th

Mariners can’t capitalize in 3-2 loss to Baltimore

SEATTLE – You can’t say the Seattle Mariners didn’t hit on Sunday.

In fact, the Mariners totaled 10 hits in 10 innings, three of them from the resurgent Dustin Ackley, three of them from catcher Mike Zunino – including a solo home run that tied the score in the eighth – and another two from rookie shortstop Chris Taylor, not yet through his first week in the big leagues.

They reached base. But again, too many of them didn’t score, so the Baltimore Orioles left Safeco Field with a 3-2, extra-innings victory, their third win in this four-game series, and a disappointing capper to a 2-5 homestand for the Mariners. Read more »

July
27th

Pregame notes and quotes from Lloyd McClendon

Here are a few quick notes on a fine Sunday morning before the Mariners complete their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (1:10 p.m., ROOT).

— Manager Lloyd McClendon said outfielder Endy Chavez, who was scratched from the lineup Saturday after jamming his finger the day before, should be fine and is day-to-day, though “his finger is probably still a little sore.” Read more »

July
26th

Mariners notebook: Maurer finds a home in the bullpen

SEATTLE — Ask right-hander Brandon Maurer about finding a comfort zone in the Mariners’ bullpen, and it prompts a wide smile as he offers a quick explanation.

“I’m having fun,” he said. “Earlier in the season, I wasn’t having fun.”

For “fun” read “dominant.”

Maurer, 24, has pitched 15 scoreless innings over 10 appearances since his June 25 recall from Triple-A Tacoma. He has allowed just six hits and two walks in that span while striking out 17.

Contrast that with seven starts earlier in the year: 1-4 with a 7.52 ERA while allowing 43 hits and 14 walks in

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July
26th

Young silences Orioles before Mariners hold on for 4-3 victory

SEATTLE — Chris Young pulled off a trick Saturday afternoon that neither Hisashi Iwakuma nor Felix Hernandez could accomplish over the two previous nights.

Young kept the Baltimore Orioles in the ballpark. No homers. Not much of anything really in seven shutout innings. And Young did something else. He beat the Orioles.

The Mariners ended a four-game skid with a 4-3 victory at Safeco Field. It got a lot more tense at the end than it probably should have, but the Mariners, after finally scoring some runs, managed to hold on.

“Top to bottom,” Young said, “(the Orioles) can do a

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