The only roster change today came with the arrival of reserve shortstop Chris Woodward from Tacoma, up to replace the injured Jack Wilson.
That doesn't mean this is the same Seattle Mariners team.
Poll all 25 members of the team about the firing of Don Wakamatsu and naming of Daren Brown to interim manager and you'd get a pretty wide range of emotions. Some players love playing for Wakamatsu, and for some he was their first big-league manager.
For others, he was the man who drove Ken Griffey Jr. out of town, a story even Junior has had trouble making stick.
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Regardless, none of them have any reason not to like Brown, who'll manage his first big-league game tonight. He takes over a team 22 1/2 games out of first place, and 15 games behind the second-place Athletics, the team he'll face tonight.
It's Vin Mazzaro vs. Doug Fister. We're off!
- It wasn't a lineup change, just an error in the way it appeared on the starting lineups distributed in the press box: Jose Lopez is batting fifth, Franklin Gutierrez sixth - and they just produced back-to-back RBI singles to put the Mariners ahead. That's 45 RBI for Lopez, 46 for Gutierrez. In the first: Seattle 2, Oakland 0.
- Fister is pitching around trouble, including a third-inning opening double by Cliff Pennington, who got to third base with one out. Fister left him there, striking out Rajai Davis and getting Kurt Suzuki on a ground ball. Nice pitching. In the third: Seattle 2, Oakland 0.
- Magic, baby! With two on and no one out, Fister got Mark Ellis to ground sharply to third baseman Lopez, who stepped on the bag and threw to second for the second out, after which Figgins threw to first for a triple play. That's the first turned by the Mariners since July 13, 1995. That's the 10th triple play turned in franchise history. In the fourth: Seattle 2, Oakland 0.
- Playing add-on, Mariners turned a walk, error, fielders choice and Josh Wilson's sacrifice fly to put another run on the board. Who said you need hits to score? In the fourth: Seattle 3, Oakland o.
- In the span of four pitches, Fister is in trouble. A leadoff single to Coco Crisp, then a ground ball double to left by Rajai Davis that chased Crisp home from first. In the sixth: Seattle 3, Oakland 1.
- Fister is gone after six innings and 91 pitches. Sean White works a scoreless seventh inning.
- Brandon League worked a scoreless eighth inning and David Aardsma is warming up for the ninth.
- And in the end: Mr. Aardsma came in for his 21st save and nailed it, giving Daren Brown a 1-0 record - and leaving Seattle 4-4 in August after a 6-22 July. It's a final: Seattle 3, Oakland 1.