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9/8: Open game thread

Walker vs. Hamels

Fly with me.
Fly with me.
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Imagine it is late March and I tell you that the Seattle Mariners are in the midst of a series that will determine the likelihood of them fighting for a playoff spot. You become excited. The blood rises through your heart and reaches your finger tips where it then runs through and tingles your entire being. "Who," you begin to ask me, "Shall man the outfield spots?"

"Trumbo, O'Malley, and Romero," I whisper in reply, "The only hopes we have left."

Today's Lineups

Will Venable - CF Ketel Marte - SS
Shin-Soo Choo - RF Kyle Seager - 3B
Prince Fielder - DH Stefen Romero - RF
Adrian Beltre - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B
Mitch Moreland - 1B Mark Trumbo - LF
Elvis Andrus - SS Logan Morrison - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Jesus Montero - DH
Joey Gallo - LF Shawn O'Malley - CF
Chris Gimenez - C Jesus Sucre - C
Cole Hamels - LHP Taijuan Walker - RHP

Taijuan Walker jumps on the hill for a very important game against the Wild Card-leading Texas Rangers. Cole Hamels will be his opposition, as well as nine batters who flew in from Texas. No Nelson Cruz again and Sucre jumps behind the dish. To make the projected second wild card, the M's must go 17-7 the rest of the way. Tomorrow begins Today.