July 25, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) at bat in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Mariners have said goodbye to Ichiro. Now they'll welcome the Royals for a four-game series to kick off the new era of the team.
The Seattle Mariners have had a rough few days. They traded Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees, demoted Justin Smoak and then dropped two out of three games to the Yankees and their old friend. Now they'll try to lick their wounds and rebound against the Kansas City Royals, who come to Safeco Field for a big four-game set beginning on Thursday.
While the M's series win streak stalled out at two, they'll have a chance to start a new one over the weekend against Kansas City, who are coming off a series loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
TV Schedule & Probable Pitchers
Thursday's game will begin at 7:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. The Royals will send Luis Mendoza to the hill, who is 4-6 with a 4.31 ERA and coming off a couple of strong starts. The Mariners will take the field behind Jason Vargas, the team's only 10-game winner and potential trade target.
First pitch on Friday will be at 7:10 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Jeremy Guthrie is coming off making his Royals debut and it did not go well. Guthrie is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in the American League. Blake Beavan is starting for the Mariners and coming off his best pro start. He'll have a chance to even up his 5-6 record.
Saturday's game will get started at 1:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Bruce Chen has not picked up a win in his last five starts and enters the game with a 7-8 record and 5.54 ERA. He'll go up against the Mariners' Kevin Millwood, who has lost four straight.
The finale on Sunday will begin at 1:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Will Smith baffled the Angels in his last start, but will be going up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who will almost certainly have an easier time against the Royals lineup than against the Yankees. Hernandez will be going for his 10th win.
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