It's not the position the Seattle Mariners wanted, but to prevent a sweep by the Los Angeles Angels today, they'll have to beat 16-game winner Jered Weaver.
They've done it before.
On Aug. 12, they beat Weaver in Anaheim, 4-1, behind Jason Vargas. Today, the Mariners will start Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 4-2 with a 2.72 earned run average as a starting pitcher.
More important, perhaps, Seattle will start Jesus Montero, who has only six at-bats against Weaver - but three of those produced home runs. Here's today's Mariners lineup:
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Dustin Ackley 2BFranklin Gutierrrez CFKyle Seager 3BJohn Jaso DHJesus Montero CJustin Smoak 1BTrayvon Robinson LFCarlos Peguero RFBrendan Ryan SS