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Report: Mariners had altercation in clubhouse before Tuesday’s game

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The Mariners are set to continue their home series against the Orioles on Tuesday night. Prior to the game, there was apparently an altercation between some as-yet unknown participants, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Divish says that Dee Gordon asked the media to leave the clubhouse, then shut the door. The incident happened a few minutes later.

Divish added, “We saw bits and pieces of it and heard it. It was mostly guys in a big scrum trying to break it up. Not actually sure who or what it involved. Servais was on the field when it happened. He said he’s trying to find out all the details.”

The Mariners went into the All-Star break on a four-game losing streak and things haven’t improved in the second half. The club has a 19-22 record since the break. The club was in first place in the AL West as recently as June 13 but is now 77-61, eight games out of first place in third place behind the Astros and Athletics. The Mariners are also 5.5 games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card.

The Mariners did win Monday’s contest 2-1, but it wasn’t without strife. Dee Gordon didn’t make the catch on an easy pop fly in the top of the seventh inning, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. There might be some frustration bubbling over in the Mariners’ clubhouse for any number of reasons. We’ll certainly be hearing more about this.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.