MLB: Los Angeles Angels 3, Seattle 0

SEATTLE, May 25 (UPI) -- Dan Haren struck out 14 and snapped a personal four-game losing streak Thursday, carrying the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over Seattle.

MLB: Seattle 10, Colorado 3

DENVER, May 19 (UPI) -- Kyle Seager went 3-for-4, homered and drove in three runs Saturday, sparking a 14-hit attack that boosted Seattle to a 10-3 interleague win over Colorado.

MLB: Boston 6, Seattle 1

BOSTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Jon Lester allowed one run in a complete-game performance Monday, staking the Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over Seattle.

MLB: Seattle 2, Detroit 1

SEATTLE, May 10 (UPI) -- John Jaso singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Wednesday and Brandon League picked up his eighth save in the Seattle Mariners' 2-1 win over Detroit.

MLB: Minnesota 3, Seattle 2

SEATTLE, May 5 (UPI) -- An infield single by Joe Mauer drove in the go-ahead score in a three-run seventh Friday, bringing the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 victory over Seattle.

MLB: Toronto 7, Seattle 2

TORONTO, April 29 (UPI) -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking homer and Henderson Alvarez turned in a strong start Sunday, boosting Toronto to a 7-2 win over Seattle.

MLB: Seattle 7, Detroit 4

DETROIT, April 24 (UPI) -- Michael Saunders drove in three runs and Alex Liddi homered Tuesday in the Seattle Mariners' 7-4 victory over Detroit.

MLB: Seattle 4, Cleveland 1

SEATTLE, April 19 (UPI) -- Jason Vargas and two relievers combined on a four-hitter Wednesday in bringing the Seattle Mariners a 4-1 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Texas 5, Seattle 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, April 12 (UPI) -- Ian Kinsler and Michael Young combined for six hits, five runs batted in and four runs scored Thursday and powered Texas to a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

MLB: Seattle 7, Oakland 3

OAKLAND, Calif., April 7 (UPI) -- Kyle Seager's two-run single capped a four-run third inning Friday that started the Seattle Mariners on their way to a 7-3 victory over Oakland.

MLB: Oakland 4, Seattle 1

TOKYO, March 29 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run and Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes added solo shots Thursday in Oakland's 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo.

MLB: Seattle 4, Oakland 2

SEATTLE, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Justin Smoak blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning Monday, carrying the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over Oakland.

MLB: Seattle 5, Minnesota 4

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Adam Kennedy's infield single in the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Seattle Mariners' 5-4 victory over Minnesota Tuesday.

MLB: Seattle 2, N.Y. Yankees 1 (12 inn.)

SEATTLE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Luis Rodriguez led off the bottom of the 12th with a home run Wednesday to give the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Seattle 4, Kansas City 1

SEATTLE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Justin Smoak's two-run homer in the sixth put Seattle in front Thursday and the Mariners went on to down Kansas City 4-1.
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Jason Vargas
Seattle Mariners' starter Jason Vargas acknowledges the crowd after ending the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 8, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

Jason Matthew Vargas (born February 2, 1983 in Apple Valley, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He has played parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Florida Marlins, part of one season in the major leagues with the New York Mets and the last two seasons with the Seattle Mariners.

Vargas was drafted by Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins with the 1,273rd pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Jason declined and decided to go to Louisiana State University. As a freshman at LSU, Vargas went 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 games. However, Vargas decided to transfer out of LSU after the 2001 season to Cypress College for the 2003 season, picking a junior college so he would still be eligible for the draft. He was the Southern California junior college player of the year for his work on the mound and at the plate. However, as the season wore on, his arm slot dropped; and his velocity fell into the mid-80s. That, combined with Vargas' signing bonus demands, depressed his draft stock, so he went undrafted.

Vargas headed to Long Beach State for his senior year. He liked the school's history of producing major league talent and liked the school's hard-nosed mentality even more, especially after getting a recommendation from J.J. Newkirk, who played for Vargas's father, Joe, at Victor Valley High School. Vargas arrived at LBSU with a new work ethic determined to improve upon his year at Cypress College. Vargas also proved a fast learner. At Long Beach, he learned to keep his top half aligned with his lower half over the rubber and not drift toward the plate as he twisted through his delivery. The tweak allowed Vargas to repeat his mechanics and keep his arm higher, which in turn increased the velocity on his fastball and improved the break on his curveball. The new work ethic paid off, and in 2004 Vargas went 7-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 games on the mound, while hitting .354 with 14 doubles and five home runs as the team's designated hitter.

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