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.