Rookie Michael Pineda capped a remarkable first half by being named to the American Leagrue All-Star team today, replacing Detroit's Justin Verlander - while joining teammates Felix Hernandez and Brendan League.
The 22-year-old right-hander has made 18 big-league starts, going 8-6 with a 3.03 earned run average, striking out 113 batters in 113 innings.
In other morning news, manager Eric Wedge announced his rotation coming out of the All-Star break: Jason Varas, Doug Fister, Felix Hernandez, Blake Beavan and Pineda. Bedard is tenatively scheduled to return to the rotation during the third series after the break, in Boston.
And today, it's Felix vs. Dan Haren, as Seattle tries to snap a four-game losing streak and get to the brerak with a 44-47 re cord. Here's the Mariners lineup:
Ichiro RFBrendan Ryan SSDustin Ackley 2BJustin Smoak 1BAdam Kennedy DHFranklin Gutierrez CFJosh Bard CKyle Seager 3BGreg Halman LFFelix Hernandez P