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Archives: July 2014

July
31st

Homers by Zunino, Ackley carry Mariners to 6-5 victory over Indians

CLEVELAND — Can you remember the last time the Mariners won a game, as they did Thursday night, when both teams scored at least five runs?

It’s been nearly six weeks.

So, yes, this was a rarity when Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley each hit two-run homers in helping the Mariners close out July with a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

“Luckily, we’re a team that plays a lot of close ballgames,” Zunino said. “So even when the score is up, which isn’t often, when it’s close, I have a lot of confidence in our bullpen.

“I

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July
31st

Mariners notebook: Zduriencik fires back at critics

CLEVELAND — After completing two deadline deals, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik fired back Thursday at unidentified peers in a recent FoxSports.com report who said his dithering slowed the trade market.

“There were people out there who really thought the Mariners are a prime target,” Zduriencik said. “`Hey, they’re in a pennant race for the first time in 10 years. They’re going to give up the farm.’

“There was a little bit written about that. We were not going to do it, and it probably didn’t make a lot of people happy. But I don’t care. If a few guys

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July
31st

Mariners get outfielders Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia in trades

CLEVELAND — The Mariners overhauled their outfield Thursday with a pair a deals prior to the non-waiver trade deadline by acquiring Austin Jackson from Detroit and Chris Denorfia from San Diego.

The result, they hope, will be a notable boost to their struggling attack.

“I feel good about them,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “You go back a week ago, we bring Kendrys (Morales) aboard, and now we’ve got two more guys who will help us. We were looking for right-handed bats.”

Jackson and Denorfia are expected to join the club prior to Friday’s series opener against the Orioles in Baltimore.

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July
30th

Mariners showing interest in Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio, others as trade deadline nears

CLEVELAND — Everything suggests the Mariners entered the closing hours before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline in determined pursuit of a bat to bolster an attack that ranks last among American League clubs in runs per game.

Here’s some of what I’m hearing from various sources around the majors, including reporters who are tracking the trade efforts of clubs they cover. This all comes with an enormous qualifier: None of this has been directly confirmed by the Mariners who, I’m finding, are living up to their reputation for secrecy under general manager Jack Zduriencik.

So with that in mind…

***The Mariners,

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July
30th

Mariners can’t solve Kluber, waste Hernandez’s record performance in 2-0 loss to Indians

CLEVELAND — If the Mariners had any lingering hesitation regarding the need for additional lineup punch as the trade deadline approaches…here was Corey Kluber ramming home the point.

Kluber outdueled eternally luckless Felix Hernandez in Cleveland’s 2-0 victory Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Kluber threw just 85 pitches in registering his first career shutout.

“Our approach, at least mine,’ third baseman Kyle Seager said, “was to get in there and see some pitches to see what he had. That’s hard to do when he’s throwing strike one and strike two.”

Let’s add this disclaimer: Kluber (11-6) probably should have been an

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July
30th

Mariners notebook: Trade rumors continue to swirl as deadline nears

CLEVELAND — Alex Rios? Josh Willingham? Chris Denorfia? Marlon Byrd? Could one of those outfielders be wearing a Mariners’ uniform by the weekend? What about left-handed pitcher and Tacoma-native Jon Lester?

Someone else? Utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, maybe?

The rumors keep circulating around the Mariners as the hours count down to the non-waiver trading deadline at 1 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

The Mariners — no secret, here — are trying hard to bolster their attack. Their clear preference, also well-known, is to obtain a right-handed-hitting outfielder. But they are also looking for upgrades in other areas.

“I don’t know what else will happen,” said

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