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Monday, September 3rd
(All times eastern)
Boston Red Sox (62-73) at Seattle Mariners (65-70), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (11-4, 4.50)
Seattle - Jason Vargas (13-9, 3.90)
(Sports Network) - So far Boston's trip out west has been a disaster. The Red
Sox hope a stop in the Emerald City for a showdown with the Seattle Mariners
will bring different results.
Boston was swept in three games by both the LA Angels of Anaheim and the
Oakland Athletics, and dropped a 6-2 decision on Sunday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed all six runs and seven
hits, including two homers, to suffer the loss.
Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's six hits but couldn't help his team avoid
a season-high six-game losing streak. Pedroia is riding a 13-game hitting
streak. Cody Ross and Mauro Gomez both drove in a run in defeat.
"It's not easy," Ross said of the losing streak. "But we're professionals. We
have to come back from being down. That's the name of the game."
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the starting lineup because
of a wrist injury and could be back this afternoon.
"His wrist has been barking at him a little," Boston manager Bobby Valentine
said on the club's website. "When we set off on the road trip, the training
room was hoping that one of these days would work. See if we can't get it to
feel a little better."
Clay Buchholz will try to stop the bleeding for Boston when he takes the mound
Monday and is 3-1 in his last four decisions. Buchholz did not factor in the
outcome of a 6-5 loss to the Angels on Tuesday and yielded four runs in seven
innings. The right-hander, who owns a 5-2 mark in 11 road assignments, is 11-4
with a 4.50 ERA in 23 starts overall this season and 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in
two career starts against the Mariners.
Seattle salvaged the finale of a three-game series versus the Angels with
Sunday's 2-1 victory, as Jesus Montero and Carlos Peguero both homered early
Hisashi Iwakuma outdueled Angels ace Jered Weaver by striking out seven
batters over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, while Josh Kinney and Tom Wilhelmsen
went the rest of the way to preserve the win, Seattle's fourth in the previous
seven games. Wilhelmsen posted his 22nd save and allowed a run in the ninth
"(He) had real good stuff today, had a live fastball, had something on the end
of his fastball as it was approaching home plate," Mariners manager Eric Wedge
said of Iwakuma, who is 4-0 in his last five starts. "(It was) just a great
effort, pretty efficient all in all against a very good hitting ball club."
The Mariners have won 16 of their last 19 games at Safeco Field and also will
host Oakland on this nine-game homestand.
Jason Vargas draws the start for the Mariners Monday and is winless in his
last three trips to the hill (0-1). Vargas was battered in a 10-0 loss at
Minnesota on Wednesday and allowed six runs - five earned - in just 4 2/3
innings. He has yielded 13 runs during his current winless streak and fell to
13-9 in 28 starts to go along with a 3.90 ERA.
The left-handed Vargas is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in five career starts against
Boston has won four of six matchups with Seattle this season.
09/03 10:23:02 ET