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Mariners rally late to stun Giants 8-7 in 10 innings

Apr 2, 2021
Seattle Mariners' Taylor Trammell, left, greets Dylan Moore (25) at the plate after they scored during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle.
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After 550 days without fans in attendance, the Seattle Mariners treated those who stuck around late into the night to one of the more unlikely comebacks seen on opening day.

Jake Fraley walked with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to score Evan White with the winning run, and Seattle rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-7 on Thursday.

A wild opening night concluded with a massive comeback by the Mariners, who scored six runs in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead, only to lose it on pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson’s solo homer in the ninth.

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The Seattle Mariners' 2021 season is officially underway. They're hosting the San Francisco Giants for three games at T-Mobile Park. Fans are back but in a limited capacity under Phase 3 of the state's COVID reopening plan. We learn more about the season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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It was a stressful first week of spring training for the Seattle Mariners. The team's president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after controversial comments he made to a Bellevue Rotary club went viral. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Mariners leaders doing damage control with players after exec's video

Feb 23, 2021
 Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, second from left, manager Scott Servais, right, and former team president and CEO Kevin Mather, second from right, watch from the stands during baseball practice in Seattle, in this July 8, 2020, photo.
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Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais are doing damage control with players who were directly mentioned or referenced by former team CEO Kevin Mather in an online video that led to his resignation.

Mariners CEO resigns after 'inappropriate' comments on video

Feb 22, 2021
Kevin Mather in 2018.
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Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after video surfaced over the weekend of him expressing his views of the club's organizational strategy and making insensitive remarks about players.

Mariners president apologizes for comments about team's players, finances, future

Feb 22, 2021
Kevin Mather in 2018.
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Seattle Mariners CEO and team President Kevin Mather has apologized for comments made during a recent online event where he expressed opinions about organizational strategy, personnel moves and club finances.

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The Seattle Mariners begin spring training workouts next week in Arizona. And a familiar face is back. Starting pitcher James Paxton has signed a one-year deal with the team worth $8.5 million. We learn more about Paxton's return and the Mariners' 2021 season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Ken Griffey Jr.
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Ken Griffey Jr. has been hired as a senior adviser to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

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Some Seattle sports teams were impacted this week by COVID-19 testing and protocols, put in place by their leagues. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked about the fallout, starting with a mask fine that cost the Seahawks $250,000 and head coach Pete Carroll $100,000.


Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis stands near the on-deck circle during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle.
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The Mariners are hosting the Texas Rangers this weekend. The M's had three games postponed this week, due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Oakland A's traveling staff. The Mariners are not in playoff contention, so they will be done at the end of this month. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the highs and lows of the season with Morning Editon host Kirsten Kendrick. 


An empty T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners.
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The Mariners are moving quickly to get ready for a shortened 2020 season. Major League Baseball announced this week that all teams will report to their home cities by July 1. There are currently no plans to have fans at the games because of the pandemic. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners' pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week. This comes after the team's No. 1 starting pitcher, Marco Gonzales, agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it's the start of a slow turnaround.

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Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez took the mound for the final time Thursday night in Seattle. The All-Star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner has thrown a perfect game and a no hitter in the 15 years he has spent in Seattle. But along with those highs came some lows.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the career of King Felix.  

Seattle Mariners' Tim Beckham slides to score against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14.
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News came out on Tuesday that Seattle Mariner Tim Beckham has been suspended for 80 games for using a performance enhancing drug. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX’s Kevin Kniestedt about how Beckham should have, and probably did, know better.

Daniel Vogelbach hits a three-run homer during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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If you've been thinking there are more home runs than usual in Major League Baseball these days, you're right. It looks like the league is going to set a record this year for the number of home runs hit in a season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why this is happening.

The Mariners' Daniel Vogelbach celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Minnesota Twins' Kyle Gibson during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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Major League Baseball's All-Star game takes place Tuesday, July 9, in Cleveland. The Mariners' lone representative is Daniel Vogelbach. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the selection and how the team is doing midseason.

Mariners pitcher Gerson Bautista works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on June 15, 2019, in Oakland, California.
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Watching a Major League Baseball game has become more like going to a music concert. The use of opening pitchers is becoming more common. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the trend with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners return home to T-Mobile Park this weekend with the best record in Major League Baseball: 13-2. They're hosting the Houston Astros after sweeping the Kansas City Royals this week. The team won Thursday 7-6 in 10 innings.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's unexpected and record-breaking start.

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The Mariners are 2-0 after opening their regular season against the Oakland A's in Tokyo, Japan. In the second game on Thursday, the Mariners — and a sold-out crowd — honored Ichiro Suzuki as he retired from professional baseball.

But Ichiro may not be the only fan favorite leaving the Mariners this season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about all the changes going on with the team.

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If you're a fan of retired Mariner Edgar Martinez, you know about "The Double." You know about his loyalty to Seattle. And you know about his long wait to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But there is still a lot to learn about the humble player who found out this week that he's finally making it to Cooperstown.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some lesser-known facts about one of Seattle's biggest sports heroes.

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel is out with his top five Seattle sports stories of 2018. He counted them down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.


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The Mariners' troubled offseason continues. The team made another trade this week and signed a controversial new lease agreement. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the recent negative headlines.

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The Mariners made additional roster moves this week. That means more veteran players are leaving Seattle. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the reasons for the drastic purge.

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Mariners fans are wondering who might be next as the team continues to rebuild following another disappointing season. The M's traded pitcher James Paxton to the Yankees this week, not long after sending catcher Mike Zunino to the Tampa Bay Rays.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says he wouldn't be surprised if closer Edwin Diaz also gets traded. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's happened so far and why.

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The Mariners are playing the Texas Rangers in their final series of the season this weekend at Safeco Field.
KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's season and what he thinks should happen next year.

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The Mariners host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at Safeco Field. The team is coming off a road trip that included a lot of drama.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time since he was drafted by the Mariners in 2005, former American League Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez has been demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Mariners manager Scott Servais made the announcement Thursday night.

Felix, who pitched a perfect game in 2012, is having the worst season of his career this year as the team is vying for the playoffs.  KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel spoke by phone early Friday morning with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are at the end of a 20-year lease at Safeco Field. They’re asking for $180 million in public funding to help pay for upgrades and repairs at the stadium as part of a new, tentative lease agreement between the team and the King County Executive.

We hear what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about that in his chat this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major league baseball’s All-Star break is next week. That typically signals the halfway point of the season. The Mariners had four players selected to the All-Star Game, and they boast the fourth best record in all of baseball.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot to do with the offense living up to expectations and the starting pitching exceeding expectations.

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It’s quite a surprise for Mariners fans for the team to be close to first place in the American League West at this time of year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s happened so far and what might be in store for the rest of the season.

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