12:03 PM EDT, Thu May 28, 2015

Mariners notebook: Smith cementing role as club’s primary setup reliever

TORONTO — While Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon hesitates to assign bullpen roles beyond the obvious — Fernando Rodney is the closer — the eighth inning, increasingly, belongs to Carson Smith. It was Smith who got the call Friday and Saturday in the eighth inning to bridge leads to Rodney. Each time, he put up a zero in lowering the ERA to 0.90. “He’s done a tremendous job for us,” McClendon said, “but we’ve got to be careful. We’ve got to be sure we don’t overuse him, but he’s got a bright future. That sinker is special. “He’s got a nice … Read...
Lookout Landing May 23, 2015

Mariners speed through win against Blue Jays

On the back of Willie Bloomstick, the Mariners win a quick game in Toronto. Early on Saturday morning, the Mariners and Blue Jays faced off in bright, sunny Toronto. Two hours and 25 minutes later, Fernando Rodney shot an arrow into the sky and the Mariners were walking off the field, victors. The combination of Mark Buehrle and James Paxton made for a fast paced game that didn't see many runs either. Entering today's game, Paxton was riding a 20-inning scoreless streak that was tied for the longest such streak since Hisashi Iwakuma strung 23 scoreless innings together at the end of 2013....
Tacoma News-Tribune May 23, 2015

Paxton, Rodney pitch Mariners past Blue Jays, 3-2

Fernando Rodney secured a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre by working a scoreless ninth inning. And, really, not that much drama on this occasion.

Rodney works a quiet ninth in closing out Mariners’ 3-2 victory over Blue Jays

TORONTO — The thrill ride rarely disappoints, does it? Fernando Rodney did what he almost always does Saturday when summoned to close out a victory for the Seattle Mariners. He fired his imaginary arrow into the air. Rodney secured a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre by working a scoreless ninth inning. And, really, not that much drama on this occasion. Three up and down. Not like Friday, when he squandered two runs in a three-run lead. He got his 12th save in 13 chances and protected a victory for James Paxton (3-2), who gave … Read more »
The Republican May 15, 2015

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts is just 22 years old but continues to show veteran plate approach

Like a veteran ballplayer (that he isn't yet), Mookie Betts fouled off four straight pitches against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney before finally ripping a pitch he could handle. He lifted lift the seventh pitch of the at-bat into left field to score Brock Holt from third base.

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