Pregame notes and lineups for Friday’s game vs. the Rangers

Nelson Cruz is back in right field for the Mariners tonight and Seth Smith is at designated hitter. No, Smith's groin is not bothering him. "I've said I like him in right field," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Cruz. " I don't know how many games he's going to play out there. But we'll monitor...

More Headlines

Take 2: Can you hear the boos, Fernando?

Recent late-game implosions by Mariners closer Fernando Rodney inspired two friends to rewrite the lyrics to the ABBA song “Fernando.” Here is a new version of the lyrics as written by Greg Asimakoupoulos and Rick Lund. Can you hear the boos, Fernando? I remember long ago another scary game like this on the pitcher's mound,...

Game recap: Dodgers 5, Mariners 2 … swept at Dodger Stadium

BOX SCORE HIGHLIGHTS That was pretty ugly. The Marines lost 5-2 and were swept by the Dodgers. Unlike the past few games where they got early leads and squandered them, Seattle was down early and never came back. Taijuan Walker struggled with his command, giving up five runs on six hits with four walks and three...

Taijuan Walker struggles, Mariners swept by Dodgers, 5-2

This time there was no lead to give away. After two days of giving their starting pitchers comfy cushions to work with and seeing nothing come of it, the Mariners were playing from behind from the first inning on. The end result was a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.