Refresh
Page last updated on Thu Dec 08 17:04:10 EST 2016
RECAP
05/04/2013 5:24 PM EDT
Ackley hits grand slam, Mariners top Blue Jays 8-1
SEATTLE 8, TORONTO 1

By IAN HARRISON
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- From the start, it was another rugged outing for
R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays.



The reigning NL Cy Young winner gave up a home run on his second
pitch and was later booed off the mound. Dustin Ackley hit his
first career grand slam and Michael Saunders homered twice as
the Seattle Mariners romped 8-1 Saturday.



"We're somewhat of a dysfunctional team right now," Dickey said.
"We're kind of searching for a way to score runs, a way to pitch
well. We're doing a lot of things poorly, myself included."



Toronto has lost four straight and has been outscored 25-3 in
that span. A season-worst 11 games below .500, the Blue Jays
have lost 14 of 18 overall.



"We're all pretty beat up mentally right now but you've got to
get through that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's
professional baseball. There's a lot of season left. You get
tested and you find out what you're made of."



Dickey (2-5) was among several stars Toronto added during an
offseason overhaul. Despite all the All-Stars, the Blue Jays are
10-21 and in last place.



Pressed on his use of the word "dysfunctional" after a report
Friday of tension in the Blue Jays clubhouse, Dickey insisted
there's no issue with Toronto's chemistry.



"We've got a group of great guys," the knuckleballer said. "And
the chemistry in here, nobody is blaming other people. We're all
trying to own what ours is to own in this. But we're not very
good right now and everybody knows it. That's no secret."



Dickey was booed by the crowd of 35,754 after Raul Ibanez hit a
one-out triple in the sixth and scored on Kelly Shoppach's
double. As the runs piled up, some fans responded with chants of
"Go, Leafs, Go!" for the NHL's Maple Leafs, currently in the
playoffs against the Boston Bruins.



"I did hear them, it was hard not to," Dickey said. "They were
pretty animated. You can't blame them. We've played well below
our expectation. We're booing ourselves. It's tough."



Pitching on an extra day of rest because of lingering neck and
back soreness, Dickey lost his third straight start. He allowed
six hits, including a season-high three home runs. He walked two
and struck out five.



"He didn't give up a lot of hits but they were big hits,"
Gibbons said.



Dickey said his neck and back weren't a concern against the
Mariners, and Gibbons said the Blue Jays see no need to put
Dickey on the disabled list.



Dickey lost consecutive starts only once during his outstanding
season with the New York Mets last year. His previous
three-start losing streak came in July and August of 2011.



It was a bad day all around for the Blue Jays, who even appeared
to lose track of the number of outs and were slow to come off
the field after Kendrys Morales struck out to end the fifth.



Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1) welcomed the Seattle hitting after
receiving just one run of support in his previous three outings.
He pitched seven innings to win for the first time in four
starts.



Iwakuma allowed one run and five hits. He walked three and
struck out five, lowering his ERA to 1.61.



"He's one of the better guys in the league right now and you can
see why," Gibbons said.



Yoervis Medina pitched the eighth and Oliver Perez worked the
ninth for the Mariners, who have won seven of their past eight
meetings with Toronto. Seattle has won six of seven overall.



Saunders homered on Dickey's second pitch of the game, the
second leadoff homer of his career, then added another solo shot
in the fifth. It was the fourth multihomer game of his career
and his first this season.



Saunders added an RBI double off Brett Cecil in the ninth.



"He had a big day for us," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "He
just brings a lot of energy and intensity to the top of our
lineup."



Ackley connected on a 3-2 pitch in the fourth, immediately after
Dickey had loaded the bases with back-to-back walks to Ibanez
and Shoppach.



"That's an awesome feeling," Ackley said. "Hitting a home run in
general is a great feeling, but to have three guys on base and
to put your team up, it was pretty important for us."



Ackley's first homer of the season was Dickey's biggest regret
of the afternoon.



"Outside of that I wasn't too disappointed, but that singular
pitch really put us in the hole, big time," Dickey said.



Blanked by Felix Hernandez on Friday, the Blue Jays struggled to
get anything going against Iwakuma, snapping a 23-inning
scoreless streak on Munenori Kawasaki's sacrifice fly in the
seventh.



NOTES: Wedge gave 1B Justin Smoak and OF Jason Bay the day off
against Dickey. ... Dickey underwent an MRI on Wednesday that
revealed mild inflammation in his neck and back. It's the same
injury that forced him to leave after the sixth inning of an
April 18 start against the Chicago White Sox. ... Dickey went
5-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 32 games for Seattle in 2008. ...
Seattle's Joe Saunders (2-3) faces Brandon Morrow (0-2) in
Sunday's series finale.

