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July 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Kevin Millwood tries to build off prior outing as Mariners open “second half” of schedule

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Kevin Millwood went out and dominated the Oakland Athletics for seven innings a week ago at the Coliseum. It was the best he’d looked in quite a while, giving up only three hits and zero runs.
But the Mariners, as we all know by now, simply couldn’t do anything on offense after the first inning and wound up taking a 4-1 loss in 11 frames on a walkoff three-run homer by Chris Carter. That game prompted manager Eric Wedge to muse openly about moving players out if they did not produce.
Nobody got moved out and so, here we are.
“We didn’t want to make a change just to make a change,” Wedge repeated once again today. “If you’re going to make a change, ultimately it has to be for that individual or individuals you make the change for.”
With fewer than three weeks to go before the trade deadline, every game Millwood pitches will have extra meaning attached. Seattle will no doubt look to flip the veteran for some type of return and need his value to be as high as possible.
The Texas Rangers and Derek Holland are the opponents. Holland owned the Mariners in a series here back in April, allowing just two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Then, in a now legendary Mariners offensive display (legendary by Seattle standards, in any event) the M’s blitzed him for eight runs in fewer than two innings of what became a 21-8 demolition.
So, either Holland’s psyche will be all messed up or he’ll be out to stuff it down Seattle’s throat tonight. Should be interesting.
In other news, Franklin Gutierrez was cleared to resume non-baseball physical activity after his concussion. Today, he rode a stationary exercise bike.
“So, we’ll see how he wakes up tomorrow and hopefully we can up his work tomorrow,” Wedge said.


The lineups:
RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Michael Young
DH David Murphy
C Mike Napoli
CF Leonys Martin
LHP Derek Holland
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
LF Casper Wells
DH Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
1B Justin Smoak
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Kevin Millwood

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