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7/11/21: (Mariners) Open Game Thread

The M’s look to sweep the Angels heading into the All-Star Break.

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It’s our last Mariners game before the All-Star Break, and it’s a fun one with Seattle looking to put the finishing touches on a series sweep against the Angels.

As if the potential for the M’s to sweep today wasn’t enough of a reason to tune in on this Sunday afternoon, the organization surprised many by officially activating catcher Cal Raleigh for today’s contest.

If this is your first time hearing about the kid, Raleigh is a 24-year-old former third round draft pick by the Mariners in 2018. He’s been pretty much bashing the door down in Tacoma this year, hitting .324/.377/.608 with nine homers in 44 games. The Mariners are likely going to give him a good deal of playing time over the next several months as they continue to sort through their logjam at the catching position.

Walton also comes up to help the M’s infield depth while Kyle Seager deals with a bone bruise.

Before you panic about Yusei Kikuchi, Ryan Divish has some more information on his IL placement.

With Taylor Trammell, seeing him go down again is a major bummer. Here’s to hoping he can continue to work things out in Tacoma and come back up later in the year showing more consistency offensively. Remember, he’s only 23 years old and the depth at the position in the system takes a lot of pressure off of him to develop right away.

With all of that established, here are today’s lineup.

And for the Angels.

Today’s game will be broadcast on TV on ROOT Sports and on the radio at 710 ESPN Seattle. First pitch is slated for 1:10 pm. Let’s get this sweep, babyyy.