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Mariners’ victory over Twins subdued by pending release of veteran catcher

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A game that featured one of the least-celebrated home runs in recent Mariner history at Safeco Field also turned into one of the least-celebrated victories by the team itself.

Michael Saunders hit one of two solo home runs to back up some fantastic pitching by Hisashi Iwakuma and lift Seattle to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in front of 18,562 spectators.

But Saunders’ seventh-inning homer remained in question until he had rounded the bases and…

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