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Thursday, August 30th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (63-68) at Minnesota Twins (53-77), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Blake Beavan (8-8, 5.10)
Minnesota - Brian Duensing (3-9, 5.28)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners couldn't make it three straight solid
starts from their pitchers in last night's loss to the Minnesota Twins, but
they have a chance for a series win today at Target Field.
Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma got the job done in the first two portions
of this four-game series, then Jason Vargas was hammered in a 10-0 loss on
Wednesday. Vargas gave up six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 2/3
"You know, sometimes you run into a team that will swing the bats really well
and that's what happened tonight," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "We just
couldn't get anything going on the mound or at the plate."
Trayvon Robinson and Kyle Seager recorded the two hits for the Mariners, who
have lost four of six games on their seven-game road trip.
The Mariners have their sights set on returning home for a nine-game residency
versus the Angels, Red Sox and Athletics, and hope Blake Beavan can pitch the
club to a series victory this afternoon. Beavan had won four straight starts
from July 17-Aug. 1, but is 1-2 in his last four appearances. He allowed four
runs and seven hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss at the Chicago White Sox on
Saturday, falling to 8-8 in 20 starts with a 5.10 earned run average.
Beavan defeated the Twins on Aug. 19 with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a
5-1 win, and is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two career starts against them.
Minnesota entered last night's game having lost 16 of its last 19 games, but
finally put together a strong performance.
Trevor Plouffe homered and drove in four runs, while Joe Mauer went deep and
added three hits and two RBI for the Twins.
"It was huge having a night like this," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"I'm glad we were able to get the bats swinging tonight and now we can build
on this and get some things going."
Samuel Deduno struck out nine over seven shutout innings for the win and both
Tyler Robertson and Anthony Swarzak both hurled a scoreless inning of relief.
The Twins, who will open a six-game road trip against the Royals and White Sox
on Friday, are scheduled to send Brian Duensing to the mound this afternoon.
Duensing has lost three of his last four trips to the mound and was shelled in
a 9-3 setback at Texas on Saturday, when he gave up nine runs and 10 hits in
only 2 1/3 innings of work.
Duensing's record dropped to 3-9 in 43 games (10 starts) and his earned run
average went from 4.46 to 5.28. The left-hander has faced the Mariners in a
relief role twice this season and is 0-2 with a 3.18 earned run average in
five games (1 start) in his career against them.
Minnesota had lost seven in a row to the Mariners until last night's win and
is 2-7 in the season series so far.
08/30 10:53:53 ET