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3/30/2015 | Walker doesn't flinch against Trout and Pujols

On Monday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex, the best pitcher in the Cactus League this spring, 22-year-old Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, stood tall against Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, two of the best hitters of the last decade.


3/30/2015 | Red-hot Zunino showing off newfound plate discipline

Catcher Mike Zunino, the other half of Seattle's young battery with Taijuan Walker, continued his own impressive Cactus League season with a home run and key two-run double, raising his batting average to .354 and increasing his team lead in RBIs to 13.


3/30/2015 | Walker stifles powerful Angels as torrid spring continues

Young right-hander Taijuan Walker continued his dominant spring for the Mariners by allowing just one run over seven innings and catcher Mike Zunino hit his seventh home run as Seattle beat the Angels, 5-3, on Monday at Peoria Stadium.


3/30/2015 | McClendon offers preview of Opening Day lineup

If you're curious about Seattle's likely Opening Day lineup, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged Monday's initial starting nine against the Angels in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium likely mirrors what he would go with in a week when the same two teams square off at Safeco Field to kick off the regular season.


3/30/2015 | Cruz may hold the key to the Mariners' World Series hopes

When the Mariners improved by 16 wins last season but still fell one shy of an American League playoff spot, the obvious missing link was a big bat in the middle of the lineup behind Robinson Cano. So when you're looking to a key player for Seattle's success in 2015, it's hard to overlook the imposing presence of newcomer Nelson Cruz.


3/29/2015 | 'That was for him': Henry dedicates special day to Sanchez

Mariners prospect Jabari Henry dedicated his big Sunday to his friend and teammate Victor Sanchez, who died Saturday in Venezuela.




3/29/2015 | Mariners scratch Smith due to sore ankle

Mariners right fielder Seth Smith was scratched from the lineup Sunday with what manager Lloyd McClendon described as a minor injury. Smith tweaked his ankle on a play at the plate a night earlier.


3/29/2015 | Mariners option Elias, Smith to Triple-A, reassign 8 others

With just over a week remaining until Opening Day, the Mariners moved closer to their final 25-man roster on Sunday by cutting nine players from Major League camp, including left-handed starter Roenis Elias.


3/28/2015 | Mariners looking like the team to beat in the AL

Word of advice to serious sports fans: Book your October hotel rooms in Seattle early. Space can get tight out there, and you don't want to get caught off guard.


3/28/2015 | Zunino's pops pace Mariners' offense against Giants

Right fielder Justin Maxwell -- who hit a three-run homer in the fourth -- keyed the Giants' five-run rally in the ninth to edge the Mariners, 9-8, in Cactus League action at Peoria Stadium on Saturday. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino cracked a pair of solo home runs, and third baseman Kyle Seager added another on a mid-90-degree day where the ball was flying.


3/28/2015 | Position battles mostly over, McClendon has 'pen decisions

With one week of Cactus League games remaining before heading home to start their regular season in Seattle, the Mariners have 38 players in Major League camp competing for the final 25-man roster as of Saturday.


3/28/2015 | McClendon makes it official: Felix to start opener

Just in case there were any lingering doubts, Lloyd McClendon made it completely official on Saturday: Felix Hernandez will be the Mariners' Opening Day starter on April 6, when Seattle hosts the Angels at Safeco Field.


3/28/2015 | Paxton healthy, building for regular season

Mariners starter James Paxton lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Royals on a Friday night in which he struggled with his command, but the positive side is he feels 100 percent healthy.


3/27/2015 | Paxton, Mariners miss mark against Royals

James Paxton yielded two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of his second spring start, while Tyler Smith belted an RBI single for the Mariners in a 5-1 loss to the Royals on Friday night.


3/27/2015 | McClendon holding off naming No. 5 starter

Taijuan Walker is scheduled to start again on Monday against the Angels, while Roenis Elias likely is slated for a Minor League outing in his next appearance. But manager Lloyd McClendon still wasn't ready to pronounce Walker as his fifth starter on Friday.


3/27/2015 | Rule 5 pick Rollins suspended 80 games for PEDs

Left-hander David Rollins, a Rule 5 Draft pick who was in the hunt for one of the final roster spots with the Mariners, was suspended 80 games on Friday for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


3/27/2015 | MLB Pipeline checks in from Mariners camp

Plenty of right-handed pop is starting to percolate through the Mariners' farm system. Seattle has spent its last three first-round picks -- and $10,959,100 -- on righty sluggers Zunino, D.J. Peterson and Alex Jackson.


3/26/2015 | Hernandez's strong start 'very pleasing' to Mariners

The Mariners lost to the Royals, 3-0, on Thursday at Peoria Stadium. But really only one thing mattered in this one. Felix Hernandez looked King-ly and thus all was well.


3/26/2015 | Elias, Mariners roughed up by Brewers' bats

Brewers left fielder Khris Davis made his first Spring Training home run count Thursday, hitting a first-inning grand slam that one-hopped its way clear out of Maryvale Baseball Park in the Brewers' 15-1 victory over the Mariners. Davis connected against Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias, who surrendered six earned runs on eight hits over three-plus innings.


3/26/2015 | Felix turns in solid outing against Royals

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw six strong innings while allowing just two hits and one run Thursday, but Royals veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was even better with 5 2/3 scoreless frames in a 3-0 Cactus League pitchers' duel, won by Kansas City, at Peoria Stadium.


3/26/2015 | Mariners' bullpen battle remains wide open

While much of the focus on Mariners pitching this spring has swirled around the fifth-starter competition between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, there is an even deeper and heated competition for relief spots on a club that posted the lowest bullpen ERA in baseball in 2014.


3/25/2015 | Sucre ready for action; hip 'not going to be a big deal'

After sitting out two games with a sore hip, Jesus Sucre was ready for duty on Wednesday night, and the Mariners' backup catcher said it's time to begin pointing toward the start of the regular season.


3/25/2015 | McClendon thinking about Weeks sharing leadoff role

Lloyd McClendon has endorsed center fielder Austin Jackson as a leadoff hitter ever since Seattle acquired him from the Tigers at last July's Trade Deadline, but the Mariners' skipper is toying with trying Rickie Weeks in that role at times this season as well.


3/25/2015 | Walker: Always room to improve despite dominant spring

It's hard to imagine Taijuan Walker pitching much better or doing much more to impress in his battle for the Mariners' fifth-starter position, but the 22-year-old insists there's more in the tank even after running his scoreless streak to 18 innings this spring in Wednesday night's 3-2 victory over the Cubs.




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