After winning seven consecutive games - Seattle's longest streak since Blake Beavan was a senior in high school - the Mariners were beaten last night by the New York Yankees.
"How we handle the next set of circumstances, how we compete, will tell us a lot," manaager Eric Wedge said.
Bottom line: Winning streaks are fun and seem effortless. Lose, however, and they become difficult to start again, especially against good teams. The Mariners are on a trip on wihch they play the Yankees, Orioles and Angels.
How will they handle opning with a loss? Well, Felix Hernandez starts today, again looking for his 10th win.
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Before we get to the lineup, a few pre-game ntoes:
- Reliever Charlie Furbush (tricep strain) threw an inning in Tacoma last night, ave up a a run but struck out three. He'll get at least one more appearance before returning to Seattle's bullpen.
- Asked about the major league debut of Carter Capps last night, Wedge laughed this morning. "I don't know how many guys threw their first big-league pitch 100 mph, but the list can't be that long," Wedge said.
- Casper Wells will start in left field today and bat sixth. He's played two games in his career in Yankee Stadium - and homered in both.
And now, today's lineup vs. RHPHiroki Kuroda
Dustin Ackley 2BMichael Saunders CFJesus Montero DHJohn Jaso CKyle Seager 3BCasper Wells LFMike Carp 1BEric Thames RFBrendan Ryan SSFelix Hernandez RHP