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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, May 18th (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (20-22) at Cleveland Indians (23-17), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Joe Saunders (3-4, 5.51) Cleveland - Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.68)

(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians take aim at their third win in a row on Saturday when they take on the Seattle Mariners in the second part of a four-game set at Progressive Field.

Cleveland won in dramatic fashion on Friday, as Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Indians to a 6-3 win.

Drew Stubbs worked a two-out walk, stole second and moved to third on Michael Bourn's infield single. Kipnis then smacked a Lucas Luetge (0-1) offering over the wall in right to give Cleveland its fifth win in seven tries.

"I was looking offspeed. He threw me a slider," Kipnis said. "When he came back with the same pitch I knew I didn't want to roll over and pull up on it. I just got the bat in a good position and got it up in the air."

Raul Ibanez homered and went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Mariners, who also got a solo homer from Kendrys Morales.

"I'm feeling pretty good at the plate," Ibanez said. "Unfortunately we came up short tonight, but it was a good battle by both sides, and we'll come back tomorrow and do it again."

Seattle's shortstop Brendan Ryan went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to mark his second multi-hit game in a row. Ryan is currently on a four-game hitting streak following a six-game slump in which he went 0-for-19. Michael Saunders will look to bounce back after going 0-for-5 from the leadoff spot in the series opener.

Rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer delivered a quality start for Seattle on Friday before turning the 3-3 tie over the bullpen after six innings. Hoping for a similar showing Mariners manager Eric Wedge will send Joe Saunders to the hill for the second game of the series.

The 31-year old southpaw allowed only five hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings versus Oakland on Sunday in his most recent outing, but he has yet to find that type of success outside of the state of Washington. Saunders enters Saturday at 3-4 with a 5.51 ERA, but he has lost all four of his road starts and carries a 12.54 ERA in those contests.

"It's hard to explain," Saunders said. "I pride myself on being a good road pitcher and that hasn't happened yet. So hopefully the next start I can finally turn the page. I know I have it in me. It's just a matter of doing it on the road."

Cleveland will counter with the 25-year old Zach McAllister, who has not registered a loss since April 24. McAllister is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA over the span of his last three starts. He earned a no-decision after giving up two earned runs to Detroit over six innings on Sunday.

"I battled. I didn't feel like I had my best stuff," McAllister said after Sunday's extra innings win. "I was definitely happy with the way I battled against a good team like this."

The Indians have picked it up offensively over their past two games and have collected wins in 10 of their past 12 games at Progressive Field. After a slow start to his season, Kipnis has reached base safely in eight consecutive games. The 26-year old second baseman's batting average rose to .244 on Friday as he recorded his second-straight game with multiple hits.

This is the first series of the season between these two teams. They split eight meetings in 2012.

05/18 10:19:59 ET

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PHI 91
CHA 109
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PHI 91
CHA 109
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ORL 94
UTA 101
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CLE 95
BRK 91
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BOS 114
MIN 98
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DET 100
TOR 110
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MIA 103
WAS 105
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MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 110
POR 104
 
4th
DEN 73
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 19
OKC 11
 
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YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
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TULA 56
JST 49
 
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RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
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BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
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LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
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SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
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MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
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GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
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ODU 60
MDES 43
 
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BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
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KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
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FAM 65
UNF 83
 
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NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
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SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
2nd
TTU 70
ARKPB 51
 
2nd
DEN 77
COLST 84
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
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11:59pm Tonight
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HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
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OTT 6
ANA 2
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DET 1
NYI 2
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WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2