Sunday, June 19, 2016

Price eyes return to win column in series finale

The Mariners and Red Sox finish their three-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday with Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker and Boston left-hander David Price set to take the hill in the rubber match.
Price has pitched well over his last three starts, but he has nothing to show for it. Boston's ace has lost his last three starts despite posting a 2.74 ERA.
Over eight innings on Tuesday against the Orioles, Price gave up five hits and no walks while striking out 11. However, he did allow three runs, with all coming on two home runs.
"That's the best I've felt with everything that I was throwing in however many starts I've made here," Price said after the start. "I feel like that was the best stuff I've showcased so far, and I'll continue to get better."
Walker takes the mound after being pulled from his start on Tuesday against the Rays after 3 1/3 innings due to tendinitis in the arch of his right foot.
The Mariners have been cautious with the 23-year-old. He threw 10 pitches off the bullpen mound at Fenway Park on Friday and said everything went fine. However, manager Scott Servais will be prepared if anything should happen.
"He says it feels better, but it is in the back of your mind that you may need somebody to carry a little extra length if it does start barking again," said Servais.
What to watch for in this game
• Robinson Cano has the second-most career at-bats against Price. He's hitting .271 (19-for-70) with one home run and 11 RBIs.
• The Red Sox lead baseball with 60 first-inning runs and have allowed 37. The team also has 14 home runs in that frame, which is more than any other team.
• Mookie Betts has reached base in each of his last 19 games, hitting in 17 of those. He has also reached in each of his 23 home starts since April 30.

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