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Sean Manaea fans career-best 13, Oakland tops Seattle 4-1

Sean Manaea fans career-best 13, Oakland tops Seattle 4-1

Sean Manaea struck out a career-high 13 in seven strong innings, Ramón Laureano drove in a pair of runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a 10-game road tripBy TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterJuly 23, 2021, 6:29 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEATTLE — Sean Manaea struck out a career-high 13 in seven strong innings, Ramón Laureano drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 Thursday night in the opener of a 10-game road trip.Manaea was overpowering in winning for the first time since June 14, after having lost his previous four decisions. The left-hander’s dominance combined with just enough offense got Oakland’s important road trip off to a winning start.Manaea threw a complete-game four-hitter against the Mariners in early June in Seattle.“I’m just going out there and pitching, trying to put up zeros,” Manaea said. “It’s not like coming here I’m like ‘yeah, I’m going to be unbelievable,’ or something like that.”Manaea mixed his fastball with a sweeping curveball and changeup to get 18 swings and misses from Seattle batters. Ten of the first 15 outs recorded by the A’s came on strikeouts, and eight of the nine batters in Seattle’s lineup struck out against the Manaea (7-6), who allowed just three walks.“He’s having a hell of a year. We haven’t scored a ton of runs for him,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t think his record is indicative of how well he’s pitched this year.”Tom Murphy was the only Seattle batter not to strike out against Manaea. He grounded out, walked and hit a long solo home run on a 1-2 pitch in the seventh inning that pulled Seattle within 2-1.It was one of three hits allowed by Manaea, who threw 106 pitches and was lifted after the seventh inning.“The life on his fastball tonight, I thought early in the ballgame, the first couple of innings is as hard as I’ve seen him throw, maybe ever, and we’ve seen him a lot,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.Sergio Romo pitched the eighth and Lou Trivino tossed the ninth for his 16th save.Laureano had a pair of RBI singles, the second coming in the eighth inning off Rafael Montero as the A’s scored twice. Matt Olson also had a sacrifice fly in the inning.Laureano’s first RBI came in the fifth inning as the last of three two-out hits that scored Oakland’s first run. Laureano’s grounder off the leg of Seattle starter Chris Flexen allowed Elvis Andrus to score.Mitch Moreland and Ryan Murphy had back-to-back doubles with one out in the sixth inning, ending Flexen’s night.Flexen (9-4), who had won his last three starts, lost for the first time since June 2 when he was bested by the A’s. Flexen allowed two runs and failed to get through six innings for just the second time in 10 starts.“I was able to limit the crooked numbers, held it to two and kept us in the game,” Flexen said. “I was trying to go as deep as I could in the game and the pitch count got away from me a little bit there at the end.”MORE MANAEAManaea had a 4.13 ERA over his previous five starts. He was the first A’s pitcher to have 13 or more strikeouts and allow one run or less since Todd Stottlemyre on June 16, 1995.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: OF Kyle Lewis will begin light hitting in the batting cage later this week as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. It will be the first time Lewis has done anything with the bat since undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus. Manager Scott Servais said Lewis has not progressed to running or jumping. … OF Jake Fraley no longer has COVID-19 symptoms but remains in isolation in California after testing positive last weekend. Servais said the earliest Fraley could rejoin the team is Monday, if he clears all testing.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Frankie Montes (8-8, 4.33) has a 3.74 ERA and allowed just three homers over his past nine starts. Montes gave up 11 homers in his first 10 outings of the year.Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikcuhi (6-5, 3.92) looks to get back on track after two straight poor outings. Kikuchi allowed seven runs and nine hits in a loss to the Angels in his last start and has allowed 12 earned runs in his last two combined.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

