June 10, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) hits a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Mariners Vs. Dodgers: Seattle Follows Up No-Hitter By Dropping Series

On Friday night, Kevin Millwood and five other pitchers combined to no-hit the Dodgers. On Saturday and Sunday, the Mariners were never really in either game.

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Mariners Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Nightmare Second Inning Dooms Seattle In 8-2 Loss

The Seattle Mariners hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber game of their three-game interleague series on Sunday. Things quickly turned into a nightmare for the home team, as Seattle took an 8-2 loss.

Kyle Seager opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Dodgers quickly took over the game in the second. The homer gave Seager his 24th two-out RBI of the season, which leads the American League.

The second inning was where all of the wheels fell off. All of them. They even had to send out for extra wheels and then those fell off, too. Starter Blake Beavan didn't get a couple close calls on what would have been inning-ending third strikes, then after Bobby Abreu hit a double to pass Mickey Mantle on the all-time hits list, Tony Gwynn hit a two-out RBI single to drive him in and tie up the game. Dee Gordon then put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single of his own and Gwynn should have been out at third, but the ball popped out of Beavan's glove while applying the tag. Andre Ethier then launched a grand slam into the right-field bleachers for his 10th homer of the year, giving the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.

The score remained 6-1 until the top of the eighth inning, when James Loney and Adam Kennedy both drove in runs with singles. Michael Saunders finally gave the Mariners a second run in the bottom of the ninth with a ringing RBI double into the gap.

Certainly not how the Mariners wanted to follow up their third no-hitter in team history.

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Mariners Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Seattle Falls Short In 8-3 Loss

The Seattle Mariners hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after six pitchers combined to no-hit the visitors, who hold the best record in baseball. On Saturday, the Mariners were not quite as lucky, as the Dodgers evened the series with an 8-3 win.

Starter Jason Vargas made one big mistake in the top of the first inning, serving up a fastball right down the middle to Jerry Hairston Jr. with two out and first base open. The result was Hairston depositing the ball in the left field bleachers, giving the Dodgers a quick 3-0 lead.

Vargas again challenged Hairston in the top of the third and Hairston nearly launched another home run into the left field seats. Nevertheless, Hairston ended up with an RBI double off the wall and came in to score on a James Loney single, making it 5-0 Los Angeles.

The Mariners managed a three-run homer of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as Miguel Olivo went yard to cut the lead to 5-3, but that was as close as the M's would be able to get.

Hairston hit another RBI double in the top of the eighth inning and the Dodgers would tack on two more runs in the ninth on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. Hairston finished the game 3-for-4 with five RBI. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw lived up to his billing as the reigning NL Cy Young winner, as he struck out 12 Mariners in seven innings of work, allowing just three hits and two walks.

The Mariners will still have a chance to win the interleague series in the rubber game on Sunday.

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Mariners vs. Dodgers Lineups: Seattle Takes The Field Following Wild No-Hitter

The Seattle Mariners are riding high after their combined no-hitter on Friday night against the Dodgers, which was truly a night to remember at Safeco Field. This is a club that has been playing well in recent weeks, and it's wins over teams like the Dodgers that can really propel a team to make a run in the standings.

The task on Saturday evening will not be an easy one for Seattle. They will face L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw, who can be downright filthy on the mound. The M's will go with Jason Vargas to counter Kershaw on the mound.

Here are the lineups for both clubs:

Mariners:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins LF
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Kyle Seager 2B
Miguel Olivo C
Michael Saunders CF
Alex Liddi 3B
Brendan Ryan SS
Jason Vargas P

Dodgers:

Dee Gordon SS
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Juan Rivera LF
Andre Ethier DH
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
James Loney 1B
A.J. Ellis C
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF
Alex Castellanos RF
Clayton Kershaw P

First pitch from Safeco is set for 7:05 p.m. this evening.

