Mariners Vs. Athletics Preview: Seattle Kicks Off Opening Homestand Against Familiar Rivals

April 7, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington (top) attempts to complete a double play as Seattle Mariners left fielder Chone Figgins (bottom) slides into second base during the ninth inning at Coliseum. Figgins was out at second base with Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley (not pictured) safe at first base. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Mariners will kick off their first 2012 series at Safeco Field on Friday. They'll host the Oakland Athletics in the fifth game between the two teams in their first nine games.

The Seattle Mariners will return to Safeco Field for the first time in 2012 to kick off their opening homestand on Friday. They'll be hosting the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series. The game on Friday will mark the fifth time the Mariners have faced the A's in their first nine games. The A's are fresh off a home series win over the Kansas City Royals, while the M's dropped three of four to the Texas Rangers.

The Mariners, however, opened the season by taking three of four games against the Athletics. They'll hope to repeat that performance beginning on Friday, as ace Felix Hernandez will make his third start of the season ... all against the A's. He'll be going up against Bartolo Colon, who also will be making his third start against the Mariners. Colon put together a quality start in his first appearance against Seattle, but was roughed up for seven runs in 4.1 innings the last time he saw the Mariners bats. You can bet that some of the players in the lineup will be hoping to continue to pad their stats against him.

Friday's game will begin at 7:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can listen to the radio broadcast on 710 ESPN.

Current Series

3 game series vs Athletics @ SAFECO Field

Oakland Athletics
@ Seattle Mariners

Friday, Apr 13, 2012, 7:10 PM PDT

Bartolo Colon vs Felix Hernandez

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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