April 7, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley (13) scores on an RBI-triple by right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (not pictured) against Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (21) during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Mariners Vs. Athletics: Seattle Takes 2 In Oakland, Stands Alone In 1st Place

The Seattle Mariners concluded their Opening Day series against the Athletics on Saturday. They ended up taking the international series, three games to one.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Final Score: Seattle Picks Up 8-7 Win In A Nearly-Blown Blowout

The Seattle Mariners played the hometown Oakland Athletics on Saturday night, wrapping up a four-game series that began last week in Japan. The game ended up being an unexpected high-scoring shootout that ended with the Mariners taking the game and the series with an 8-7 win.

Seattle got on the board first, when Dustin Ackley followed a leadoff Chone Figgins triple with an RBI groundout.

The Mariners batted around in a six-run fourth inning, highlighted by an Ichiro Suzuki triple to the center-field wall that scored Dustin Ackley. Leadoff hitter Chone Figgins had a big night, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, a double, a triple and a run scored. Figgins is now batting .412 to start the season. Michael Saunders added an insurance run on a solo home run in the 6th inning to bring the score to 8-2.

What appeared to be a blowout turned into a nail-biter, as new A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes once again launched a bomb to dead center field in the bottom of the seventh inning. The three-run homer brought the score to 8-7 and that insurance run in the sixth suddenly loomed large for the M's.

The Mariners roughed up A's starting pitcher in a big way, touching him for seven earned runs -- the most runs Colon has given up in an appearance since 2007, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez had a great night early, but struggled as the game wore on. He ended up going 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts, giving up a walk and eight hits and being charged with six earned runs.

Brandon League was able to come on in the bottom of the ninth and lock down the win for the Mariners for the second straight night.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: The Rest of the Story

This game has begun to plod along, with the score remaining 7-2, Mariners. Chone Figgins recorded his third hit (of the game!) in the eighth and reached base for the fourth time, putting runners on first and second with no one out. Dustin Ackley followed that with a sexy line-drive that almost went through the right fielder, but was caught anyway. Ichiro then grounded into an inning-ending double play, which is the only other thing as unlikely as Figgins getting three hits in the same game.

In the bottom of the eighth, the A's get the first two batters on base, but are unfortunate to have Reddick's deep line drive nestle into Michael Saunders' glove. A base hit by former Rockies infielder Seth Smith makes it 7-3. By the way, what's a real-world equivalent for a hitter going from Colorado to Oakland? Being told by your server that they're out of filet mignon and being served Moons Over My Hammy instead? Anyhow, Tom Wilhelmsen, the M's pitcher getting rattled by the A's hitters, bounces back to freeze Cespedes for out number two.

With the A's down to their last out of the innings, Sims mentioned that current batter Kurt Suzuki is arousing the Oakland fans, and that's still funny to me. Suzuki strikes out, inning over.

After the first out in the ninth, ROOT's telecast is interrupted by technical difficulties, which is a nice break from their on-air difficulties. A bunch of not-baseball stuff is happening right now. Back to Angie Mentink and Bill Krueger at the studio. What is going on here? The internet tells me that it's still 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, but why tan't I watch it. ROOT! The hell, dude?

ROOT has now replaced live video with foggy audio of Dave Sims narrating the bottom of the ninth. It sounds like there's one on with two outs, but there could be a a tornado-induced fatality in the stadium and we wouldn't know any better based on this garbage.

The garbled words being strangled on my TV seem to indicate that the Mariners have won. Internet confirms it. This was actually a pretty encouraging game from the M's. Brandon League closes it down and Seattle will hand the ball to Felix Hernandez with a 2-1 record.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: UPDATE - Footage of Yoenis Cespedes Assault on the Oakland Coliseum's Infrastructure

Courtesy of @LookoutLanding.

I dare you to watch THIS without being aroused at least a little bit.

(Formatting won't let me embed it, currently)

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Jason Vargas Stumbles, Is Removed for Steve Delabar, Which Is Apparently A Thing

It's possible that Jason Vargas is pitching with a five-run lead for the first time in three years. He appears uncomfortable with it. A leadoff single is followed up by Vargas air-mailing a come-backer into center field. As it sits, the Mariners are up 7-2 with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but the game is a lot less settling for M's fans than it was seven minutes ago. He is promptly replaced with someone named Steve Delabar.

In other news, ROOT Sports is still terrible at in-game score updates.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Jason Vargas Plays Catch Casually, Continues to Baffle Hitters

I swear that Jason Vargas throws every game like he's a 16 year-old kid playing light toss with his dad in front of the house. Also, viewing him from the side makes me want cereal. 5-2 Mariners after five innings.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Stay the F*** Out of Yoenis Cespedes' Way

This game has continued baseballing along, but normal events took a break and Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes just hit one of the most powerful home runs I've ever seen. That home run would've dented Mars if the top of the stadium didn't get in the way. No one has ever defeated Jason Statham in a movie, but only because that home run refuses to do action flicks.

I will commence searching for a .gif, pic, or video of that bomb immediately.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Brendan Ryan Hits Double, Scores; I Drink Beer, Things Get Freaky

The beverage of choice is a gigantic Arrogant Bastard, provided by the gorgeous Paulina Antczak. The inning starts with a Brendan Ryan double that hits halfway up the center field wall. It's the hardest-hit ball of Ryan's career, and it wasn't a home run. Brendan Ryan may never hit another home run. This is a realistic possibility. Mariners!

