The San Francisco Giants were playing their own game, just down the steps from the home clubhouse at Oracle Park, but Carlos Rodón and some of his teammates stayed inside. Down the coast, Clayton Kershaw was working on a perfect game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. History was streaming through a laptop.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The results didn’t come immediately. At times, the familiar failures with runners in scoring position were anguishing. But with each extended plate appearance, dragging past six pitches, forcing the Rangers to roll out reliever after reliever — none of them exceptional — a Mariners’ lineup restored to full strength eventually provided the production to match the potential.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Even without a game on Thursday, Mariners fans can feel victorious knowing that Julio Rodriguez will be back in the starting lineup on Friday night at Globe Life Park for the start of the three-team, nine-game road trip.
SEATTLE — For all of their success leading into the All-Star break, which included a 14-game win streak and a stretch of 22-3 baseball, an uncertainty surrounding the Seattle Mariners could be felt, at least outside the clubhouse doors.