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Scouting report: Orioles vs. Mariners


At Safeco Field, Seattle

Day...Time...TV... Starters

Tonight...10:05...54, 50...Willis Roberts (5-3, 5.36)

vs. Freddy Garcia (4-0, 4.26)

Tomorrow...10:05...CSN...Jason Johnson (4-2, 3.49)

vs. John Halama (3-4, 4.83)

Thursday...10:05...54, 50...Jose Mercedes (1-6, 6.11)

vs. Aaron Sele (7-0, 2.81)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Mariners update

There hasn't been a better team in baseball than the Mariners, who bring the majors' best record (37-12) into this series. They haven't missed shortstop Alex Rodriguez, just as they recovered nicely from the departures of Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey. They have won five in a row, six of seven and 13 of 17 and lead the AL West by 13 games over Oakland. The Mariners are 25 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. Japanese sensation Ichiro Suzuki has been the catalyst, winning AL Rookie of the Month honors in April and never breaking stride in May, bringing a .355 average into the series. The Orioles are 0-7 at Safeco Field, including a four-game sweep last summer. Seattle also took all three games during a September series in Baltimore, outscoring the Orioles 27-4. The Orioles will get the chance to hand Sele his first loss on Thursday. Sele will get the chance to remind the Orioles why they should have signed him before last season.

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