Update 4:30 p.m.
The Mariners have announced that tonight’s game is officially sold out.
Update 2:59 p.m.
Dustin Ackley felt soreness in his left ankle last night during the game. And it wasn’t feeling much better today. Manager Lloyd McClendon decided to keep him out of the lineup.
“He’s a little sore today and a little sore last night,” McClendon said. “I think if this was the seventh game of the world series he could play. We just want to see if we can get him cleaned up a little more. It’s day to day.”
Chris Taylor gets the start after not playing in a game since Sept. 7.
“I can’t have him sit forever,” McClendon said. “I need him to be a productive player.”
Michael Saunders also gets a night off after starting three straight games.
“He looked a little sluggish with his legs,” McClendon said.
Austin Jackson is 2 for his last 16 with nine strikeouts. What has McClendon seen in his at-bats.
“He’s just in between,” McClendon said. “I told him just be ready to hit the fastball and be ready to make an adjustment, trust your eyes and don’t think too much. He’ll be fine.”
Jackson has always been a streaky hitter.
“I’ve seen it for the last seven years,” McClendon said.
Well that’s a different looking lineup for the Mariners to face A’s starter Sonny Gray. Not sure what the status of Dustin Ackley is after his first game back. Perhaps the ankle flared up on him a little.
Gray doesn’t have distinctive splits. Right-handers have had a little more success, but not much.
Here’s how the Mariners have hit against Gray …
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