Gallardo, Mariners can't hold back Yankees

Gallardo, Mariners can't hold back Yankees

SEATTLE -- Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.

New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday's win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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Gallardo exits on top in return to rotation

Righty limits Yankees to three solo homers over five innings in no-decision

Gallardo exits on top in return to rotation

SEATTLE -- In his first start in more than a month, veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed three solo home runs on Sunday against the Yankees, but he also put up a scoreless final inning after the Mariners had rallied for the lead.

Gallardo, who was removed from the rotation after struggling early, allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three in his first start since June 17. He did not get the decision when the Yankees rallied for a 6-4 victory.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phelps' versatility on display in Mariners debut

Phelps' versatility on display in Mariners debut

SEATTLE -- When the Mariners acquired reliever David Phelps from Miami, manager Scott Servais stressed the value of the veteran right-hander's versatility.

In his first appearance in a Mariners uniform, Phelps put that versatility on display.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paxton, E-Rod set for duel of lefties at Safeco

Paxton, E-Rod set for duel of lefties at Safeco

After hosting the Yankees the last four days, the Mariners now welcome another American League East heavyweight to Safeco Field.

The first-place Red Sox will be in Seattle for the only time this season for a three-game series that starts Monday night.

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Gamel shines in front of former teammates

Ex-Yankee plays central role in Mariners' walk-off win

Gamel shines in front of former teammates

SEATTLE -- If not for his former Minor League buddy, Aaron Judge, Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel might be making quite a case for himself as the American League Rookie of the Year.

But while Judge further cemented his impressive case for that honor with his 32nd home run on Saturday for the Yankees, Gamel was the one with a smile on his face at the end after doubling and scoring the winning run on a walk-off single by Nelson Cruz in the 10th in Seattle's 6-5 victory at Safeco Field.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dyson exits after crashing into wall in center

Dyson exits after crashing into wall in center

SEATTLE -- Mariners center fielder Jarrod Dyson was removed from Saturday night's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Yankees in the sixth with a hyperextended left foot after slamming into the Safeco Field wall in the fifth trying to chase down a triple by Garrett Cooper.

"He's sore," manager Scott Servais said. "We'll have a better idea [Sunday] when he comes in. He may need a day or two."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pagan settles into long-relief role

Pagan settles into long-relief role

SEATTLE -- After churning through a revolving door of long relievers, the Mariners finally have settled into a stretch with rookie Emilio Pagan handling the role.

And while much of that has to do with the rotation finally getting healthy enough to not need to rotate a fresh arm in constantly, Pagan has also pitched his way into prominence by allowing just one run in his last 15 1/3 innings, a span of five games dating back to May 23.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz single sinks Yanks in 10th

Whoa, Nellie! Cruz single sinks Yanks in 10th

SEATTLE -- Another Aaron Judge home run wasn't enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle's fifth walk-off victory of the year

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Rengifo notches two-homer game for Clinton

Rengifo notches two-homer game for Clinton

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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Mariners get lefty Gonzales in trade with Cards

Seattle sends No. 2 prospect O'Neill to St. Louis

Mariners get lefty Gonzales in trade with Cards

SEATTLE -- Jerry Dipoto said Thursday he would only give up one of his elite prospects if he could land a starting pitcher who would be under team control for multiple years, and the ultra-active Mariners general manager pulled that off Friday, dealing highly regarded outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill to the Cardinals for 25-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales.

"Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feel fits our roster well in both the near and long term," said Dipoto. "We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the Major Leagues to be very appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 season."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners knocked down by Judge, Yankees

Mariners knocked down by Judge, Yankees

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present -- a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field -- as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It's the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it's no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he's 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Phelps eager to help Mariners reach playoffs

Veteran pitcher values winning above any specific role

Phelps eager to help Mariners reach playoffs

SEATTLE -- David Phelps arrived at Safeco Field on Friday, ready to get to work. It's unclear in what role the Mariners will use their new reliever, but he's ready for anything and that suits his new team perfectly.

