American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (6-18) at Seattle Mariners (11-16), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Carl Pavano (1-2, 4.91)
Seattle - Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.37)
(Sports Network) - The struggling Seattle Mariners are back in the Emerald
City and will open a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three
straight games versus the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field.
Seattle went 4-6 on a 10-game road trip and was swept in four games by the AL
East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. In Thursday's 4-3 setback at Tropicana Field, the
Mariners allowed four runs in the second inning and that was all the Rays
needed. Kevin Millwood dropped his third straight start for Seattle after
giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
John Jaso had two hits and a run scored, while Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Carp and
Justin Smoak each knocked in a run for Seattle, which has dropped six in row
and opened the road trip with four consecutive wins.
"Tough ball games. Tough losses," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "We're
just not doing enough to take back innings and get leads back."
The Mariners will also host Detroit on the residency and will send Jason
Vargas to the mound Friday. Vargas is 3-2 with a 3.37 earned run average in
six starts this season and had a personal two-game winning streak stopped his
last time out in a 7-2 loss at Toronto. He was reached for two runs in six
innings in that one.
Vargas, a left-hander, is 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA in five career games (4 starts)
against the Twins.
Minnesota was just swept in three games by the LA Angels of Anaheim and
dropped a 9-0 decision on Wednesday, when Angels ace Jered Weaver tossed a no-
hitter. Weaver threw the second MLB no-hitter in less than two weeks and the
10th one in franchise history.
Twins starter Liam Hendriks suffered the loss after allowing six runs on nine
hits in 2 1/3 frames for the Twins, who have dropped nine of their last 10 and
were blanked by a 4-0 score in the second test of the three-game series.
"I'm not too excited right now," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Let's put
it that way. How far do you wanna dig yourself a hole here? It's early, but
it's also too early to lose games like this too. We need to win some baseball
games. We need to shake hands a little bit. It's the atmosphere you worry
about. Guys keep take a beating in there and they can get up so many times,
but we need to win a game and shake some hands. We need to have that feeling."
Carl Pavano gets the call for Minnesota tonight and he is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA
in five starts. He did not record a decision his last time out in a 7-6
setback versus Kansas City, as he was reached for five runs, four of which
were earned, and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Pavano has allowed at least two earned runs in each outing this season and
owns a 1-2 record with to go along with a 3.97 ERA in five career starts
against Seattle. The righty is 1-2 in three road starts this season.
Seattle won five of eight matchups with the Twins a year ago.
05/04 10:57:54 ET