The next batter, Figgins, drops a perfect sacrifice bunt to get Ryan to third but the throw pulls second baseman Jemile Weeks, who was covering first, into Figgins allowing the ball to trickle away and Ryan to round third and score at his own leisure. Ackley follows that up with an even sexier single than his first one.

This fantastic series of events leads to Ichiro's first true third-hitter at bat in the majors. Kurt Suzuki lets an easy pitch get past him, something I attribute to him being distracted by the dreamy look in Ackley's eyes. Ackley takes advantage and cruises into second. Ichiro promptly walks, loading the bases for Justin Smoak. And that's when things get weird.

Smoak flies out to left, allowing Figgins to score, but Yoenis Cespedes drops the ball on the transfer, confusing Figgins who, despite tagging up, stops halfway and retreats to third. The out is recorded, but Figgins' paradigm was obviously altered by the flukiness of the event and stopped mid-stride. The next batter, Jesus Montero, flies out to right fielder Josh Reddick, who ALSO DROPS THE BALL ON THE TRANSFER. This time, however, Figgins' brain doesn't flatulate and he scores, making it 2-0 Mariners.

The next batter is Tuck Job himself, and Seager singles up the middle plating Ackley and Ichiro. 4-0 Mariners, and the University of North Carolina roommates are a combined 4-4. Baseball!

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Game Speeds Quickly and Scorelessly Along, Shocking Analysts Everywhere

During the top of the second inning, Sims says that manager Eric Wedge attributes Kyle Seager's improved approach at the plate to a better "tuck job", which leaves me hopelessly focused on that one scene from "Silence of the Lambs". That said, it seemed to work as Seager weaves one into center field for a base hit. Keep on tuckin', Kyle.

Brandon McCarthy, who is one of the funniest and most engaging athletes on Twitter, is starting against the Mariners for the second time in the first three games. I'm sure he's thrilled not to be matched up against Felix again. After K-ing Miguel Olivo, he sits with three strikeouts in two innings. After three half-innings, we still sit at 0-0.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's Live-Blog: Top of First Inning Peters Out, Peter Offended by Term

A strikeout by Chone Figgins is followed by a sexy Dustin Ackley single, meaning the first two batters went exactly as you all imagined they would. Ichiro then struck out looking and Justin Smoak grounded out to second. The good news? Dave Sims' hat is the most Dave Sims hat he's ever worn. If I were a Philadelphia street-tough, Dave Sims is who I'd want to be once I made it out of the hustle.

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Seattle Mariners vs Oakland A's: Live-Blog

Welcome to the states-side opener of the Mariners' 2012 season. Last week, the M's took Japan by storm (too soon?) with a 3-1 extra-innings victory, followed up by a lethargic 4-1 loss the next day. Now, after going back through Spring Training, these teams will pick up their series where they left off. Actually, not where they left off, because that would mean a return trip to Japan. But they'll pick up their series in Oakland, which, you know.

6:47 - Pre-game show is in full swing on ROOT, and after the usual recaps of the Japan games and the empty player interviews, we get to the real gold: Bill Krueger's "Keys to the Game", the most filler of all filler pieces. Let's see what today's keys are.


*1.) Let's Do The Twist -- Something to do with Vargas' delivery.

*2.) Flash the Stop Sign -- Apparently this means Miguel Olivo needs to throw out base runners. Not the first time I'm unable to make the connection during this segment.

*3.) Long Ball Late -- Don't give up home runs late in the game. I get that it's difficult to come up with new, compelling "keys" for every game, but it's stunning how few of these provide fans with any sort of insight.

Fortunately, they switch back to the always composed Brad Adams (Bradams?) without spending any time responding to Krueger.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics: Starting Lineups For Friday

The on the fourth Opening Day of the 2012 MLB season, the Seattle Mariners will visit the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum for game three of a four-game series that began last week in Japan.

If you weren't able to get up at 3:00 AM PT to watch those games in Japan, this may very well be the first chance you've had to watch the Mariners this season. With that in mind, we thought we would provide you with today's opening lineups, so you know exactly what you're in for this evening.

Seattle Mariners:

Chone Figgins - LF
Dustin Ackley - 2B
Ichiro Suzuki - RF
Justin Smoak - 1B
Jesus Montero - C
Kyle Seager - 3B
Miguel Olivo - C
Michael Saunders - CF
Brendan Ryan - SS

Oakland Athletics:

Jemile Weeks - 2B
Coco Crisp - LF
Josh Reddick - RF
Jonny Gomes - DH
Yoenis Cespedes - CF
Kurt Suzuki - C
Josh Donaldson - 3B
Kila Ka`aihue - 1B
Cliff Pennington - SS


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2 game series vs Athletics @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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Mariners Vs. Athletics: The International Series Comes To California

The Seattle Mariners will travel to Oakland to continue their Opening Day series against the Athletics. They still have a chance to take the four-game series that began in Japan.

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Opening Day 2012: The Sub-Mariners

Opening Day is finally here (for real). In the interest of looking at the bright side, here are some of the worst single-season Seattle Mariners performances in recent memory.

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