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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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Aug.
25th

Mariners open homestand with a thud in 2-0 loss to Texas

SEATTLE — It’s hard not to look at Monday’s 2-0 loss to struggling Texas as anything but a missed opportunity for the Mariners in their quest to end a 12-year postseason drought.

Their attack flatlined over eight innings against somebody named Miles Mikolas, who entered entered the night at 1-5 with 7.48 ERA over nine previous starts while plugging a hole in Texas’ injury-riddled rotation.

Not exactly what the Mariners had in mind for the start of a six-game homestand after capping a 6-3 road trip with a three-game sweep at Boston.

“As good as we’ve been,” manager Lloyd McClendon said,

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Aug.
24th

Mariners complete sweep with improbable 8-6 victory over Red Sox

BOSTON — It’s one thing to pull out a victory, as the Mariners did Friday, by doing everything right in a stunning ninth-inning rally. What happened Sunday, when they completed a three-game sweep, is something else again.

The Mariners got their sweep with an 8-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox by finding a way through the muck on a day when they did a lot of things wrong.

They squandered an early three-run lead when Hisashi Iwakuma suffered another attack of his Boston yips. They saw their All-Star centerpiece, second baseman Robinson Cano, leave the game because of dizziness.

They

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Aug.
24th

Mariners notebook: McClendon says any September roster additions must fill a role

BOSTON — Manager Lloyd McClendon has a simple guideline for adding players for the September stretch drive: “Guys who can help you win games.”

Rules permit rosters to expand from 25 players to 40 players after Sept. 1.

“I don’t think you venture out too much into bringing up young guys just to get them experience,” McClendon said prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

“There isn’t going to be any experience to get. You’re playing meaningful games. You want your veteran guys out there performing in high-level, high-pressure games.”

Want to project?

It’s likely the

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Aug.
23rd

Mariners ride seven-run fourth inning and strong bullpen effort to 7-3 victory over Red Sox

BOSTON — Just hours after their remarkable ninth-inning rally, the Mariners produced a seven-run fourth inning Saturday before riding a shutdown bullpen performance to a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Dustin Ackley’s three-run homer capped the seven-run burst, which erased a three-run deficit. Ackley had a key two-run single Friday when the Mariners scored five runs with two outs in the ninth for a 5-3 victory.

“Nobody here is really panicking anymore,” Ackley said. “We all know what we’re capable of doing. Especially after the first time through, I think everybody thought, `Now, we’re going to get him. We’ve

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