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Sep.
16th

Mariners’ attack finally breaks loose in 13-2 romp over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Well, hello Mariners. Welcome back to the postseason chase.

Tuesday’s 13-2 romp over the Los Angeles Angels snapped a three-game skid and, combined with Kansas City’s loss, left the Mariners just one game back in the wild-card chase with 12 games to go.

That it came somewhat gift-wrapped didn’t matter at all.

Sometimes, all it takes is a break to turn everything around, and the Mariners got a big one when baseball’s best player, Angels center fielder Mike Trout, misplayed a fly ball into a two-run double.

“I hit it, and I thought he had a bead on

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Sep.
16th

Mariners notebook: Wasted opportunities adding up and proving costly

ANAHEIM, Calif.— It isn’t hard to track the reason for a deepening offensive funk that brought the Mariners into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with just one run in their last 21 innings.

The Mariners were hitless in 18 opportunities over their last three games with runners in scoring position, including zippo-for-4 in Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels. Not surprisingly, they’ve lost their three games.

“We haven’t been good offensively for quite a while,” manager Lloyd McClendon noted. “It’s a little bit of a concern. I’m not sure what’s going on. But we need a big hit, somewhere,

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Sep.
15th

Mariners open key 11-game trip with a thud in 8-1 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s not dark yet for the Mariners, but it’s getting there. Their September swoon continued Monday night in a 8-1 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the start to a season-defining 11-game trip.

That makes five losses in six games, which means the Mariners’ postseason push is suddenly careening at high speed in reverse.

“We’ve got to string some stuff together,” third baseman Kyle Seager said. “We’ve just got to step up when you get in (run-scoring) situations. We’ve got to make something happen.”

The out-of-town news was disheartening, too. Kansas City rallied for two two-out

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Sep.
15th

Mariners notebook: Chavez again enjoying success as a pinch-hitter

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Veteran outfielder Endy Chavez offers up a simple formula for performing well in a pinch:

Be prepared and know the situation.

“ I think it helps that I’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Chavez, a 36-year-old completing his 13th big-league season.

“I know not to try to do too much when I’m a pinch-hitter. It’s a whole different story from when you’re playing the complete game.”

Chavez improved to 6-for-12 this season as a pinch-hitter when he delivered a leadoff single in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Oakland. The rest of the

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Sep.
15th

Analysis: A quick breakdown on the Mariners’ chances in AL wild-card race

Want a quick primer on the wild-card race? Here’s the situation prior to Monday’s games:

Oakland and Detroit were 83-66. That meant the Tigers had a 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City (81-67) in the American League Central; and the A’s led the Royals by the same margin in the race for the top wild-card spot.

Kansas City held a one-game lead over the Mariners (80-68) for the second wild-card spot. But the Royals are three outs away from another loss in a suspended game against Cleveland.

Barring a Royals comeback in that suspended game, which will be completed Sept.

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Sep.
14th

Athletics 4, Mariners 0 — M’s squander opportunities (0-for-13 RISP), lose ground in wild-card chase

 

By Meg Wochnick
Staff writer

SEATTLE — In the most important game of the season to date, the Seattle Mariners’ grip on the wild-card chase got harder to reach, taking a step back instead of inching closer.
Dropping two out of three on the weekend series to the Oakland Athletics — including Sunday’s 4-0 loss in the finale — has the Mariners going backward in a race for their first playoff appearance since 2001.
“We had a lot of opportunities — that was good part,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “… the bad part is we couldn’t

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