Mariners look for more production vs. Royals

Mariners look for more production vs. Royals

SEATTLE -- A week after perhaps the best four-game offensive stretch the Mariners have enjoyed this season, they will again face the Royals team they did that damage against. In the four-game set last week in Kansas City, the Mariners hit .325 with eight home runs and 20 extra-base hits.

But manager Eric Wedge warned that just because the Mariners will again face the Royals for a four-game series, the results might not be fireworks.

"From the carry-over standpoint, I don't know," Wedge said. "I'd love for us to hit like that again. The fact of the matter is -- what we're working to try to do is -- regardless of who we're playing or what we're playing, is to be a better offensive club. That's from pitch to pitch from hitter to hitter.

"These guys are working hard at it, we're going to get it. We've had a tough couple days offensively, but we swung the bats well in Kansas City. That's what we're working to get back to."

This time, though, the teams will be facing off in Seattle. It's no secret that the Mariners are a different offensive club at home than on the road. Seattle is hitting just .193 at Safeco Field entering Thursday, while their road average is .255. It has been a season-wide struggle for the Mariners to turn their fortunes around at home.