Found August 18, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
By ALAN FERGUSON, STATS WriterWhile their teams' performances have largely been lackluster, the Seattle Mariners' Jason Vargas and the Minnesota Twins' Scott Diamond are enjoying fine seasons.The two will attempt to add to their team-best win totals when they face off Saturday night at Safeco Field.Vargas (13-8, 3.56 ERA) has never finished with a winning record over his six previous major league seasons, the last three with Seattle (56-64). The left-hander, though, is poised to pull off that feat thanks in part to a recent string of superb outings. Vargas is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA over his last eight starts, and he gave up one run over 8 1-3 innings Sunday while outdueling Cy Young Award contender Jered Weaver during a 4-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels.Diamond (10-5, 2.97), who has four more wins than any other member of the Twins (50-68), has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three runs or fewer in four consecutive starts. Extending that streak Sunday against Tampa Bay, however, wasn't enough to earn him a victory. Diamond gave up three runs over seven frames and struck out six, but Minnesota lost 7-3 in 10 innings, one of the club's seven defeats in its past eight games. He yielded two of those runs on solo homers in the first two innings."When I've been getting in trouble early innings, I've still been able to make a pitch and kind of collect myself and continue to work," Diamond said.In his first start against Seattle, Diamond will face a team that's won 10 of 11 at home and five of six overall. The Mariners earned their third straight win over the Twins in Friday's series opener.John Jaso and Miguel Olivo hit early homers during that 5-3 victory, and Eric Thames and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run during a pivotal sixth inning. It was Seattle's first contest since Felix Hernandez's perfect game Wednesday against Tampa Bay. "Our (starting pitchers) have fed off each other," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website. "I think they've done a nice job of working to go out there, and not just compete as individuals, but the collective five. They go out there and just take their turn and give us every opportunity to win. I think they take a lot of pride in that." Vargas will try to continue the Mariners' string of successful outings while earning his second win in his past three meetings with the Twins. He did not get a decision in his only matchup with Minnesota this season May 4 at Safeco despite allowing one run over 6 1-3 innings.Vargas has given up one homer over his last five starts combined after yielding at least one in 12 consecutive outings. He hasn't given up any in his last two matchups with the Twins.Minnesota's home run leader, Josh Willingham, is 0 for 14 with seven strikeouts against Vargas.

Twins rookie Florimon shows promise

When the Twins promoted shortstop Pedro Florimon from Triple-A on Tuesday, it was less for his abilities than because of the struggles of another. Brian Dozier was slumping, bound for Rochester, and the team needed a replacement.That replacement was Florimon, a defensive specialist whom the team decided to get a closer look at in the final days before September call-ups. The expectations...

Twins rookie Florimon shows promise in Seattle

When the Twins promoted shortstop Pedro Florimon from Triple-A on Tuesday, it was less for his abilities than because of the struggles of another. Brian Dozier was slumping, bound for Rochester, and the team needed a replacement.That replacement was Florimon, a defensive specialist whom the team decided to get a closer look at in the final days before September call-ups. The expectations...

Felix Hernandez Enters Pop Culture, Inspires 'Felixing' as Alternative to Tebowing

Move over, Tebowing. Felixing is the new phenomenon. When Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history on Wednesday, he celebrated the last out by lifting his right leg and waving both arms in the air. Ever since, the pose has a life of its own. Teammates Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, John Jaso and Tom Wilhelmsen mimicked Hernandez...

VIDEO: The Seattle Mariners' Double-A team awesomely reacts to Felix Hernandez's perfect game

As Felix Hernandez completed his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, the Jackson Generals (Seattle Mariners' Double-A affiliate) watched on their stadium (Pringles Park) jumbotron during batting practice, and celebrated the Seattle ace's remarkable achievement. Oh, and Felix's brother Moises is a pitcher on the Generals, so it made the scene...

Twins vs. Mariners in Seattle: Pitching, series preview, analysis & predictions

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Twins select contract of RF Matt Carson

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Deduno seeks to boost Twins, stop sweep

The Seattle Mariners have put together a nice stretch over the last month, bolstered by their strong play at home. They'll go for their first three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in 11 years Sunday. After a 3-2 victory Saturday night, Seattle has won 14 of its last 21, including four straight and six of seven. The majority of those victories have come at home, where the...

Mariners Prospect Watch: Three Up, Three Down

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Twins newcomers make an impact in Seattle

When the Minnesota Twins took on the Seattle Mariners on Friday at Safeco Field, there were a few new faces in Minnesota's lineup.Shortstop Pedro Florimon and outfielder Matt Carson both made their Twins debuts in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. "A couple guys in the lineup for the first time. It was fun to see them out there," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire...

Mariners 5, Twins 1

Michael Saunders homered, helping Blake Beavan and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Seattle completed a three-game sweep and has won 12 of its last 13 at Safeco Field. Minnesota lost its fifth in a row. Saunders' two-run shot was his career-high 11th homer. He connected in the seventh inning after Dustin Ackley doubled...

Felix Hernandez Perfect

King for a Day, Perfect ForeverFelix Hernandez Throws a Perfect Game Fleix Hernandez completed the first perfect game in the history of the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. It is the 23rd in MLB history but what may be even more impressive is the fact he had to be perfect as his M’s only scored one run. The lone run came on an RBI single off the bat of catcher Jesus Montero who was...

Seattle Mariners Universe - August 16th

I would like to throw a thank you to the MLB Commish Office for #JediMindTricking the outcome of yesterday's Mariner game when scheduling today's day off prior to the season. Much needed after all the excitement. Used today to bring my expectations back into check. Rookie League Pulaski took the day off while traveling to take on the Bristol WhiteSox in a 5-game series...

Seattle Mariners Universe - August 17

First and foremost enjoy this picture of Mariners mascot  SS Munenori Kawasaki #Felixing before Friday's contest. [caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Munenori Kawasaki #Felixing before Friday's game vs Minnesota[/caption] No Perfecto today but there was some really good baseball throughout the different levels of...

The Missing Ingredients: Power and Patience

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