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Friday, May 31st (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (23-31) at Minnesota Twins (23-28), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 2.35) Minnesota - Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 6.85)

(Sports Network) - Red-hot Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma can make it an unbeaten month of May on Friday night when the Seattle Mariners visit Target Field to open a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins.

Iwakuma, a 32-year-old in his second major-league season, was 1-1 on the year after a 3-2 loss at Houston on April 23 in which he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings.

He's not lost since, however, going 3-0 in six starts while pitching at least six innings and allowing three runs or less in all but one of the outings.

He tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a 12-2 rout of the New York Yankees in the Bronx on May 15, and has since gotten no-decisions against Cleveland and Texas while allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 14 innings.

The Mariners are 7-3 in games he's pitched and Iwakuma is 2-0 in his career against the Twins, having given up just two unearned runs on five hits in 13 innings.

Minnesota goes with righty Mike Pelfrey, who continues to struggle in his initial season with the Twins.

The former first-round pick of the New York Mets was held to just three National League starts last season due to injury, then signed a one-year deal in the offseason that will pay him $4 million.

He was 2-1 in his initial three starts and 3-3 after six, but he hasn't won since May 5, losing twice and getting two no-decisions in four subsequent outings.

He was roughed up for five runs in 5 2/3 innings of his last outing, in which he took a 6-1 loss at Detroit on May 26.

Pelfrey has never faced the Mariners.

On Thursday in San Diego, Felix Hernandez tossed eight solid innings and Seattle totaled five home runs, including the first two of Nick Franklin's career, in a 7-1 victory over the Padres.

The Seattle right-hander had surrendered 10 earned runs while losing his last two starts. On Thursday afternoon, however, Hernandez (6-4) held the Padres to three singles, two of which came in the fourth inning when the home team scratched out its lone run, on his way to improving to 5-0 in six career starts in San Diego.

He has given up just eight earned runs in those outings, which span 46 2/3 innings.

"Felix was really good today," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "His delivery was better. He executed pitches and had good stuff. He threw a great game, that is what we want our guys to do."

The Mariners snapped a seven-game road losing streak and earned a split of the two-game interleague series. The teams also traded wins in Seattle to begin the week.

In Minnesota, Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit homered in a four-run fourth inning as the Twins edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6, to sweep the four-game, home-and-home set.

Chris Parmelee smacked a solo shot and added an RBI groundout for the Twins, who have won five of their last six tilts. P.J. Walters (2-0) surrendered four runs on 10 hits and a walk over six frames to pick up the win.

"I know they're going to swing, so I just try to make good pitches. If you make good pitches, you're going to get them out," said Walters. "Knowing that they're going to swing doesn't change my approach, but at the same time you have a lineup with guys that can hurt you. If you miss over the plate they're going to hit it hard."

Jared Burton fired a 1-2-3 ninth to tally his second save of the season.

Seattle won eight of 10 games with the Twins in 2012 and five of eight in 2011. Minnesota last won the season series, 6-4, in 2010.

05/31 11:05:48 ET

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big Ten: Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Minnesota

    Friday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
Final
MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
 
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 27
MIL 24
 
2nd
LAC 26
POR 28
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
Final
MSU 72
PURD 66
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
Final
VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
Final
OKST 82
TCU 70
 
Final
UCLA 85
USC 74
 
Final
WYO 76
UTST 53
 
2nd
MARQ 49
STJ 61
 
2nd
EILL 68
SIUE 55
 
2nd
FRES 40
AFA 25
 
2nd
NEV 32
COLST 45
 
Half
ILL 31
NEB 25
 
2nd
SJST 21
BSU 38
 
1st
ORST 0
OREG 8
 
11:00pm Tonight
UNLV
SDST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
UCSB
 
Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
Final
DET 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
ANA 1
MON 0
 
2nd
COL 1
PIT 0