American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 16th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (20-20) at Minnesota Twins (19-20), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Chris Young (3-0, 2.63)
Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (3-3, 4.74)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Young will try to extend his own personal winning
streak and push his Seattle Mariners over the .500 mark on Friday night in the
opener of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins.
Young, a late addition to Seattle's rotation after not signing with the club
until late March, has pitched to a 1.83 earned run average over a three-start
winning streak. That has given the righty his first Major League victories
since September, 2012.
Young is coming off his longest outing of the season as he held the Kansas
City Royals to a run on three hits over eight innings of a 3-1 victory on
Saturday. He also did not walk a batter in improving to 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA on
"I felt good," Young said. "The command was where it needed to be."
Set to turn 35 on May 25, Young will face the Twins for the first time since
2005 and has failed to record a decision against them in four previous
encounters despite a solid 2.41 ERA.
Though Seattle is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday,
held to just two hits in the contest, it enters the contest at 20-20 on the
season. The Mariners are at .500 or better through 40 games in the season for
the first time since they were 25-15 in 2003.
The Mariners have done so by avoiding a big losing streak over the past month.
They have lost two in a row for the first time since an eight-game slide from
April 15-22, going 13-7 overall since that slide.
The Twins, meanwhile, are a game under .500 at 19-20 after a walk-off 4-3
victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Aaron Hicks hit an RBI single in
the bottom of the 10th frame, improving Minnesota to 6-0 in rubber matches
"To be able to come up clutch for my team like that, it definitely feels
good," said Hicks after the Twins won for the fourth time in their past six
Minnesota will hope that right-hander Kyle Gibson can rebound tonight as he is
winless in his past four starts since beginning the season 3-0.
It has been a big fall back to Earth for the 26-year-old, who yielded just two
runs over his season-opening winning streak but has been tagged for 18 runs in
four starts since.
Gibson dropped his third straight decision on Saturday as he lasted only two
innings versus Detroit while getting charged with six runs on seven hits and a
walk. The outing dropped him to 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA.
"I was happy with how all my pitches were moving, but leaving them over the
middle and picking on the edges too much early in the count are two things
that didn't help me," Gibson lamented. "(You) can't live in the middle against
Gibson has faced the Mariners once before during his young career and took a
loss last July, giving up five runs over five innings.
After losing eight of 10 to the Mariners in 2012, the Twins took four of the
seven encounters last year.
05/16 10:53:09 ET