Lauren Smith, TriCityHerald

Lauren Smith


Tacoma, WA, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

An All-Star season years in the making, Vogelbach has displayed power and patience for Mariners

Daniel Vogelbach has had to wait to play full-time with the Seattle Mariners. He finally got that chance this year, and he’s knocked it out of the park to be the team’s All-Star Game representative. → Read More

Despite Narvaez’s career-best day, Mariners can’t climb out of first-inning hole against A’s

Opener Matt Carasiti allowed five runs (four earned) in the first inning Sunday afternoon, recorded just one out before Wade LeBlanc replaced him, and Seattle never recovered, stumbling into the All-Star break with a 7-4 loss to the A’s at T-Mobile Park. → Read More

Season-long struggle for Mariners’ Seager begins to ease. Can the third baseman keep it going?

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has struggled at the plate since returning from an extended IL stay, but strung together hits in back-to-back games to close the first half. → Read More

Seager and Vogelbach homer, Gonzales delivers quality start as Mariners end skid against A’s

Kyle Seager and Daniel Vogelbach each homered, and Marco Gonzales delivered a quality start in eight complete innings to lift the Mariners to a 6-3 win over Oakland on Saturday night at T-Mobile Park. → Read More

Leake holds Cardinals scoreless for bulk of game, but Mariners bullpen implodes in 5-run ninth

Seattle Mariners starter Mike Leake tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in one of the better outings of his career, but Seattle’s bullpen combined to allow five runs in the ninth in a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Park. → Read More

Once a starting shortstop, Beckham tries to roll with the changing times, role with Mariners

Tim Beckham knew at some point his days as the Seattle Mariners starting shortstop would end when J.P. Crawford was ready. He’s still adjusting to his new role. “It’s been a battle, man,” he said. → Read More

Beckham delivers with late pinch-hit homer, Mariners top Cardinals in series opener

The Seattle Mariners (38-51) snapped a four-game slide with a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park. Tim Beckham’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth broke a late tie. → Read More

Mariners homestand preview: St. Louis, Oakland arriving ahead of All-Star break

Tuesday, the Mariners (37-51) begin a six-game homestand against a Cardinals team that has struggled, but remains in contention in the National League Central, and an A’s squad that seems to have hit its stride. → Read More

Whether with the Mariners or Rainiers, Shed Long wants to show consistent progress

Shed Long decided he would score when he saw the finger point. Over the weekend at Cheney Stadium, he belted a drive deep to left center, saw the ball ricochet off the wall and over an outfielder’s head, back toward the middle of his grass. He put his head down, charged toward third, and peered up only to see Rainiers manager Daren Brown gesturing toward home. → Read More

Mariners homestand preview: St. Louis, Oakland arriving ahead of All-Star break

On Tuesday, the Mariners begin a six-game homestand against a Cardinals team that has struggled, but remains in contention in the National League Central, and an A’s squad that seems to have hit its stride. → Read More

Mariners manager, who worked with Tyler Skaggs in Anaheim, reflects on death of Angels pitcher

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, who knew Tyler Skaggs from his four seasons with the Angels, reflects on the sudden death of the pitcher. “It’s tragic, not just to the Angels, but all of baseball,” Servais said. → Read More

Mariners slugger Daniel Vogelbach named to first All-Star Game

Seattle Mariners slugger Daniel Vogelbach was selected Sunday to play in his first All-Star game. He is the third player in Mariners history to be selected as a designated hitter, joining Edgar Martinez (six selections) and Nelson Cruz (two). → Read More

Looking at how the Mariners’ offseason trades have played out halfway through the season

With the season halfway over, here’s a look at the big trades the Seattle Mariners made in the offseason and how those players are playing in 2019. → Read More

Smith, Crawford offer exciting 1-2 punch at top of Mariners lineup

During June, center fielder Mallex Smith and shortstop J.P. Crawford have combined for an impressive one-two punch at the top of the Seattle Mariners lineup. → Read More

After a great start, Mariners pitcher Gonzales fell into a funk. He went to work and found his form

In seven starts from May to June 2, Mariners starter Marco Gonzales went 0-6 with a 7.79 ERA. That began his quest to find his form again, and now he’s won four consecutive starts. → Read More

Mariners road preview: Tough trips to Milwaukee, Houston looming

The Seattle Mariners (35-47) finished their most recent homestand with a 4-3 record, including a series win over the Orioles, but remain 12 games below .500 entering a six-game road trip against a pair of playoff contenders. → Read More

J.P. Crawford is often called Seattle’s ‘shortstop of the future.’ And the future appears to be now

Since J.P. Crawford was called up from Triple-A, the 24-year-old has consistently hit and helped stabilize a shaky infield. He’s hitting .300 with an on-base percentage (.377) that ranks second on the team. → Read More

Mariners make more bullpen swaps; Bradford transferred to 60-day IL

Following Saturday afternoon’s deflating loss to the Orioles — during which three of the four relievers they used combined to give up five runs in three innings — the Seattle Mariners shook up the bullpen again. → Read More

J.P. Crawford provides spark, Mariners offense unloads for 13 runs to secure series win over Orioles

The Seattle Mariners offense unloaded for eight runs in the third inning and shortstop J.P. Crawford finished a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in a 13-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday at T-Mobile Park. → Read More

Milone gives up 3-run homer, Mariners bullpen sputters in loss to Orioles

The Seattle Mariners became the first team to drop a game to the reeling Baltimore Orioles since June 11 with an 8-4 loss Saturday afternoon at T-Mobile Park. → Read More