(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners' road trip makes a stop in Cleveland,
as they pay a visit to Progressive Field for the opener of a four-game series
with the Indians.
This marks the fourth leg of Seattle's nine-game road swing. The Mariners were
in action Thursday night and claimed a 3-2 victory over the Yankees, which
followed up a 12-2 triumph the previous night. It was their first series win
in New York since June 29-July 1, 2010.
Former Yankee Hector Noesi made a spot start for Seattle, replacing Aaron
Harang after he was scratched with lower back stiffness. Noesi allowed an
unearned run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Five relievers bridged the gap to
the ninth inning, and Michael Morse provided a lift to the offense with his
10th home run of the season.
"This was one hell of a series," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "Three
tough games and you talk about this one here, getting that lead and then
holding on. You've got one of the best hitters in the game making the last out
(Robinson Cano). It doesn't get any tougher than that."
Cleveland split a pair of two-game series with the Phillies and Yankees this
week. Overall, the Tribe has won 14 of its last 18 games.
Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles and Nick Swisher all went yard in Wednesday's 10-4
victory over the Phillies, as the Indians roughed up Cole Hamels. Starter
Corey Kluber allowed three runs in six innings. He struck out five and did no
tissue a walk.
Taking the hill for Cleveland Friday night is a resurgent Ubaldo Jimenez.
After allowing 19 earned runs over his first four starts of the season, the
right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA over his last three outings. He has
allowed only 10 hits in that span and has struck out eight batters in each of
his last two starts. Against Detroit on Saturday, Jimenez yielded only one run
on three hits in six innings of work.
"I've been able to go out there for the last three or four games and compete
and give the team a chance to be close on the scoreboard," Jimenez said. "I
think it's all about my mechanics. The last three games I've been able to
repeat my mechanics on every pitch."
Seattle will turn to rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer, who is 2-5 with a
5.97 ERA and has yet to make it through seven full innings. He pitched on 10
days' rest against Oakland on Saturday and exited after yielding three runs in
"He had really good stuff," catcher Kelly Shoppach said following Maurer's
latest start. "His stuff plays, his competitive nature plays. Along the way
we'll start harnessing all that excitement and stuff. We've seen it at times
this year when he's been what we thought he could be. He had good stuff and
really battled. I've just been impressed with that. Every start out there he
just competes. That's a huge step for a young guy."
This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. They split
eight meetings in 2012.
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