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May 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Game thread: Mariners 3, Indians 3, top 9th

The Indians are tied for first place in the AL Central after revamping their offense this past winter.

The Indians are tied for first place in the AL Central after revamping their offense this past winter.

Raul Ibanez did it again, taking Rich Hill over the wall in right for a two-run homer in the sixth that has tied the game 3-3. That’s the fourth homer in four games for Ibanez, who now has seven on the year and is on-pace to top the 19 he had last season with the Yankees.

Justin Smoak had started the rally with a single.

5:35 p.m.: Drew Stubbs took Brandon Maurer the opposite way to right field for a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Cleveland now leads it 3-1.

5:10 p.m.: Kendrys Morales just hit a one-out rocket into the second deck in right field, a blast estimated at 429 feet. Mariners now trail 201 in the fourth.

4:40 p.m.: Brandon Maurer was throwing almost all fastballs and sliders in the second inning and the lefties got to him, with Carlos Santana ripping a pitch off the right field wall to put runners at second and third with none out. Jason Giambi then brought the run home with a sacrifice fly to right in which the trail runner advanced to third. One out later, Maurer uncorked a wild pitch and Santana scored to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

3:55 p.m.: The Cleveland Indians went out and signed two free agents — Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher — that many thought the Mariners might take a run at this past winter. Cleveland now has the best offense in the AL in terms of OPS and Bourn and Swisher are a huge part of it.

Bourne is batting .281 with a .343 OBP and .469 slugging percentage out of the leadoff spot — no, he isn’t Chone Figgins reincarnated — while Swisher has hit .273 with a .374 OBP and a .492 slugging percentage.

Mariners starter Brandon Maurer struggles against left-handers and the Indians have stacked their lineup with lefties and switch-hitters. So, either Maurer starts throwing his curveball with some effectiveness or it could be a very long night.

No Michael Morse for the Mariners. A late scratch with an irritation in his eye.

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