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8/18/17: Open Game Thread

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Ariel Miranda vs. Jake Odorizzi

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays
you’re as fast as you believe yourself to be
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After a fun win full of good times and a monster Nelson Cruz dinger, the Mariners look to keep the good vibes going today in Tampa Bay. Scott Servais and Co. tried to engineer a few of those good vibes, it seems:

I guess they’ve had to shuttle so many players back and forth from Tacoma they’re looking at whatever cost-saving measure they can get?

Oh wait:

When in Florida...

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Team bonding! If you want to see more, Manny Acta’s Instagram story has several more scenes of the players interacting with the animals. Cruz, unsurprisingly, was eager to hold all of them. Emilio Pagan, who is me, kept a very healthy distance from the whole thing.

Lineups!

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jean Segura - SS Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Yonder Alonso - 1B Peter Bourjos - LF
Robinson Cano - 2B Evan Longoria - DH
Nelson Cruz - DH Steven Souza - RF
Kyle Seager - 3B Wilson Ramos - C
Mitch Haniger - RF Lucas Duda - 1B
Ben Gamel - LF Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Guillermo Heredia - CF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Mike Zunino - C Daniel Robertson - 2B
Ariel Miranda - LHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP

Today’s roster moves: Jarrod Dyson is headed to the 10-day DL, which is sucky because he’s about the only person on the team I trust to steal bases. The decidedly slower-footed Mitch Haniger was recalled from Tacoma to take his place. In today’s endless pitcher shuffle, Sam Gaviglio is headed back to Tacoma without pitching a single major league inning since he was called up on the 16th. Poor Sam. Casey Lawrence will take his spot in the bullpen. After a string of three good appearances, Lawrence’s last two haven’t been so hot. I don’t know, I’d almost rather see Gaviglio, who is at least consistent in what he does, especially with Miranda starting, who’s been pretty bad lately. Please just don’t give up all the dingers in the world, Ariel.

Game time: 3:10 PST, on TV at ROOT NW, on the radio at 710 ESPN, and online at MLB.tv

The 2017 Mariners: Whatever, it’s snakes.