May exited in the fourth inning Saturday night when Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager’s liner smacked him on the right elbow. Seven players scored a run and it took seven pitchers to hold off the Mariners. ”There were a lot of contributions,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”We talked about it, if we’re going to be effective offensively it’s going to have to be balanced.” Eduardo Escobar hit a home run.

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has a strained muscle just under his right arm and is expected to miss two to four weeks. Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

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There was an extra twinge of disappointment for Felix Hernandez as he watched Trevor Plouffe’s line drive fall into the grass of right field for a base hit. With how well he was pitching, Seattle’s ace knew there was the chance at something special Friday night. ”I had the stuff to throw a perfect game,” Hernandez said. ”But it didn’t happen.” Hernandez settled for a five-hitter and his first complete game victory since August 2012, as the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0.

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Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan was suspended for 80 games Monday following a positive test for a banned substance under Major League Baseball’s drug program. ”I am extremely sorry for letting down the Atlanta Braves organization, my coaches, teammates and the Braves fans,” he said in a statement released by the players’ association. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs on the 21st round of the 2011 amateur draft, taken by Miami in the winter meeting draft of unprotected players, then claimed by Atlanta off waivers on April 1. McKirahan will be eligible to return to the Braves in late July.

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Luis Valbuena expects to play well, even this well. The Houston third baseman hit a pair of solo home runs, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, to give the Astros a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. It was the Valbuena’s fifth home run in the past seven games and second career multiple homer game. I try to hit ball hard every at-bat.” Valbuena, who started the scoring with a drive in the first inning, opened the eighth with a shot to right on 1-1 pitch from Danny Farquhar (0-1), the first homer allowed by and Astros reliever this season.

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In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short discusses the early-season power exploits of Luis Valbuena and recommends stashing Tony Watson.

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The Mariners are glad to get a win any way they can get one. J.A. Happ earned his first victory with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep. ”A win’s a win,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. Reliever Yoervis Medina walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth before striking out Chris Carter, who had homered an inning earlier.

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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Collin McHugh continued to linger, never getting knocked around enough to where his night needed to end, even if it felt as if there were constantly runners on base. ”It was a battle for seven innings and our guys picked me up every way they could,” McHugh said. Down 3-1 entering the eighth, the Astros scored five times against the Mariners bullpen, capped by Altuve’s bases-clearing liner into the left-field corner for their fourth straight victory. McHugh gave up three runs, but pitched through the seventh and stayed in the game long enough for the Astros to rally.

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Yasmany Tomas had three choices to continue his baseball career: stay in Cuba and make up to $2,500 a month, play in Japan with a shot at a million dollar contract, or give up family and life in the island on hopes of hitting the jackpot in the major leagues. The 24-year-old Cuban slugger opted for life in the U.S., and all the changes that come with it, signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks for $68.5 million for six seasons. While travel and business restrictions between the United States and Cuba are being eased, it’s not clear when Tomas will see his family again. Amid dual pressures of pro sports and being in a foreign country away from family for the first time, Tomas and dozens of players navigate those choices and life changes with their families through uncharted political waters, as the U.S. and Cuba began 2015 with steps to improve rocky relations.

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