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Archives: May 2015

May
30th

Mariners miss chance to climb above .500 in 4-3 loss to Indians

SEATTLE — Climbing above .500 remains an elusive goal for the Seattle Mariners after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Cleveland again kept them from doing so.

The Mariners, now 24-25, haven’t boasted a winning record since winning their season opener behind Felix Hernandez. They lost their next three games.

Now, that quest must wait at least two more days. Into June.

“We haven’t put it together,” said Robinson Cano, who had two hits, including a two-run homer, in his return from a two-game absence due to an ear infection.

“We have it together for two or three games, and then we slip

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May
30th

Mariners notebook: Paxton on two-week shutdown from all throwing

SEATTLE — The news Saturday on Seattle Mariners’ lefty James Paxton wasn’t particularly good. Two weeks of no throwing. A complete shutdown. And then a reevaluation.

Paxton was diagnosed Friday with a strained tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand after leaving Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Cleveland in the fifth inning.

“I’m trying to stay positive,” Paxton said. “I’ve just got to do my best to let it rest and get back as soon as possible.”

As soon as possible likely doesn’t mean soon.

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Even assuming Paxton is able to begin

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May
29th

Walker delivers best career start in Mariners’ 2-1 victory over Indians

SEATTLE — This was step-up time for Taijuan Walker. The Seattle Mariners had just put another starting pitcher, James Paxton, on the disabled list earlier Friday, and their rotation needed a shot in the arm.

Walker responded with the best start of his career in a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians (box score) at Safeco Field. He permitted just two hits, both singles, over eight shutout innings while striking out eight and walking none.

This was Walker, still just 22, living up to his long-time billing as one of the game’s top prospects; the guy who pitched his way

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May
29th

Mariners notebook: Paxton headed to disabled list because of finger injury

SEATTLE — Just as the Seattle Mariners were, finally, starting to show some traction — Thursday’s loss aside — they learned Friday that left-hander James Paxton requires time on the disabled list.

Paxton was diagnosed with a strained tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand after exiting Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Cleveland in the fifth inning because of what was initially characterized as discomfort.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said it isn’t yet known how long Paxton will be sidelined, but club officials are already bracing for an extended absence.

Paxton’s injury comes at a time when the Mariners are already compensating for

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May
29th

James Paxton leaves with discomfort in finger as Mariners lose to Indians, 5-3

SEATTLE – After a frustrating fourth inning Thursday in which he allowed the Cleveland Indians to score enough runs to beat him, James Paxton appeared, at least, to be settling down in the fifth.

He retired the first two batters of that inning, via a flyout to left field and a swinging strikeout, a welcome departure from the three hits and three runs the Indians scraped out against him an inning prior.

But Paxton’s next three pitches to Indians first baseman Brandon Moss missed the strike zone. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon trotted to the mound. He brought trainer Rob Nodine with him. That is not usually good news.

It wasn’t in this instance, either. Nodine examined the fingers on Paxton’s left hand, and Paxton accompanied him back to the dugout, his underwhelming evening punctuated by an untimely departure.

So it’s no surprise that the Mariners lost this game 5-3 to the Indians and reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who surprisingly allowed home runs to Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley but otherwise overpowered the Mariners during a seven-inning, 13-strikeout performance before a crowd of 19,449 at Safeco Field. Read more »

May
29th

Mariners notes: Robinson Cano not in starting lineup due to flu-like symptoms

— Robinson Cano’s first non-starting day of the 2015 season was not planned and did not happen by choice.

Instead, the Seattle Mariners’ second baseman developed overnight what manager Lloyd McClendon termed “flu-like symptoms,” and for the first time this year was not included in the team’s starting lineup.

Cano went 4 for 12 with two RBIs in Seattle’s recently completed three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays — a series that capped a nine-game trip through three cities — but he became ill the night before the Mariners’ game Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.

McClendon said the illness left Cano dehydrated, a condition for which the six-time All-Star required intravenous fluids.

“I’m not sure how much fluid he’s getting back in him,” McClendon said, “but he’s dehydrated, and he’s lost a few pounds.” Read more »