Originally written July 24, 2013 on Fox Sports:
After watching their longest winning streak of the season come to an end, the Seattle Mariners will try to bounce back against the Minnesota Twins. Both teams could again be missing important pieces in Thursday night's series opener. Mariners manager Eric Wedge remains out and Twins All-Star Joe Mauer is uncertain to be available when these clubs play the first of four at Safeco Field. Seattle (48-53) had posted eight consecutive victories by a 50-24 margin before managing two singles in Wednesday's 10-1 loss to Cleveland. "We just flat out got outplayed, outpitched, outhit," losing pitcher Joe Saunders said. "Just one of those days." The Mariners will again have to get by without Wedge, who suffered what doctors believe was a very mild stroke Monday. He is expected to miss this series as well as an upcoming six-game road trip. "What he needs to do is stay home for a short period of time. We expect him to be back sooner than later," genera...
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