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9/12: Open Game Thread

Waking up groggily after a festive weekend, the Mariners will need some Gatorade and Tylenol to keep this stretch going.

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Merry Boxweeping Day, where we celebrate the joys of yesterday's Best Seattle Sports Day designation. After yesterday's feast we have invited some friends up from down south to help polish off the good baseball eatin'.

The most exciting of these is Vogelbach, who, despite the uptick in productivity from Adam Lind in the past few weeks, provides the possibility of improvement at first base when righties are on the mound, as Kate has detailed more thoroughly here.

Today's Lineups

Norichika Aoki - LF Yunel Escobar - 3B
Seth Smith - RF Kole Calhoun - RF
Robinson Cano - 2B Mike Trout - CF
Nelson Cruz - DH Albert Pujols - DH
Kyle Seager - 3B C.J. Cron - 1B
Dae-Ho Lee - 1B Jefry Marte - LF
Leonys Martin - CF Andrelton Simmons - SS
Mike Zunino - C Jett Bandy - C
Ketel Marte - SS Gregorio Petit - 2B
Ariel Miranda - LHP Ricky Nolasco - RHP

Ariel Miranda, who has gone 6 innings in his last two starts, and has upped his strikeouts slightly as well, will face Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco feels as though he has been pitching forever, but in fact started his career one year after our dear King Félix. Nolasco is three years older than Félix, because if you are way better than anyone else is at something the normal limits of time don't really apply. Nolasco's 2016 numbers suggest he's been the most consistent pitcher the Angels have that did not recently spend time in the hospital for a baseball impact injury, with an FIP of 4.30, but hopefully his tendency towards allowing fly balls and home runs will play into the M's hands.

Gametime: 7:10 PM PT


Radio: 710 AM Seattle, 910 Portland


Go M's.