Meeting in Tokyo for 2 games and in Oakland for 2 more, the Mariners and A’s land in a third city Friday. They will play each other anywhere, often and without regard to boredom.
GAME: Athletics (3-4, 3rd, AL West, -2.0 GB) at Mariners (4-4, 2nd AL West, -1.5 GB). GAME #: 9. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 5th (Mariners lead 3-1). WHEN: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Bartolo Colon (Oakland, 1-1, 5.84) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 1-0, 4.40). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Athletics W 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
Following an eight-game road trip to launch the 2012 season, which included an historic, two-game sojourn to Japan, the Mariners return to Safeco Field Friday for their home opener and the start of a 10-day, nine-game stand against the Oakland Athletics (Friday-Sunday), Cleveland Indians (April 17-19) and Chicago White Sox (April 20-22).
In addition to the pitching matchup of Felix Hernandez and Bartolo Colon, the Mariners have a variety of activities planned for Opening Weekend, including the following Friday:
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.40 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, will be making his third start of the season, his third against the Athletics, and second against Colon.
A native of Valencia, VZ., the 6-3, 230-pound Hernandez was signed as a non-drafted free agent July 4, 2002 by Seattle scout Bob Engle.
He made his major league debut Aug. 4,2005, absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, in a game in which Hernandez allowed one earned run and fanned four. He is a two-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011) and won the AL Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.
Hernandez brings a career mark of 86-67, 3.25 ERA into the game, and a career batting average against of .244.
Felix In 2012
ATHLETICS: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 5.84 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)
The 38-year-old Colon, in his 15th major league season and first with the Athletics, will be making his third start of the season, all against the Mariners.
A native of the Dominican Republic., the 5-11, 267-pound Colon was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1993.
He made his debut with the Indians April 4, 1997, receiving a no-decision in an 8-6 loss to the California Angels. He allowed four runs on six hits.
Colon pitched for Cleveland from 1997-02, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in a deal that also involved former Mariner Cliff Lee (2010). Colon pitched one year for the Chicago White Sox (2003), four years for the Angels (2004-07), a year with Boston (2008), another year with the White Sox (2009) and one year with the Yankees (2011). Colon did not pitch in 2010 due to injury.
A two-time All-Star (1998, 2005), Colon has won 20 or more games twice, with a best of 21-8 in 2005. He led the American League in complete games in 2003 with 9.
Colon has a career 162-114 record, with a .410 ERA.
Rangers 5, Mariners 3
AT ARLINGTON, TX. (April 12): Michael Young blasted a two-run homer and drove in four runs to back Derek Holland as the Rangers took the finale of the four-game series. Texas, the AL West leader (5-2), won the series 3-1.
Young put Texas ahead with an RBI single. With the Rangers leading 1-0 in the fifth inning for the third straight game, Young whacked an opposite-field homer into the first row in right for a 3-0 lead against Jason Vargas (1-1). Young added a run-scoring single in the eighth off Erasmo Ramirez.
Holland (1-0) permitted two runs and five hits in 7.1 innings, fanned eight and walked none. Holland extended a scoreless streak by Texas starters to 22.2 innings before Alex Liddi’s RBI single in the sixth. Kyle Seager contributed a 438-foot homer into the right-field upper deck in the seventh.
Holland, 25, improved to 6-1 in his career against Seattle with a 3.07 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 55.2 innings.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas worked 6.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. He struck out six, walked one and threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
Kyle Seager’s HR marked his first of the season and the fourth for the Mariners in eight games.
The Mariners went 2-for-7 with men in scoring position and left five men on base.
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/13||Fri||vs. Oak||Hernandez (1-0, 4.40) vs. Colon (1-1, 5.84)|
|4/14||Sat||vs. Oak||Noesi (0-1, 21.00) vs. Milone (1-0, 0.00)|
|4/15||Sun||vs. Oak||Beavan (0-1, 1.42) vs. Godfrey (0-1, 3.00)|
|4/17||Tue||vs. Clev||Millwood (0-0, 1.50) vs. Masterson (0-1, 2.77)|
|4/18||Wed||vs. Clev||Vargas (1-1, 3.44) vs. Lowe (1-0, 0.00)|
|4/19||Thr||vs. Clev||Fernandez (Friday) vs. Tomlin (0-1, 7.20)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|
|6||4/10||at Tex||L, 1-0||3-3||W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)|
|7||4/11||at Tex||W, 4-3||4-3||W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)|
|8||4/12||at Tex||L, 5-3||4-4||W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1|