Manager Eric Wedge wasn't preaching moral victories after the Seattle Mariners rallied for four late runs before losing to Kansas City, 6-5.
“There’s a lot of fight in these guys,” Wedge began afterward. “Having said that, we’ve got to do a better job with our at-bats throughout the game. We’ve got to grind it out.”
And then Wedge went where he hadn't gone before - back to 2010;.
“We have a lot of people here that were here last year, and they’re carrying baggage,” Wedge said. “Park that. We can’t get caught up in what happened last year. Plow through it.
“I’ll look anyone straight in the eye right now and tell ‘em this team will be a better hitting team than it is now. They’re learning what it’s like to face good pitching with a game on the line.
“That’s experience that will make them better. We’re working with them every day on things that will help make a difference. Don’t be thinking about what happened last season," he said.
It wasn't a good night for the team, beyond Kauffman Stadium.
Franklin Gutierrez, whose ailing stomach had seemed much improved the past 10 days, was sent to the California League for three games with Seattle's Class A team there - but didn't play Friday night.
"He didn't feel well all day," Wedge said. "We had hopes this weekend he could play, feel well and come back to Seattle Monday to see how it was going to play out. Now, doctors are looking at him again and we have to decide where to go from here."