American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, August 20th
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (54-67) at Seattle Mariners (58-64), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.62)
Seattle - Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.28)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners eye their sixth consecutive win on
Monday when they begin a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at
Seattle continued to roll on Sunday, as Blake Beavan lasted 5 1/3 effective
innings and Michael Saunders launched a two-run home run to help the Mariners
complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 5-1 victory.
Beavan (8-7) allowed one run on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts to
bounce back from a loss his last time out. Josh Kinney tossed 2 1/3 scoreless
innings to secure his first save of the season.
"I thought Blake did a good job," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He gave
us a good opportunity to win. Offensively, it was good that we separated when
we did. I felt like we had some good swings today."
Eric Thames ripped an RBI double among his three hits and John Jaso added an
RBI for the streaking Mariners, while Dustin Ackley had a pair of hits in the
Trying to keep the momentum rolling tonight will be veteran right-hander Kevin
Millwood, who is 4-10 with a 4.28 ERA. Millwood did not get a decision on
Tuesday against Tampa Bay, but pitched well, as he allowed two runs and eight
hits in seven innings of his team's 3-2 win. He also struck out eight and
walked a batter.
"He had to work," Wedge said. "He had to work in multiple innings, but I've
talked to you guys about that before, he's the best that I've ever seen in
regard to working out of trouble and managing situations and executing
pitches, especially when things get a little thick out there."
Millwood is 4-2 lifetime against the Indians with a 4.74 ERA in seven starts.
Cleveland, meanwhile, is at the other end of the spectrum from the Mariners at
the moment, having dropped five in a row after a three-game sweep in Oakland
this weekend that ended with a 7-0 drubbing on Sunday.
Justin Masterson (9-11) surrendered seven runs on nine hits and a walk for the
Indians, who have dropped five consecutive contests and were outscored, 21-9,
in the set against the A's.
"We were completely outplayed by these guys, especially outpitched, the whole
series," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said.
Hoping for a little more support tonight will be righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who is
9-12 with a 5.62 ERA. The inconsistent hurler lost for the fifth time in six
decisions on Tuesday in Anaheim, as the Angels ripped him for eight runs in
only four innings.
Jimenez has beaten the Mariners both times he has faced them and has pitched
to a 4.20 ERA in those outings.
Cleveland has won four of five from Seattle this season.
08/20 10:47:51 ET