Athletics Vs. Mariners: Oakland Drops Second Series Of The Year To Seattle

The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners were at it again, only this time the venue was Safeco Field. The three-game series started with an A's victory, but Oakland came up short in the next two games.

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Athletics Vs. Mariners Final Score: Oakland Drops Series With 5-3 Loss

The Oakland Athletics have only played three series thus far in 2012, but after Sunday, they have now dropped two of those three series to American League West rivals the Seattle Mariners. The A's were hoping to pick up the win in the rubber match on Sunday, but ended up losing by a final score of 5-3.

Seattle struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Kyle Seager doubled and Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer. Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the bottom of the third to make it 3-0 Mariners.

The A's tied things up in the top of the fifth inning on a three-RBI Eric Sogard homer, but the tie ended up being very short-lived. In the bottom of that same inning. Ichiro Suzuki doubled home Chone Figgins to put the Mariners ahead for good. The next batter, Smoak, got an RBI groundout that plated Dustin Ackley for the insurance run.

A's starting pitcher Graham Godfrey took his second loss of the year, giving up all five runs (three earned) in five innings, off of six hits and a walk. Kila Ka`aihue had a three-hit game, all singles. He and Eric Sogard accounted for five of the seven A's hits.

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Athletics Vs. Mariners Game 3: Starting Lineups

The Oakland Athletics are attempting to even the score with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners took three of four games from the A's in their home opener (okay, okay, one of those losses was in Japan, but still) and now Oakland has a chance to take the series in Seattle's home opener.

The two teams have exchanged 4-0 shutouts in the first two games of the series. In Sunday's rubber match, Graham Godfrey will try to even out his 0-1 record and get the 4-5 A's back to .500 on the season. The game begins at 1:10 p.m. PT and will air on CSN-California.

Cliff Pennington was the only A's hitter to collect two hits on Saturday night. He has been moved up in the order from ninth to sixth. Designated hitter Seth Smith will now hit third, ahead of Yoenis Cespedes, who was hitless on Saturday, but had his first game of the season without a strikeout.

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's game.

Oakland Athletics starting lineup:

1. Jemile Weeks - 2B
2. Coco Crisp - LF
3. Seth Smith - DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes - CF
5. Josh Reddick - RF
6. Cliff Pennington - SS
7. Kila Ka`aihue - 1B
8. Anthony Recker - C
9. Eric Sogard - 3B

Seattle Mariners starting lineup:

1. Chone Figgins - LF
2. Dustin Ackley - 2B
3. Ichiro Suzuki - RF
4. Justin Smoak - 1B
5. Jesus Montero - DH
6. Kyle Seager - 3B
7. Michael Saunders - CF
8. Miguel Olivo - C
9. Brendan Ryan - SS

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Athletics Vs. Mariners Game 2 Final Score: Oakland Shut Out In 4-0 Loss

The Oakland Athletics faced off against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field again on Saturday night. The A's were hoping to secure a series win with a victory, but were stifled by Mariners starter Hector Noesi, who held Oakland to just five hits in a 4-0 shutout loss.

The Mariners got on the board in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by Jesus Montero. That was where the scoring stood until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Brendan Ryan and Chone Figgins reached on consecutive one-out singles. Tom Milone walked Dustin Ackley walked to load the bases. With two outs, Justin Smoak drew a walk to bring Ryan home and Montero struck once again, hitting a two-run double to cap off a three-run Mariners inning.

Hector Noesi had a start for Seattle that was the polar opposite of his last outing. He went eight innings, giving up no runs on five hits and a walk.

It was a shaky start for Milone, who gave up four earned runs in six innings on four hits and two walks. A double for Jemile Weeks represented the only extra-base hit for the A's.

Oakland will try to pick up the win in the rubber match on Sunday.

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Athletics Vs. Mariners: Game 2 Lineups

The Oakland Athletics spoiled the Seattle Mariners' home opener in Safeco Field on Friday night in a 4-0 shutout. The A's are now looking to take the series by winning the second game of the three-game series as well on Saturday evening at 6:10 p.m. (PT). The lineups for the second game of the series have been released and according to the Baseball Press, they are:

Athletics:

1. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
2. Coco Crisp (S) LF
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Seth Smith (L) DH
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Daric Barton (L) 1B
8. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
9. Cliff Pennington (S) SS

Mariners:

1. Chone Figgins (S) CF
2. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
3. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
5. Jesus Montero (R) C
6. Alex Liddi (R) 3B
7. Miguel Olivo (R) DH
8. Casper Wells (R) LF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

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Athletics Vs. Mariners Final Score: Bartolo Colon Leads Oakland To 4-0 Win

The Oakland Athletics visited the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, looking to get some revenge for dropped three of four games in the season-opening series between the two teams. The A's did indeed get their revenge as they defeated Seattle's ace Felix Hernandez and spoiled the Mariners' home opener at Safeco Field, picking up a 4-0 win.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon was exceptional, giving up just three hits and one walk through seven innings, while striking out five. He combined with Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour for the shutout.

The A's opened the scoring in the top of the third inning, when Cliff Pennington doubled in Daric Barton for the first run. Two batters later, Coco Crisp drove in Pennington with a single.

Oakland added their third run on an eighth-inning Kurt Suzuki sacrifice fly that scored Josh Reddick. Jemile Weeks added the explanation point in the top of the ninth with a solo home run into the left field bullpen.

The only member of the starting lineup to go hitless for Oakland was Yoenis Cespedes, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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Athletics Vs. Seattle, Game 1: TV Time, Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Oakland Athletics will begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday. When the series wraps up on Sunday, the A's will have faced the Mariners in seven of their first 10 games to start the season.

The A's will be hoping that Yoenis Cespedes can keep launching the long ball for them. Cespedes leads the team in home runs, RBI and walks. On the other hand, his 11 strikeouts not only lead the team, but are tied for the lead in the major leagues. Still, his free-swinging ways have been worth the risk thus far for the A's.

Starting the game for the A's will be Bartolo Colon, making his third start of the year, all of which have come against the Mariners. He's currently 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA and his two prior starts against the Mariners have been stark opposites, picking up a win on eight strong innings in Japan and coughing up seven earned runs in 4.1 innings back home. He'll try to split the difference and try to manage at least a quality start.

Colon will be going up against Felix Hernandez, also making his third start of the year and third against the A's. He's currently 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA and was also touched for plenty of runs the last time he saw Oakland, although he managed to get enough run support for his first win of the season. It is unlikely that Oakland can manage another six runs against the ace of the Seattle rotation, but they will try.

Friday's game will begin at 7:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN-California. You can listen to the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.

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Athletics Vs. Mariners Preview: Oakland Kicks Off Road Trip With Series In Seattle

The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will be at it again, only this time the venue will be Safeco Field. The three-game series kicks off on Friday.

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