|TORONTO ( HUTCHISON )|
SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )
|969||TORONTO||+180||Ov 6.5,+100||+185||Ov 6.5,-115|
|970||SEATTLE||-190||Un 6.5,-120||-200||Un 6.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-40||+6.3||41-42||4.6||0.266||0.329||4.4||0.257||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||3-4||3.3||0.272||0.344||4.3||0.237||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-40||-7.6||31-45||4.0||0.247||0.302||3.3||0.226||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||2-4||4.7||0.265||0.328||2.0||0.222||0.248|
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||14-1||W||130||9 ov||O||14||7||1||5||6||0|
|7/29/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||4-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||12||8||0||7||8||1|
|7/30/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||9||9||0||8||8||2|
|7/31/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ HOUSTON||BUCHANAN(R)||6-5||W||-150||9 un||O||11||3||1||8||7||0|
|8/1/2014||HAPP(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||5||4||1|
|8/2/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||2-8||L||-130||8 un||O||6||7||2||13||5||1|
|8/3/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||1-6||L||-160||8 ov||U||8||5||1||9||6||0|
|8/11/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||HAPP(L)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/17/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||5-2||W||105||7.5 ev||U||11||9||0||8||6||0|
|7/30/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||-110||6.5 un||U||3||1||0||4||4||1|
|7/31/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 un||O||11||6||0||11||9||0|
|8/1/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-2||L||125||8 un||U||5||6||1||8||5||1|
|8/2/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 ov||O||11||8||2||8||8||0|
|8/3/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||0-1||L||-120||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||5||5||0|
|8/7/2014||ELIAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||13-3||W||-185||7.5 un||O||12||8||1||5||7||1|
|8/8/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-1||W||-165||6.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||4||1|
|8/9/2014||PAXTON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||1-2||L||-185||7.5 un||U||7||4||1||10||6||1|
|8/10/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-2||W||-155||8 un||U||9||6||0||9||6||0|
|8/15/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ DETROIT||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Mariners Preview* ============================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Toronto (62-56) at Seattle (61-55), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off their longest game ever, but the pitcher they'll face in the opener of an eight-game road trip is certainly capable of balancing that out.
Felix Hernandez will try to extend his MLB-record run of 15 starts of seven innings or more with two runs or fewer Monday night as the Seattle Mariners host the taxed Blue Jays. If any club is particularly likely to end the streak, though, it might be Toronto.
Hernandez (12-3, 1.97 ERA) is 8-2 with a 1.42 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and .168 opponents' average in those starts, the latest of which resulted in a 4-2 home win over Atlanta on Tuesday. The Seattle ace allowed a run and four hits while striking out eight over eight innings for his first victory in four starts.
Manager Lloyd McClendon elected to remove Hernandez after just 97 pitches as he tries to keep his staff fresh for a push at an AL wild-card spot.
"I'll continue to protect my pitchers," McClendon told MLB's official website. "I'm trying to play meaningful games in September, not have a pitcher throw a complete game in the first week of August. My objective is to try to get this team as far as I can and hopefully that's the playoffs. We have our eyes set on it, I don't know if we can get there or not, but I want Felix healthy, strong and moving forward in September."
Hernandez has been roughed up by Toronto more than any other team in 11 starts, going 4-5 with a 4.95 ERA. It gets even worse at Safeco Field, where the Blue Jays have tagged him with two losses and a 10.80 ERA in three outings.
Colby Rasmus is 5 for 7 against Hernandez and Jose Reyes is 3 for 5 with a home run.
While Toronto (63-56) might not have had much of a break as it flew to Seattle, the team has had no respite from elite pitching. Hernandez is the third straight Cy Young winner the Blue Jays will face after Detroit's David Price and Max Scherzer. However, they should have some confidence after getting victories out of the first two.
Sunday's 6-5 win in 19 innings ended when Jose Bautista singled in Munenori Kawasaki and sparked a celebration that was 6 hours, 37 minutes in the making.
"It was a long day today and coming out on top is the only thing that matters," said Bautista, who has reached base in 19 straight games.
Melky Cabrera reached eight times Sunday alone, going 3 for 5 with five walks to become the first player to reach eight-plus times in one game since Rod Carew had five hits and three walks for Minnesota on May 12, 1972. Cabrera is batting .388 with a .488 on-base percentage over his last 17 games.
As if facing Hernandez isn't a tall enough task, Toronto starter Drew Hutchison is the recipient of added pressure knowing his bullpen is drained. But Hutchison (8-9, 4.39) was actually more impressive than Hernandez in his last start, allowing one hit - a solo homer - while striking out eight in 8 2-3 innings of Wednesday's 5-1 win over Baltimore.
That followed a start in which he was chased after three innings, and his manager was quick to remind after the dazzling performance that the 23-year-old is still growing.
"He's still a young kid. He's not physically where he's going to be," manager John Gibbons said.
Hutchison hasn't faced Seattle (62-55), which enters the series 1 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the second wild card.
The Mariners have won five of six after Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Logan Morrison extended his hitting streak to 11 games, though just one has been a multihit effort.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 1:52:47 AM EST|