American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (1-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-1), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00)
Oakland - Jarrod Parker (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Jarrod Parker was a big reason why the Oakland Athletics
won an American League West title last season.
He hopes to follow up his impressive rookie season on Tuesday when the Oakland
Athletics resume a three-game season-opening series at O.co Coliseum.
Parker, who is on an Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, made
29 starts for the A's last season and was 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA. He also
started two games in the postseason, but lost both of his ALDS games to the
He's 1-1 in two starts versus the Mariners with a 5.40 ERA.
Seattle, meanwhile, will hand the ball to Japanese right-hander Hisashi
Iwakuma, who pitched well after moving to the rotation last year. Iwakuma
began the year as a reliever, but became a starter midway through the year and
went 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 16 starts. Overall he was 9-5 with a 3.16 ERA.
However the A's gave him some trouble, as Iwakuma was 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA
against them last season.
Iwakuma will be hard pressed, though, to match the terrific effort that Felix
Hernandez gave the Mariners in Monday's season opener. The former American
League Cy Young Award winner tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help Seattle to
a 2-0 win.
Hernandez (1-0), who inked a seven-year, $175 million extension this
offseason, gave up three hits and struck out eight.
"Opening Day, it's good to start the right way," Hernandez said. "It's pretty
special. It was loud today with a lot of people, but I was just in my game,
just trying to make my pitches. I felt pretty good today."
Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning for Seattle, which
increased its Opening Day winning streak to seven.
Brett Anderson (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings for the
Athletics, who have dropped nine straight season openers, which is the longest
Opening Day losing streak in American League history.
"It's disappointing to lose on Opening Night. It's your first look. Your fans
are out in full force," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We played well with the
big crowds in our stadium for the better part of last year, so it's
disappointing. You want to win. Typically you do get someone's ace and Felix
is one of the best in the game, and we just couldn't muster anything off him."
Oakland won 12 of its 19 matchups with the Mariners last season.
04/02 10:22:15 ET