American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 25th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (8-10) at Detroit Tigers (10-7), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (1-1, 2.76)
Detroit - Adam Wilk (0-2, 4.00)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners continued to give the Detroit Tigers
fits in the opener of this set on Tuesday. That trend may continue tonight
when Felix Hernandez takes the hill against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Hernandez lost his first two decisions to the Tigers - including the first big
league start of his career - but has responded by going 8-0 against them in
nine starts since. He also has not allowed a home run in his last 47 2/3
innings against them.
With another victory tonight, Hernandez will become the first pitcher since
Dennis Lamp in 1989 to win nine decisions in a row against Detroit. Lamp's
streak of 11 consecutive victories - six as a starter - versus the Tigers
began in 1982 and saw him pitch for the Chicago White Sox, Toronto, Oakland
Hernandez has run into a familiar problem of late, as he has been afforded
just one run of support in his last two appearances. The former AL Cy Young
Award winner was terrific on Thursday against Cleveland, scattering five hits
with 12 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings. However, he did not get a
decision, as the Mariners lost, 2-1.
"He's obviously one of the best in the business," Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "Not only does he have excellent stuff, he's got a good feel for what to
do with it. I'm sure he's figured out a way to attack the hitters a little bit
more. He still relies on good stuff, but he's not just some guy who rears back
and throws it. He knows what he's doing. He's really good."
Hernandez is 1-1 on the year with a 2.76 ERA.
Seattle won for the sixth time in eight tries against the Tigers in Tuesday's
opener, as Michael Saunders knocked in three runs in the Mariners' 7-4
triumph. Ichiro Suzuki added three hits and two runs scored, while Kyle Seager
finished with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored for Seattle, which snapped
a four-game slide overall with the win.
Jason Vargas (3-1) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk through six
innings for the win. Brandon League tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth
save of the year.
"Vargas did a nice job today. I thought he controlled the ball game real
well," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "But the offense really stepped up
for us tonight."
Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera had a solo shot in Detroit's
fourth loss in five games.
Max Scherzer (1-2) was touched for five runs on 10 hits and two walks to
suffer the loss.
"His command just wasn't good," Leyland said about Scherzer. "He had over 100
pitches in five innings and that's usually a disaster."
Getting the call for the Tigers tonight will be lefty Adam Wilk, who has lost
both of his starts this season and has pitched to a 4.00 ERA in doing so. Wilk
absorbed the loss on Thursday to Texas, as he allowed three runs (two earned)
and 10 hits in only four innings.
This will be his first-ever start against the Mariners.
The Mariners have won 12 of their last 19 matchups with the Tigers with seven
of those victories coming in the Motor City.
04/25 10:37:38 ET