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Mariners Game #89 Preview, 7/9/23: SEA at HOU

Walter takes the mound as the Mariners try to take a series from the Astros at Minute Maid Park

Seattle Mariners v San Francisco Giants Photo by Brandon Sloter/Getty Images

Four-game series against Houston don’t feel so long when you win the first two. The Mariners are guaranteed to get out of the house of horrors known as Minute Maid Park with at least a series split, but can gun for a series win today, which in my professional opinion as a baseball analyst, I think they should do.


Please come back, nice Mariners media lineup graphics, I don’t know what we did to displease you but I miss you.

Today’s game information:

Today’s game starts at 11:10 PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports with Angie Mentink and Aaron Goldsmith on the call. If you’re out and about on this lovely day, you can stream the game audio on or listen via radio at 710 AM Seattle Sports with Rick Rizzs and Gary Hill Jr. on the call.

After today’s game, the Mariners are on a break with All-Star Week here at last. On Monday you can watch Julio participate in the Home Run Derby, and on Tuesday you can watch Julio, George Kirby, and Luis Castillo take part in the All-Star Game. After that everybody gets a break, and then the Mariners start up another homestand this Friday against the Tigers, followed by the Twins.

Today also begins the MLB Draft. We’ll have draft writeups here for you ASAP after the Mariners make their picks, but you can read up on what we’ve done so far under the MLB Draft tab on the site if you’re in need of some last-minute cramming.

Today in Mariners history:

  • 1977: For the second night in a row, the Mariners hit four home runs in a game as they defeat the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 5-2.
  • 1994: Alex Rodriguez, the Mariners’ first overall draft pick in 1993, collects his first two major-league hits in a win over Boston; the 18-year-old becomes the youngest player to start in the majors since 1978 (C Brian Milner for Toronto).
  • 2010: Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe are traded to the Texas Rangers for 1B Justin Smoak, RHP Blake Beavan, INF Matt Lawson, and RHP Josh Lueke.
  • 2015: Félix Hernández records his 11th win, tying a career best before the All-Star Break, in a 7-2 win over the Angels.
  • 2021: Mitch Haniger hits go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning to propel the Mariners to a 7-3 victory over the Angels.