Mariners settle for two-game split against Pirates. Nori Aoki loses ball in lights, which turns into a triple and ignites three-run inning. Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole pitches first complete game of his career. Drew Storen endures rocky debut with Mariners.
Taijuan Walker has no problems in simulated game, ready to head out on rehab assignment; reliever Drew Storen arrives prior to Wednesday’s game; bruised leg sidelines Nelson Cruz; and Nick Vincent expected to throw bullpen workout this weekend at Tacoma.
While Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is vowing to “look into everything” with the non-waiver trade deadline now less than a week away, he offers one absolute. Dipoto says any deal will be made to make team better, not rebuild. Some veterans, like Lind, Benoit and Miley, could be available, however
Anybody who saw Ken Griffey Jr. on Saturday night was not surprised to see him cry like a kid Sunday afternoon. On the eve of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Mariners held a lavish gala for Griffey at a local art museum flanking Oswego Lake. When former team president Chuck Armstrong introduced Griffey to the dinner guests, he broke down before speaking a word.
Ken Griffey Jr. choked up several times Sunday as the Seattle Mariners legend delivered an emotional acceptance speech during the induction ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
TORONTO — Shawn O’Malley’s role has changed — at least temporarily — but not his approach. He still views himself as a do-everything utilityman even as he replaces ailing Ketel Marte as the Mariners’ primary shortstop.