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Nate Karns vs Drew Smyly

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Today, Nathan Karns will step into Tropicana Field for the first time since that November trade which saw the M's unloading Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Lord Farquhar for what at the time seemed like a kind of odd return. The fun part is that it's the first of three such matchups this weekend, two of which will take place at Fenway with Roenis Elias on Friday, and Wade Miley the following day. I'm not saying you should believe in the existence of MLB Double Agents, but with the state of the American League as it currently stands--especially concerning the positioning of each of these aforementioned teams--you're never going to have a more fertile laboratory for finding out.

Karns is still pitching the best ball of his entire short career, but he's coming off two rough starts that saw a perfect storm of a weird zone, shaky command, and a spillage of #oops from an unsealed container falling from the top shelf. I for one still have faith and will be watching in the hopes that our Precious Antique Karns can come back and right this ship before heading into an important weekend. Let the Biz Roll On.

Game info

  • Mariners @ Rays, 4:10 PM PDT
  • TV: ROOT
  • Radio: 710 ESPN
  • Online: mlb.tv

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Ketel Marte - SS Logan Forsythe - 2B
Franklin Gutierrez - RF Brad Miller - SS
Robinson Cano - 2B Evan Longoria - 3B
Nelson Cruz - DH Logan Morrison - 1B
Dae-Ho Lee - 1B Steve Pearce - DH
Kyle Seager - 3B Corey Dickerson - LF
Chris Iannetta - C Desmond Jennings - CF
Leonys Martin - CF Hank Conger - C
Norichika Aoki - LF Mikie Mahtook - RF
Nate Karns - RHP Drew Smyly - LHP