Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners will look to continue building momentum following their 3-1 victory last night over the Texas Rangers, a win that snapped a four-game losing streak.
“There were a lot of important things that happened yesterday,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday morning. “Felix (Hernandez) got up his pitch count. (Mike) Zunino got his confidence back. We got a win, and (Fernando) Rodney got his confidence, his swagger back.”
The Mariners (4-7) will also shoot for their second series win of the young season and continue gathering positive steam for a home stand that continues through next week with a series against Houston and another one against Texas.
*** James Paxton gets the start on the mound for Seattle today, while Austin Jackson slots into the leadoff spot:
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*** Mariners cleanup hitter Nelson Cruz is riding a seven-game hit streak, and he had home runs in five straight games from April 11-15. During the recent run, Cruz is batting .481 with seven runs scored, six homers, nine RBIs and a 1.697 OPS.
*** Seattle with debut its cream-colored throwback alternate uniforms on Sunday, complete with a Pilot-inspired blue cap.
*** Over the last five games, the Mariners are batting .125 (4 for 32) with runners in scoring position, including 1 for 11 in last night’s win. In its four wins this season, Seattle is batting .243 with a double, triple, two homers and 14 RBIs. In the team’s seven losses, it has batted .121 with runners in scoring position.
*** First pitch at Safeco Field is set for 1:10 p.m. and will be televised locally on ROOT Sports.