Friday, July 1, 2016

LeBlanc, Gausman set to match up at Safeco

The Mariners and Orioles will face off Friday in the second game of a four-game series in Seattle, the last series between the two teams this regular season.
Wade LeBlanc will get his second start with the Mariners. Seattle acquired the 31-year-old southpaw from Toronto on June 22 to help bolster a heavily injured starting rotation, and he made his Mariners debut on June 24. Manager Scott Servias, who knew LeBlanc from their overlapping time with the Angels, was pleased enough with the lefty's six-inning shutout performance to keep him in the starting rotation when Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker returned from injuries.
"[General manager] Jerry [Dipoto] and I had some history with him, so [we] kind of knew what to expect," Servais said. "Didn't think we'd get six shutout innings, but we'll gladly take them."
Kevin Gausman is scheduled take the mound for the Orioles. The right-hander will be looking for his second win this season. He is 1-5 in 13 starts and has a 3.93 ERA. He earned his first win in his most recent start, on June 25. Gausman only allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings en route to a 5-0 Orioles win over the Rays.
Things to know about this game
• This will be Gausman's third career start against the Mariners, all of which have been in Seattle. He is 0-1 at Safeco Field with a 2.63 ERA.
• Before his start last week, LeBlanc had not pitched in a Major League game since 2014. He spent 2015 playing in Japan and then signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays. He started this season in Triple-A Buffalo, where he had a 1.71 ERA .
• Mariners catcher Mike Zunino could make his first Major League start since last season. Seattle recalled the 25-year-old from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday to replace Steve Clevenger, whom the Mariners placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. Zunino hit .174 for the Mariners last year, but had a .282 batting average in Triple-A this season. Starting catcher Chris Iannetta is due for a day of rest; he has played in the Mariners' past five games.

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