AP sources: Kraken pass on Carey Price in expansion draft

AP sources: Kraken pass on Carey Price in expansion draft

The Associated Press has learned that the Seattle Kraken will not be selecting Montreal goaltender Carey Price in the NHL expansion draftBy TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterJuly 21, 2021, 6:42 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEATTLE — The first roster for the Seattle Kraken won’t include Carey Price.The Montreal Canadiens goaltender was not selected by the Kraken in the NHL expansion draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing details until the expansion draft choices are revealed Wednesday night.The Kraken’s 30 selections had to be submitted to the NHL by Wednesday morning with the expansion draft taking place 10 hours later on the shore of Lake Union in Seattle.Still, many picks had leaked before lunchtime in Seattle, removing some of the luster from one of the league’s marquee offseason events with hockey’s return to ESPN as part of a new television rights deal. Only some potential trades remained unreported.Seattle choosing not to select Price and his hefty price tag followed the theme of general manager Ron Francis prioritizing salary cap space.Seattle is reportedly taking on some big contracts with the expected picks of Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano ($6.75 million) and New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle ($5.5 million). But early indications are Seattle will emerge from the expansion draft well under the $81.5 million cap, potentially by $20 million or more.While Price won’t be coming to Seattle, the Kraken will select Chris Driedger from the Florida Panthers, a late bloomer who was a pending free agent. The 27-year-old Canadian goalie has agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract, according to the person who spoke with AP.It was one of at least two signings the Kraken got done before submitting their expansion draft selections. A person with knowledge of the second move said the Kraken had also agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Larsson on a $16 million, four-year contract.Defenseman Will Borgen will be Seattle’s pick from Buffalo, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The AP who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing any moves until the draft.The Kraken have picks from every other team except Vegas. Mock drafts have been popular for months about what Seattle might do in a milestone event for the city.Negotiating a deal with Driedger over the past few days foreshadowed passing on Price, who was stellar on a run to the Stanley Cup Final but has a questionable injury status. Price is signed for five more years at a salary cap hit of $10.5 million, and the potential of him missing the start of next season rehabbing from knee surgery clouded the situation.Larsson, a 28-year-old Swede, was a pending free agent the Edmonton Oilers were interested in re-signing but still left unprotected after trading for Duncan Keith.Larsson, a veteran of 603 NHL regular-season and 24 playoff games, can now be a top-four option on the right side of the Kraken blue line in their inaugural season.Driedger had found his form the past two seasons with Florida. He went 21-8-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Still, the Panthers expected to lose Driedger, either to Seattle or in free agency. They have two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signed long term and have top prospect Spencer Knight ready to step in.———AP Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow contributed to this report.———More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

