American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, July 10
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (41-49) at Seattle Mariners (49-42), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Yohan Pino (0-2, 4.98)
Seattle - Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1, 2.49)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen gets a spot start on
Thursday when the Mariners play the finale of a four-game series with the
Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field.
Felix Hernandez had been slated to go for the Mariners in this one, but
manager Lloyd McClendon opted to push him back to Friday when Seattle opens a
series with American League West-leading Oakland.
So, it will be Wilhelmsen, who is making his first career start, as the
Mariners try to avoid their third straight loss. Wilhelmsen has appeared in 33
games this season and is 1-1 with a save and a 2.49 ERA.
"We had talked about it a few days ago," said Wilhelmsen, who saved 53 games
for the Mariners from 2012-13. "We knew it was going to be a bullpen start and
I said I was up for it if he needed me to fill in. I'm excited to get the
opportunity and say I started a Major League game."
Minnesota, meanwhile, turns to rookie Yohan Pino, who is 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA.
Pino did not get a decision versus the New York Yankees on Saturday, but
pitched well, giving up just a run and three hits in six innings.
"I thought his ball was jumping. I thought he was locating right from the get-
go," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of his last start. "He made his pitches
and you could see him really focus out there. He didn't back away from those
guys at all and made some very nice pitches."
Minnesota won its second straight game on Wednesday, as Brian Dozier had two
doubles and scored a pair of runs to lead the Twins to an 8-1 rout.
Kyle Gibson (8-7) scattered seven hits and walked one over six scoreless
innings, while Kendrys Morales drove in three runs for Minnesota, which had
been 1-5 before this brief surge.
"We got some walks, strung together some at-bats and got some big hits when we
needed to," Gardenhire said.
Roenis Elias (7-8) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and three
walks over 3 1/3 frames for the Mariners, who have dropped four of their last
"It was a tough night for him ... just no command," McClendon said of Elias.
The Twins took two of three games from the Mariners earlier in the year.
07/10 10:42:55 ET