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July 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Blake Beavan makes mound return for the Mariners tonight

UPDATE POSTGAME: Charlie Furbush says he feels fine. It was only a slight twinge in his triceps area and it wound up going away on its own. He threw 10 to 15 pitches in an indor batting cage after and could not re-create the twinge he felt, so he should be OK as long as nothing flares up tomorrow.
Well, the bullpen shut things down after that nervous seventh inning and the Mariners win 9-6. Seattle posts consecutive victories for the first time in a month.
7:53 p.m.: Well, this one’s getting interesting again after the Royals knocked Blake Beavan from the contest in the seventh inning, going on to score three times to make it a 9-6 contest, the M’s still out front.
Beavan gave up a single to Jeff Francouer and then a double to Salvador Perez to bring home a run and finish Beavan off Charlie Furbush came on and got a groundout to the right side by Chris Getz on his second pitch.
But that’s when the trouble started as Furbush summoned the medical staff to the mound for what appeared to be some type of arm injury. The team has since told us it was “left triceps tightness” and we have no idea how long he’ll be out, but he obviously left the game and Shawn Kelley came on to pitch.
Pinch-hitter Lorenzo Cain promptly yanked a Kelley offering over the left field wall for a two-run homer and so, here we are. Tight-collar time for the bullpen.

7:21 p.m.: Seattle appeared to put this one away in the fifth inning when Miguel Olivo singled and Michael Saunders crushed a Vin Mazzaro offering some 421 feet over the center field wall to bring in two more runs. Brendan Ryan drew a walk and then, after a pitching change, Dustin Ackley lined a triple to put the M’s up 9-3.
Seattle has seven extra base hits as we open the seventh inning. Blake Beavan has retired 10 in a row since the three-run third.
6:24 p.m.: We’ve got a ballgame again after Blake Beavan got bashed around for three third-ining runs to make it a 6-3 contest, the Mariners still in the lead.
Jarrod Dyson tripled to left center and then Alex Gordon tripled to right-center in the very next at-bat to get the Royals on the board. The throw arrived in time, but Kyle Seager apparently didn’t make the tag in time. We have terrible replays given us here in KC, so I did not get a good look. Eric Wedge went out to argue and got nowhere.
Alcides Escobar singled to bring Gordon home, then stole second and scored himself on a single to right by fan favorite Billy Butler.
This one ain’t done yet.
5:54 p.m.: Well, the Mariners made short work of Lake Stevens High School product Ryan Verdugo in his big-league debut. Verdugo gave up three more runs in the second inning, allowing an infield hit by Dustin Ackley in which he didn’t cover first base quickly enough, then a single through the right side by Ichiro.
Verdugo got a strikeout of Casper Wells, but Jesus Montero singled to right field to bring a fourth run home and then Kyle Seager hit a two-out double to the right field corner to make it a 6-0 game. That finished Verdugo off after just 1 2/3 innings in which he allowed six runs on eight hits and got booed a lot towards the end.
But hey, at least he’s in the big leagues now. Hopefully, things get better for him from here.
5:37 p.m.: Ryan Verdugo showed his nerves in that first inning as the Mariners used him for batting practice and took a 3-0 lead. Verdugo actually retired the first two batters he faced before it all came undone.
Casper Wells hit a single, then Jesus Montero doubled him home with a drive to center field to open the scoring. Justin Smoak stepped up next and hit his second homer in as many nights — a screaming drive just inside the left field foul pole — to bring home two more.
Verdugo gave up a walk and a single from there before getting out of the inning. But some more first inning damage by the Mariners, who have eight runs in the first innings of the first two games this series.
5:02 p.m.: Blake Beavan will start tonight’s game, as expected, fresh off a month-long stint in Class AAA. Steve Delabar goes to AAA so Beavan can take his roster spot.
Beavan’s mound opponent tonight? That would be local boy Ryan Verdugo from Lake Stevens High School, just promoted from AAA to make his major league debut.
The lineups:
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
LF Casper Wells
DH Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
3B Kyle Seager
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Blake Beavan
LF Alex Gordon
SS Alcides Escobar
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Jeff Francouer
C Salvador Perez
2B Chris Getz
CF Jarrod Dyson
LHP Ryan Verdugo

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