The Nelson Cruz signing paid dividends quickly, as he drove in the winning run in a dramatic 11-10 win over the Texas Rangers on April 19 at Safeco. Given the M's continued offensive inconsistency, Cruz's potent bat has been a savior in the middle of the lineup.
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May 30: Paxton's finger flares up
James Paxton is one half of the young duo of Mariner hurlers expected to do big things in 2015, the other being Taijuan Walker. A strained tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand derailed his season early, and he still hasn't begun rigorous rehab work in hopes of getting back on the mound. Should he return before the year is done, however, his re-insertion into the rotation could help the Mariners down the stretch.
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All season long: Cano's stomach issue
Robinson Cano has struggled playing up to his lofty standards in 2015, his second season in Seattle. While many speculated that 'his bat has slowed' or that he's simply 'past his prime', Cano revealed recently that he's been battling a stomach ailment for about a year. While Cano didn't bring that issue up as a means of excusing his statistical downtick, it's easy to imagine a physical condition such as that wreaking havoc on a professional athlete.
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June 2: McClendon gets his money's worth
Lloyd McClendon has always been the type of manager to 'light a fire' under his clubs, and he did just that in early June. Taking issue with umpire rulings regarding check swings and other on-field circumstances, McClendon became extremely heated and proceeded to engage in a highly entertaining on-field tirade that went on for quite some time. Don't ever accuse Lloyd of not having enough passion...
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June 2: Montgomery shows up, dominates
Mike Montgomery was a low-key call-up by Seattle, made to fill the gaps left by various injured pitchers. Since showing up in early June, however, Montgomery has been a revelation. The rookie has a 2.26 ERA and has won four games, even throwing two shutouts in the process. His success has helped the Mariners cope with the long-term losses of both James Paxton and Hisashi Iwakuma, and has been a pleasant surprise for the club so far.
June 3: The Trumbo trade
General manager Jack Zduriencik took a chance on powerful-but-flawed slugger Mark Trumbo in a trade with Arizona in early June. Figuring 'more offense can't hurt' his underchieving lineup, Trumbo hasn't quite done a whole lot at the plate - though he did get hot in the final few games ahead of the All-Star break. Needless to say, if Trumbo keeps hitting well it'd significantly help the Mariners field a competitive and more consistent offense as a team.
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July 7: Cano's walk-off
Robinson Cano hasn't had a ton of opportunities to celebrate his own accomplishments this season, so his extra-innings walk-off single that took down the Detroit Tigers on July 7 was especially enjoyable. With the Mariners in desperate need of turning their season around, more moments like this in the second half would help the club achieve their lofty preseason goals and flip the script on their tough start to the 2015 campaign.