American League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 5th (All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (3-1) at Oakland Athletics (2-2), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.00) Oakland - Dan Straily (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Felix Hernandez goes after his second win of the season on Saturday when the Seattle Mariners play what is now a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics.
Friday's contest was postponed due to poor field conditions at O.co Coliseum.
Hernandez struck out 11 batters in his Opening Day win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday and held them to three runs (2 earned) and four hits over six innings. Two of those runs came courtesy of a Mike Trout home run in the first inning.
"I was just ticked," Hernandez said. "Opening Day, two run-homer in the first inning? I was just, 'Really? Really, Felix? You have to go out there and do something about it.'
"After that I felt really comfortable. I was throwing a lot of strikes, just attacking the strike zone, and I guess it was working pretty good."
Now he faces an A's team he held scoreless for 14 2/3 innings in two games in Oakland last year. In fact, Hernandez is 15-7 with a 2.66 ERA against the A's in 29 career meetings.
Oakland, meanwhile, will rely on righty Dan Straily, who made 27 starts for the A's last season and went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA. He also started a game against Detroit in the ALDS, but did not get a decision.
Straily hasn't fared that well in three starts against the Mariners, as he is 0-1 with a 7.82 ERA.
Oakland handed Seattle its first loss of the season in Thursday's opener, as Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a game-winning home run to lift the A's to a 3-2 win.
"You could tell the first swing he was looking for something that he could pull and get up in the air," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Crisp's approach in the final at-bat. "I think that was his intent and that's tough to do, going up there trying to hit a home run, especially when you're a leadoff type guy."
Crisp also scored on Yoenis Cespedes' game-tying triple in the eighth, while Sam Fuld knocked in Oakland's other run with a triple in the fifth.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0) picked up the win after spinning a perfect top of the 12th. Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez, who made his third career big league start, surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks in six innings.
Abraham Almonte went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Seattle, which received a terrific effort from starter Roenis Elias in his major league debut. Elias carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before running into trouble.
Seattle was 11-8 versus the A's last season.
04/05 10:32:55 ET