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Aug.
27th

What a beating! Mariners suffer worst loss of season in 12-4 rout by Texas

SEATTLE — This rest-the-rotation gambit that Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon chose this week might yet pay dividends down the road.

That might take the sting out of a Wednesday disaster in which Erasmo Ramirez returned from Triple-A Tacoma and authored an epic implosion over three-plus innings in a 12-4 loss to Texas.

“When it’s like that,” Ramirez said, “nobody’s going to be happy, and I’m not happy. I was feeling good. I was just missing my spots.”

This result was, yes, the Mariners’ worst loss of the season.

Some specifics:

The Mariners had not allowed four runs in an inning since

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Aug.
27th

Mariners notebook: Mather says trade-deadline strategy reflected club’s strength

SEATTLE — Somewhat lost Tuesday in his comments regarding a contract extension for general manager Jack Zduriencik, club president Kevin Mather revealed the Mariners’ strategy prior to the trade deadline.

“We are trying to get into the playoffs,” Mather said. “We would like to make the playoffs. This town, this community, they’ve been very supportive. We’d love to get into the playoffs.

“That said, the wild card is different. The new collective-bargaining system, it’s tough for wild-card teams to win now. They’ve got it stacked against you.”

The Mariners, who haven’t been in postseason since 2001, began play Wednesday with a

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Aug.
26th

Paxton’s strong outing helps Mariners rebound with 5-0 victory over Texas

SEATTLE — That the Mariners exceeded last year’s victory total Tuesday just hours after general manager Jack Zduriencik received a multi-year contract extension capped off a feel-good day a Safeco Field.

Robinson Cano’s first-inning homer started the Mariners toward a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. It also staked rookie lefty James Paxton to an early lead.

And Paxton (4-1) bounced back from his first career loss by pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings. He also threw a career-high 118 pitches before exiting after a two-out walk in the seventh.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “We’re playing some important games

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Aug.
26th

Mariners notebook: Ramirez to start Wednesday against Rangers

SEATTLE — Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez’s yo-yo season continues Wednesday when he will be recalled, officially, from Triple-A Tacoma to start the 12:40 p.m. series finale against Texas at Safeco Field.

Ramirez, 24, is making his sixth tour with the big-league club and will be making his 14th start. He beat the Angels in the season’s second game but is 0-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts since that victory.

“We’ve called him up a couple of times,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He’s pitched well for us. He’s given us opportunities to win ballgames. He’s probably our most experienced guy down

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Aug.
26th

Mariners announce multi-year extension for Zduriencik

SEATTLE — A season that began for Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik with a need to show progress in order to keep his job produced a multi-year extension Tuesday after the most casual of negotiations.

The deal came together quickly Tuesday over lunch at a downtown restaurant with club president Kevin Mather and…well, let Mather explain the details.

“It was as simple as that I had lunch scheduled with him,” Mather said, “and we were talking about 2015…It was a short discussion. I said, `Jack, do you like it here? Are we treating you OK? Are you enjoying your job?’

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