Mariners Pregame: M’s chasing wildcard spot, lineups and starters against New York Yankees
Game 129: Seattle Mariners (65-63) at New York Yankees (68-58) at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Mariners were off on Thursday after a series win over the Atlanta Braves, including a 9-6 win on Wednesday as the recently recalled Taylor Motter delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning.
The status of second baseman Robinson Cano remains uncertain. He underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam on Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game in Atlanta because of tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Scott Servais called Cano day-to-day and he is not in Friday’s starting lineup.
The M’s are a half-game out of the second wildcard spot in the A.L. behind Minnesota. They are 6-4 in thier last 10 games and 31-31 on the road.
The Yankees are 4 1/2 games out of first in the A.L. East and own the first wildcard spot, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Twins and 4 games up on the Mariners. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 35-22 at home.
Transactions: The Mariners outrighted OF Leonys Martin to AAA Tacoma. Martin, 29, was designated for assignment on August 23. He hit .174 (20 for 115) with 12 runs, two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI in 34 games with Seattle this season.
Lineups and starters
Starters: LHP Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.78) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (10-5, 3.99)
1B Yonder Alonso has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .368 (14 for 38) with eight runs, three doubles, a home run, eight RBIs and four walks.Dating back to July 29, Nelson Cruz is batting .370 (30 for 81) with 20 runs, 7 doubles, 11 home runs, 25 RBI, 2 HBP, 8 walks and 25 RBIs.OF Ben Gamel is batting .303 (30 for 99) against left-handed pitchers this season, the third-highest batting average in the A.L. by a left-handed batter against southpaws this season.The Mariners have had a club-record 55 different players appear in a game this season, the most in the Majors. Seattle’s used an MLB-high 37 different pitchers, including 16 different starters (tied for MLB lead w/MIN). Seattle’s previous record for players used was 54 in 2016 and its record for pitchers used was 32 (also 2016).
This Day in Mariners History
In 2001, Arthur Rhodes was ejected before facing a batter in a game against Cleveland. Omar Vizquel protested to home plate umpire Tim McClelland that Rhodes’ earrings had to come off, which caused a melee in the infield.