American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 27
(All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (57-46) at Seattle Mariners (54-50), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Miguel Gonzalez (5-5, 3.91)
Seattle - Roenis Elias (8-8, 4.41)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners shoot for back-to-back wins for
just the third time this month as they close out a four-game set with the
Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field today.
Seattle, one of three teams in the American League West that is already at
least 10 games out of contention, managed to snap a four-game slide yesterday
with a 4-3 victory, just the third win for the club since returning from the
The Mariners had held Baltimore scoreless through the first seven innings on
Saturday, but then had to hold on for the close call as starting pitcher Chris
Young gathered his ninth win of the campaign. The hurler allowed just two hits
and three walks over seven innings, striking out eight, but needed Fernando
Rodney to close it down in the ninth.
The save was the 28th of the season for Rodney and the 200th of his career.
"Congratulations to my closer for his 200th save," Seattle manager Lloyd
McClendon said. "That's a phenomenal accomplishment and we're extremely proud
Dustin Ackley posted a pair of doubles and scored twice for the hosts, while
Robinson Cano also had a double and two walks as he knocked in one and scored
The Orioles, leaders of the AL East by three games over the New York Yankees,
registered a total of only three hits, two of those coming from Delmon Young.
A fielding error by Seattle's Kyle Seager allowed two runs to score in the
eighth, with the other run being tallied by Chris Davis shortly thereafter.
Baltimore starter Bud Norris fell a game under .500 on the season as he
permitted four runs on six hits and three walks. Norris did manage to fan six
over five innings, but he simply didn't get any run support.
Seeking to put up back-to-back wins for the first time in more than two
months, Miguel Gonzalez will be taking the ball for the Orioles this afternoon
in the Pacific Northwest.
The right-hander, currently in his third season with Baltimore, took down the
Angels earlier this week as he allowed just two runs on three hits through 7
2/3 innings. Gonzalez also walked four batters in that meeting, but offset
those with five strikeouts, as he posted his first victory since June 17.
Gonzalez is making his first-ever appearance against the Mariners.
Despite leaving his outing against the Mets on Monday after 5 1/3 innings with
a forearm cramp, Roenis Elias is still scheduled to pitch for Seattle in this
Even though the left-hander made an early exit versus New York, he managed to
strike out eight, a vast improvement over his previous appearance when he
lasted only 3 1/3 innings versus Minnesota, giving up six earned runs on seven
hits and three walks.
Like Gonzalez, this is the first time Elias will be taking on the Baltimore
The Seattle staff currently ranks first in the American League in both team
ERA and batting average against, with marks of 3.07 and .224, respectively.
07/27 10:25:50 ET