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Friday, August 30th (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (60-73) at Houston Astros (44-89), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) Houston - Brad Peacock (3-4, 5.67)

(Sports Network) - Seattle's top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker makes his much anticipated big league debut on Friday when the Mariners continue a four- game set with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Walker, the Mariners' first pick in the 2010 draft, started his season with Double-A Jackson and went 4-7 with a 2.46 ERA before being promoted to Triple- A Tacoma, where he was 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 11 games.

Over his last two starts, though, he has pitched to a 0.82 ERA. He's also struck out 160 batters in 114 1/3 innings.

"I just want him to go out there and do what he does, just be himself, enjoy the experience and have fun," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Hopefully, he'll be able to allow himself to relax and have fun with it. That's the best way to have early success, just really enjoy the moment."

Walker, who turned 21 on Aug. 13, will become the fifth-youngest player in Mariners history to start a game.

In Thursday's opener, Franklin Gutierrez had a two-run home run and Nick Franklin also went deep, as Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win.

Erasmo Ramirez (5-1) gave up two runs on five hits while fanning seven and walking two over 5 2/3 innings for the Mariners.

"Erasmo did a great job tonight. He pounded the strike zone and threw strikes when he needed to. Overall we did really well," said Franklin.

Brett Wallace had a home run while Jason Castro drove in the other run for the Astros, who have lost three straight.

Jordan Lyles (6-7) gave up all three runs on four hits and a pair of walks over six frames in the opener of this four-game series.

"I wasn't getting that down action on my pitches. I had a lot of fly outs and the outfielders did a heck of a job out there running down balls," said Lyles.

Heading to the hill for Houston on Friday will be righty Brad Peacock, who has won his last two starts. Peacock beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, holding them to four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to run his record to 3-4 to go along with a 5.67 ERA.

Peacock has faced the Mariners twice this season and is 1-1, despite a 9.64 ERA.

Seattle has won eight of 13 from the Astros this season and has won six of the last seven matchups.

08/30 10:34:33 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR