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Umpires Adrian Johnson, left, and  Larry Vanover, center, have to stop the game action  to check in with the MLB command center on a call.
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Monday, April 14
Replay is the right call for baseball, even if it’s taking a while to get it right | Larry Stone

The new replay system is off to a rough start with delays and the wrong calls still standing, in some cases. But in the end it’s the right thing for baseball.

Thursday, April 10

With gaffes and gems, Mariners’ Abraham Almonte is player to watch | Larry Stone

Almonte is a whirlwind who combines power and speed.

Wednesday, April 9

Corey Hart shows he might bring what Mariners need | Larry Stone

Hart was the one who brought the sellout crowd at Safeco Field to its feet in the third inning, and provided the first goose-bump moment of the 2014 home season.

Tuesday, April 8

Mariners revival? Six things I learned from the 4-2 start | Larry Stone

The Mariners showed some encouraging signs entering Tuesday’s home opener, but a 162-game season will sort out what’s real and what’s a cruel mirage.

Saturday, April 5

Pete Carroll’s new deal with Seahawks means he’ll keep preaching his joyful vision | Larry Stone

Pete Carroll’s three-year contract keeps him in perfect lockstep with GM John Schneider through 2016. Seahawks are “right in the middle of something special here,” Carroll says.

Thursday, April 3

Husky baseball soars with new park, new attitude

Washington baseball moved into a new ballpark this season, and the sparkling new digs helped the Huskies become the latest Northwest team to jump to national prominence.

Tuesday, April 1

Justin Smoak showing signs of promise for Mariners | Larry Stone

Yes, we’re playing Small Sample Size Theater. But more than the eye-popping numbers – Smoak is on pace for 81 homers, 162 doubles and 486 runs batted in, har har – are the more subtle signs of progress.

Monday, March 31

Mariners and Robinson Cano get season started with a win | Larry Stone

The Cano era began Monday with a routine ground out to shortstop — let the record show that he ran it out, hard — but there is an air of expectation each time he steps to the plate.

Sunday, March 30

Mariners fans, keep hope alive — at least for opening day | Larry Stone

To be a Mariner fan is to have the hope beaten out of you. The optimism seems to diminish with each succeeding season until a certain defeatist attitude has taken hold, the nagging certitude that somehow, eventually, it will all fall apart. Today, however, is the day to believe.

Friday, March 28

Stars align: With Robinson Cano joining Felix, Mariners have two of the best

The Mariners still have plenty of holes but there’s no denying this: After signing Robinson Cano to a $240 million contract, they have two of the best players in baseball, Cano and pitcher Felix Hernandez.

Tuesday, March 25

Oregon State shows that it belongs with the elite of women’s basketball

Still, the Beavers can’t find the winning gear that South Carolina used in its victory