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Mariners welcome back Seager, take on A's
Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
- The Mariners were swept in three games in Arlington by the Rangers in their most recent series. Seattle has lost 14 of its last 16 road games, after beginning the season 11-1 away from T-Mobile Park. The Mariners' current seven-game road losing streak is the longest-active road losing streak in the majors.
- The Athletics have won each of their last six completed games (May 19 vs. Detroit was suspended in the 7th inning with the A's leading, 5-3). Over this stretch of games, Oakland has outscored its opponents by 33 runs (51-18).
- Seattle has swept Oakland twice this season, both times in two-game series. The Mariners have never swept the Athletics in three consecutive series (min. 2 games in series).
- Wade LeBlanc allowed a career-high four home runs in his most recent start against the Twins. LeBlanc carries a 7.36 ERA into his start tonight, though he has a career 3.31 ERA in 32.2 career IP against the A's.
- Over his last eight games, Mark Canha is batting .259 (7-for-27) with five home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored. Overall, seven of Canha's 15 hits this season have been home runs.
- The Mariners are 0-9 this season when hitting zero home runs -- they are one of two teams, along with the Astros (0-8), that have not won a game this season in which the team did not hit a home run.
- Yanks race by Rockies for 5th win in row
- Dodgers blow 6-run lead, top Miami late
- Alonso hits 33rd as Mets stop Giants
- ChiSox win in 11th; Rays drop 5th in row
- Red Sox bash 5 HRs in rout of Orioles
There weren't too many Seattle Mariners position players left after general manager Jerry Dipoto's offseason "step-back" plan.
Third baseman Kyle Seager was one of the few. After an injury early in spring training, the eight-year veteran is set to make his season debut Saturday afternoon when the visiting Mariners oppose the streaking Oakland Athletics, who have won seven in a row.
Seattle will attempt to snap a four-game losing skid.
"I'm very excited," Seager told The Seattle Times. "(Being on the injured list due to a torn tendon in his left hand) has been something new for me. It's definitely been an adjustment."
A two-time Gold Glove winner, Seager should help settle a defense that has made a major-league-worst 57 errors this season.
Seager is back while the likes of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura were jettisoned in the offseason as Dipoto tried to build a team that could compete in 2020 and beyond.
With Seager coming off his worst season in the majors -- a career-low .221 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs -- and owed $19.5 million this season and next, he would have proved difficult to trade.
Seager underwent a rigorous offseason program to lose weight and add flexibility only to be injured March 8 in a Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs, when he made a diving attempt at a ground ball and landed awkwardly on his glove hand and rolled over on it, tearing a tendon off the bone.
It was initially feared he's be out until mid-June.
"My timetable ended up going pretty quickly, but I don't feel like I was rushed or anything," Seager told The Times. "I was on the 60-day (injured list), so there was a set amount of time. There was no pressure to push it. I had the full time I needed. We hit all the milestones and we were hitting the milestones on an accelerated program and not because they were trying to push me out the door."
Seager batted .256 with seven RBIs in nine rehabilitation games with Triple-A Tacoma.
"Physically, I feel great," Seager said. "As I was telling (Seattle manager Scott Servais) earlier, I'm probably the most fresh guy in this room. Rehab assignment went good. I felt like I actually saw the ball pretty well.
"As far as my timing, there's still some inconsistencies only playing a week or so. I kind of missed out on spring training, but my swing felt good, timing felt good, arms, legs everything feels ready to roll."
Mariners rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (3-1, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.05), who threw his second career no-hitter earlier this month. Kikuchi is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the A's; Fiers is 2-2 with a 6.36 ERA in 10 career starts against Seattle.
The A's won the series opener 6-2 Friday night as Matt Olson, Mark Canha and Stephen Piscotty hit home runs.
Filling in for designated hitter Khris Davis, who was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the day with a left hip/oblique contusion, Canha homered for the third consecutive game.
"If there's a guy we feel really comfortable replacing KD for a while, it's Mark," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Canha does what KD does for us, so it kind of felt like having KD there, even though we're going to miss (Davis)."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 25, 2019