NHL's expansion struggles changed with Vegas and now Seattle

NHL's expansion struggles changed with Vegas and now Seattle

SEATTLE — When the NHL hit the accelerator on expansion some 30 years ago it brought hockey to untapped markets, warm weather destinations and established a footprint throughout all corners of North America.It also created some pretty terrible teams and wins were hard to come by in places like Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Ottawa, Atlanta and Nashville for several seasons.“In the past, we were in the era of expansion teams, so when Atlanta came in, you didn’t necessarily need to be your best and still be able to win the game because the team you’re playing against wasn’t like the Vegas expansion team. They were a true expansion team, and they struggled,” former Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig recalled. “You had Columbus when they came in, you had Minnesota when they came in, so there was a handful of those nights that (you couldn’t) take off but you knew you didn’t have to be your best.”Things have changed.The NHL reworked its expansion draft rules in 2017 and Vegas flipped the league on its head by becoming the most successful first-year franchise in NHL history, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in the Golden Knights’ inaugural season.The same rules are in place, meaning the Seattle Kraken franchise is in the same situation when it drafts its first team next Wednesday. In theory, Seattle general manager Ron Francis can put a competitive team on the ice from the outset, just like Vegas.If only that was the case years ago.“Hindsight is always 20/20, but I really think the NHL erred in and how they treated the expansion teams all the way up until Vegas,” said Nashville general manager David Poile, who drafted the first Predators roster in 1998. “Oftentimes, in my opinion, we did not do right by the expansion teams, and we made their trek much more difficult than it needed to be.”Poile is right. The history of expansion in the NHL is a roller coaster of contractions and relocations, strange partnerships and ultimately very little success in the infancy of most franchises.Teams often went through several roster iterations before success was achieved. For example, when the New York Islanders started their run of four straight Stanley Cup titles in the 1979-80 season there was only one player — Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith — still on the roster from their expansion draft in 1972.“We were dealing with a lot of older guys that probably were at the end of the line,” said Carolina general manager Don Waddell, who was the GM in Atlanta when the Thrashers arrived in 1999. “I think we only had one guy stay past two years with our franchise from the expansion draft, which is not the way you probably would hope to set out with an expansion draft.”After the expansion rush that began in 1991, no team found success faster than the Florida Panthers, who opened play in 1993 and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996. The Panthers featured 10 players from their expansion draft on the roster for the 1996 season, including leading scorer Scott Mellanby, but the lineup had been supplemented through the draft (Rob Niedermayer) and trades (Robert Svehla and Stu Barnes).Ottawa is another example of an expansion franchise that was thumped early but created a foundation that led to 11 straight playoff berths beginning with the Senators’ fifth season.At the other end was Tampa Bay, which spent 10 seasons mostly at the bottom of the standings with just one playoff berth. The Lightning are the defending back-to-back champions now, with three titles overall, but it took time and investment to finally get there.Waddell was long gone from Atlanta by the time the Thrashers made the playoffs in 2007, their only playoff berth before moving to Winnipeg. It took six seasons for Poile and the Predators to make the postseason.“Almost philosophically we drafted a lot of players that we knew would not be with our team for more than a couple of years,” Poile said.The NHL went through a lengthy expansion pause but when the Golden Knights arrived, friendlier rules and the guile of the Vegas front office transformed the expectations for any team going forward. Vegas found ways to leverage salary cap issues, pilfered teams with bloated rosters and were willing to take on veterans to be solid from the start.“After the fact, the word I most used most often to describe the entire process was fascinating,” said Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon, who was assistant GM to George McPhee during the expansion draft. “It was a fascinating process to be part of.”It worked, too: Vegas earned 109 points in its first season and 93 in its second — 61.6% of all the possible points the Golden Knights could have earned over its first 164 regular-season games. Of the previous nine expansion teams, none earned more than 83 points (Florida, 1993-94) in either of their first two seasons. Both San Jose and Ottawa failed to top 40 points in either of their first two campaigns.Francis knows he needs to find some long-term foundational pieces for Seattle, but everything the franchise does in its first year will be compared to Vegas.Does Seattle go young and build? Do they absorb salary, cut deals and try to develop a roster that can win from the start? It’s a delicate balance, but whatever approach the Kraken take, those within the NHL believe Seattle being competitive — thanks to the rules in place — is best for the league.“We came in when the league was paying $75 million for a franchise,” Waddell said. “These guys are paying $650 (million). So they deserve a little better opportunity to build a team.”———AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writer Aaron Beard contributed to this report.———More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Ohtani hits 33rd, but Haniger's slam lifts M's past Angels