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Felix Hernandez Injury: Mariners Ace Expected To Return Tuesday

The Seattle Mariners and their fans were holding their collective breaths last week as their ace pitcher, Felix Hernandez, missed his scheduled start with back stiffness that had bothered him for a while. It was not believed to be too serious of an injury, but a team never likes when their best pitcher misses a start for any reason.

There were talks of Hernandez returning on Sunday for a matchup with the Dodgers, but that is no longer the case. According to this story from KJR Sports Radio, he will return on Tuesday night to face the San Diego Padres.

Eric Wedge said Friday that Felix Hernandez will not start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and will instead bump back one more game to start against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Hernandez missed his last start due to tightness in his back. Wedge said Hernandez is feeling much better, but that with another off-day on Monday, they wanted to give him two more days of rest just to be careful.

Hernandez will still be able to make six starts before the All-Star break even after getting moved back two days.

The Padres have been one of the worst offensive teams in baseball this season, so breaking Hernandez back in against their lineup might not be a bad idea. It will be interesting to see just how much freedom the Mariners will give him in Tuesday's start if he begins to show signs of a sore back.

Blake Beavan will get the start on Sunday instead of King Felix.

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Mariners Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Kevin Millwood, Seattle Bullpen Combines For 1-0 No-Hitter

The Seattle Mariners were hoping to steal a win from the best team in baseball on Friday night as they hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers. What no one was counting on was that Kevin Millwood and the Seattle bullpen would combine to no-hit the Dodgers in a 1-0 victory.

Millwood held the Dodgers hitless through six innings and faced the bare minimum, walking just one batter and needing only 68 pitches to get through the first six frames. However, after throwing one warm-up pitch before the seventh inning, Millwood was forced to depart his potential no-hitter with a mild right groin strain. It would be up to the bullpen from here on out.

Charlie Furbush allowed a baserunner in the top of the seventh, but he and Stephen Pryor combined to keep the Dodgers hitless through seven.

The Mariners finally scored in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Kyle Seager single that went just over the glove of a leaping Dee Gordon. The Mariners had eight hits in the game, all singles.

In the top of the eighth inning, Pryor walked the first two batters he faced and was lifted for Lucas Luetge, who pitched to James Loney. The runners were bunted to second and third by Loney, and Brandon League entered the game. League induced a fly ball to shallow left field, where Chone Figgins made a spectacular running catch and falling throw to prevent the runner at third from tagging up and scoring. League then struck out Tony Gwynn Jr. swinging to keep the no-hitter going through eight.

Tom Wilhelmsen came in for the ninth inning to attempt to lock down the no-hitter. Gordon was called out at first on a swinging bunt to lead off the inning. Seager threw out Gordon on a bang-bang play that the Dodgers shortstop and manager Don Mattingly both protested. Wilhelmsen then got Elian Herrera to line out to Seager, bringing up Andre Ethier with two outs. Ethier fouled off the first pitch and then hit a grounder to second base for the put-out and the no-hitter.

Pryor was awarded the win. In all, the six Mariners pitchers combined for three walks and nine strikeouts in the unorthodox, but nonetheless thrilling, no-hitter.

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Kevin Millwood Injury: Pitcher Departs Game With Groin Strain During No-Hitter

On Friday night, Kevin Millwood was briefly achieving the impossible. Or, at the very least, the highly improbable. With the Seattle Mariners kicking off a three-game interleague series against the best team in baseball, Millwood had a no-hitter going through six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While Millwood had allowed a baserunner with a walk, he had faced the minimum through six innings. Then, bizarrely, Millwood came out to the mound prior to the seventh inning, threw one warm-up pitch and then gestured to the dugout. Manager Eric Wedge and the Mariners trainer came out to talk to Millwood, then Millwood departed the scoreless game.

The early word, via the television broadcast, is that Millwood has a mild right groin strain. Certainly not the way he would have wanted his evening to end.

Charlie Furbush allowed a runner to reach second base due to a fielding error in the top of the seventh, but the Mariners staff still has a no-hitter going through seven innings.

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Mariners Vs. Dodgers Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Mariners have had some success recently. They'll be trying for a series win against one of the best teams in baseball.

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