Seattle Mariners OF Greg Halman Stabbed to Death in Netherlands

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Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found stabbed to death early Monday in his native Netherlands. The 24 year old was one of just two Dutch players in the Major Leagues; he was found bleeding to death by authorites in Rotterdam. Making the tragedy even worse, his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.

No charges have been field yet in connection with the crime.

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White Sox Continue Home Domination over Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners’ struggles on the South Side of Chicago continued today as the White Sox jumped all over Felix Hernandez early on, winning the game 5-1 amidst sweltering 90+ degree temperatures. The loss officially ends the Mariners consecutive series wins streak at 6 straight, and tomorrow the Mariners will try and avoid the sweep.

April, 2009 was the last time the Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox in Chicago. Felix Hernandez was on the mound in that game, the night half of a day-night double header. Seeing “@ CHW” has not been a welcome site on the schedule for almost a decade. Since 2002, the Mariners are 11-29 at U.S. Cellular Field including 6 sweeps. I’d be surprised if another stadium has been as bad for the Mariners in that span, and it doesn’t seem to be a White Sox thing, as the Mariners are 23-15 at home versus the ChiSox in that same span. Sometimes another team, or in this case another stadium, just has your number for a while.

by Scott Rinear

http://jeffsmariners.com

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Minnesota Twins Shut Out by Seattle Mariners

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Franklin Gutierrez took a giant leap in his comeback from stomach issues today knocking a 385-foot leadoff home run in the fourth to help the Mariners win the final game of the series with the Twins 3-0. Gutierrez had two of the Mariners five hits today and also scored after walking on a screaming double down the right field line by Adam Kennedy to put the M’s up 1-0 in the Second. Kennedy then scored on a single by red-hot shortstop Brendan Ryan who had a triple later in the game and is now batting .260 after going 12-21 on the road trip.

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Milwaukee Brewers Bring Back Mike Rivera for 5th time in 6 Years

Safeco Field Road Trip Photo Essay

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By Paul M. Banks

For the first decade or so of their existence, the Seattle Mariners were one of MLB‘s biggest laughingstocks. But starting in the late 1990s, they became a significant player in the national baseball landscape. As a franchise, they still haven’t won anything substantial. (Not even a pennant in their 33 years of existence). But when touring the Hall of Fame at Safeco Field, you can see the myriad of contributions they’ve made to recent baseball history.

You can start with one of my favorite players as a seven-year-old: former Mariners hurler Mark Langston. In the ’80s he perfected the wild, hippy hair underneath the baseball cap look. Today, it’s synonymous with Mitch Kramer, the main character in “Dazed and Confused” or San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum. But Langston was the originator.

By Paul M. Banks

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Brewers Can’t Catapult Streak to Six

 If you hit a double to left-center, drive in your pitcher and your leadoff man who was just walked, then slide head-first into home plate thanks to an error by the opposing pitcher, you must be none other than Corey Hart.

“I’m still tired,” said Hart.  “I wish there wouldn’t have been that many mistakes so I could have stayed there.”

A throwing error by pitcher Doug Fister accounted for Hart being able to dive home slip-and-slide-style after batting-in Randy Wolf and Rickie Weeks to make it 3-2 Crew. Good thing it was the Brewers’ sixth sellout crowd of the season, so fans could stand and cheer in sheer disbelief of the spectacle. 

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Live From Miller Park, Mariners at Brewers

Follow me live from the Miller Park Press Box on Twitter @ MilwBrewersBeat.  I’ll be giving you the most amusing anecdotes from Game 2 in this Interleague series as the Milwaukee Brewers try to extend their winning streak to six games. I am also covering the game today for Fox Sports Wisconsin, of which you can read more here.

If you were enjoying World Cup Soccer Saturday, you will be happy to know that the Brewers players were right there with you. The team warmed-up by kicking the soccer ball around in the locker room and then moved the warm-up out onto the field here at Miller Park. The Crew has now conducted two soccer warm-ups in as many days.

 By: Melissa S. Wollering

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Source: Ken Griffey Jr. will RETIRE

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Look for an official and more in-depth announcement/story later, but word has gotten out- Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds legend Ken Griffey Jr. one of the biggest MLB stars of this generation…

By Paul M. Banks

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Griffey Jr. asleep in Clubhouse, Marinerlicious days are numbered

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By Paul M. Banks

MLB and Seattle Mariners icon Ken Griffey Jr. is coming dangerously close to seeing his career end. He had a chance to ride out into the sunset at the end of last season, when his Mariners teammates lifted him on their shoulders at Safeco Field last autumn. Instead, he’s pulling the whole MJ-as-a-Wizard thing; sticking around WAY TOO LONG. And now he can’t even stay awake during games. Even Jordan’s tenure in D.C. wasn’t as bad as Griff’s 2010 season.

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Power Rankings and Predictions for the American League

By Jake McCormick

A wrench named Johnny Damon’s Indecision has been thrown into my series on each team’s offseason, so I’ve postponed its continuation for at least a couple days. Instead, with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, it’s only appropriate to make a can’t miss, Vegas busting, no hassle-guaranteed prediction for each team. [Read more…]