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May 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Mariners take on old friend Doug Fister

Some nervous moments in the seventh for the Mariners, but Charlie Furbush got Miguel Cabrera to ground out to third with the bases loaded to keep this a 2-0 game. Shawn Kelly came on to replace Hisashi Iwakuma to start the inning, gae up a leadoff single and then got two flyouts.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge called on Furbush after that to face right-handed hitter Austin Jackson — who has far better splits versus righties than lefties. Didn’t matter, though, as he lined a ball up the middle for a single.
Furbush then walked Andy Dirks before getting Cabrera.
The Mariners have just three hits in six innings off Doug Fister, who is looking sharp in his return to action.

8:22 p.m.: Hisashi Iwakuma is indeed on to pitch and isn’t doing half badly, giving up a run over two innings while striking out four. Tigers lead it 2-0 as we head to the bottom of the fifth.
Jesus Montero thought his pitcher was out of the fourth inning, starting a slow, exagerrated job to his dugout after Iwakuma fanned Alex Avila with a runner on. Unfortunately for a sheepish Montero, it was only the second out and he had to come back behind the plate.
Jhonny Peralta and Brennand Boesch then lined singles to bring in a run.
Iwakuma then got very lucky when Ryan Raburn drilled a ball to left that struck the ground about an inch foul from being a two-run double. Raburn struck out after that.
Doug Fister has allowed two hits to this point.
8:18 p.m.: Blake Beavan got both lucky and unlucky in the third inning as the Tigers began to hit him hard. There were runners on first and third with one out when Miguel Cabrera tattooed a Beavan pitch for a liner than would have gone up the middle for an RBI single.
But the ball struck a turning Beavan on the right elbow and was hit so hard that it deflected very quickly to third baseman Kyle Seager. Thus began a rare 1-5-4-3 inning-ending double play. Still 1-0 Detroit.
The unlucky part for Beavan, of course, was that the ball actually did hit him. Hisashi Iwakuma is now warming up and Beavan might not be long for this game.
7:23 p.m.: The Tigers have a 1-0 lead after an inning of play, with Andy Dirks and Prince Fielder hitting doubles to bring the run in. Fielder’s ball was a pop-up between three fielders in shallow left, but a sprinting Brendan Ryan could not make the play — the ball popping off the palm of his glove as he attempted a difficult, slding catch.
Doug Fister is exactly as we remember him, needing only eight pitches to escape the first inning despite yielding a two-out double to Ichiro. Fister othewise got two quick groundouts and a quick flyout after the double. He’s still a pitch-to-contact guy with a tough sinker.
7:05 p.m.: The Mariners got back on the winning track versus the Twins, but the level of competition jumps a bit tonight with the Detroit Tigers in town. Seattle will also face some better pitching this series than they did in Detroit when sweeping two weeks ago.
Tonight is a bit of a wild-card in that former Mariners pitcher Doug Fister will be taking the mound against Seattle for the first time since last July’s trade. Fister hurt his rib cage area his first start of the season and tonight marks his return to action.
So, we don’t really know what we’ll get.
As usual, you can follow along here, or on my @gbakermariners Twitter feed.
The lineups:
CF Austin Jackson
LF Andy Dirks
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Delmon Young
C Alex Avila
SS Jhonny Peralta
RF Brennan Boesch
2B Ryan Raburn
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Blake Beavan

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