The Mariners, 6-5 and second in the AL West, play six games at home this week, three against the Indians and three against the White Sox.
GAME: Indians (4-4, 3rd, AL Central, -1.5 GB) at Mariners (6-5, 2nd AL West, -2.5 GB). GAME #: 12. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 1st. WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Justin Masterson (Cleveland 0-1, 2.77) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (Seattle, 0-0, 1.50). STREAKS: Mariners W 2; Indians W 3. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
The Cleveland Indians (4-4, 3rd, AL Central) make the first of two 2012 appearances in Safeco Field this week, starting with a Tuesday night matchup featuring Seattle’s Kevin Millwood (0-1, 1.50) and Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (0-1, 2.77). Through no fault of their own, the Indians will also bring to Seattle a host of bad Mariner memories.
The Cleveland roster includes five players who spent time in Seattle. Two failed to match expectations, three represent trading fleeces suffered by the Mariners.
Cleveland starting pitcher Derek Lowe (Wednesday), pitched for part of the 1997 season in the Kingdome, then decamped with C Jason Varitek in a horrendously bad trade engineered by former GM Woody Woodward with Boston that netted Seattle mediocre relief pitcher Heathcliff Slocumb.
OF Shin-Soo Choo played for the Mariners in 2005-06 before they swapped him to Cleveland for Ben Broussard, who didn’t do much other than sniff Northwest fir. Baseball America rated INF Asdrubal Cabrera as one of Seattle’s top prospects, but the Mariners sent him to the Indians June 30, 2006, for an aging and ineffective Eduardo Perez, who appeared in 43 games, batting .195.
Jose Lopez (2004-10), now an Indians utility player, underachieved during his time with the Mariners, who underachieved when they traded him in 2010 to Colorado for minor leaguer Chaz Roe. 1B Casey Kotchman hit .217 in his one season in Seattle (2010), forcing the club to release him.
Following their Tuesday-Thursday series with the Indians, the Mariners will host the Chicago White Sox Friday-Sunday before hitting the road (Detroit, Toronto, Tampa). A closer look at Tuesday’s pitchers:
MARINERS: RHP Kevin Millwood (0-0, 1.50, 1.167 WHIP)
The 37-year-old Millwood, in his 16th major league season and first with the Mariners, is making his second start of the season and the seventh of his career against the Indians, one of his former teams.
A native of Gastonia, NC., the 6-4, 230-pound Millwood was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round of the 1993 amateur draft.
Millwood made his major league debut July 14, 1997, collecting a win in relief for the Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies. During his career, Millwood pitched for the Braves (1997-02), Philadelphia (2003-04), Cleveland (2005), Texas (2006-09), Baltimore (2010) and Colorado (2011) before joining the Mariners.
Millwood has twice won 18 games in a season, going 18-7 for the 1999 Braves and 18-8 for the 2002 Braves. Millwood led the National League in starts with 35 in 2000, led the NL in shutouts in 2003 with three, led the American League in ERA in 2005 at 2.86, and the AL in losses in 2010 with 16.
Millwood represented Atlanta in the 1999 All-Star Game.
During his American League career, Millwood made 24 starts against the Mariners, posting an 8-13 record with a 4.91 ERA.
Millwood signed with the Mariners Jan. 24 as a free agent, and earned the fifth spot in the rotation with a strong performance during spring training.
Millwood has a career record of 163-140, 4.10 ERA.
Millwood In 2012
INDIANS: RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 2.77 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Masterson, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Indians, will be making his third start of the season and first against the Mariners.
A native of Kingston, Jaimaica who grew up in Beavercreek, OH., Masterson attended Bethel College and San Diego State University before the Boston Red Sox selected him in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Masterson made his debut with Boston April 24, 2008, receiving a no-decision in Bostons 7-5 loss to the Angels (allowed one earned run over six innings).
Masterson pitched for Boston in 2008-09, and then was traded by the Red Sox, with Bryan Price (minors) and Nick Hagadone, to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez.
After posting 1-7 (2009) and 6-13 (2010) records during his first two years with Cleveland, Masterson went 12-10, 3.21 for the Tribe in 2011.
Primarily a starter the past two seasons, Masterson has a career record of 28-39, 3.89.
TUESDAY PROMOTION (Military Special Night): Every Tuesday home game is a military discount night presented by Emerald Queen Casino. Members of the military receive $5 off select View Level seats or $10 off select Main Level seats on all Tuesdays and July 4th. Available at the box office and Mariners team stores with valid military ID. Limit four per hero per game.
Mariners 5, Athletics 3
AT SEATTLE (April 15): Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer in the second inning, Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the third, and Blake Beavan tossed seven strong innings as the Mariners defeated the Athletics for the second series in a row, taking two of three.
Ichiro added a an RBI double in the fifth that snapped a 3-3 tie, sending Seattle on its way to its sixth win in 11 contests.
Beavan struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. His biggest mistake came in the fifth when Eric Sogard belted a three-run homer.
“You’ve got to have a short-term memory,” Beavan said of the homer he ceded to Sogard. “If you give up a couple of runs and start thinking about it and not going after the guys the way you were before that you end up getting hurt and giving up more runs,” Beavan said. “Once I gave up the home run I had to stop the damage right there.”
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of Jackie Robinson Day, one-hopping his effort into the dirt.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|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||Hernandez 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|
|9||4/13||vs Oak||L, 4-0||4-5||W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)|
|10||4/14||vs. Oak||W, 4-0||5-5||W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)|
|11||4/15||vs. Oak||W, 5-3||6-5||W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)|