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Final — Twins 4, Mariners 0. No offense for Seattle, which was shut out for the first time since June 19. The bullpen struggled. That’s now back-to-back losses and three out of four for a Mariners team that had been red-hot through the All-Star break.
4:13 p.m. — I have the Mariners 0-for-7 today with runners in scoring position. Not quite the production expected from a Mariners team that came into the day leading the league with 5.67 runs per game in July.
3:54 p.m. — Here is the full line on Deduno: 7 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 6 K’s. Josh Roenicke is in as a relief pitcher.
3:39 p.m. — Justin Smoak crushed what looked to be a two-run home run, but it hooked just foul at the last second into the right-field stands. The Mariners end up getting two men on, but Endy Chavez grounds into an inning-ending double play.
3:28 p.m. — Attendance is 24,524 as Farquhar gives up back-to-back walks upon entry, but eventually gets out of the inning.
3:22 p.m. — Now a home run by Morneau makes it 4-0 Minnesota. Not a great 25th birthday for Medina. Danny Farquhar is coming in.
3:21 p.m. — A home run by Minnesota’s Brian Dozier to lead off the seventh has made it 3-0.
3:12 p.m. — The Twins made it 2-0 in the sixth as Furbush gave up a single then walked the bases loaded. Medina came in and walked the next batter, Aaron Hicks, to score Chris Colabello, but then he struck out Doug Bernier to end the inning.
3:02 p.m. — Charlie Furbush is in and loads the bases in the sixth. He’ll be replaced by birthday boy Yoervis Medina. Here is the final line on Harang: 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 107 pitches.
2:46 p.m. — Twins starter Samuel Deduno has proven tough today, having pitched five shutout innings with just two hits allowed. He also has five strikeouts as we head to the sixth.
2:37 p.m. — Harang has allowed just one run on three hits through five innings, but he’s already up to 107 pitches. He’s got five strikeouts, too. Charlie Furbush is warming up in the bullpen.
2:28 p.m. — The Mariner draw a couple walks in the fourth inning, but Minnesota gets out of trouble with a highlight-reel 6-4-3 double play. It looked like Justin Smoak was inches from an RBI single up the middle. Twins still up 1-0.
2:18 p.m. — The Twins have taken a 1-0 lead as we head to the bottom of the fourth. Justin Morneau led off with a double, advanced to third on a blooper by Chris Colabello that Nick Franklin couldn’t hang on to, and then Clete Thomas brought the run in with a groundout to second.
2:07 p.m. — Brad Miller gets the M’s second hit off Samuel Deduno, who has been sharp with five strikeouts, but Nick Franklin grounds out to end the inning and we’re still scoreless going to the fourth.
1:57 p.m. — Harang has retired eight straight and hasn’t allowed a hit in three inning, but the Twins have been giving him some battles and the right-hander is already up to 65 pitches.
1:51 p.m. — The Mariners couldn’t take advantage of a leadoff double by Kendrys Morales in the second, as the next two batters — Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak — struck out. Morales advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Endy Chavez grounded out to second to end the inning.
1:39 p.m. — The M’s went down in order and the Twins did, too, in the second. As a note, today is the only game of the season not televised on ROOT or FOX. The start time was changed to the afternoon to accommodate the Torchlight Parade downtown. That pushed it into a FOX national time slot, which meant the game couldn’t be televised.
1:20 p.m. — Oddly enough we had the fire alarm go off for a few seconds here in the top of the first, but it quickly went off. Aaron Harang got in a little bit of trouble with back-to-back walks, but escaped by getting Ryan Doumit to fly out to left and Chris Colabello (who hit the winning home-run last night) to ground out to second.
Pregame: It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field, where the Mariners will host the Minnesota Twins in the third of a four-game series. Both teams have won a game apiece. I’ll post updates here during the game and you guys know what to do in the comments section.