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9/6/17: Open Game Thread

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Andrew Moore vs. Lance McCullers

Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After last night’s karmic debacle/Kate Upton face fest of a ballgame, the Seattle Mariners will arrive at Safeco Field hoping to avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros—a fate they’ve somehow managed to escape all year.

Noted Mariners-destroyer Lance McCullers gets the nod for Houston, his first appearance since spending a month on the DL with back discomfort. Impeccable timing, as always. José Altuve mercifully has the day off.

On the mound for the Mariners is Andrew Moore, assuming the rotation spot of an embattled Yovani Gallardo, who has been relegated back to the bullpen. Moore hasn’t pitched in Seattle since his disastrous bullpen appearance during Deadgar Weekend, and hasn’t made a start since July 26th against the Red Sox. He likely has a short leash this evening, and Scott Servais could elect to hand the reins to someone like Marco Gonzales early if his starter gets into trouble.

Meanwhile, Mike Leake, who was initially scheduled to pitch today, will open the series against the Angels on Friday instead.

Against the 2017 Astros, one out of three ain’t bad. Hopefully the M’s can make us all proud and eke one out today.

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS SEATTLE MARINERS
George Springer - CF Jean Segura - SS
Alex Bregman - 3B Yonder Alonso - 1B
Carlos Correa - SS Robinson Cano - 2B
Josh Reddick - RF Nelson Cruz - DH
Yulieski Gurriel - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Marwin Gonzalez - 2B Mitch Haniger - RF
Carlos Beltran - DH Ben Gamel - LF
Max Stassi - C Mike Zunino - C
Tony Kemp - LF Guillermo Heredia - CF
Lance McCullers - RHP Andrew Moore - RHP

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Game Time: 7:10 PST

TV: ROOT Sports NW

Radio: 710 AM Seattle

Online: MLB.tv