Ohtani hits 33rd, but Haniger's slam lifts M's past Angels

SEATTLE — Shohei Ohtani left jaws agape, teammates stunned and fans nearly 500 feet away from home plate ducking for cover.Ohtani had the most memorable shot of the night, no doubt.Mitch Haniger hit the most important.Ohtani became the sixth player to reach the upper deck of T-Mobile Park with a towering blast for his 33rd homer, but Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.“He’s got that kind of power, that kind of talent,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “But at end of the day it’s only worth one, and (Hangier’s) was worth four. I liked (Haniger’s) a little bit better even if it didn’t go quite as far.”Haniger drove a 2-0 pitch from Jose Quintana (0-4) into the left-field bullpen to cap Seattle’s rally from a 3-0 deficit. Seattle kept the inning alive thanks to Jake Bauers hit and J.P. Crawford’s nine-pitch walk.“On deck I was just kind of rehearsing what I wanted to get from him. I was looking for a fastball and just see myself have success and then you get that feeling that I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna come through and it happened,” Haniger said. “I was just pumped up.”The Angels had a 3-0 lead thanks to Ohtani’s solo homer off starter Marco Gonzales that soared into the top deck of right field. MLB’s Statcast projected the homer at 463 feet.“That ball was far. It said 463. That can’t be 463,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.The ball landed above the fifth row of seats before hitting a concrete wall and ricocheting back down into the lower levels. It left the ballpark buzzing and his teammates — particularly Justin Upton — in disbelief in the Angels dugout.“I think that Statcast was wrong. I think that ball was well over 500 feet. … I know we talk about Shohei all the time, but we’re not talking about them enough. It’s just incredible,” Angels starter Alex Cobb said.A few fans sitting alone in the 300 level who said they wanted a peaceful place to watch the game while looking at the Seattle skyline suddenly had to duck out of the way as Ohtani’s blast reached a rarified section of the ballpark.Ohtani leads the majors in homers, and this drive came three days before he’s set to appear in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field.Unfortunately for Ohtani, the blast came in a loss.“We had a nice thing going on then we gave them the momentum back,” Maddon said.Shed Long Jr. barely missed a home run and settled for a two-run double off the top of the wall in the fourth inning off Cobb. Seattle finally pulled even on France’s two-out RBI single in the seventh off Steve Cishek.Aside from the two homers, Gonzales rebounded well from an ugly outing in his last start. Gonzales allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and threw a season-high 103 pitches.Drew Steckenrider (3-2) pitched the eighth for the victory.AWESOME OHTANIOhtani joined Joey Gallo (2020), Daniel Vogelbach (2019), Nomar Mazara (2019), Carlos Delgado (2001) and Mo Vaughn (1999) in reaching the upper deck. The Mariners said only Chris Carter (465 feet) in 2016 and Jose Abreu (464 feet) in 2017 have hit longer homers at the stadium.Ohtani is the first player since Albert Pujols to in 2006 to hit 33 or more homers in his first 82 games of a season. He’s on pace for 61.HITTING STREAKDavid Fletcher led off the game with his first homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest for an Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 2008.APPEAL HEARDMariners LHP Hector Santiago had the appeal of his 10-game suspension for using a grip-enhancing foreign substance heard on Thursday. The hearing lasted several hours and Seattle manager Scott Servais said Santiago was told a decision should come the middle of next week.TRAINER’S ROOMAngles: Mike Trout will continue his rehab work through the All-Star break with more clarity on a rehab assignment likely coming out of the break, Maddon said. Trout has been out since mid-May due to a calf injury. … Upton was with the team in Seattle, but Maddon said he is not expecting Upton to be activated from the injured list this weekend.ROSTER MOVESThe Angels recalled IF Kean Wong from Salt Lake and optioned RHP Aaron Slegers to Salt Lake. Maddon wanted the extra position player for the final series before the break.Seattle sent RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs to Cleveland to complete the June 10 trade that brought 1B/OF Jake Bauers to Seattle.UP NEXTAngels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 3.86) makes his ninth start of the season and second against the Mariners. Sandoval threw six innings and struck out 10 but took the loss against Seattle on June 6.Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (7-3, 3.80) makes his 17th start. Flexen has been terrific at home with a 5-2 record and 1.99 ERA in nine home starts.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Rookie Logan Gilbert shines as Mariners shut out Yankees 4-0

