American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 31st
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (51-51) at Seattle Mariners (48-57), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Aaron Laffey (2-1, 3.22)
Seattle - Jason Vargas (11-7, 3.76)
(Sports Network) - While the Seattle Mariners keep winning, they're also still
dealing before the trade deadline. The Mariners will try to extend their
season high winning streak to six games tonight in the continuation of a
three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field.
The Mariners sent fan favorite Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees last
week, then traded reliever Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers after
last night's win for two minor league players. Seattle also sent relief
pitcher Steve Delabar to the visiting Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames.
Seattle may also deal starting pitcher Jason Vargas before today's deadline
and he's scheduled to throw this evening. Vargas has won four straight starts
and brings an 11-7 record in 22 starts into Tuesday's affair along with a 3.76
earned run average. He is coming off eight innings of one-run ball in a 4-1
win over Kansas City on Thursday.
Vargas, a left-hander, lost at Toronto back on April 29 in a 7-2 setback and
pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs in six innings. Vargas hasn't fared
so well in five career starts against the Jays, going 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA.
Hisashi Iwakuma didn't seem to have any trouble with Toronto in last night's
4-1 win and racked up 13 strikeouts through eight innings. He allowed one run
and four hits with three walks, while Josh Kinney and Lucas Luetge both worked
the ninth to keep the Blue Jays off the board. Luetge earned his first save.
"He was fantastic tonight," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said about Iwakuma.
"We really needed him to step up. We were very short in the bullpen tonight
and for him to go eight strong innings like he did and pitch the way he did
against a very good hitting ballclub, just a great performance."
Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each had a pair of hits and an RBI for the
Mariners, who are 6-2 on a 10-game homestand.
Toronto has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning streak and lost
for the fourth time in seven tries on Monday.
Ricky Romero lost his seventh straight starts and gave up four runs -- three
earned -- in six innings. He has received only one run of support over his
lost streak. Rajai Davis homered off Iwakuma to account for Toronto's scoring.
"He was outstanding after the leadoff home run by Davis," Blue Jays manager
John Farrell said about Iwakuma. "He dominated us after the first hitter of
The Blue Jays made a few moves Monday by placing designated hitter Adam Lind
on the 15-day disabled list and trading left fielder Travis Snider to
Pittsburgh for pitcher Brad Lincoln. Thames, of course, switched clubhouses
when the Mariners acquired him for Delabar.
Taking the mound for Toronto this evening will be Aaron Laffey. Laffey is 2-0
in his last three appearances and did not factor in the outcome of a 10-4 win
over Oakland on Thursday, as he was reached for four runs in 5 2/3 frames. He
is 2-1 on the season with a 3.22 ERA in 10 games (6 starts).
Toronto won two of three meetings with Seattle at home from April 27-29 this
season and is 8-3 in the past 11 matchups between the clubs.
07/31 10:33:04 ET