5/9: Open game thread

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Vargas returns to Safeco! Brandon Maurer hopes to lower his ERA! Dustin Ackley is in the lineup against a lefty!

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Yes yes yes, some crazy things going on in Marinerverse today, folks. Jason Vargas comes back to his former stomping grounds to face the Mariners, and hopefully, maybe, perhaps Corey Hart can fulfill his Morse 2.0ing today with something like this happening again:

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(.gif courtesy the wonderful dudes over at Productive Outs)

For the first time in what seems like forever, LLoyd has decided to start Dustin Ackley against a lefty. It's probably only because he hasn't seen much playing time lately, and less indicative that he's wanting to stray from his Ackley/Romero/Gillespie platoon thing he's had going lately. But we should take what we can get. Otherwise, it's more of the same, sans a Zunino/Miller swap down at the bottom of the order.

If you've got a minute, make sure to check out this radio interview with Michael Saunders from earlier today. He speaks about a lot of interesting stuff--James Paxton, hitting leadoff and not taking his role for granted, etc. It's worth a listen.

As for tonight...LETS GO M'S!

Game info:

  • Royals @ Mariners, 7:10 PM PST
  • TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS SEATTLE MARINERS
Norichika Aoki - RF M. Saunders - CF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Stefen Romero - RF
Billy Butler - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
Salvador Perez - C Corey Hart - DH
Alex Gordon - LF Justin Smoak - 1B
J. Giavotella - 2B Kyle Seager - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF Dustin Ackley - LF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Mike Zunino - C
Alcides Escobar - SS Brad Miller - SS
Jason Vargas - LHP Brandon Maurer - RHP
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