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September 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Kansas City Royals at Mariners: Sept. 9, 2011 — pregame

Good afternoon everyone. Josh Mayers here and I’m the new guy covering the game tonight. This is my first Mariners action of the season (normally I’m across the street covering the Sounders) but don’t worry, I’ll keep all soccer-related commentary to a minimum.
Tonight Blake Beavan is on the mound for Seattle in the second of a four-game series here at Safeco Field against the Kansas City Royals. Not much news today to get to before the game.
Manager Eric Wedge met with reporters not too long ago and had some nice things to say about Jason Vargas‘ performance last night, going six strong innings and allowing just one run in a 4-1 win.
“I really liked what we saw last night,” Wedge said. “I felt like he had a better fastball, a more consistent fastball. That helped him to be more consistent with his changeup. He was able to utilize his breaking ball more, especially early in the count, so it was all positive. He’s really been working hard to fight through everything and to get back to where he wanted to get to, and also maybe even be a little bit better. Last night, a lot of things came together for him I think.”
“He toed the line,” Wedge added. “He really did. He’s one of the guys we’re counting on.”
Tonight’s lineups after the jump…


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Royals (60-85)
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4 Alex Gordon (L) LF
53 Melky Cabrera (S) CF
16 Billy Butler DH
35 Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
21 Jeff Francoeur RF
8 Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9 Johnny Giavotella 2B
13 Salvador Perez C
2 Alcides Escobar SS
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26 Jeff Francis LHP
Mariners (60-83)
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51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
29 Wily Mo Pena DH
33 Casper Wells LF
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) CF
16 Alex Liddi 3B
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49 Blake Beavan RHP

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