Our weekly review of interesting and unusual MLB stats focuses on the sparklers and the duds in a week that featured a number of offensive outburst.
The Kansas City Royals lead all teams with four All-Star starters, while Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals are top vote-getters.
AL All-Star outfield and DH starters
The top votegetters for the American League:
- OF Mike Trout, Angels
- OF Lorenzo Cain, Royals
- OF Alex Gordon, Royals
- DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners Watch All-Star selection show
Seattle rookie Mike Montgomery put together another fine start, pitching the Mariners past the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Sunday.
Mariners hold on to split series
Seattle RF Seth Smith's 2-RBI single was enough to secure the 2-1 win over the A's to split the 4-game series in Oakland. M's LHP Mike Montgomery gave up 1 run through 5 2/3 IP and Fernando Rodney earned the save. Box score
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will miss his team's upcoming three-game series against the Detroit Tigers to attend a funeral for his sister.
Sam Fuld goes deep to give A's lead
The A's RF hit his first home run of the season -- a solo shot to right -- to put his team up 1-0 entering the 4th inning vs. Seattle. Follow live
Rookie Kendall Graveman pitched seven innings to help hand Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss in Oakland in nearly seven years, as the Athletics beat the Mariners 2-0 on Saturday.
Athletics edge out Mariners
Ben Zobrist drove in both of Oakland's runs but it was enough to beat the Mariners as Kendall Graveman and the A's bullpen held Seattle off the board. Box score
Hisashi Iwakuma will come off the disabled list to make his first appearance since April.
Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison all hit two-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 Friday night for their third win in four games.
Final: Mariners 9, Athletics 5
The Mariners combined to hit four home runs, including a team-leading 21st from Nelson Cruz, to beat the A's in Oakland. It's Seattle's third win in its last four games. Box score
Mariners put up a five-spot
A five-run 8th inning turned a 4-3 nailbiter into a 9-3 lead for the Mariners, who are looking to improve to .500 on the road heading to the bottom of the 8th in Oakland. Follow live
Smith's shot puts Mariners in front
Seth Smith had been hitless in his past three games, but his two-run home run in the 6th inning ended that skid and gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead over the Athletics in Oakland. Follow live
Grantland: Can new coach help Cano?
2B Robinson Cano has swooned during his second season with the Mariners. Ben Lindbergh wonders if the recent hiring of Edgar Martinez as hitting coach will help. MLB breakouts and breakdowns
Scott Kazmir pitched eight sparkling innings, Marcus Semien homered for the first time in nearly two months, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday night.
Who deserves a spot on the American League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts make their picks for the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.
Taijuan Walker pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the punchless San Diego Padres 7-0 on Wednesday.
Mariners blank Padres 7-0
M's 2B Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs, and Taijuan Walker allowed just 1 hit in 6 shutout innings as Seattle swept the two-game series in San Diego.
Happy 35th birthday, Nelson Cruz
Cruz gave himself a little birthday present as he hit a 2-run HR just out of Justin Upton's reach in left for his 20th of the season, putting the M's up 7-0 over the Padres. He also hit HRs on his birthday in 2011 and 2014. Follow live
Comments from Angels closer Huston Street reflect how much the ninth-inning-only closer role subtly changed goals from winning games to getting saves.
Tristan Cockroft, Cynthia Frelund and Derek Carty will get you ready for daily fantasy baseball by offering advice and answering your questions.
Mariners vs Tigers
Safeco Field - Mon 7/6