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Seattle1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 360
Boston4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 550
  W: E. Rodriguez (4-0)   L: N. Margevicius (0-2)   S: M. Barnes (4)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, April 25, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 4,510

Seattle 3B Kyle Seager tearing up Red Sox heading into finale

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Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox have won each of their last five home series against the Mariners. Seattle's last series win at Fenway Park was a three-game sweep in August 2014. Boston outscored Seattle, 34-8, in the Mariners' last visit to Boston (May 10-12, 2019).
  2. The Mariners have allowed only one home run over their last five games, and they have not allowed more than one home run in any of their last 11 games. That's after surrendering 13 homers in their first seven games this year.
  3. The Red Sox have 27 more hits than strikeouts, the best ratio for any major-league team this season. The only other teams with more hits than strikeouts this year are the Astros (+20), Angels (+10), and Nationals (+3).
  4. Mitch Haniger is hitting .315 with four home runs; Ty France is batting .306 with four homers. The only other team with a pair of players hitting .300 with three or more homers is the Angels, who have three (Mike Trout, Jared Walsh, Shohei Ohtani).
  5. J.D. Martinez is slugging .750, third highest among major-league batting qualifiers, behind Ronald Acuna, Jr. (.887) and Mike Trout (.804).
  6. Justin Dunn has averaged 7.3 walks per nine innings in his major-league career, the highest among pitchers with 50+ innings since 2019. Dunn has issued 10 walks in 9.2 innings this season. Nick Pivetta has held left-handed batters to three hits, all singles, in 23 at-bats this season (.130). Right-handed batters are hitting .333 and slugging .600 against him (10 for 30, five XBH).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/22/2021 thru 4/25/2021

Mired in an 0-for-20 slump entering Friday's game, Kyle Seager took a page from the movie "Major League." Seager decided to hold a ceremonial removal of his game bats.

Details of the ceremony are sketchy, but it seems to have worked.

The Seattle Mariners third baseman had two hits Friday night, including a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 6-5 loss at Boston, then went 3-for-5 Saturday with a double, triple and three RBIs in an 8-2 victory against the Red Sox.

The teams are scheduled to wrap up their four-game series Sunday afternoon, weather permitting.

"Nothing's that weird when you've been around Kyle Seager a little bit," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I guess he's not afraid to try some different things. I walked through the clubhouse (Friday) and it was loud. It sounded like somebody was breaking something."

Seager admitted the ceremony wasn't as elaborate as that performed by Pedro Cerrano in "Major League," banishing bats as teammates stand around in robes, holding candles and chanting in unison.

"I didn't have any robes," Seager said. "I think I'm gonna blame (Mariners clubhouse manager) Ryan Stiles. I think some of the bats he ordered for me were right-handed bats, so they really weren't working.

"So we were able to get rid of those, kind of go through and figure out which ones work and then go from there."

Seager had two chances to hit a home run to complete the cycle Saturday but struck out against left-hander Josh Taylor in the seventh and fouled out to third against right-hander Phillips Valdez in the ninth.

"The thought crossed my mind," Seager admitted. "It's not something you go into the game thinking about. So that was pretty cool for me. It was definitely something that gets you thinking."

Seager's extra-base hits were to straightaway center field, both traveling more than 400 feet.

"(Seager) probably should have had a couple of homers. Those balls to center, that's a long way out there," Servais said. "Our offense really rolls when he's swinging the bat that way."

The Red Sox dropped to 7-8 at home.

"For us to win games, we have to play good baseball, solid baseball, and (Saturday) we didn't make contact, we didn't make a few plays, we didn't pitch," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "Overall, it is one of those you throw away and show up (Sunday) and have a better game plan if that's what works. We have Eduardo (Rodriguez) on the mound and try to save the homestand, to be honest."

Rodriguez (3-0, 3.38 ERA), a left-hander, is scheduled to go up against Seattle lefty Nick Margevicius (0-1, 5.40), who will be facing the Red Sox for the first time.

A 19-game winner in 2019, Rodriguez missed last season because of coronavirus concerns. He's 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners.

Weather forecasts for Sunday afternoon in Boston don't look promising, with an 80 percent chance of rain.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2021

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