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The Mariners will attempt win their fourth straight game – tying their longest win streak of the season. It would also be their first three-game sweep of a team since May 25-27, when the swept the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

*** Lloyd McClendon held true to his promise of starting Ketel Marte at shortstop today. Mark Trumbo gets the start at first base instead of Jesus Montero as McClendon tries to shuffle in players without a DH.

What’s the future for Marte in these final few months of the season?

“I would like to say I will hit Marte in the leadoff spot whenever he’s in the lineup,” McClendon said.

What if Marte gets overwhelmed by big league pitchers? It something that happened to James Jones in that spot last season. But Marte is a switch hitter unlike Jones.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” McClendon said. “He has the ability to bunt, his speed will play and get him hits even when he’s not swinging very well. I want to see what he can do in the leadoff spot.”

McClendon’s goal is to play Marte close to every day. He will see time in the outfield, second base and shortstop.

“I’m going to do my best,” McClendon said.  “He’ll see more time in center field. He also gives us the opportunity to DH Robbie some.”

 

*** Vidal Nuno will make another start. It will likely be Monday against the Orioles at Safeco Field.

“Yeah, he’ll start,” McClendon said.  He’ll make his regular turn. I think he’ll be better in Seattle than when he was here.”

McClendon still considers him a spot starter.

“I don’t see him in the rotation permanently, as we speak right now,” McClendon said.

 

*** On this date in Mariners’ history …. Remember back in 2001 when the M’s were on their way to 116 wins. It could have been 117 had they not torpedoed a 12-run lead against the Indians. Seattle was leading 14-2 and Cleveland scored 12 runs after the seventh inning to tie the game. The Indians won it in the 11th inning. It was just the third time in baseball history that a team rallied from a 12-run deficit to win a game.

Here’s the boxscore from the game. John Rocker got the win. And here’s the game story from Bob Sherwin that ran in the Times the following day.

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