Luck? The Seattle Mariners have won more one-run decisions through their first 72 games than any team in MLB history since 1908. Players like Mitch Haniger, Ryon Healy and manager Scott Servais point to other factors.
Juan Soto's pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth inning of a game that began and was suspended because of rain last month lifted the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees in the opener of an unusual doubleheader.
Mike Zunino was around when the Mariners fell one game shy of making the playoffs in 2014. He was around for the second-half surge that briefly placed them second in the wild-card standings in August of 2016.
The Phillies have optioned former closer Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled lefty Austin Davis. Neris recorded his 10th save in 13 chances by tossing a perfect ninth in Saturday's 4-1 win at Milwaukee.
Giancarlo Stanton wanted this, wanted to play in the New York spotlight on a contending team for the first time in his career. It's why he waived his no-trade clause, he said, because he knew exactly what he was getting himself into.
Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles with a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers.
Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais discussed a brilliant Wade LeBlanc performance in a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox, as well as Edwin Diaz's 27th save, another one-run win. Courtsey of the Seattle Mariners.