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6/10/21: SEA at DET Open Game Thread

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Mariners attempt unthinkable task of winning two games against the 2021 Detroit Tigers

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers
when another boy has his first-ever MLB hit
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Lots to get to today for this matinee matchup so let’s get right to it. First of all: lineups!

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that there is a new face in the lineup: the Mariners have acquired Jake Bauers from Cleveland for cash or a PTBNL, and he’s starting immediately, which is quite a way to be introduced to your new club. Bauers, if you’ll remember, was originally a Bright Young Thing with the Padres before being traded to the Rays in the Wil Myers trade, and then with the Rays before being sent over to Cleveland in the Yandy Díaz trade (which was also, you’ll remember, the Edwin Encarnación trade). Bauers made his MLB debut back in 2018 but has never been a productive hitter in the majors, dogged by questions in Cleveland about his pre-game routines and performing poorly enough that he was expendable even for offense-poor Cleveland. We’ll see if he’s meant to be a long-term part of the Mariners or is just here while Evan White heals up and finds his footing in Triple-A. Speaking of which:

Between White, Cal Raleigh, and Jarred Kelenic, now is a good time to head to Tacoma to catch a game if you haven’t.

In other injury news, the probables for the Cleveland series are out and include both Justin Dunn and Yusei Kikuchi making their scheduled starts. Fingers crossed that actually happens, because I for one have seen enough bullpen games this year.

If you’re looking to see today’s game, it starts at 10:10 PT and can be found in all the old familiar places, on 710 ESPN on the radio and ROOT Sports NW on TV, and you can follow along on Gameday or at Mariners dot com if your boss isn’t cool with you taking in some breakfast baseball. Which really, breakfast baseball is one of the particular delights of being a west coast baseball fan, so like, be cool, man.