Jason Vargas is hoping he won't be one of the next players to leave the city.
If he isn't traded before Tuesday's deadline, Vargas will try to keep the Mariners' season-high win streak going later that night against the Toronto Blue Jays
The Mariners (48-57) sent Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star and former AL MVP, to New York before the start of a home series with the Yankees on July 23 and saw him for the last time during a 5-2 defeat two days later.
Seattle hasn't lost since then and has batted .306 with 25 runs scored over their five consecutive wins - all at Safeco Field. Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each went 2 for 4 with an RBI in a 4-1 win Monday, the Mariners' third in 11 games against the Blue Jays (51-51).
If he's still with Seattle, Vargas (11-7, 3.76 ERA) will try to extend his win streak to a career-best five.
The left-hander has a 1.65 ERA in his six starts since a 14-10 loss in Arizona on June 20, and gave up one hit over eight innings during Thursday's 4-1 win over Kansas City.
That recent success, though, might make Vargas a prized commodity for a contending team.
"This has really been my first home in the big leagues," said Vargas, who came to Seattle in a trade with the New York Mets in December 2008. "I was given a lot of opportunity here, and I'm thankful that I've taken advantage of it and thankful that they kept giving me opportunity. I hope that what I can do out on the field is worth them keeping me here."
The Mariners sent former closer Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of prospects after Monday's win then traded another reliever, Steve Delabar , to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames .
After the deadline, the Blue Jays are slated to give Aaron Laffey (2-1, 3.22) a chance to earn a third straight win.
The left-hander, who has made six starts this season, did not get a decision in a 10-4 victory over Oakland on Thursday. He gave up four runs, five hits and three walks over 5 2-3 innings.
"There were a lot more than a few mistakes," Laffey told the team's website. "I walked three guys, put myself in a bad position in that one inning. ... Just fell behind some guys today and the defense picked me up big time."
Laffey is 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in six career starts against the Mariners but hasn't faced them since Aug. 22, 2009.
Vargas is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five career matchups with the Blue Jays but allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in a 7-2 loss in Toronto on April 29.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|July 26, 2012||Joel Carreno||15-Day DL|
|July 26, 2012||J.P. Arencibia||15-Day DL||Broken right hand|
|July 26, 2012||Adam Lind||15-Day DL||Mid-back strain|
|July 25, 2012||J.P. Arencibia||Day-to-Day||Broken right hand|
|July 17, 2012||Jason Frasor||15-Day DL||Right forearm tightness|
|July 17, 2012||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left wrist inflammation|
|July 18, 2012||Charlie Furbush||15-Day DL||Strained left triceps|
|July 01, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|June 30, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Left Game-Head Injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|June 27, 2012||Kevin Millwood||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right groin|
SEATTLE (AP) -- The closed door during Mariners manager Eric Wedge 's postgame talk was not enough to stifle the whooping coming from the Seattle clubhouse.
While Wedge explained his pleasure with Jason Vargas ' strong start, shortstop Brendan Ryan was being doused with ketchup and beer in the shower by his teammates.
The team was celebrating Ryan's three-hit night that pushed his batting average over .200 for the first time since April 21 and the Mariners' sixth consecutive win, 7-2 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Vargas has been dominant all month, leading to multiple trade rumors. He watched the clock tick down Tuesday afternoon and was relieved to still be on the Mariners once the non-waiver trade deadline passed.
"I think it would weigh on anybody," Vargas said. "As time got narrower and narrower, I knew my chances got smaller and smaller."
If he felt the pressure of rumors, he didn't show it in July. Vargas (12-7) allowed two earned runs and just five hits Tuesday. He went 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA during the month, tying a Mariners record for wins in any month, and is the first to go 5-0 in a month since Felix Hernandez in September 2009.
Dustin Ackley hit Aaron Laffey 's first pitch of the game for his second career leadoff homer and seventh of the season overall. Ackley also drove in a run in the fourth on a fielder's choice. Robinson hustled for a double to start the inning off.
Laffey (2-2) lasted just 4 2-3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs.
The Mariners roughed up Laffey for three runs in the second after scoring a run in the first.
Mike Carp singled, Miguel Olivo doubled and Trayvon Robinson had an RBI single. Ryan drove in another with a single to right field. Robinson then scored on Ackley's grounder to first base.
"They clearly came out with a game plan to jump on a first-pitch fastball," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "They went and attacked (Laffey)."
Ryan's three hits were his season high. He's hit .279 over his last 36 games to raise his season average to .205 and prompt the celebration.
"Still trying to ketchup out of my ears," Ryan said.
It's been a grind for Ryan, who puts pressure on himself to produce offensively.
"Lots of pulling your hair out at 1 a.m. after the game knowing an at-bat in the seventh you might have left somebody on base in scoring position," Ryan said. "It's been such a battle to put together consistent, good at-bats."
Toronto's Brett Lawrie , hitting leadoff Tuesday, had struck out five consecutive times in the series before lining a double into the left-field corner in the third.
His first hit in eight at-bats produced two runs because rookie Moises Sierra , who had singled for his first career hit, sprinted past a stop sign from third base coach Brian Butterfield and narrowly scored.
Vargas labored through a 30-pitch inning and had thrown 62 pitches by the end of the third.
But, Vargas then retired 10 straight before Yunel Escobar led off the seventh with a hit. Rajai Davis also singled in the seventh, though Vargas would rebound to get consecutive flyouts from Jeff Mathis and Sierra.
Laffey hit Carp to load the bases in the fifth. Brandon Lyon was summoned from the bullpen, and he allowed a two-run single up the middle by Olivo to make it 7-2.
The last time the Mariners won six consecutive games was May 18-23, 2011. The last time they won more than six in a row was June 23-31, 2007.
"One thing that's important to me is you're not just doing it one way or another," Wedge said. "You have to have multiple ways to win ballgames up here if you're going to be a consistent winner and you're seeing us do that."
NOTES: The Mariners called up relievers Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor from Triple-A Tacoma to take the place of traded relievers Brandon League and Steve Delabar . . Delabar debuted for the Blue Jays a night after being traded from Seattle. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning. ... Outfielder Eric Thames , whom the Mariners traded for Monday, also joined the club. . Sierra was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. He got the start in right field.