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Marco Gonzales prodded enough to get the Seattle Mariners to commit to starting him one more time before the season ends on Sunday.
Mariners plan to recall right-hander Andrew Moore from Triple-A Tacoma for an anticipated start Monday in series opener against Kansas City at Safeco Field.
Drew Storen watched Mariners rookie closer Edwin Diaz wobble through the ninth inning Friday night through the eyes of experience. Diaz gave up three walks and two runs before securing a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.
A year ago, when he was on pace to set the major league record for two-base hits, Edgar Martinez was injured - and settled for becoming just the fifth player ever to have back-to-back seasons with 50-or-more doubles. He won't reach that level in 1997, and though he's not troubled by it he is aware his doubles are down this season (28).
When the Seattle Mariners staggered out of their four-game split with the Chicago White Sox they emerged with their lowest team batting average since April 18 - one more indication of a lineup-wide slump that has cost them games. Going into Monday's 11-1 outburst against Milwaukee, Seattle's hitters were batting .237 in August, only .200 on this homestand, and the team average had dipped to .283.
The flurry of transactions that will occur the next few days for the Seattle Mariners could change the face of the team for the rest of the season or simply necessitate a bigger move or moves before the trading deadline July 31. Right-handed pitchers Tim Scott, picked up on waivers from Colorado Thursday, and Bob Wolcott, who pitched for Tacoma on Thursday, will both be added to the 25-man roster.
After hitting his second home run in two games Saturday night, Ken Griffey Jr. was scratched from the lineup and sent home Sunday because of the flu. He was running a 102-degree temperature. Alex Diaz started in center field in his place. Manager Lou Piniella said Griffey will make the six-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Detroit. A crowd of 21,004 gave the Mariners a first homestand attendance of 224,484, a 40 percent increase over Seattle's first six home games last season.
As usual, Randy Johnson has been the anchor of the Mariners staff. Photo by Associated Press
There were some nice crowds in baseball stadiums throughout the major leagues Saturday, though the largest was parked in what is largely perceived to be the homeliest ballpark in America - the Kingdome. There were 40,185 fans in Baltimore's Camden Yards, 32,695 in Boston's Fenway Park, 37,188 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
Owners and backers of the Seattle Mariners urged Washington Legislators Monday to approve a tax package to help finance a new stadium, or risk losing the pro baseball team. The Mariners' lease at the Kingdome expires in less than two years and the team won't sign for an extension unless there are firm plans to build a new stadium that would enable the ball club to be profitable, Mariner vice president Paul Isaki told lawmakers.