Red Sox Set to Square Off With Mariners in Search of Win No. 80

Red Sox Set to Square Off With Mariners in Search of Win No. 80 The Red Sox’ final series on the West Coast begins Monday when they pay a visit to Seattle to take on the last-place Mariners.

The previous visit to Safeco Field resulted in a frustrating series for Boston. It took the first two games but blew a 6-1 lead in the opener and needed 13 innings to win that one.

In the third game Jon Lester first lost a perfect game and then a shutout in a 5-1 setback and Hideki Okajima melted down in the series finale, a comeback 4-2 win for Seattle.

Lester returns to start the opener Monday in search of a career-high 17th win.

WHEN AND WHERE

Red Sox (79-64) at Mariners (55-88)
Monday, Sept. 13, 10:10 p.m. NESN
Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The Red Sox are 10-17 in Seattle since 2005.

PITCHING MATCHUP

LHP Jon Lester (16-8, 3.26 ERA) vs. RHP Doug Fister (5-11, 3.84 ERA)

The last time Lester appeared in his home state back on July 24 he took a perfect game into the sixth before an error and a home run suddenly damaged his effort.

That was one of four straight losses Lester has suffered in the second half of the season, during which he is just 5-5 with a 4.21 ERA.

In five career starts in Safeco Field Lester is 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.

Fister has been dramatically better at home all season. Although he is just 3-6 in Safeco Field he owns an impressive 3.21 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a .248 opponents’ batting average at home.

The lanky right-hander has allowed two earned runs in both of his starts against the Sox this season.

LINEUPS

Red Sox Mariners
Marco Scutaro, SS
Ryan Kalish, CF
Victor Martinez, C
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Josh Reddick, RF
Daniel Nava, LF
Lars Anderson, 1B
Clay Buchholz, P
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Chone Figgins, 2B
Russell Branyan, DH
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Jose Lopez, SS
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
Adam Moore, C
Josh Wilson, SS

Doug Fister, P

STAT SHEET

Red Sox

  • Outfielder Ryan Kalish is 9-for-28 (.321) with 10 RBIs in his last nine games.
  • First baseman Mike Lowell is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.
  • Right-hander Scott Atchison has a 2.22 ERA and six holds in his last 18 appearances.

Mariners

  • Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki leads the American League with 186 hits. He could join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only players to lead a league in hits at least seven times in a career.
  • Suzuki was the only player in the Mariners’ starting lineup Sunday with a batting average over .250.
  • Seattle is 15-19 against A.L. East teams but 31-60 against the other two divisions.

BLACK AND BLUE

Red Sox

  • Second baseman Dustin Pedroia had season-ending surgery Sept. 3 on his broken left foot. He is expected to be fully healed for spring training.
  • Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) will not resume any baseball-related activities until after the season ends.
  • Center fielder Mike Cameron had season-ending surgery Friday to repair an abdominal tear.
  • First baseman Kevin Youkilis had successful surgery to repair the torn right adductor muscle on his right hand. He will miss the remainder of the season.
  • Left-hander Felix Doubront has pain behind his left clavicle. He has not pitched since Aug. 31 and will not join the team on the trip.
  • Right-hander Junichi Tazawa underwent Tommy John surgery in March. He is out for the year.

Mariners

  • Outfielder Milton Bradley is likely out for the year following surgery to relieve right knee tendinitis last month.
  • Shortstop Jack Wilson is out for the year with a broken bone in his right hand.
  • Left-hander Erik Bedard had season-ending shoulder surgery Aug. 6.

OUTLOOK

Lester has struggled at times in his home state. Now would be a good time for that to change.

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