|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|969||TORONTO||+145||Ov 6.5,-120||+150||Ov 7,+105|
|970||SEATTLE||-155||Un 6.5,+100||-160||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-42||+4.3||43-42||4.6||0.264||0.326||4.4||0.258||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||4-3||3.3||0.235||0.305||4.6||0.223||0.280|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-40||-6.6||32-45||4.1||0.248||0.304||3.3||0.225||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.2||4-3||6.6||0.295||0.357||2.1||0.211||0.237|
|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)||1-11||L||215||6.5 ov||O||3||2||0||10||5||0|
|8/12/2014||HAPP(L)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||3-6||L||110||7.5 ov||O||6||6||2||8||3||0|
|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)|| |
|8/19/2014||HAPP(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/17/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|8/18/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/19/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ 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* ============================
Toronto (63-58) at Seattle (64-55), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays were tied in the AL wild card standings when they began this three-game set.
The Mariners have used their starting pitching to move ahead and can push Toronto further back if Hisashi Iwakuma continues to pitch like he has since the start of July.
Iwakuma has also pitched well against the Blue Jays as he looks to help Seattle complete a nine-game homestand with a sweep Wednesday night.
The starters employed by Seattle (64-55) in this series have yielded one run in each contest. Felix Hernandez gave up three hits in seven innings of Monday's 11-1 rout and Chris Young allowed two in Tuesday's 6-3 victory.
Mariners starters own an AL-best 3.27 ERA.
"Top to bottom the (Seattle) pitching staff - rotation and bullpen - is one of the best in baseball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "But we have got to score for our staff."
Seattle has moved into a tie with plummeting Detroit for the AL's second wild card, with Toronto (63-58) falling two games back.
"It's awesome. It's a whole new ballgame when it means something and you get in here and you're pumped and you look and see what everyone else is doing and where you stand," said left fielder Dustin Ackley, who has four RBIs in this series. "It's a lot more fun. Baseball is always fun but it makes it that much more enjoyable when you're actually in it."
The Mariners will like their chances of a sweep that would complete an 8-1 homestand if Iwakuma (10-6, 2.86 ERA) maintains the mound mastery that has seen him go 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA in eight outings since the start of July. He has lasted at least seven innings in seven straight, and owns a 1.66 ERA in the last three.
The right-hander, who limited the White Sox to a run over seven innings in Friday's 4-1 win, is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays. He has held Colby Rasmus hitless in 11 at-bats, and Dioner Navarro is the only available Blue Jays hitter who has homered off Iwakuma.
Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (9-11, 3.99) hopes to avoid matching San Diego's Eric Stults for the major league lead in road losses. Dickey is 3-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 12 such outings.
The knuckleballer yielded two runs over six innings Friday and was in line for a victory before the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4 home loss to the Tigers.
Dickey showed how unpredictable his results can be in two starts against Seattle last year, giving up seven runs over six innings in an 8-1 defeat May 4 before allowing one run in 7 2-3 innings to earn a 3-1 road win Aug. 5.
He is most familiar with Robinson Cano, who is 6 for 23 against him and third in the majors with a .330 average. Logan Morrison is 5 for 17 off Dickey.
Morrison is 15 for 45 during a 13-game hitting streak, going 3 for 6 in this series.
Blue Jays slugger Adam Lind went 0 for 3 on Tuesday in his first action since July 7 after missing 28 games with a right foot injury. The club will e final time before Edwin Encarnacion is expected to be activated Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 5:15:39 AM EST|