American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 14th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (63-52) Seattle Mariners (53-64), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (9-7, 3.73)
Seattle - Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.38)
(Sports Network) - With their winning streak now at a season-high seven games,
the Tampa Bay Rays target a third straight series victory tonight in the
middle portion of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
The Rays swept Toronto and Minnesota in back-to-back series, then handed the
Mariners a 4-1 loss last night at Safeco Field. Pitching was once again key
for Tampa Bay as Alex Cobb threw seven innings of one-run ball and both Joel
Peralta and Fernando Rodney hurled a scoreless inning of relief. Rodney posted
his 37th save in the process.
"He's gone exactly seven innings each of his last four starts between 90 and
100 pitches. You could send him back out there right there, but I'm thinking,
this guy's on such a nice run doing that, why mess with it," Rays manager Joe
Maddon said of Cobb.
B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist added three hits and an RBI for
the Rays, winners of six straight on the road. The Rays are still five games
behind the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East and
tied with Baltimore atop the Wild Card standings. Oakland is one-half game off
the pace for one of the final two postseason spots in the AL.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria did not play to rest and is expected to be
back in the lineup tonight. The Rays have not lost since he returned from the
disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Tampa Bay, which is 4-0 on a 10-game road swing and will also visit the LA
Angels for four games, is scheduled to send Matt Moore to the mound Tuesday
and he has won three straight starts. Moore is 8-2 in his last 10 decisions
and defeated the Blue Jays his last time out on Thursday in a 7-1 triumph.
Moore held the Jays to a run in six innings to improve to 9-7 in 22 starts to
go along with a 3.73 earned run average.
The left-hander lost to the Mariners on July 22 despite allowing two runs in
eight innings, but defeated them back on May 1 with five innings of one-run
Seattle had won seven in a row at Safeco Field until Monday's loss and kicked
off a nine-game residency on a sour note.
Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan was dealt the loss for allowing all
four runs in the third inning and eight hits in six innings of work. Eric
Thames drove in the lone run and Kyle Seager had a team-best two hits.
"We were in the ballgame," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said, "but we just never
had that inning, we never put that inning together."
One game after homering twice in a win over the Angels, Mariners catcher Jesus
Montero was hitless in four at-bats last night.
The Mariners have lost six of eight games and also will host Minnesota and
Cleveland on the homestand. They will send veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood
to the mound Tuesday and he is just 4-10 in 22 starts with a 4.38 ERA.
Millwood has dropped consecutive starts and recently toed the rubber in a 9-2
setback at Baltimore on Wednesday, when he surrendered seven runs and eight
hits in four innings.
Millwood lost at Tampa Bay on May 3 and was reached for four runs and seven
hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-3 defeat. He is just 3-4 with a 5.10 ERA in nine
career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 6-2 against the Mariners this season and have won 10 of the
previous 12 meetings between the two ballclubs.
08/14 10:41:17 ET