Rookie Logan Gilbert shines as Mariners shut out Yankees 4-0

SEATTLE — After two straight days of watching their starting pitcher get battered from the outset, the Seattle Mariners were thrilled to see a clean opening inning from rookie Logan Gilbert.Gilbert’s day only got better from there.“I went into it saying, if they hit it, they hit home runs, that stuff will happen. I’m not going to beat myself,” Gilbert said. “I don’t want to walk people. I want to fill up the zone. I want to get after them. If they hit it, they hit it, but I’m not going to beat myself. I’m going to make them beat me.”Gilbert pitched one-hit ball over seven innings in the best start of his young career, Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore both homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Thursday.Seattle salvaged the final game of the three-game set with the Yankees behind a brilliant effort from the top pitching prospect in the organization.Gilbert was dominant, allowing his only baserunner on Giancarlo Stanton’s double leading off the second inning. Luke Voit was hit with a fastball, but the Yankees were otherwise void of runners against Gilbert.Gilbert (3-2) set a career-high with eight strikeouts and retired his final 18 batters.“He was going to be aggressive and he went out and executed,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Nothing really fazes Logan. I’ve said it many times before, he’s well beyond his years and it’ll serve him well in his career, there’s no question about that.”Paul Sewald struck out a pair in the eighth and Kendall Graveman closed out the one-hitter in the ninth, extending the streak to 22 consecutive batters retired before hitting DJ LeMahieu with a pitch.Aaron Judge hit into a game-ending double play, and Graveman got into a stare down with LeMahieu as the Yankees briefly milled on the field.“I don’t want to get into it. He through one in on (Rougned Odor), he threw one in on me. It looks suspicious, but it’s just baseball,” LeMahieu said.New York was held to one hit for the first time since Sept. 25, 2019, vs. Tampa Bay and dropped to 3-8 when going for a series sweep this year, including 1-5 on the road.“Frustrating that we got held down but also credit to Gilbert. He was tough and on his game today,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.After throwing mostly fastballs the first time through the Yankees order, Gilbert began spinning more sliders the second time through. The result was weak contact, uncommitted swings and a handful of strikeouts. Gilbert had 18 swings and misses, 11 coming on his slider.New York threatened in the second after Stanton’s leadoff double, but J.P. Crawford made an excellent off balance throw to get Brett Gardner at first base for the final out and save a run.Gary Sánchez hit one home run distance in the seventh but pulled it foul by a few feet down the left-field line.“Sneaky fastball. He can get it up there on the radar gun. … He kind of settled in and start throwing some pretty good sliders and he shut us down,” LeMahieu said.New York starter Jordan Montgomery (3-4) pitched well with the exception of the two long balls. Montgomery threw 6 2/3 innings allowing four hits and struck out nine.Seager’s homer came one day after the Mariners celebrated the 10th anniversary of his major league debut. Moore’s homer was more unexpected. Montgomery recorded the first two outs of the inning with ease, but gave up a two-out single to Luis Torrens and Moore followed with his eighth home run.Mitch Haniger hit his 19th homer in the eighth inning off Wandy Peralta.MORE ON GILBERTGilbert is the first Mariners pitcher to throw at least seven innings, strike out at least eight, walk none and allow one or fewer hits since Felix Hernandez’s perfect game in 2012. Per Stathead’s database, Gilbert is the 17th pitcher under age 25 since 1990 to post a stat line with those numbers and first since Colorado’s German Márquez in 2019.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Boone said OF Miguel Andújar reported some soreness in his hand and wrist from his final at-bat in Tuesday’s game. Boone said Andújar had X-rays and an MRI but the team was waiting for results. … RHP Michael King was played on the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger contusion, retroactive to July 5. IF/OF Tyler Wade was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place. … LHP Zack Britton threw to hitters before Thursday’s game and depending on how he feels coming out of it could be activated this weekend in Houston. Britton has been out since June 26 due to a left hamstring strain.Mariners: Servais said it’s likely Seattle will have a bullpen day on Sunday when it faces the Angels after LHP Justus Sheffield went on the 10-day injured list with a forearm strain. Servais said an exact timeline on Sheffield is unknown but he’s not expecting him to be ready coming out of the All-Star break. General manager Jerry Dipoto told the team’s flagship radio station that Sheffield also has an oblique strain.UP NEXTYankees: LHP Nester Cortes Jr. (0-0, 1.29) will start Friday’s opener in Houston. It will be the second straight start for Cortes after working out of the bullpen previously.Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-5, 5.82) tries to rebound from one of his worst starts as the Mariners open a series with the Angles. Gonzales lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs and three homers in a loss to Texas last weekend.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Judge hits 20th homer as Yankees hold off Mariners 5-4