Phelps' versatility as a former starter who can work multiple innings or be a very effective late-inning reliever made him particularly attractive to Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, who has seen what a weapon Chris Devenski has been for the Astros this season in a similar role.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moore bitten by Judge's moonshot

Moore bitten by Judge's moonshot

SEATTLE -- Andrew Moore has already given up nine home runs in his first 30 innings in the Majors, but none quite like the one Aaron Judge launched in the fifth inning of Friday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

As the Mariners' rookie right-hander goes through the learning curve of becoming a Major League starter, there will be more balls hit over walls. It's part of the game. But Judge nearly knocked one out of the stadium, reaching the top row of the second deck in left field on a shot so high that Statcast™ didn't register it.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners deal Lowe, Machi to White Sox

Seattle receives cash for the veteran Triple-A relievers

Mariners deal Lowe, Machi to White Sox

SEATTLE -- With neither veteran figuring in their plans this year, the Mariners traded Triple-A relievers Mark Lowe and Jean Machi to the White Sox on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

Lowe, 34, was in his third stint with the Mariners organization, though he never reached the Major League club this year and had gone 3-4 with a 6.23 ERA in 32 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey gives back by helping younger players

Elite Development campers mine minds of former players, coaches

Griffey gives back by helping younger players

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- It's been seven years since he last played, but "The Kid's" grin remains omnipresent.

On the first full day of the Elite Development Invitational's second week, Ken Griffey Jr. arrived in Dodgertown to provide a motivational speech for the young athletes. After speaking to the 12- to 15-year-old age group Tuesday, the 2016 Hall of Fame inductee returned to Historic Dodgertown to chat with high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

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Jake Elman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Vero Beach, Fla. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis logs first home run for Modesto

Lewis logs first home run for Modesto

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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Offense can't back Felix in loss to Yankees

Offense can't back Felix in loss to Yankees

SEATTLE -- Brett Gardner's solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday as flame-throwing Luis Severino outdueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

"It shows you he understands what he needs to do," New York manager Joe Girardi said of Severino. "He has to get after it from the first hitter and that's exactly what he's doing because two runs could beat you when you're facing guys like that."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Vintage Felix a promising sign for Mariners

Vintage Felix a promising sign for Mariners

SEATTLE -- If the Mariners are going to make a run in the second half, this was the Felix Hernandez they'll need to lead the way. Unfortunately for Seattle, however, a return of the old Felix yielded a familiar fate as lack of run support resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees in Thursday's series opener at Safeco Field.

Hernandez did his part, as the 31-year-old fired seven innings of one-run ball with just three hits and set a season high with nine strikeouts.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners acquire Phelps from Marlins

Mariners acquire Phelps from Marlins

HOUSTON -- With the Mariners making a push in the American League Wild Card race, general manager Jerry Dipoto reinforced his bullpen Thursday by trading four Minor Leaguers to the Marlins for veteran reliever David Phelps.

The Mariners gave up 19-year-old outfielder Brayan Hernandez, who was their No. 6-ranked prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, as well as right-handed pitchers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lukas Schiraldi. Miller was Seattle's No. 16 prospect and Miller was No. 22.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

M's land Phelps, 29 years ago dealt Phelps

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M's land Phelps, 29 years ago dealt Phelps

Seattle acquired reliever David Phelps  from the Marlins on Thursday for four prospects. It's a move that should help solidify the team's bullpen as it chases an AL Wild Card spot.

It's also a move that may bring back memories of another certain Phelps -- one that the Mariners traded away to the Yankees 28 years and 364 days ago: Veteran first baseman Ken Phelps for a young, unproven outfielder named Jay Buhner.

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Gaviglio to Triple-A as Mariners recall Povse

Righty was set to start Sunday, but Gallardo will take spot

Gaviglio to Triple-A as Mariners recall Povse

SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio, who had been scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against the Yankees at Safeco Field, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday as the Mariners will move veteran Yovani Gallardo back into the rotation.

The club recalled right-handed reliever Max Povse to take Gaviglio's roster spot on Thursday, but he'll likely be sent back to Tacoma on Friday when newly acquired reliever David Phelps arrives from Miami.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paxton stifles Astros as Mariners win series

Paxton stifles Astros as Mariners win series

HOUSTON -- James Paxton continued his mastery of the Astros, allowing six hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings, as the Mariners took a series at Minute Maid Park with a 4-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.

