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  W: Y. Kikuchi (5-8)   L: W. Font (2-1)
10:07 AM PT11:07 AM MT12:07 PM CT1:07 PM ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 AM MST12:07 PM EST12:37 PM VEN21:07 UAE12:07 PM CT, August 18, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 23,604

Seager, Mariners look to stay hot in Toronto

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Blue Jays concluded a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with a 12-8 record following Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers. Toronto is 3-0-2 in its past five series and now faces the Mariners, a team it has won 10 of 14 against since the start of 2017.
  2. The Mariners defeated the Tigers 7-2 on Thursday to win their first road series since taking two of three at Milwaukee from June 25-27. Seattle has won just three of 12 games overall since July 31 to tie for the fewest wins in MLB in that span.
  3. Bo Bichette's 16 extra-base hits in the first 17 games of his career are more than any player ever. His 27 hits through 17 game are the most in Blue Jays' history and tied for the fifth-most in MLB since 2000. With Bichette in the lineup, Toronto is averaging 5.9 runs per game after averaging 4.4 without him.
  4. Kyle Seager is batting .406 (13-for-32) with five home runs and 12 RBI during a nine-game hitting streak. Since July 25, he's fourth in the AL with a .387 (24-for-62) average and third with a 1.280 OPS (min. 50 PA).
  5. Toronto leads MLB in opponent batting average in August (.226) after entering the month ranked 23rd (.265). The Blue Jays' starters have allowed only eight home runs this month, tied for the fewest in the AL during that span (Mariners, Rangers).
  6. Austin Nola's .303 (33-for-109) batting average is the fifth-highest by a Mariners player in his first 42 games since 2000. He ranks third the AL in average among rookies this season (minimum 100 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/16/2019 thru 8/18/2019

The Seattle Mariners will be trying to win the second straight series of their nine-game road trip Sunday afternoon, while the Toronto Blue Jays hope to win their second successive home series.

The Mariners forced the rubber match of the three-game series Saturday with a 4-3 victory. Kyle Seager accounted for the winning run when he hit his 15th homer this season with two out in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

The home run was the 190th of Seager's career with Seattle, passing Alex Rodriguez for the most by a Mariners infielder. He is fourth overall behind Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner.

"That is pretty cool," Seager said. "I didn't know that one. That's definitely something I don't take lightly, and I'm very proud of that."

The Mariners opened their trip by winning two of three from the Detroit Tigers. They complete the trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays starting Monday.

The Blue Jays opened their homestand by splitting four games with the New York Yankees before taking two of three from the Texas Rangers.

The Mariners and Blue Jays are each 22 games below .500.

Toronto lost not only a game Saturday, but also rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who left after two innings with discomfort in his left knee. It was the result of a second-inning fielding play, when he cut in front of shortstop Bo Bichette on Austin Nola's infield hit.

"He felt a little tweak in his knee, so we took him out just in case," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He's going to get an MRI to make sure he's fine, so I'll know more about it (Sunday). For anybody that complains that they felt something, we're going to take them out of the game.

"Even this late in the season, we're going to make sure."

Montoyo felt that Guerrero made the right play in taking the grounder instead of Bichette, and the shortstop agreed.

"Every time the third baseman can get to it, they need to go get to it," Bichette said. "I'm running away from first base, and he's running to it, so when he called me off, it's his ball."

Guerrero hit a home run in the opening game of the series Friday, his first homer since Aug. 1.

The Blue Jays will go with an opener Sunday in right-hander Wilmer Font (3-2, 4.40 ERA), while the Mariners will start left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (4-8, 5.56).

Font will be followed by Thomas Pannone (3-5, 6.39). Font has not allowed a run in 8 1/3 innings of four opener outings for Toronto (three hits, two walks and 12 strikeouts). He is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Mariners. Pannone will face the Mariners for the first time in his career.

Kikuchi is in his first major league season after going 69-45 with a 2.69 ERA in seven seasons with the Saitama Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League.

He won his third straight decision May 19 over a span of six starts but has struggled in 14 starts since. Over that span, he is 1-7 with a 7.50 ERA and has allowed 23 homers.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 18, 2019

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