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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, April 3rd (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (3-0) at Oakland Athletics (1-2), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Roenis Elias (0-0, 0.00) Oakland - Jesse Chavez (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Left-hander Roenis Elias makes his major league debut on Thursday and will try to keep the Seattle Mariners stay undefeated in the opener of a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum.

Seattle completed its first season-opening sweep in 29 years on Wednesday, as James Paxton tossed seven scoreless innings, Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer and the Mariners handled the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 8-2, at Angel Stadium.

The Mariners have now won three straight to start the season for the third time in club history, joining the 1985 and 1995 clubs.

Paxton (1-0) gave up just two hits while striking out nine. The left-hander made his MLB debut with four starts last September and impressed with a 3-0 mark and 1.50 ERA.

"I got into a groove and found my rhythm around the fifth inning," Paxton said. "My curveball got me strikeouts and my release point was pretty good."

Justin Smoak and Corey Hart hit back-to-back homers in the ninth for Seattle, which got an RBI apiece from Stefen Romero, Brad Miller and Robinson Cano.

Now the Mariners will turn to Elias, who took advantage of injuries in the Mariners' rotation this spring and impressed with a 3-0 mark and 2.04 ERA in Cactus League action.

"Obviously it's a shame (Hisashi) Iwakuma and Taijuan (Walker) had injuries," Elias said through interpreter Fernando Alcala. "When you look around, you think to yourself, 'Who else?' We all have arms, we're all throwing. Why not?"

Elias was a Southern League All-Star last year at the Double-A level.

Oakland, meanwhile, will counter with Jesse Chavez, who, like Elias, was the beneficiary of some injuries and will make just the third start of his big league career on Thursday.

Chavez has made 191 big league appearances, but just two have come in a starting role. However, with injuries to both Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, the A's turned to Chavez, who responded with a terrific spring.

The right-hander made seven appearances (5 starts) in the Cactus League and was 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA over 28 1/3 innings.

Chavez will be trying to help an Oakland team that has lost two of three to start the season. The A's split Wednesday's double-header with the Cleveland Indians, winning the opener, 6-1, before falling, 6-4, in the nightcap.

Closer Jim Johnson, who was acquired from Baltimore in the offseason, seems to be having a hard time adjusting to his new surroundings. He surrendered both runs in the ninth inning of a 2-0 loss in Monday's opener, then was charged with a blown save in the second game on Wednesday, as he gave up three runs in that one.

In fact, Johnson has been charged with five of the team's nine runs allowed in just one full inning of work.

"We should be 3-0, and I take responsibility," Johnson said. "But if I sulk or pout it's not going to do anyone any good. I have to be better."

Seattle was 11-8 versus the A's last season.

04/03 10:26:10 ET

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Thursday at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Friday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
2nd
GSW 49
CHI 39
 
2nd
LAL 49
WAS 33
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
 
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
 
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
 
2nd
CALST 60
SDCHR 41
 
2nd
NEV 42
UNLV 43
 
1st
BSU 11
COLST 7
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
3rd
CAL 3
BUF 1
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 2