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7/7: Open Game Thread

James Paxton vs. Danny Duffy

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing yet somehow unsurprising yet surprising anyway sweep by the Astros in the EuroDisney castoff known as Minute Maid Park, the Mariners attempt to get back on track against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. I really hope some of ROOT's b-roll today features Wade Miley bathing in a fountain.

Some EXCITING NEWS came down today and believe it or not, it doesn't feature any Mariners going on the DL:

Now let's just see who he's up against and oh

I do not know what it means to "arm emoji" all over the HR Derby but I have a bad feeling it starts with "f" and rhymes with a word Kyle Seager won't say in public. Petco has not been the hitting desert of yore (in fact, it ranks smack in the middle of the pack for HRs this year) but Robi still has his work cut out for him.

On to today's game! Now with extra GRIT in the outfield!

Today's Lineups

Ketel Marte - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Franklin Gutierrez - RF Whit Merrifield - 2B
Robinson Cano - 2B Kendrys Morales - DH
Nelson Cruz - DH Eric Hosmer - 1B
Dae-Ho Lee - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Kyle Seager - 3B Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B
Chris Iannetta - C Brett Eibner - RF
Dan Robertson - LF Alcides Escobar - SS
Shawn O'Malley - CF Paulo Orlando - CF
James Paxton - LHP Danny Duffy - LHP

(Also, since when is he "Dan" Robertson?)

Game Info:

5:15 PST on RTNW, FSKC; Radio: 710 ESPN; Web:

Here's hoping for lucky 7s and more smilin' James Paxton