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Detroit Tigers (2-18) at Seattle Mariners (14-8), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Mike Maroth (0-5, 4.55)
Seattle - Joel Pineiro (1-1, 4.85)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners target their fifth straight win
tonight when they welcome the lowly Detroit Tigers to town for a three-game
set at Safeco Field.
Jamie Moyer allowed two runs over six innings and Bret Boone delivered a two-
run single to lift Seattle to a 4-2 win over Cleveland and a three-game sweep
over the Tribe on Thursday.
Moyer (3-1) permitted six hits while walking two and striking out seven to
help the Mariners post their fourth straight victory and 10th in their last 12
Giovanni Carrara, Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Jeff Nelson each pitched a scoreless
inning in relief. Nelson struck out two in the ninth for his first save of the
Mike Cameron missed the game with a strained right groin and is questionable
for tonight's contest.
After scoring just 39 runs in their first 10 games (4-6), the Mariners have
crossed the plate 68 times in their last 12 and hold a two-game edge over the
Oakland Athletics for the top spot in the AL West.
Joel Pineiro gets the call tonight for the Mariners and is 1-1 with a 4.85
ERA. The 24-year-old righthander allowed four runs on six hits over six
innings his last start, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 7-6
loss to the Anaheim Angels.
Pineiro is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three games, including two starts, against
Detroit, on the other hand, comes into Friday's tilt after dropping two of
three to the A's and were blanked in Thursday's series finale, 2-0. Dean
Palmer finished 2-for-3 in the losing effort for the Tigers, who have lost
nine of their last 10 games.
Nate Cornejo (1-2) took the loss for Detroit despite a solid outing. He hurled
six innings and allowed one run on five hits with two walks.
Detroit is hitting a major league low .177 and has scored just 43 runs on the
season, also a major league low. To empathize just how poor that actually is,
the Tigers have scored less runs than the amount of home runs hit by the New
York Yankees (44) this season.
Mike Maroth takes the ball tonight for the Tigers and will try to avoid
becoming the first pitcher in the league with six losses this season. The 25-
year-old lefthander, who is 0-5 with a 4.55 ERA, allowed four runs - three
earned - on four hits over eight innings in his last start, but found himself
on the losing end of a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals.
Maroth is 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, but
is just 1-9 with a 6.30 ERA in 13 career road starts.
Seattle was 5-2 against the Tigers last season and took all three meetings in
Safeco. Over the last two seasons the Mariners are 10-4 against Detroit,
including a 6-1 mark in Seattle.
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