Mariners To Tie Record With Two Baseball Games In One Day

This headline operates under the assumption that no Major League baseball team has ever played three baseball games in one day. I could try to check, but I don't feel like it, and given that electricity and stadium lights weren't invented until 1997 and I don't remember any such instance, I feel pretty confident. Today the Seattle Mariners will tie an all-time record!

This is my last day in Arizona, from where I've done less work than I expected to do. That is good, because had I done more work, I would've had a worse time. Posting will return to normal before long, not that we've necessarily slowed to a halt. At least we're better than 710, which I'm given to understand hasn't talked about the Mariners in days. In their defense, ugh, Mariners

This afternoon, the split-squad Mariners play the split-squad Brewers in Tucson at 1:05pm PDT. Tonight, the split-squad Mariners play the full-squad Athletics in Phoenix at 7:05pm PDT. I heard that Eric Wedge is going to manage both games so, if that's true, this is going to be one shitty day for Eric Wedge. The ballparks are about two hours apart, without traffic. Expect the night game to feature short leashes and inexplicable wind sprints. Starting lineups!

First game

Ackley, 2B
Kawasaki, SS
Montero, C
Smoak, 1B
Liddi, 3B
Saunders, CF
Robinson, LF
Carroll, RF
Morla, DH

Felix is starting. It's a mild surprise that the Mariners are sending Felix all the way to Tucson, but they'd prefer not to have him face the A's since pretty soon he's going to face the A's in a game that matters. Your turn will come, Yoenis Cespedes.

Second game

Figgins, CF
Rodriguez, 2B
Ichiro, RF
Carp, LF
Wells, DH
Seager, 3B
Jaso, 1B
Sucre, C
Noriega, SS

Another try for John Jaso at first base as the Mariners seem to be interested in making him the backup over there. It makes some sense, what with there technically being three catchers and what with that making playing time hard to find. Jaso's been sort of an invisible dude although he hasn't been literally invisible unless he has and people haven't written about it because they couldn't see him. That would be crazy!

The Mariners are starting Hisashi Iwakuma. This would be a super time for Iwakuma to look super. Just really super.

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