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Oakland Raiders
2
Kansas City Chiefs
3
Oakland Raiders
4
Kansas City Chiefs
5
Kansas City Chiefs
12/08/2016
International - EuroleagueBC ZALGIRIS KAUNAS at REAL MADRID12:00 PM PST
NBAMINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES at TORONTO RAPTORS4:00 PM PST
NBADENVER NUGGETS at WASHINGTON WIZARDS4:00 PM PST
NBAPHILADELPHIA 76ERS at NEW ORLEANS PELICANS5:00 PM PST
NBAPORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS at MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES5:00 PM PST
NFLOakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs5:25 PM PST
NBAGOLDEN STATE WARRIORS at UTAH JAZZ6:00 PM PST
NBASAN ANTONIO SPURS at CHICAGO BULLS6:30 PM PST
12/09/2016
International - EuroleagueFC BARCELONA LASSA at ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL09:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueGALATASARAY SK at PANATHINAIKOS10:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueUNICS KAZAN at OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS11:45 AM PST
International - EuroleagueDARUSAFAKA DOGUS at BASKONIA VITORIA GASTEIZ12:00 PM PST
NBAORLANDO MAGIC at CHARLOTTE HORNETS4:00 PM PST
NBAMIAMI HEAT at CLEVELAND CAVALIERS4:30 PM PST
NBATORONTO RAPTORS at BOSTON CELTICS4:30 PM PST
NBADETROIT PISTONS at MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES5:00 PM PST
NBAATLANTA HAWKS at MILWAUKEE BUCKS5:00 PM PST
NBAHOUSTON ROCKETS at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER5:00 PM PST
NBAINDIANA PACERS at DALLAS MAVERICKS5:30 PM PST
NBAPHOENIX SUNS at LOS ANGELES LAKERS7:30 PM PST
NBANEW YORK KNICKS at SACRAMENTO KINGS7:30 PM PST
12/10/2016
College FootballArmy vs Navy12:00 PM PST
12/11/2016
NFLWashington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles10:00 AM PST
NFLSan Diego Chargers vs Carolina Panthers10:00 AM PST
NFLDenver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans10:00 AM PST
NFLMinnesota Vikings vs Jacksonville Jaguars10:00 AM PST
NFLPittsburgh Steelers vs Buffalo Bills10:00 AM PST
NFLHouston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts10:00 AM PST
NFLArizona Cardinals vs Miami Dolphins10:00 AM PST
NFLChicago Bears vs Detroit Lions10:00 AM PST
NFLCincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns10:00 AM PST
NFLNew York Jets vs San Francisco 49ers1:05 PM PST
NFLNew Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:25 PM PST
NFLSeattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers1:25 PM PST
NFLAtlanta Falcons vs Los Angeles Rams1:25 PM PST
NFLDallas Cowboys vs New York Giants5:30 PM PST
12/12/2016
NFLBaltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots5:30 PM PST
12/17/2016
College FootballNC Central vs Grambling09:00 AM PST
College FootballUTSA vs New Mexico11:00 AM PST
College FootballHouston vs San Diego State12:30 PM PST
College FootballArkansas State vs Central Florida2:30 PM PST
College FootballAppalachian State vs Toledo2:30 PM PST
College FootballSouthern Miss vs UL Lafayette6:00 PM PST
12/19/2016
College FootballCentral Michigan vs Tulsa11:30 AM PST
12/20/2016
College FootballMemphis vs Western Kentucky4:00 PM PST
12/21/2016
College FootballBYU vs Wyoming6:00 PM PST
12/22/2016
College FootballColorado State vs Idaho4:00 PM PST
12/23/2016
College FootballEastern Michigan vs Old Dominion10:00 AM PST
College FootballLouisiana Tech vs Navy1:30 PM PST
College FootballOhio vs Troy5:00 PM PST
12/24/2016
College FootballMiddle Tennessee State vs Hawaii5:00 PM PST
12/26/2016
College FootballMiami Ohio vs Mississippi State08:00 AM PST
College FootballMaryland vs Boston College11:30 AM PST
College FootballVanderbilt vs NC State2:00 PM PST
12/27/2016
College FootballArmy vs North Texas09:00 AM PST
College FootballWake Forest vs Temple12:30 PM PST
College FootballWashington State vs Minnesota4:00 PM PST
College FootballBaylor vs Boise State7:15 PM PST
12/28/2016
College FootballNorthwestern vs Pittsburgh11:00 AM PST