Opening day

Final: Mariners 8, Giants 7 (10)

7:10 p.m. | T-Mobile Park | Seattle

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Mariners season preview


Mariners walk it off with a walk on opening day


Mitch Haniger saves a run with sliding catch in top of the 10th

Mariners heading to extras

Rafael Montero blows Mariners' save in 9th


Mariners take the lead on a two-run error

Mariners' comeback continues

When you take a bases-loaded walk


Mariners cut into deficit with another run


Mitch Haniger hits first single since June 2019

Evan White scores Mariners' first run of the season


Marco Gonzales done after six innings

It's a sellout at T-Mobile Park


Giants extend lead over Mariners

Gonzales serves up third homer of the night

Kyle Seager gets Mariners' first hit in fourth inning


Giants take 3-0 lead on Marco Gonzales, Mariners


Mariners hitless through first three innings


Marco Gonzales allows second homer in second inning

Giants open scoring with Evan Longoria HR in second


Mariners turn double play to end top of the first

Season's underway: Marco Gonzales throws 2021 first pitch


Mariners fans are officially back


Seattle Times staff makes its predictions for 2021 MLB season

It’s opening day!

It’s the most magical day of the year for baseball fans. It’s also the day when we release our totally spot-on predictions for the AL West and season awards. Bookmark this page because you’ll want to reference it later to see how right we are.

See all our staff predictions here.

After 3 surgeries and nearly 2 years of recovery, Mitch Haniger is playing baseball again with the Mariners

Mitch Haniger is back in the lineup after missing nearly two years with injuries. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Mitch Haniger isn’t the type to let the emotions of a moment — good or bad, regret or redemption, failure or triumph — overcome him. Mostly stoic, always staid and completely focused whenever he was on a baseball field, Haniger was jokingly referred to as a baseball cyborg — half-human/half-robot — during his first years with the Mariners because everything seemed to be taken with a level of seriousness that didn’t seem completely human.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it?” Kyle Seager said with a knowing nod. “He’s so thorough with everything. Everything he does when it comes to baseball has a purpose. He takes everything so serious. You noticed it right away.”

But these last 20-plus months have proved that Haniger is all too human.

Read more here.

—Ryan Divish

For Mariners fans, excitement outweighs anxiety in Seattle’s first sports event open to public since COVID-19 shutdown

The Kwan family will be back inside the ballpark Thursday night. Where else would they want to be for opening day?

Nick Kwan, a 41-year-old Seattle resident, tried to watch his beloved Mariners on TV during the pandemic-shortened season last summer, but it just wasn’t the same experience. He longed to be back at T-Mobile Park, to watch baseball live, to connect with other die-hard fans around him.

He and his wife, Nicole, and his parents will finally get that chance when the Mariners begin their 2021 season against the San Francisco Giants at T-Mobile Park on Thursday night. It will be Seattle’s first pro sports venue open to the public since the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020.

Read more here.

—Adam Jude

Opening day lineup