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April 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Mariners go for series win this afternoon with Alex Liddi batting cleanup

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UPDATE: The Mariners just announced that George Sherrill will have “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery on May 4, meaning he’s done for the 2012 season. And likely part of 2013 as well if he continues to pitch.
Edwin Encarnacion has been red hot of late and just took Jason Vargas over the left field wall in the sixth inning to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. Encarnacion now has seven homers on the season.
The Mariners have not done any situational hitting at all today and that’s the reason they’ve been unable to push any more runs across since Chone Figgins led off the game with a home run.
11:40 a.m.: The Blue Jays tied it 1-1 against Jason Vargas in the fifth inning when Colby Rasmus led off with a single, took second on a steal and scored on a Kelly Johnson single to right. Vargas is now up to 97 pitches, despite having only allowed three hits. He’s also walked three guys and had some pop-ups lost in lights, so that’s pushing his count up there.
10:47 a.m.: Jason Vargas has allowed a pair of walks, but otherwise no hits and leads 1-0 as we head to the third inning. The Mariners have had their chances to add to the lead, but twice have failed to get the job done with a runner on second and none out.
Michael Saunders legged out a double to begin the second inning, but Miguel Olivo and John Jaso grounded out. Then, after a walk to Munenori Kawasai, Chone Figgins flied out to left.


10:17 a.m.: Once again, the new cleanup hitter today is Alex Liddi, playing first base and giving Justin Smoak a “mental break” from trying to get his bat going.
Jason Vargas is on the mound, taking on Henderson Alvarez.
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Chone Figgins hit his second leadoff homer of the season in the top of the first inning to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. Ninth leadoff blast of his career. Dustin Ackley followed that with a double off the left field wall, but the M’s could do no further damage against Henderson Alvarez, pitching here in front of his hometown idol Felix Hernandez (both are from Valencia, Venezuela).
Ichiro flied out to left, Liddi popped out to the catcher and Kyle Seager also flied out to left.

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