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A ticket holder pauses outside a closed Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, reading a sign as to where he might get a refund for a canceled game, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

MLB allows players to leave after canceling spring training

Mar. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball is allowing players to go home, making the decision a day after canceling the rest of the spring training schedule and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. After a meeting in Arizona on Friday that included baseball...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph connects for a single against the Chicago White Sox in Baltimore. Jeff Samardzija pitched for the White Sox in the game at Camden Yards closed to fans because of rioting in Baltimore prompted by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. U.S. sports leaders are now weighing whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

No fans, no fun: Athletes uneasy over empty-arena solutions

Mar. 8, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is one of the few players who can tell them exactly what that feels like. “It’s not very fun,” he...

Seattle Mariners' Marco Gonzales throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Mariners' Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut

Feb. 24, 2020 8:54 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For Marco Gonzales, better that this game came in his first start of spring training and not opening day at T-Mobile Park. The Seattle Mariners left-hander gave up five runs on three hits and two outs while getting just two outs Monday against the Chicago Cubs. “You go out in...

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Lewis hoping to power up for Mariners in first full season

Feb. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Lewis showed late last season that he’s ready for a regular role in the Seattle Mariners outfield, and he hopes his short time in the major leagues following a September callup is a preview of the kind of offensive production he can provide. Lewis homered in his major...

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki fields balls during batting practice at spring baseball training Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mariners’ Haniger upbeat after offseason of surgeries

Feb. 20, 2020 9:33 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — It will be months, at best, before Mitch Haniger is ready to suit up and take the field for the Seattle Mariners. But after three surgeries in seven months and two within the last four weeks, Haniger is in a positive frame of mind. The 2018 All-Star outfielder said Thursday that he...

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais watches spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mariners' young duo hoping to make mark in starting rotation

Feb. 18, 2020 3:21 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The future of the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation is now, with left-hander Justus Sheffield virtually assured of a spot and fellow rising prospect Justin Dunn a top contender to join the group. Both got a taste of the big leagues last season when they made their Mariners...

Mariners' Haniger undergoes second surgery in three weeks

Feb. 14, 2020 1:37 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is not likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners said the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January. Both are related to a ruptured...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Walker returned to the Seattle Mariners, agreeing Wednesday. Feb. 12, 2020, to a $2 million, one-year contract that includes $500,000 each in performance and roster bonuses. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)

Surgery, long rehab behind him, Walker returns to Mariners

Feb. 13, 2020 3:26 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Taijuan Walker wearing Seattle Mariners blue was a familiar sight Thursday, if only for the longtime club staffers at spring training. The right-handed pitcher, signed to a major-league contract Wednesday, took the field with Mariners pitchers and catchers for their first workout of...