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08/24: Open game thread

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Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Frank Doubront

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Last time Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound at Safeco Field he joined the storied annals of the Wikipedia page titled "No-hitter".

Hopefully, he does it again. But if not, we can turn to other stories happening on the Seattle Mariners right now, because really, that is all we have when teams of Seattle and Oakland's caliber meet -- we have stories.

On the Mariners' side, we have the story of Nelson Cruz, who has reached base in 33-straight games -- the longest of his career. We have the story of Iwakuma, who alongside his no-hitter, has been phenomenal in the second half of the season, posting a 2.94 FIP and looking like he has returned to his form of the Mariners true No. 2 starter. We have the story of a resurgent Franklin Gutierrez, who despite his constant risk of injury, has been back with a vengeance in the month of August.

On the Athletics' side, we have the story of a team that has lost eight-straight road games. We have the story of a team that is starting to become firmly entrenched in the cellar of the AL West.

Right now, this is what baseball means for the Seattle Mariners. We need to find a positive thing and keep focused on that bright and shining beacon of light. Because there is still a lot of baseball left, and I'm not ready to completely stop caring about the state of the MLB just quite yet.

Game notes

  • Time: 7:10 PST
  • TV: ROOT Sports
  • Radio: 710 ESPN
  • Online: MLB.tv

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S SEATTLE MARINERS
Billy Burns - CF Ketel Marte - SS
Mark Canha - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Nelson Cruz - RF
Danny Valencia - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B
Stephen Vogt - C Franklin Gutierrez - LF
Brett Lawrie - 2B Austin Jackson - CF
Billy Butler - DH Mark Trumbo - DH
Coco Crisp - LF Jesus Montero - 1B
Eric Sogard - SS Mike Zunino - C
Felix Doubront - LHP Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP