Seattle Mariners (7-8) at Miami Marlins (6-10), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Chris Young (0-0, 0.00)
Miami - Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.19)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle's Chris Young was as sharp as could be expected
during his first start in the majors in 19 months, and he'll look to build on
that milestone outing Friday in Miami when the Mariners open a three-game
series against the Marlins..
This is Seattle's first trip to Miami since 2008 and its first-ever visit
to Marlins Park.
Young, who missed all of last year with persistent shoulder issues, tossed six
scoreless innings while giving up only four singles against Oakland on Sunday
in his home debut with the Mariners. He also tossed a pair of scoreless
innings in relief a week earlier. The 6-foot-10 right-hander, who signed a
one-year deal with Seattle after being released by Washington at the end of
spring training, said he finally feels healthy.
"I feel like I can throw the ball better," he said. "I feel like the three
walks were too many but ultimately I competed and made pitches when I had to.
For a first start it's not bad but certainly I want to build on it. I want to
continue to build arm strength and command and better feel for my offspeed
pitches but ultimately it's about competing and putting up zeros. That's my
goal every time out -- that you want to feel as good as you possibly can while
Young, who pitched in the NL East for the Mets two years ago, is 3-1 with a
2.62 ERA in six career starts against Miami.
Hard-throwing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will toe the rubber for Miami
against a team he has never faced. Eovaldi has been solid in his last two
starts, although the Marlins wound up losing both of those games.
Against Philadelphia his last time out, Eovaldi gave up four runs in his first
three innings before settling down to retire 11 straight batters. He went 6
1/3 innings with five strikeouts, and his last pitch reached 98 mph.
"The first few innings, I was up in the zone, mostly," Eovaldi said. "The hits
they were getting were pitches up and in the middle. I really wasn't locating
too well. Not too many first-pitch strikes. But after the third inning, I
finally started to settle down, locating the pitches down. I was moving it in
and out, mixing the off-speed pitches."
Miami enters Friday's game with losses in nine of its last 10. The Marlins
were off Thursday after suffering a 6-3 setback to Washington a day earlier.
Derek Dietrich hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, but Nationals right
fielder Jayson Werth returned the favor with a three-run shot in the sixth,
and Washington tacked on three more runs in the eighth.
Seattle has also struggled of late with losses in five of its last six.
Robinson Cano provided a bit of return on the team's $240 million investment
by hitting his first home run as a Mariner as part of a six-run third inning.
However, the M's were blanked the rest of the way as Texas went on to claim
an 8-6 victory.
The Mariners are making their first trip to Miami since 2008 and their first-
ever visit to Marlins Park. Miami holds a 5-4 edge in the all-time series.
04/18 10:23:45 ET
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