Ben Gamel's two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Mariners ahead, 2-1, and was all the offense needed for Paxton (9-3), who improved to 2-0 in three starts this year against Houston, allowing one run in 20 innings.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Mariners' 5-1 trip puts them in thick of WC race

Surging club has momentum heading into 4-game series with Yankees

Mariners' 5-1 trip puts them in thick of WC race

HOUSTON -- A Mariners team that knew it had to get hot coming out of the All-Star break in order to have a chance took a huge first step in that direction by completing a 5-1 road trip on Wednesday and now sets its sights directly on the Yankees team ahead of it in the American League Wild Card race.

Seattle beat the Astros, 4-1, to win its first series against the American League West leaders this season. On the heels of a three-game sweep against the White Sox, the Mariners suddenly have some serious momentum after climbing back to .500 at 48-48 as they return home for a 10-game homestand against the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heredia's throw 'play of the game' for Mariners

Thriving on defense, outfielder helps thwart Astros' potential rally in 8th

Heredia's throw 'play of the game' for Mariners

HOUSTON -- Despite having his playing time reduced considerably by the return of Mitch Haniger in recent weeks, Guillermo Heredia continues to put up some of the top outfield defensive metrics in baseball in his limited time.

And the rookie from Cuba again showed why in a 4-1 win over the Astros on Wednesday, when he quickly fielded a line drive off the left-field wall by Jose Altuve, turned and threw out George Springer trying to advance from first to third, helping to thwart the Astros' attempted eighth-inning revival against Seattle reliever Nick Vincent.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners hope Haniger returns for Yanks series

Mariners hope Haniger returns for Yanks series

HOUSTON -- Mitch Haniger was sidelined for a fourth straight game on Wednesday with a jammed right index finger, but manager Scott Servais is hopeful the rookie right fielder will be ready to go when the Mariners open a four-game set with the Yankees on Thursday at Safeco Field.

Haniger bruised the finger when he was hit in the hand while trying to lay down a bunt in Saturday's win over the White Sox in Chicago, and he hasn't played since.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners' win streak snapped in Houston

Mariners' win streak snapped in Houston

HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock extended his career-high winning streak to five games by throwing a career-high-tying seven innings, and catcher Evan Gattis slugged a pair of solo homers to lead the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock (8-1), who was moved to the rotation from the bullpen in late May when Dallas Keuchel went on the disabled list for the first time, allowed three hits -- two infield hits -- and one run and struck out nine batters in his longest outing since Sept. 5, 2013 at Oakland.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Seager joins big Seattle names with 200th 2B

Seager joins big Seattle names with 200th 2B

HOUSTON -- Kyle Seager narrowly missed out on homering for a fourth straight game on Tuesday, but Seattle's third baseman succeeded in joining an exclusive group of players who've hit 200 doubles during their Mariners careers.

Seager doubled off the center-field wall on a drive projected at 413 feet by Statcast™ in the fifth inning and wound up scoring Seattle's first run on an infield single by Jarrod Dyson for one of the few bright spots in a 6-2 loss to the American League West-leading Astros that snapped the Mariners' five-game win streak.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey passes on lessons from iconic career

Hall of Famer speaks to young ballplayers at Elite Development Invitational

Griffey passes on lessons from iconic career

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens of hands shot into the air when Ken Griffey Jr. opened the floor for questions Tuesday at the Elite Development Invitational in Historic Dodgertown.

"These guys want to help you to be the best guys that you can be … the best people you can be," Griffey said of the coaches at EDI. "If you guys do make it, it's our bragging rights; 'I remember this kid when he was 12, 13, 14, on up.' … We just want to let other kids know, 'Hey, he was in the same situation that you are in; he came to this camp. You can be that guy.'"

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Cruz named Heart and Hustle winner

Cruz named Heart and Hustle winner

HOUSTON -- Nelson Cruz has been on quite a roll on the field, as he reached the 20-home run mark for a ninth straight year with his sixth blast in the past nine games on Monday.

But the big slugger has been a hit off the field as well, and on Tuesday was named the Mariners' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association for a second straight year.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.