Even with Jose Guillen and Gil Meche on the Kansas City disabled list, the Royals will have three ex-Mariners in their lineup tonight against Seattle.
Willie Bloomquist, Miguel Olivo and Yuniesky Betancourt will start for the Royals - and the Mariners get third baseman Adrian Beltre back for the first time in more than a month.
Coming off the finest start in his career, Ryan Rowland-Smith will take on a 41-64 team that just barely outscores the Mariners, who don't outscore anyone, consistently.
Getting his first start since Friday, Kenji Johjima will be behind the plate. Ken Griffey Jr. is hitting cleanup, Beltre fifth behind him.
It's Rowland-Smith vs. Luke Hochever.
Ichiro Suzuki led off the game by hitting Hochever's second pitch for a home run down the right field line.
It was Ichiro's 30th career home run leading off a game.
In the first: Mariners 1, Royals 0
Rowland-Smith hit the first batter he faced, walked the second, so when Billy Butler doubled, the Royals scored and had a rally underway.
Alberto Callaspo's sacrifice fly scored Bloomquist and gave Kansas City the lead.
After one: Royals 2, Mariners 1
The U.S.S. Mariners jinx
Good folks on the big boat dared KC hitters to bunt with Beltre in the game, so of cours one did - and Beltre threw the ball away for an error.
Worse, it let catcher Miguel Olivo score all the way from first base.
Guess that proves that even sabermetrics wizards shouldn't get cocky!
After two: Royals 3, Mariners 1
Rookie Michael Saunders singled,Ichiro singled him to second and both moved up a base on a wild pitch.
With one out, Jose Lopez doubled them both home - RBI #61 and 62 on the season - to tire the game.
Griffey singled Lopez home with the lead, picking up his fifth RBI on the trip.
In the third: Mariners 4, Royals 3
The Yuni strikes back
Alex Gordon drew a one-out walk, then Betancourt tripled him home.
David DeJesus popped to Lopez, about 100 feet from home plate - and Yuniesky tagged and lit out for the plate. Inexplicably, shortstop Jack Wilson cut off the throw, and his relay was late - from 20 feet - and Betancourt scored on a pop out.
After four innings: Royals 5, Mariners 4
Seattle strikes back
Saunders dragged a beautiful bunt for a single and Ichiro walked before Branyan rolled a double past first base, scoring Saunders for the tie.
KC made a pitching change, going to Jamey Wright, who once spent a spring camp trying to become a Mariner.
With one out, Griffey was intentionally walked, loading the bases, and the Royals went after Beltre - who struck out, for the third time tonight.
Gutierrez beat out a single to third, with Ichiro scoring his third run. Johjima struck out.
In the sixth: Mariners 6, Royals 5
Yuni strikes back II
Olivo singled and with one out Betancourt - yes, that Betancourt - doubled him home to tie.
After six: Mariners 6, Royals 6
Another Mariners rally
Wilson was safe at second base after his single and Gordon's error, and Saunders dropped a bunt so good that he beat the throw - even with the Royals expecting it.
With one out, Branyan singled, picking up RBI #58, and the Mariners reclaimed the lead.
In the seventh: Mariners 7, Royals 6
And in the end
David Aardsma in the bottom of the ninth, asked to protect a one-run lead for his 26th save?
He did it, hitting 97 mph on the Kansas City radar gun, but not before loading the bases, in part by missing a comebacker that charitably ruled a hit.
The Mariners are now 55-51 - nine games out of the American League West lead.
It's a final: Mariners 7, Royals 6