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Mariners-Indians Preview 2008-08-30


Mariners-Indians Preview 2008-08-30
The Cleveland Indians don't intend to stay down long after their season-high winning streak ended.

The Indians look to bounce back from their first loss in almost two weeks as they continue their home set with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

Cleveland (65-68) lost 3-2 to Seattle in Friday, snapping a 10-game winning streak and losing for the fourth time in 20 games.

"We'll sit on this one for about 30 minutes and come out and do it again tomorrow," Cleveland catcher Kelly Shoppach said.

Even with star Victor Martinez off the disabled list and in the lineup for the first time since June 11, Cleveland hit into three double plays and was held to its fewest runs in 14 games.

"We were one hit away too many times," said Indians manager Eric Wedge, whose team lost for the first time since falling 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 16. "We definitely had our opportunities."

Martinez, who returned at first base rather than catcher in his first action since undergoing elbow surgery, went 1-for-3, while Jamey Carroll and Shin-Soo Choo drove in runs for the Indians. Jhonny Peralta went 0-for-4 and hit into two double plays, but is batting .381 (8-for-21) in his last five contests.

Anthony Reyes (2-1, 2.22 ERA) makes his fifth start since being traded from St. Louis to Cleveland and first against Seattle. He allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, but didn't factor in the decision of a 4-3 loss at Texas on Sunday.

The winner of a World Series game for St. Louis in 2006, Reyes struggled to a 2-14 mark in 2007 and had an elbow injury this year before being traded.

"It seems like I'm having a little more fun (in Cleveland)," Reyes said. "I'm able to relax better. It feels like the pressure's off."

Seattle counters with Jarrod Washburn (5-14, 4.93), who hopes to avoid his sixth consecutive loss. Plagued by a lack of run support, Washburn allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Oakland last Saturday.

The left-hander is 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA since winning at Toronto on July 27 as the Mariners are averaging 3.4 runs during that span. Since 2005, no other AL starter has received less than the 4.3 runs per game that Washburn has averaged.

"It would make sense if it happened once in a while; for a year, maybe, but it doesn't make any sense that it happens year after year," Washburn told the Mariners' official Web site. "Good thing I'm mentally strong, or I might just quit or something."

Washburn is 1-3 with a 5.02 ERA in five starts against Cleveland since joining Seattle in 2006. He allowed five earned runs in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-3 win loss to the Indians on April 30.

Raul Ibanez hit his 22nd home run with three RBIs for the Mariners, who despite owning the AL's worst record have won five of seven since losing seven in a row. Ibanez is batting .388 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in August.

"I don't really think about it," Ibanez said. "You play so many games, they all run together. I go out and prepare the same way every day."

Ibanez is 11-for-30 with home runs and eight RBIs in seven games versus Cleveland this season.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 30, 2008

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