Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Huff set for Dodgers debut against Mariners' Iwakuma

Left-hander David Huff will make his Dodgers debut on Tuesday against the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma in the middle game of a three-game Interleague series at Dodger Stadium. Huff didn't start the year on the 25-man roster, as the Dodgers opened the year with just four starters, but he'll be added Tuesday prior to the 7:10 p.m. PT start.
This is first Interleague series between these teams at Dodger Stadium since 2009.
Things to know about this game:
• Iwakuma got off to a bad start in his season debut, allowing five runs in the first two frames against the Angels, though he recovered well enough to last six innings with just the five runs (four earned) allowed in a 5-3 loss. The 33-year-old is 38-21 with a 3.11 ERA in four seasons with Seattle. This will be his third time facing the Dodgers, but his first as a starter. He allowed one earned run in 3 2/3 innings over a pair of relief outings in 2012. The '13 American League All-Star is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last four Interleague starts.
• Huff pitched 46 games in relief for the Yankees and Giants last season (4-1, 3.36 ERA in 59 innings) and now makes his first Major League start since 2013 with the Yankees. The 30-year-old is 0-3 in three career starts against the Mariners with a 10.64 ERA in 11 innings. He's filling in for the injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.
• Third baseman Juan Uribe is expected to be back in the Dodgers' lineup after sitting out the past two games with some tightness in his left hamstring, while shortstop Jimmy Rollins will also be back at it after a day off Monday. On the Mariners' side, Austin Jackson will be back starting in center field after manager Lloyd McClendon rested him for the first time this season on Monday.

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