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April 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Mariners open home portion of their season looking to keep up strong play against Oakland Athletics

Hey, look what we have below. It’s the home opener edition of Geoff Baker Live! with Larry Stone and me outside of Safeco Field. The feed was choppy because of the wind, so I broke it up into two short, manageable parts with plenty of questions from readers. Part I is below and Part II is on the jump.

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Not sure how many more chances the Oakland A’s can afford to keep squandering off Felix Hernandez. They’ve had hime on the ropes a few times, but still only lead it 2-0 and barely that. Michael Saunders just missed a three-run homer to right field in the fourth when he ball hooked about two feet wide of the foul pole.
The A’s loaded the bases with one out off Hernandez in the fourth, but he struck out Cliff Pennington and got Jemile Weeks to fly out. Then, they had a runner on second with one out in the fifth, but Hernandez got a pair of groundouts to end that threat.
This is what we mean when we say the A’s give teams a huge margin for error. If this was the Rangers the M’s were playing, they’d probably be down a whole lot more than just two runs. But the M’s still have a shot.
8:06 p.m.: Seattle trails 2-0 after I opened my mouth and said we wouldn’t see many hits tonight. Oakland scored two in the third when Daric Barton led off with a broken bat single through the right side. Cliff Pennington followed by drilling a double off the center field wall to bring Barton home.
Coco Crisp then singled to left field, where Chone Figgins bobbled the ball. Pennington looked like he was going to halt at third but kept on going and scored. Figgins was not charged with an error on the play, but I thought he should have been.
7:45 p.m.: Felix Hernandez has looked real sharp through two innings of a scoreless game, giving up a single and striking out three. The single was erased on a double play grounder. He’s gotten his fastball up to 93 mph and has great looking movement on his pitches tonight. It was 57 degrees at first pitch, so a bit of a chilly one. We won’t be seeing many hits tonight.
6:58 p.m.: Felix Hernandez is back on the mound tonight for the first time since he gave up six runs to the Oakland Athletics last weekend and nearly blew a huge lead. The Mariners have dropped three of four and sit at 4-4 on the young season.
Hernandez and A’s starter Bartolo Colon will both be facing the same opponents for the third time in just over three weeks. That is highly unusual in this modern era of baseball, even in playoff rounds.
Each pitcher has had one dominant start and one problematic outing so far.

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The lineups:
2B Jemile Weeks
LF Coco Crisp
RF Josh Reddick
CF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
C Kurt Suzuki
1B Daric Barton
3B Josh Donaldson
SS Cliff Pennington
RHP Bartolo Colon
LF Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Felix Hernandez

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