Judge hits 20th homer as Yankees hold off Mariners 5-4

Aaron Judge capped New York’s early offensive outburst against Seattle All-Star Yusei Kikuchi with his 20th home run of the season, and the Yankees held on for a 5-4 win over the MarinersBy TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterJuly 8, 2021, 6:19 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEATTLE — During the New York Yankees recent slump, Aaron Judge talked of needing to get the bats started early and stop being in the position of playing from behind as much.For the past two games, the Yankees big slugger has done his part in making sure New York’s offense is providing some early punch.“It’s big. You can just tell the flow of the game is different,” Judge said. “Our pitchers are able to attack guys differently. Guys at the plate maybe a little more comfortable knowing that we already got a lead now I can focus on really trying to get my pitch and drive it instead of trying to do too much.”Judge capped New York’s early offensive outburst against Seattle All-Star Yusei Kikuchi with his 20th home run of the season, and the Yankees held on for a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.For the second straight game, the Yankees scored a flurry of runs in the first two innings, but this time had to withstand Seattle’s late rally.Judge’s two-run homer was clubbed into the second deck of the left field seats and gave New York a 5-1 lead. Luke Voit had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and Gleyber Torres followed with a two-run single as the Yankees scored three in the first inning for the second straight game.“When we get a lead it just changes everything for us,” Judge said.Kikuchi (6-4) struggled badly in his first start since becoming an All-Star for the first time. His fastball velocity was down and both his cutter and slider caught too much of the plate early in the game.The result was a lot of loud contact from the Yankees that Kikuchi was fortunate didn’t result in more runs. Kikuchi allowed a season-high five runs and eight hits and settled down later in his outing to retire the final seven batters and get through five innings.“The main thing was the velocity of my fastball wasn’t there, as well as my command of it,” Kikuchi said through an interpreter. “And my secondary pitches just weren’t as sharp as always as well.”Domingo Germán was originally slated to start for the Yankees, but underwent an emergency root canal on Wednesday morning and was scratched from starting. Nick Nelson started and failed to make it out of the first inning thanks to three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch that plated a run for Seattle.Luis Cessa (2-1) became the difference maker for the Yankees. Cessa threw 3 1/3 solid innings after Nelson, including escaping a jam in the first inning. Cessa allowed just one hit.“He was awesome. To be as pitch efficient as he was so to be able to give us 3 1/3 (innings), that was, that was huge. That was the bridge,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.Germán felt well enough to throw three innings out of the bullpen. He struck out five, but also gave up Tom Murphy’s three-run homer in the sixth inning. All three runs were unearned after Gio Urshela’s error to begin the inning.It was Murphy’s first home run since June 1.Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a perfect eighth and Chad Green pitched the ninth for his third save in place of Aroldis Chapman, who has struggled of late and pitched in Tuesday’s opener.“I just felt in my gut that it called for (Green) in that spot, and that’s why I went with it,” Boone said.10TH ANNIVERSARYThe Mariners celebrated the 10th anniversary of 3B Kyle Seager’s major league debut on Wednesday. Seager is the 11th player in Mariners history to have played at least 10 seasons with the club. Seager would have liked a better day at the plate — he was hitless with two strikeouts.APPEAL HEARINGSeattle LHP Hector Santiago is expected to have his appeal of a 10-game suspension for using a grip-enhancing foreign substance heard on Thursday, manager Scott Servais said.Santiago became the first player disciplined under Major League Baseball’s crackdown on grip-enhancing foreign substances when he was given a 10-game suspension. The suspension was issued after umpires ejected Santiago on June 26 against the Chicago White Sox.Santiago has appeared in two games since appealing the suspension.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list and RHP Erik Swanson was reinstated from Triple-A Tacoma. Sheffield was rocked for six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday and indicated afterward he was dealing with an injury. Swanson was on a rehab assignment in the minors after missing time with a groin strain.UP NEXTYankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-3, 4.17) makes his 17th start and is coming off a loss to the Mets where he lasted 4 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs and six hits.Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (2-2, 4.10) makes his 10th start. Gilbert allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against the Rangers.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Stanton's homer starts barrage, Yankees thump Mariners 12-1

