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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

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
Final
OKC 86
GSW 91
 
1st
LAL 4
DEN 6
 
Final
GMAS 60
COC 61
Final
FSU 69
UMASS 75
Final
SHSU 53
WOFF 64
Final
UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
Final
CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
Final
MORE 46
AMER 51
Final
CORN 59
DREX 61
Final
CCST 60
COOK 65
Final
ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
Final
USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
Final
NMU 51
TEXAM 64
Final
STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
Final
FAIR 80
SD 72
Final
EMICH 79
LONG 48
Final
ND 74
PROV 75
Final
RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
Final
OKLA 90
NWST 68
Final
KSU 59
YALE 66
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
Final
PSU 63
USC 61
Final
HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
Final
BC 53
DAY 65
Final
MON 75
TOWS 79
Final
HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
Final
CIN 54
EILL 49
Final
UGA 74
FATL 61
Final
BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
Final
LATU 76
PBY 48
Final
RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
Final
SAMF 64
UMKC 55
Final
NAVY 70
BING 68
Final
SHU 85
GWEBB 67
Final
UNT 58
IONA 78
Final
KENT 86
MNTST 28
Final
FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
Final
UCF 76
USCU 69
 
Final
SCAR 63
AKR 68
 
Final
WVU 78
UCONN 68
 
Final
CALST 70
DEL 52
 
Final
HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
Final
OSU 106
SHU 48
Final
VANDY 78
TENST 46
2nd
NE 63
MAN 45
 
2nd
COLST 68
MERC 58
 
2nd
MISS 61
NARZ 51
 
2nd
WASH 57
PAC 51
 
Final
LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
1st
CHAR 25
MIAMI 26
 
1st
GAELS 21
UCI 21
 
1st
ILLST 17
ODU 6
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCLA
LBSU
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
MONT
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 2
ARI 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
CHI
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
Final
NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
Final
SDC 27
STL 24
Final
DEN 39
MIA 36
Final
SFX 17
WAS 13
2nd
NYG 21
DAL 10