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Cleveland Indians (7-14) at Seattle Mariners (13-8), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Brian Anderson (2-2, 3.51)
Seattle - Jamie Moyer (2-1, 3.09)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners shoot for their fourth straight win
this evening when they attempt a three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians
at Safeco Field.
Gil Meche pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lead Seattle past the Indians,
4-0, in the second of the set on Wednesday. Mark McLemore contributed a two-
run double and John Olerud clubbed a solo home run for the Mariners, who have
won nine of their last 11 games and will be aiming for their first three-game
sweep of the Indians since taking three in a row from July 28-30 in 1998.
Meche (2-1) earned his first career win against Cleveland, allowing just five
hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
The Mariners did get some bad news on Wednesday, as closer Kazuhiro Sasaki was
placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back problem. Sasaki had blown four
of his eight save opportunities this year and was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA.
Manager Bob Melvin said that righty Arthur Rhodes and southpaw Jeff Nelson
will be used as closers.
Omar Vizquel and Brandon Phillips had two hits apiece for the Tribe, who have
lost two in a row after winning two straight. Cleveland dropped the opener by
an 8-5 score and has lost six of its last eight overall.
Outfielder Milton Bradley missed the game with a hamstring injury and is
questionable for tonight's game.
Ricardo Rodriguez (2-1) suffered his first setback of the season. The
righthander yielded four runs and five hits over seven innings.
Jamie Moyer gets the call tonight for the Seattle Mariners and is 2-1 on the
year with a 3.51 ERA in four starts. The 40-year-old lefthander is coming off
an impressive outing in his last start against the Anaheim Angels. In that
game he scattered seven hits over seven scoreless innings, while fanning four
and walking two.
He is 6-7 with a 4.31 ERA in his career against Cleveland. However, he was
1-0 in two starts against the Tribe last season after beating them four times
in 2001 -- twice in the AL Division Series.
Brian Anderson will counter for the Indians and is 2-2 on the year with a 3.51
ERA. After winning his first two starts, the 30-year-old lefty has allowed 15
runs in his last two starts. In his last outing on Saturday against the
Chicago White Sox, Anderson was lit up for nine runs - just two earned - on 11
hits over five innings.
Anderson, though, will be a game-time decision after he strained his right
buttocks while throwing before Wednesday's game. If he cannot go, rookie Billy
Traber, who has five relief appearances this season, will get the ball. Traber
has allowed three runs in 8 1-3 innings and has never faced Seattle.
Last year Seattle went 3-1 at home and 4-3 overall against the Tribe, but the
Mariners are 12-12 versus their Central Division foes over the last three
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