The Seattle Mariners are 23 innings into another scoreless streak, which makes winning a moot point, and against an ex-patriot – one-time Seattle lefty Travis Blackley – they’re optimistic they can, well, score tonight.
Ichiro is leading off, but he’s not in the outfield. .He’s the designated hitter tonight, which allows manager Eric Wedge to use an outfield of Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells. That’s the Mariners best defensive allignment.
Jason Vargas is still looking for his eighth win – he won No. 7 on June 4 – and Jesus Montero is catching. Hre’s the full lineup: