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Recap: Mariners 2, Royals 1
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - When Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost goes to the mound, the pitcher normally goes to the clubhouse to start icing his arm.

Yost visited Jason Vargas on the mound in the ninth inning after Kyle Seager's two-out double, but opted to leave him in the game.

Two batters later Dustin Ackley singled home Seager with the go-ahead run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 2-1.

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'Vargas said, `I'm in great shape. I can get us through this inning,' " Yost said.

He could not. After Stefen Romero's infield bad hop single, which second baseman Pedro Ciriaco bobbled, Yost thought again of removing Vargas before facing Ackley, who entered in the seventh as a pinch runner.

'It is lefty-on-lefty and Ackley hadn't swung the bat all day,' Yost said.

So he again stuck with Vargas.

'If it works out, you are smart,' Yost said. 'If it doesn't, you're the dumbest guy in the stadium. I was the dumbest guy in the stadium.'

Ackley's single to right on a 2-2 count scored Seager. Ackley is 5 for 10 off Jason Vargas (7-3), who took the loss.

'He (Yost) just asked me if I could get him, and I said, `yeah,' Vargas said. 'There wasn't a whole lot more than that. I felt fine, I felt great in the ninth inning. Just a little bit of bad luck got us and I think we all know what happened after that.'

It was 91 degrees and humid for the first pitch, but Vargas did not use that as an excuse.

'I mean, it's hot,' Vargas said. 'I don't think there's any other way around it. I don't think you can feel sorry for yourself out there just because it's hot. You know what you signed up for. You know what Kansas City summers are like.'

After retiring the first dozen Royals, Chris Young yielded a home run to Alex Gordon to leadoff the fifth to tie the score at 1. Young gave up back-to-back singles to Salvador Perez and Justin Maxwell after Gordon's team-leading ninth home run. Perez, however, was out trying to stretch his into a double.

'He's really tough to pick the ball up,' said Eric Hosmer, who went 0-for-4. 'He's throwing 84-85 miles per hour, but he has such a long arm and his release point is so close to you that's it really hard to pick up. He's been real consistent for those guys.'

The Mariners bunched three hits leading off the third with Cole Gillespie's single to center scoring Brad Miller, who began the inning with a bunt single and stopped at second on James Jones' single.

Young, a 35-year-old right-hander who has had three shoulder surgeries including one last June, did not did not sign with the Mariners until March 27 after the Washington Nationals released him in spring training. He was pulled after seven innings, allowing only the run on Gordon's blast and three hits.

Yoervis Medina (4-1) replaced Young and worked a flawless eighth, striking out two to pick up the victory. He has not allowed a run and only three hits in his past 10 outings, covering 101/3 innings.

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities, getting Hosmer to ground into a game ending double play.

Vargas gave up 10 hits and two runs in 82/3 innings, losing for the first time since May 19.

Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 to snap his 21-game road hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season.

NOTES: The Royals purchased the contract of OF Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Omaha and placed OF Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. The Royals transferred LHP Bruce Chen, who has a bulging disc, from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. ... Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton, who helped Wichita State reach the NCAA Final Four in 2013 and to an undefeated regular season in 2013-14, took part of the ceremonial first pitch. ... The Mariners have won nine of their past 10 day games. ... The Royals have lost three straight after a 10-game winning streak ended Thursday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mariners at Royals
Fri, Jun 20 Final 7 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mariners at Royals
Sat, Jun 21 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  +168   -130   9 
 KAN  -178   +110   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  +162   -125   9 
 KAN  -182   +105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  45%   14%   43% 
 KAN  55%   86%   57% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 7 Cover: +127 
 KAN 5 Over: 12 
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 May 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 9 Cover: +128 
 SEA 7 Over: 16 
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 May 10, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 1 Under: 4 
 SEA 3 Cover: +126 
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 May 9, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 6 Cover: +100 
 SEA 1 Push: 7 
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 May 8, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 0 Under: 1 
 SEA 1 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 9 Cover: +100 
 KAN 6 Over: 15 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jun 21
 
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
4:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Reds
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
4:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
7:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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