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Mariners notebook: McClendon says `my hope’ is Rodney reclaims closer’s role

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Fernando Rodney had just watched Carson Smith escape an eighth-inning jam Friday night when the phone rang in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen. The message: Rodney was to warm up in order to pitch the ninth inning in what would be his first save situation since he lost his closer’s job after blowing a June 2 lead against the New York Yankees. So informed, Rodney asked, “`Me? Are you sure about that?’” He figured Smith, after a 10-pitch effort, would return for the ninth inning. Told, no, to get ready, Rodney responded, “`Vamos! Let’s go.’” Rodney then...

VIDEO: Angels can't mount comeback, Rodney records save

With two outs in the ninth inning Friday, the Angels had the tying run at the plate in the form of shortstop Taylor Featherston. However, they couldn't make anything of the opportunity as Mariners closer Fernando Rodney struck out Featherston on...

Mariners notebook: Smith still first choice as closer, but Rodney making push

SEATTLE — While rookie Carson Smith remains the Seattle Mariners’ first choice to close out games, veteran Fernando Rodney is moving closer to reclaiming his former role after three straight scoreless outings. “Obviously, Carson has done a nice job,” manager Lloyd McClendon said prior to Wednesday’s game against San Francisco at Safeco Field. “I’ve said all along the biggest question with Carson is the ability to go back-to-back and, sometimes, back-to-back-to-back (or) three out of five. “I will say this: Probably on days when Smith can not go, you might see Rodney or a...
Seattle Times Jun 9, 2015

Fernando Rodney might get some help when he returns to closer role for Mariners

Manager says he might let someone else pitch to a tough left-hander before Fernando Rodney comes in to close

Seattle Mariners Panic Level: Benching Fernando Rodney is a good start

Well, that nine-game homestand — the Seattle Mariners’ longest of the season — could not have gone much worse. The most positive development came Sunday before the M’s lost 3-1 to the Rays to complete their 2-9 fall from .500. Manager Lloyd McClendon revealed that Fernando Rodney has lost his closer job. Singing “Hallelujah!” seems […]
Seattle Times Jun 7, 2015

Lloyd McClendon says Mariners will work on shoring up Fernando Rodney’s mechanics

Rodney was not available to pitch Sunday. Carson Smith unlikely to throw three or more days in a row.
Tacoma News-Tribune Jun 7, 2015

Mariners notes: McClendon reiterates Rodney needs time to ‘get it straightened out’

If the Mariners had needed someone to protect a lead in the ninth inning Sunday, it would not have been Fernando Rodney, whose role as the team’s closer will be…

Mariners notes: McClendon reiterates Rodney needs time ‘to get it straightened out’

SEATTLE – There was no need for the Seattle Mariners to call upon a closer against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. The Rays, of course, won 3-1, behind yet another stellar outing by ace right-hander Chris Archer. But if the Mariners had needed someone to protect a lead in the ninth inning, it would not have been Fernando Rodney, whose role as the team’s closer will be occupied by others – it was right-hander Carson Smith on Saturday night – until he finds a solution to the issues that have so far yielded a 6.94 … Read more »

Mariners 2, Rays 1: Postgame videos, notes and boxscore

Highlights Boxscore  Can’t say that I’ve ever seen a reliever standing ovation just for coming into the game. But Carson Smith did and then he worked a 1-2-3 inning for his first career save. So what happened with the much maligned Fernando Rodney? Most Read StoriesMilk does a body — and a pocket book — […]

Lloyd McClendon again stands behind embattled M’s closer Fernando Rodney

All season (and at times last season), the manager has defended his closer and shown no inclination to make a change. On Wednesday, the day after Rodney blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning against the Yankees, McClendon’s answer was no different.

Mariners’ Lloyd McClendon: Fernando Rodney ‘struggling a little bit'; Carson Smith not ready to be closer

During and after Tuesday night’s infuriating loss to the Yankees, you could hear the exasperated screams from Mariners fans all around Seattle: “Rooooooood-neeeeeeeey!” Fernando Rodney, the Mariners’ closer, had blown his third save this season, giving up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth as he was one strike away from sealing a […]

Pregame notes and lineups: McClendon answers questions about Fernando Rodney again

So of course, Lloyd McClendon was asked about Fernando Rodney again. After every Rodney blown save or shaky outing, McClendon gets asked about Rodney’s status as closer. And like past times, McClendon backed Rodney and made no hint of change coming. Asked about what keeps him confident that Rodney can do the job? “Well, Rodney […]

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