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Interleague Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, June 28th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (33-44) at Seattle Mariners (34-45), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85) Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (7-3, 2.26)

(Sports Network) - Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma aims to get back on track and remain dominant at home when he takes the mound Friday in the opener of a three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field.

Iwakuma has lost back-to-back starts since his nine-game unbeaten streak (5-0) and has allowed four runs in each of his previous outings. Iwakuma fell victim to the Oakland Athletics in last Friday's 6-3 loss, as he allowed four runs and six hits, including a season-high three homers, in seven innings.

The Japanese right-hander, who has allowed two or more home runs in a game four times this season, is now 7-3 with a 2.26 earned run average in 16 starts. Iwakuma, though, is 3-1 in eight outings at Safeco Field with a 1.46 ERA and 52 strikeouts (3 walks).

Seattle hopes Iwakuma's first appearance versus the Cubs goes well since the club has dropped two straight, five of seven and seven of its last 10 games. The Mariners lost both matchups with Pittsburgh in the middle of the week and are coming off Wednesday's 4-2 setback in which Felix Hernandez wasted seven innings of two-run ball and 11 strikeouts for a no-decision.

Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth to absorb the loss and Yoervis Medina surrendered a run as well. Raul Ibanez registered his 18th home run in a losing effort.

"I think it's important for us to just stay focused on the ultimate goal, which is winning," said Ibanez. "This is the major leagues, the only thing that matters here is winning."

The Mariners are 2-3 on an eight-game homestand and 20-20 in the Emerald City.

Chicago opened its nine-game road trip by taking two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers and posted a 7-2 win Thursday.

Dioner Navarro's three-run homer backed a four-run third inning and his battery mate, starting pitcher Matt Garza, was solid through seven innings, allowing only a run with 10 strikeouts and one walk. Garza is 2-0 in his last three starts and has yielded only two runs in that span.

"His last three starts have been as good as anybody," Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "That's good to have."

The Cubs, who will also visit Oakland on this road trip, have lost each of Travis Wood's last four starts and he is 0-3 with a decent 3.12 earned run average in that time. Wood gets the call again Friday and is coming off a no- decision versus Houston last Saturday, when he yielded three runs and five hits in six innings of a 4-3 loss.

Wood is only 1-4 in his last five decisions and owns a 5-6 record with a 2.85 ERA in 15 starts. The left-hander has never faced Seattle.

Chicago and Seattle are meeting for the first since the Mariners won two of three matchups in the Emerald City in 2010.

06/28 10:26:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 102
NYK 97
 
4th
HOU 77
NOP 85
 
1st
SAC 29
MIL 25
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
2nd
UAB 62
LSU 65
 
2nd
EVAN 56
OHIO 57
 
1st
CSFU 21
CSDH 15
 
1st
ORST 28
DEP 17
 
1st
PAC 19
NEV 11
 
1st
USF 31
PORST 15
 
1st
IDAHO 38
WALLA 16
 
1st
UTST 11
CALST 8
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 1
ANA 2
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
4th
JAC 14
TEN 10