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Wednesday, August 13
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (63-58) at Seattle Mariners (64-55), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - R.A. Dickey (9-11, 3.99)
Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6, 2.86)
(SportsNetwork.com) - An outstanding homestand has vaulted the Seattle
Mariners into a tie for a wild card spot in the American League.
A rough month has the Toronto Blue Jays just on the outside of the playoff
The Mariners shoot for a sweep of the Blue Jays on Wednesday night in the
finale of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Seattle has gone 7-1 on a homestand that concludes tonight, winning each of
its last three games. The Mariners put together an 11-1 rout to win the opener
of this set on Monday, then followed with last night's 6-3 victory.
The win moved the Mariners into a tie with the Detroit Tigers for the second
wild card spot in the league, while Toronto's 3-8 record in August has it two
games back of that spot.
The Blue Jays also have dipped 6 1/2 games behind Baltimore for first place in
the AL East.
Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager homered for Seattle in Tuesday's win, while
Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 to push his hitting streak to a career high-tying
13 straight games.
Dustin Ackley added a two-run single and Chris Young yielded just two hits and
a first-inning run over six solid frames. He also walked two in his 11th win
of the season.
"He shut'em down pretty good after that," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon told
his club's website. "I thought he threw extremely well. It was tough taking
him out at 95 pitches, but we have to stay with our game plan and our bullpen
has been so good. It just made sense to do that."
Though Seattle's bullpen yielded a pair of runs, McClendon was still rewarded
with his 400th career victory.
J.A. Happ surrendered seven hits and five runs -- four earned -- over six
innings for the Blue Jays, while Melky Cabrera had a pair of hits and an RBI.
"You have to slug in this business," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said on
his team's website. "In the American League, that's what you do and we're not
doing that. If everything's not perfect on the pitching staff, you're not
throwing those games when you're not shutting them down, it makes it tough."
Gibbons hopes his club gets back to slugging it soon. Adam Lind returned from
the 15-day disabled list last night and went 0-for-3 in his first major league
action since July 7 because of a fractured right foot.
Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion is on track to be activated from the disabled
list on Friday after sitting out with a strained right quadriceps muscle. He
was hitting .277 with 26 homers and 70 RBI before getting hurt.
R.A. Dickey will try to help the Blue Jays salvage tonight's finale and is
9-11 on the year with a 3.99 earned run average.
The 39-year-old righty yielded five runs over seven innings in a loss to
Houston on Aug. 2, snapping a two-start win streak. Dickey then faced off
against Detroit on Friday and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks
over six frames of a no-decision, striking out six.
Dickey is 4-2 with a 4.75 ERA in 11 meetings with Seattle, including just
Streaking right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma gets the call for the Mariners and has
gone 2-1 in his last three outings with a 1.66 ERA.
Iwakuma picked up a win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday, giving up one
run on a solo homer over seven frames. It marked the seventh straight outing
in which he had gone at least seven innings and he did not walk a batter for
the sixth time in eight outings despite not having his best stuff according to
"He wasn't as sharp as he usually is, but he gave us seven sharp innings,"
Seattle's manager said. "He certainly knows how to pitch when he doesn't have
his best stuff."
The 33-year-old moved to 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA on the year and is 2-1 in his
career versus the Blue Jays with a 3.09 ERA in four meetings (3 starts).
Toronto split six matchups with the Mariners last season, while Seattle last
swept the Blue Jays in three games at home from July 30-Aug. 1, 2012.
08/13 10:36:01 ET