SEATTLE (AP) — And then there was one.
The Washington Nationals are off to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night,...
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SWINGIN' FOR SEVEN
Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt has homered in a career-best six straight games, tying the team record shared by...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — It took Edgar Martinez a decade on the ballot to reach the pinnacle of baseball. A visit to the Hall of Fame on Monday reaffirmed his appreciation of being selected for...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a resolution congratulating Edgar Martinez on his recent election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and thanking him for his long, storied career...
NEW YORK (AP) — This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera figures to make quick work of his Hall of Fame ballot appearance, just as he did of opposing batters, and could even set another record when voting is announced Tuesday: for highest percentage of ballots.
No one has ever been a unanimous Hall of Fame selection. Ken Griffey Jr. holds the mark for the top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.
BOSTON (AP) — The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname by hitting another big number. A couple of them, in fact.
Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton connected as the playoff-bound Yankees set the major league record for most home runs in a season, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-5 Saturday for their 100th win this year.
"I'm happy for them. They work really hard at their craft, and it's a result of a lot of people having success," manager Aaron Boone said.
BOSTON (AP) — Gleyber Torres homered in the fourth inning for the New York Yankees, claiming a Major League Baseball record with their 265th home run of the season.
Torres' drive to right off Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez moved New York past the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most in a single season in MLB history. It was Torres' 24th home run of the season, which sailed over the head of Blake Swihart at the bullpen wall to put the Yankees up 4-1 against the Red Sox.
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The New York Yankees take aim at baseball's single-season home run record, a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with Aaron Judge hitting the homer that matched a Mariners club that included Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez.
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales became the seventh player in major league history to homer in at least seven consecutive games, going deep in the third inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Morales hit a two-run shot off Vince Velasquez, his 21st homer of the season. He has a chance to equal the major league record of homers in eight consecutive games, shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and Don Mattingly.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — With their three biggest stars all shining Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Angels put on quite a show.
Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani homered in the same game for the first time, and the Angels romped to an 11-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Pujols passed Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the career list with his 631st home run. Trout connected twice and drove in four runs. Ohtani launched a two-run shot projected at 446 feet.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — On a night when Albert Pujols moved up the career home run ladder, rookie teammate David Fletcher grabbed onto the bottom rung.
Pujols hit two home runs to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place with 630, and Fletcher connected for his first in the majors as the Los Angeles Angels romped to an 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Pujols rarely talks about personal achievements. But matching Griffey, a former Mariners star, had him feeling an extra sense of pride.
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts fouled off seven pitches before hitting a grand slam that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 10 games.
Boston has the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn't lost since getting routed 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on July 1. At 66-29, the Red Sox are 37 games over .500 for the first time since 1949.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man says he chased down a suspected thief who ripped the bat off of the statue of baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.
KING-TV reports the suspect was apprehended on Tuesday after Kelsey Klevenberg followed the man who ditched the bat in a garbage can during the chase.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Seager put himself in some elite Seattle Mariners company with another big blast against Texas.
Seager and Ben Gamel both hit three-run homers to help power the Mariners to a 10-3 victory Tuesday night in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.
"We've been in some tight ball games, and haven't quite been able to get over the hump," Seager said. "So it's nice to get a bunch of runs early and kind of let everything settle down."
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered in his sixth consecutive game to give him a major league-leading 44, but the Miami Marlins fell 9-4 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Stanton hit a solo shot to deep left-center field off Madison Bumgarner (3-5) in the third inning, tying the game at 2. He has 11 homers in his past 12 games, and 23 in the past 35. Only Sammy Sosa (25 in 1998) and Barry Bonds (24 in 2001) have hit more in that span, according to Elias.
MIAMI (AP) — Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has homered in his sixth straight game, hitting his 44th of the season off San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Stanton connected for a solo shot to left-center field in the third inning Tuesday night, tying the score at 2. The All-Star outfielder has 10 home runs in his last 11 games, and 23 in the last 35.
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted free agent receiver Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.
The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the Dolphins had not announced the signing or contract terms.
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CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN
Dusty Baker of the Nationals has posted 1,834 wins as a major league manager, one behind Bruce Bochy of San Francisco. Baker can even the tally when Washington hosts the Giants, a day after their series opener was rained out.
"We enjoy our battles and being competitive against each other," Bochy said.
SEATTLE (AP) — Edgar Martinez is busy enough with his day job that having months of advance notice proved beneficial.
The former Seattle Mariners star and current Mariners hitting coach has found enough time to get his speech ready for Saturday night when his No. 11 is retired by the club.
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a grand slam for his 600th homer, becoming the ninth member of the club during the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
Pujols reached the milestone in theatrical style, putting a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-3) into Angel Stadium's short left-field porch for his 14th grand slam.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trey Griffey and Jerome Lane are spending Mother's Day weekend talking all about their fathers.
It's standard operating procedure for the two receivers who spent their childhoods running around professional clubhouses and locker rooms.
Now, they find themselves working side-by-side in the Indianapolis Colts' locker room, talking about their own experiences about living life in the spotlight and the advice they received before rookie mini-camp opened Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed 18 undrafted rookies, including receivers Trey Griffey and Jerome Lane, whose fathers were pro athletes.
Griffey, the son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., finished his career at Arizona with 79 catches, 1,241 yards and six TD catches. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 baseball draft.
Lane's father played in the NBA and broke a backboard in college at Pitt.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. is captured in full follow through from his swing, gazing toward an unseen baseball.
It's a pose he struck many times during his Hall of Fame career, and it's the way he's been immortalized in bronze outside Safeco Field.
The Seattle Mariners on Thursday unveiled the statue of Griffey, the most recent way they've honored one of the franchise's greatest players.
The past 25 years have been a boom period for new baseball venues. Starting with Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992, major league teams have opened 21 new ballparks, with another joining the list this season, when the Atlanta Braves start playing at SunTrust Park.
SEATTLE (AP) — As Edgar Martinez's candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise.
When Martinez made a significant jump in the Hall of Fame voting this year, trending toward potential induction, it became an easy decision to decide it was time to retire Martinez's No. 11.
Ken Griffey Jr. has a different game to watch during the World Series.
The newly inducted member of the Baseball Hall of Fame can certainly be forgiven for having his attention elsewhere Saturday night. His son is a starting receiver for the Arizona Wildcats.
Junior's son Trey isn't the only Pac-12 receiver whose dad played Major League Baseball. And there are three starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 Conference who are the sons of former MLB players.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Trout did his part to upstage Seattle's celebration for Ken Griffey Jr.
The Los Angeles Angels bullpen failed to finish what Trout started.
Trout hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added an RBI triple in the third, but the Mariners rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and beat the Angels 8-6 on Saturday night.
Shawn O'Malley, once a property of the Angels, delivered the decisive blow with a three-run homer off Deolis...
SEATTLE (AP) — A night that began with cheers for new Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. echoing through Safeco Field ended with chants for Shawn O'Malley, a kid that grew up a few hours southeast of Seattle idolizing the Hall of Famer.
A little surreal for O'Malley? Yep. Deserved? Absolutely.
"The fact it ended like that, it just seemed like a Griffey type of night," O'Malley said. "A home run to go up, late in the innings, it was just fitting."
SEATTLE (AP) — Just as much as the smile and the backward hat, the sweet swings and the 630 home runs, the No. 24 became synonymous with Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey chose it after hitting 24 home runs one season between his high school and summer baseball teams, and he wore it throughout his 13 seasons with the Mariners.
"Baseball is all about numbers. Some of the greatest players to play in sports wore 24. It wasn't planned but it was definitely one of the things...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Staring out at their families and tens of thousands of fans who hung on every word, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony tinged with tears all around.
"I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed," Griffey said. "I can't describe how it feels."
The two became a piece of history on their special day. Griffey, the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft, became the highest pick ever inducted....
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Two players who began their careers at opposite ends of the spectrum nearly three decades ago ended up in the same place on Sunday — with their names etched on plaques at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
For Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the culmination of their long journeys was tinged with tears all around.
"I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed," Griffey said, staring out at his family and tens of thousands of fans. "I can't describe...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.
A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home...
TORONTO (AP) — Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez is away from the team this weekend so he can watch friend and former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Seattle's batters seem be faring just fine without him.
Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings to win his fifth straight start, Nelson Cruz hit his ninth career grand slam and homered twice, and the Mariners matched a season high with 19 hits Saturday in a 14-5 victory over the...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — When they were drafted nearly three decades ago, one was on everybody's baseball radar, the other a blip at best, picked almost as an afterthought in the final round thanks to a recommendation by an important family friend.
That their baseball paths started so differently — the Seattle Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft and a year later the Dodgers selected Mike Piazza on the 62nd round with the 1,390th pick,...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be hitting the road for visits to Seattle and New York City just a few days after they're installed in Cooperstown.
Hall of Fame officials say the bronze likenesses of the newest inductees will be installed after Sunday's induction ceremonies. The plaques will be temporarily removed for travel to events this summer at the ballparks of the Seattle Mariners and New York...