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Mariners beat Angels to (barely) stay alive: “Game 161 and we’re still in it. It’s awesome.”

(With the Seahawks on a bye-week vacation, I pinch-hit tonight for Bob. He had a personal planes-trains-automobiles day with delays in airports trying to get back from Toronto that would have impressed John Candy and Steve Martin. Not sure it impressed Bob much, though.)

What I saw at Safeco tonight:

The Mariners passed out white towels on Fan Appreciation Night. It was a sea of ivory waving throughout the yard when Dustin Ackley, Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders hit home runs.

No, these white flags were not signaling a Seattle surrender. Not yet.

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Franklin Gutierrez taking new medication, ‘feeling good’ as he re-signs with Mariners

The Mariners made official the re-signing of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez on Wednesday. He signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the possibility of $2 million in performance incentives, as first reported by ESPN Deportes.

A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced later.

Gutierrez met with reporters in the Mariners clubhouse a little while ago. Here are a few notes … Read more »


Be the Mariners GM: 2014 Free Agent Budget Tool

So you think you can do Jack Zduriencik’s job? Here’s your chance to be the Seattle Mariners general manager.

Using The News Tribune’s Mariners budget tool, you can sign free agents, cut and waive players, build a bullpen and a rotation and shape a roster that is ready to contend in 2014.

We’ve supplied an estimated payroll for you to work with and a list of the current major-league free agents. So get to work.


Mariners officially announce hiring of Lloyd McClendon as manager

Lloyd McClendon compiled a 336-446 record as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05. He has served as hitting coach for Detroit since 2007.
Lloyd McClendon compiled a 336-446 record as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05. He has served as hitting coach for Detroit since 2007.

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday they have hired Lloyd McClendon as their new manager. McClendon managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05 and has served as the Tigers hitting coach since 2007.

From the team:

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Iwakuma a finalist for AL Cy Young Award

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed finalists for its regular season awards Tuesday, and Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was among the final three for the American League Cy Young Award.

Detroit’s 21-game winner Max Scherzer is the favorite to win the award. Scherzer and Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish are the other two finalists.

Randy Johnson (1995) and Felix Hernandez (2010) are the only Mariners pitchers to ever win the award. No other Mariners players was listed among the BBWAA finalists.

Tigers third baseman and reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera headlines the list of finalists for this year’s award.

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Raul Ibañez will receive Hutch Award

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday outfielder Raul Ibañez will receive the 49th annual Hutch Award at a Jan. 30 luncheon at Safeco Field.

The award is named after former major league baseball player and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer in 1964.

The award, launched a year after Hutchinson’s death by three of his friends, is presented annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon which raises funds for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

This year Ibañez hit 29 home runs, including the 300th of his career, tying him with Ted Williams for most home runs in a season

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Report: Mariners to hire Lloyd McClendon as manager

The Puget Sound Business Journal, citing a source close to the Mariners organization, reported Tuesday that Lloyd McClendon will be named as the team’s manager.

McClendon, who has worked as the hitting instructor for the Detroit Tigers since 2007, was the only finalist in the job search with experience as a major-league skipper. Between 2001 and 2005, McClendon managed the Pirates to a 336-446 record. After four last-place finishes in the NL Central, McClendon was fired on Aug. 24, 2005.

Despite his inability to turn the Pirates into a contender, McClendon developed a reputation as a fiery competitor whose animated

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Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln sits down a for a one-on-one interview about the franchise’s struggles, it’s plan and the future

It was an odd end to yet another disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners. They finished the 2013 season with 91 losses – their fourth straight losing season. And in the final days of the season, manager Eric Wedge decided not to return to the organization citing a difference of philosophy.

With total attendance under 2 million for the third straight season, and ranking second-worst in the American League, the organization is far from its glory days of the late 1990s and early 2000s. On Tuesday, Mariners Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln sat down for one-on-one interviews with three news outlets –

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