You’ll excuse Dustin Ackley if he’s not as graceful as some of the outfielders who often get associated with great leaping catches .
Ackley, the Seattle Mariners left fielder these days, was a second baseman until mid 2013. But his impressive leaping grab Monday night to steal a home run from Travis d’Arnaud of the New York Mets, proved that Ackley is a real outfielder now.
This didn’t have the elegance of Mike Trout stealing a homer and Ackley’s landing could use some work, but there’s no arguing with the results — he sized up the homer, jumped, caught the ball over the fence and brought it back with him. Ackley also had three hits and an RBI to contribute to Seattle’s 5-2 win .

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are giving starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez an extra day of rest and will start Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday against the New York Mets.

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Some of those invisible arrows that Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney likes to shoot came back around and pierced him in the rear end Sunday afternoon.
Rodney did his famous archery pantomime in the eighth inning after coming on for a save with five outs to go against the Los Angeles Angels. But he couldn’t hold the lead in the bottom of the ninth after Mike Trout and Albert Pujols started a game-ending comeback.
The kicker: Trout and Pujols shot invisible arrows back at Rodney. All he could do was take it. The lesson: Never shoot your arrows before it’s time.
Rodney was nursing a one-run lead in the ninth, but he walked Trout to lead off. Pujols followed with an RBI double to tie the score. Not usually one for flashy celebrations, Pujols and Trout traded arrows with Rodney caught in the middle on the mound. Mimicry is the harshest form of flattery.
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”That’s his thing,” Pujols said. ”I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”

With Rodney pitching like an invisible wounded deer, the Angels loaded the bases for Grant Green, who finished him off with a game-ending single and a 5-4 Los Angeles victory . Let the arrows fly!
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Rodney, named to the American League’s All-Star roster earlier this month, had blown his third save in 30 opportunities. Green said later that Rodney’s act “woke up our dugout” and was a mistake that got the wrong guys fired up.
Rodney, whose turn as closer for the Angels in 2010-2011 wasn’t a success — a fact that fans remembered — tried to defend himself from shooting his arrows “too” early.

”I did that for the fans, because when I came in, they booed me. It’s part of the game,” Rodney said after his third blown save in 30 chances this season. ”I tried to get the save with five outs. They got me today, but tomorrow’s another day.”

Rodney had been performing his celebration more often than normal of late. Usually reserved for the final out of a victory, Rodney’s “gotcha” archery pantomime had been seen during the All-Star game during the player introductions and after his appearance in the eighth inning of the American League victory. Like a Bart Simpson catch phrase from the 1990s that tended to get overdone, all Rodney thought he was doing was preserving his personal brand. But sometimes overdoing it is still overdoing it.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun tried to put it all into perspective.

”Rodney’s one of the game’s best, and that’s a known fact,” Calhoun said. ”He’s an All-Star and somebody that they’re expecting to go out there every time and get the job done. But we’ve got one of the best offenses in the game, and we can put some runs up no matter who’s out there.”

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Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon knows he has to take a special approach with his younger players, something that requires patience when overseeing a club expecting to contend in the AL West. Rookie starter Roenis Elias is going through a rough patch at the moment, but that could be coming to an end as he faces the sputtering New York Mets’ offense at home Monday night. The signing of Robinson Cano immediately increased expectations for the Mariners (52-46), who are in third place behind major league-best Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels. Seattle dropped two of three to the Angels over the weekend, though both defeats came on walk-off hits.

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A pitcher’s duel was expected when Seattle sent All-Star Game starter Felix Hernandez to the mound in the second of a three-game series against the Angels’ Garrett Richards, who deserved an all-star bid but didn’t get it. The aces pitched to a stalemate before the Mariners prevailed 3-2 in 12 innings Saturday night in a battle of American League West teams decided by the bullpens at Angels Stadium. The Mariners (52-45) pushed across the decisive runs in the top of the 12th against Joe Thatcher (0-1), the fifth of six Angels pitchers. A double by first baseman Logan Morrison knocked home third baseman Kyle Seager, who had doubled to start the inning.

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Mike Trout helped secure home field advantage for the American League in the World Series with his MVP performance in the All-Star Game. Now all the Angels have to do is get to the Fall Classic. Efren Navarro singled home a run with two outs in the 16th inning on Friday night, and the Los Angeles Angels came out of the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners – and a new closer. After the 10th inning, the Angels announced they had acquired two-time All-Star Huston Street from the San Diego Padres in a multiplayer deal that included five minor leaguers.

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Two hours after getting right-handed closer Huston Street, the Los Angeles Angels relied on one of their lesser-known members to end a five-hour endurance test. Pinch-hitter Efren Navarro hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Angels a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in front of 42,517 at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles used its sixth consecutive victory and 11th in 12 games to remain 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League’s Western Division. Seattle fell nine games behind.

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(The Sports Xchange) – New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia’s 2014 season came to a close Friday when the Yankees announced that he will have surgery on his right knee. An arthroscopic debridement procedure is scheduled for next week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. The Yankees expect the veteran to be recovered in time for spring training next year. The Atlanta Braves released struggling second baseman Dan Uggla.

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Note: The All-Star break is upon us and The Stew is using the downtime to size up contenders for the year-end awards. We’ve already looked at Rookie of the Year and MVP candidates . Now let’s turn our attention to AL and NL MVP hopefuls.
The top Cy Young candidates usually post great numbers while pitching full seasons for contending teams. Those criteria hurt pitchers in respective ways like Clayton Kershaw (back injury), Henderson Alvarez (plays for Marlins) and Stephen Strasburg (3.48 ERA, albeit with good peripheral stats). In that sense, the Cy also requires some luck to win it. Everything must come together, and that usually happens for only a select few.
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Bud Selig was using his two favorite words earlier this week during the All-Star Game festivities in Minneapolis.

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