The Boston Red Sox (35-41) continue their West Coast trip with a visit to the Seattle Mariners (40-36). Boston got off to a slow start on this latest road trip by losing the first three games in Oakland, before salvaging the final game of the series with a dramatic extra-innings win.
The Red Sox looked destined for a disheartening defeat as the bullpen unraveled to give away what had been a 6-1 lead heading into the 8th inning. Koji Uehara shockingly surrendered two home runs to blow his first save of the season, but David Ortiz bailed him out in the 10th inning by returning the favor with a blast to center field that served as the winning run.
- John Lackey (8-4, 2.96 ERA) will be on the mound for Boston. He threw 9 shutout innings in his last start, yet had the misfortune of not walking away with the win due to the game remaining scoreless to that point. Boston went on to win in extra-innings thanks to back-to-back home runs from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, leaving Lackey to wonder where that outburst was while he was still in the game.
- This is Boston's first meeting with the Mariners this season, but it may be a team that David Ortiz is eager to face. He was 12 for 29 (.414) against Mariners pitching last season with 3 home runs. Not even facing their ace phases him. Ortiz is 10 for 31 in his career against Felix Hernandez, hitting .323/.421/.452 with a home run against the former Cy Young winner.
- There had been some hope that Shane Victorino could join the Red Sox during this series in Seattle, but that no longer appears to be a realistic goal. The Boston Herald reports that Victorino will play Monday for the Single-A Lowell Spinners and could rejoin the team later this week in New York.
- Felix Hernandez (8-2, 2.22 ERA) gets the start for Seattle. King Felix is third in the AL in ERA, tied for first in WHIP (0.95) and second in strikeouts (122). Believe it or not, his performance may even be better than what those numbers indicate, as his 1.86 FIP is easily the best in the majors.
- Playing in Seattle has turned Robinson Cano into a different kind of hitter compared to what he was with the Yankees. Cano led all AL second basemen in home runs in 3 of the last 4 years, averaging 29.25 HRs per season since 2010. With the pitcher friendly dimensions of Safeco Field sapping his power, Cano has only managed to go deep 4 times this season. Instead, his focus has just been getting on base, with a career high .390 OBP. His .329 average is the best it's been since 2006 and has him in contention for his first batting title. In the AL, he currently only trails Houston's Jose Altuve (.336).
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