Stanton's homer starts barrage, Yankees thump Mariners 12-1

Giancarlo Stanton clubbed a three-run homer off the railing of the second deck in the first inning, Luke Voit had a career-high five hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yankees thumped the Seattle Mariners 12-1By TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterJuly 7, 2021, 6:38 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEATTLE — The slumping New York Yankees showed the punch that still exists in their lineup by erupting on one of their former top prospects.Giancarlo Stanton clubbed a three-run homer off the railing of the second deck in the first inning, Luke Voit had a career-high five hits and three RBIs, and the Yankees thumped the Seattle Mariners 12-1 on Tuesday night.The Yankees seemed to release nearly a week worth of frustration with an early offensive outburst against the Mariners and one-time New York prospect Justus Sheffield.“This is probably as good an outing as we’ve had — a couple of homers, a ton of hits, everyone getting a lot of hits and finding some holes, even when it wasn’t perfect,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But I feel like there’s lineups building that momentum. We’re getting more and more guys kind of locked in and who they are.”New York had been a reeling for more than a week, a stretch that included being swept in Boston and last Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels where the Yankees blew an 8-4 lead in the ninth inning. Getting out of the Big Apple seemed to help, as did the continued problems for Sheffield.“I had a three run lead before even throwing a pitch. Those guys were locked in from the get go,” Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon said. “They had some long innings there. It’s cool in the dugout, you can feel them feeding off each other. They had some energy and swag tonight out there.”DJ LeMahieu singled in each of the first three innings, becoming the first New York player to have three hits in the first three innings since Aaron Judge in April 2018. Stanton’s homer was his 15th of the season and left the bat at nearly 116 mph.Voit’s had a two-run single on an 0-2 pitch and was the final batter Sheffield faced. Judge added an RBI double and Voit had an infield single in the fifth to score another run. Rougned Odor hit a three-run homer in the eighth, his ninth of the season.Voit capped his night with a double in the eighth and single in the ninth.The 12 runs and 18 hits were season highs for the Yankees.“Last week was a pretty frustrating week. I think I had as many hits as I had in the last 10 games as I had tonight,” Voit said.The big offensive outburst made for an easy night for New York starter Jameson Taillon. Pitching with a lead from the outset, Taillon (4-4) cruised through the Mariners lineup allowing four hits and one run. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts and completed seven innings for the first time since April 3, 2019 when pitching for Pittsburgh.Taillon was nearly through six shutout innings, but Ty France’s two-out flare into shallow left field dropped despite Miguel Andújar’s diving attempt and scored J.P. Crawford.“It’s definitely nice to see it in a box score, but I do feel like I’ve been working on the right things and kind of tracking in the right direction for a bit now,” Taillon saidSheffield (5-8) may have lost his spot in Seattle’s rotation, losing his fourth straight decision after a month of struggles. Sheffield failed to make it through the second inning for the first time in his career and has not finished five innings in four of his past five starts.“It’s a combination of things,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “He just not locating. He’s not throwing the ball great. He’s making mistakes at the wrong time in the game and it adds up.”Sheffield has allowed 32 hits and 23 earned runs over 19 innings in his past five starts. He’s scheduled to start the final game before the All-Star break but Servais said that’ll be evaluated in the coming days.“It’s not fun not going out and doing your job and not playing the way that you know you’re capable of playing and playing the way that I know I can play,” Sheffield said.SUCCESS IN SEATTLEThe Yankees improved to 22-5 in Seattle since 2012 and with a win either Wednesday night or Thursday would win their 10th consecutive series against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park.Seattle was the final American League team the Yankees had yet to face this season.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: RHP Darren O’Day was played on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain before Tuesday’s game. RHP Nick Nelson was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his spot.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Domingo Germán (4-5, 4.50) will make his 16th start and pitch with an extra day of rest. Germán threw three innings, allowing three earned runs in his last start against the Angels.Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (6-3, 3.18) makes his first start since being named to the AL All-Star team for the first time in his career. Kikuchi is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA in his last 11 starts and has allowed one earned run or less in each of the past four.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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