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Mariners Pregame: M’s use 10th starter of season, lineups and starters

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Christian Bergman is congratulated by teammates after leaving the game against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Christian Bergman is congratulated by teammates after leaving the game against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Game 41: The Seattle Mariners (19-22) host the Chicago White Sox (17-21) at 7:10 p.m. in the first of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

Sam Gaviglio is the 10th different starting pitcher used by the Mariners this season. This is the second season in club history in which Seattle has used at least 10 different starters in the club’s first 42 games to start a season. The Mariners employed 11 different starters through their first 42 games in 1977.

On Wednesday, the M’s received a terrific start from Christian Bergman to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 to win the series. Bergman allowed two hits and two walks with a career-high nine strikeouts over a career-high 7 1/3 innings, and James Pazos was perfect over five outs, with three Ks, to end the game.

Bergman became the first pitcher in club history to not allow a run while striking out at least nine in one of his first two starts as a Mariner.

The Mariners are 7-0 this season when the starter pitches at least seven innings.

Seattle has won five consecutive home series, the second-longest active home series winning streak in the Majors. The Mariners trail only Baltimore (7), while ranking ahead of Houston (4) and Oakland (4) for consecutive home series won

Seattle’s five home series wins are tied for third-most in MLB this season.

Lineups and starters

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.98)

Mariners Notes

  • Nelson Cruz leads the American League in RBI with 36…his 36 RBI through the club’s first 41 games are 9th-most by a Mariners player in the club’s first 41 games. Edgar Martinez holds the club record with 50 RBI through the Mariners first 41 games of 2000.
  • Kyle Seager has hit safely in 15 of 18 games at Safeco Field this season, including 8 consecutive home games.
  • Jean Segura has hit safely in 16 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Majors and tied for the second-longest streak in MLB this season, trailing only the Angels’ Mike Trout (17). During the streak, Segura is batting .389 with 15 runs, six doubles, one home run, eight RBI, 5 walks, 2 stolen bases and a .436 on-base percentage. Segura’s streak matches the 3rd-longest hitting streak by a Mariners shortstop

This Day in Mariners History

In 1999, Edgar Martinez connected for three home runs, the 12th time in his career, and fifth homer in two days, tying MLB record.

In 2008, Ichiro recorded career stolen base No. 291, setting the club SB record. The old record of 290 was held by Julio Cruz.

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