Yuniesky Betancourt showed up for extra batting practice Wednesday, sat down with manager Don Wakamatsu and wound up in the starting lineup for the first time in five days.
Now, can a 'motivated' Yuni help his team score?
Over the last seven games, Seattle hasn't allowed more than three runs - and still gone 4-3.
"The offense has to step up," Wakamatsu said. "You can't ask more of our pitchng than it's giving us."
To that end, the team held a meeting for hitters only before the game.
Now, can they - and will they - hit?
It's Felix Hernandez vs. Jeremy Guthrie. And we're off.
Trouble? What trouble?
Brian Roberts leadoff double and a five-pitch walk to Adam Jones put Hernandez in crisis mode almost before he was loose.
Felix settled in, got a fly ball and then a marvelous play at first from Russell Branyan, who smothered a ball for the second out.
Melvin Mora tapped out to first, and the threat was gone.
Look, mom - a run!
Jose Lopez took an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left field for his seventh home run.
Yes, that's a run. And a lead. The Mariners dugout appears stunned.
In the second: Mariners 1, Orioles 0
Ouch, ouch, ouch
Franklin Gutierrez fouled a pitch off is left knee during his third-inning at-bat, and it clearly was hurting him.
He grounded out, and when the Mariners took the field, he stayed behind.
Endy Chavez now in center field, Wladimir Balentien in left. Any other outfield injuries, we might see Junior out there.
Look, mom - another run!
Adrian Beltre safe on an error, and with one out Lopez singled into right field, sending Beltre to third base.
Yuni came up, grounded out to shortstop and pushed Beltre home.
In the fourth: Mariners 2, Orioles 0
Orioles and Mother Nature threaten
Matt Wieters leadoff double and a one-out RBI single from Brian Roberts tightened the game, and well out beyond the ball park, lightning flashed.
A sign from Mother Nature?
The crowd here is unbothered by such storm warnings - but no one in the press box has volunteered to go sit in the upper deck.
Felix, meanwhile, struck out Adam Jones and appeared to twist his left ankle. He told the team trainer, Rick Griffin, that he was fine - but Nick Markakis doubled on a bullet down the right field line, putting runners at second and third base.
Aubrey Huff flied out.
After five: Mariners 2, Orioles 1
Jose, can you see?
Beltre doubled, Junior got him to third base with a long fly ball and Mr. Lopez launched his second home run of the night.
That's eight home runs and a team leading 35 RBI for the second baseman.
And it's a three-run lead for Felix.
In the sixth: Mariners 4, Orioles 1
Good night, Felix
Hernandez isn't laboring, per se, but he's slowing down on the mound, taking more time between pitches.
He's allowed Baltimore seven hits and worked out of his share of trouble tonight - only one 1-2-3 inning in the bunch.
After seven innings and 104 pitches, it's likely the eighth inning will belong to Sean White, the ninth to David Aardsma.
After seven: Mariners 4, Orioles 1
And in the end ...
As Wakamatsu said, when your pitchers pitch and your hitters hit, it can look awfully easy out there.
White worked a perfect eighth, Aardsma a perfect ninth and - voila! - Felix is now 6-3 and the Mariners are 29-30.
Final score: Mariners 4, Orioles 1