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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
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
8th
DET 3
OAK 1
 
2nd
HOU 1
BAL 0
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR