Facing the Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno, the Seattle Mariners are going with their mostly left-handed lineup - Jesus Montero is the DH and Munenori Kawasaki is at shortstop - with Blake Beavan will start.
The Mariners are 21-13 since the All-Star break, and while they've made hay against team like Kansas City and Minnesota, they've also played series with New York (2), Texas, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and others.
So the question of the day: Is this .618 winning percentage an indication of the new, improving Mariners or is it a 34-game fluke? And why the improvement? Let's kick it around.
Meanwhile, here's the lineup:
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Dustin Ackley 2BMichael Saunders CFKyle Seager 3BJohn Jaso CJesus Montero DHJustin Smoak 1BEric Thames RFTrayvon Robinson LFMunenori Kawasaki SSBlake Beavan RHP