Beware the faint of heart… the stretch run is upon us. The dog days of August are half over and the September sprint to the finish looms. The next six weeks will determine the AL West champion, with the loser left to battle Boston for playoff table scraps. With the late season collapse of 2002 fresh in the minds of Mariner fans and players, we all tread gingerly into the final lap projecting a nervous confidence. Tums anyone?
August 22, 2003
Despite a terrible outing by Freddy Garcia, the Seattle Mariners pulled out a win Tuesday evening in Minnesota to stay four games ahead in the American League West. They'll return back home for another two-game series, this one against Oakland.
July 23, 2003
Desi Relaford did everything Seattle asked him to do last season - play in the outfield, pinch-run, get the bunt down. His reward? No contract extention. While the switch-hitting utility man found a new home in Kansas City this season, Seattle finds itself needing someone on its roster with Relaford's capabilities. Veterans Jeff Cirillo and Mark McLemore appear to be towards the tail-end of their careers, making the decision to let the 29-year-old Relaford go seem that much worse.
July 22, 2003
Another day, another heartbreaking loss for the Seattle Mariners. That was the story Monday as the Mariners' bullpen failed to keep the Twins off the scoreboard in the late innings. Seattle had stormed back from four runs down to tie the game in the seventh. The Mariners will play the series finale with Minnesota on Tuesday.
July 21, 2003