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It's Vargas vs. Weaver in series finale

Fresh from a victory over the Angels last night, the Seattle Mariners today face the early leader in the American League Cy Young Award sweepstakes - Jered Weaver.

Weaver is a an eye-popping 15-1 this season with all the appropriately solid numbers that should accompany that record. The Mariners counter with Jason Vargas, a 12-game winner who has pitched well all season.

If this should turn to a pitching duel, the Mariners have a problem. Vargas has one weakness - the long ball - and the Angels have plenty of home run hitters. Seattle, not so much. If runs are a premium today, the Mariners are going to have to manufacture a few.

Here's today's lineup:

Dustin Ackley  2BMichael Saunders  CFKyle Seager 3BJohn Jaso DHJesus Montero CMike Carp  1BEric Thames   RFTrayvon Robinson  LFBrendan Ryan SSJason Vargas LHP