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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, September 2nd (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (62-74) at Kansas City Royals (70-66), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (12-8, 2.97) Kansas City - Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.10)

(Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez tries to bounce back from one of the worst outings of his career on Monday when the Seattle Mariners begin a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Hernandez lost his third straight start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers and was pounded for nine runs (8 earned) and 11 hits in just three innings, dropping him to 12-8 on the year, while raising his ERA to 2.97.

"It was embarrassing, terrible," said Hernandez. "I was a little bit up. That was the problem. And everything that I threw, they hit and found holes. That's a whole lot of runs."

Hernandez may be able to get himself untracked on Monday, as he is 4-3 lifetime versus the Royals with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts. He's also allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of those outings.

Kansas City, meanwhile, will rely on lefty Danny Duffy, who has given the Royals a bit of a boost in their improbable run towards a postseason spot. After a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery, Duffy has gone 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA since being recalled back on Aug. 7.

Duffy, who has never faced the Mariners, has also struck out 17 batters in 16 1/3 innings and carries a 12 2/3 scoreless innings streak into Monday's opener.

"They told me when I first had surgery it's going to take some time to get your feel back for everything, and that's exactly what happened," Duffy said. "I'm lucky to have it come back as fast as it has."

Kansas City enters this series having won six of eight and finds itself 5 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot. The Royals, of course, haven't been to the playoffs since 1985.

"We're still pushing for it," said KC outfielder Jarrod Dyson. "We're not going to let up. We're going to give it all we've got."

Seattle, on the other hand, took three of four from the lowly Houston Astros over the weekend, but has lost seven of its last 10 overall.

The Mariners, though, went 7-1 against the Royals last season.

09/02 10:30:29 ET

  • NFL: Minnesota at Green Bay

    Thursday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Friday at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Virginia Tech at UNC

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Alabama at Ole Miss

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • David Cuttcliffe Show

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • MLB: Oakland at Kansas City

    Tonight at 8:00 on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at St. Louis

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: San Francisco at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
OAK
Final
NYR 6
PHI 3
Final
DET 3
TOR 0
Final
NAS 0
CLB 3
Final
MIN 4
PIT 1
Final
DAL 5
FLA 4
Final
VAN 2
ARI 4
Final
EDM 3
WIN 1
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
NYI
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CAR
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
OTT
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
COL
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
 
Final
KAN 41
NEP 14