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May
27th

Mariners notebook: Who is in line when club adds a seventh reliever?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s two days and counting for the Seattle Mariners in their decision to operate with a shortened relief corps. Even manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledges it can’t continue much longer.

“I think we’re close (to making a move),” he said. “I don’t think it’s (Thursday). It may not even be the next day, but I think we’re close.”

The Mariners opted to operate with a six-man bullpen by optioning Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Tacoma after Monday’s game in order to clear roster space when outfielder Austin Jackson returned from the disabled list.

General manager Jack Zduriencik, at the

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May
27th

Cruz’s three-run homer in ninth lifts Felix and Mariners to 3-0 victory over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Felix Hernandez and Chris Archer. This figured to be a pitchers’ duel Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field, and the two aces sure didn’t disappoint.

Then enter Rays closer Brad Boxberger. And cue up Nelson Cruz.

Boxberger replaced Archer to start the ninth inning, struck out two hitters, then walked two hitters…all as a prelude to Cruz crushing a fastball for a three-run homer into the Rays’ Touch Tank.

It was a 430-foot drive that ended in a splash. It was just the fourth ball to do so in the 18-year history of Tropicana Field. It was Cruz’s

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May
26th

Seager’s second homer lifts Mariners to 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kyle Seager simply refused to surrender the spotlight Tuesday night in leading the Seattle Mariners to a rollicking 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings at Tropicana Field.

Seager’s second homer of the game, a one-out drive to straightaway center, punctuated a wild ride that saw Fernando Rodney squander a three-run lead in the ninth inning.

“For me, usually, that part of the ballpark,” Seager said, “I’m not too sure. I knew I hit it good. It felt good, but I was running.”

Seager’s

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May
26th

Mariners notebook: Jackson reclaims duties as leadoff hitter and center fielder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Austin Jackson returned Tuesday to the Seattle Mariners, starting in center field, batting leadoff and insisting he is completely recovered from a sprained right ankle.

“It’s been feeling a lot better,” he said. “I’ve played some (rehab) games in center field, and I was able to cut on it. And being able to stop on a dime is always a good sign especially when you rolled your ankle like that.”

The Mariners, officially, activated Jackson from the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field after announcing their intention to do so

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May
25th

Cano’s two RBI singles support strong outing by Elias in Mariners’ 4-1 victory over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Here was a hint Monday night of what a resurgent Robinson Cano could mean to the Seattle Mariners.

Cano delivered a pair of RBI singles that proved decisive in a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. They were his first RBIs in nearly two weeks.

“It’s just good when you’re able to do your job with men in scoring position,” he said. “That’s what helps you to win games. For me, it’s been a struggle with men in scoring position.

“Hopefully, it turned today.”

There might not be anything the Mariners are hoping

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May
25th

Mariners notebook: Jackson to return from disabled list; Farquhar optioned to Tacoma

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Outfielder Austin Jackson is returning from the disabled list, and the Seattle Mariners, for now, are buying time in order to find space for him on their roster.

The Mariners optioned struggling reliever Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Tacoma after Monday’s 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. Jackson will be activated prior to Tuesday’s game.

That moves leaves the Mariners with a six-man bullpen.

“For a temporary period of time,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said, “this is the right thing to do. It keeps our position players intact. We feel pretty good about who we’re sending

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