Seattle (25-37) at Milwaukee (32-29)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 16, 2004
  • TV: FSNW
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Clint Nageotte is hoping to have a future in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation.

The rookie right-hander will make his second major league start when he takes the mound for the Mariners against the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle game of their interleague series.

Nageotte is coming off a sparkling performance in his first major league start, hurling six stellar innings in a 5-0 win over Houston on June 7.

“You could tell this kid’s aggressive,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “He looks effectively wild at times. He’ll throw some balls where you don’t really expect them, way out of the zone.”

The 23-year-old Nageotte was a top Mariners prospect last year after leading the Double-A Texas League with 157 strikeouts. He was solid all night against the Astros, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

“I’ve been told I had good enough stuff to pitch in the big leagues,” Nageotte said. “I just had to control my emotions and be a pitcher instead of a thrower. I wanted to work on my composure, my presence on the mound, more than anything.”

Nageotte was called up from the minors May 28 and his start broke up Seattle’s regular rotation for the first time since Ismael Valdes pitched for the Mariners on Sept. 29, 2002.

Last year, Seattle became the first team since the 1966 Dodgers to use only five starters. Gil Meche was joined by Jamie Moyer, Joel Pineiro, Freddy Garcia and Ryan Franklin.

But with Meche down at Triple-A Tacoma after posting a 1-5 mark with a 7.06 ERA in 10 starts, Nageotte could prolong his stay with the big club with a few more quality outings.

“I don’t know how I can send him down right now,” Melvin said of Nageotte. “We’ll see where we’re at. We’ll talk about what we need to do, as far as where the rotation is going. We have a couple different scenarios set up and we’ll discuss it.”

Nageotte will be given the task of trying to get the Mariners even in this series following Tuesday’s 3-0 loss. The Mariners had their three-game winning streak stopped, and were shut out for the eighth time this season.

The Brewers have won five of their last seven.

Lyle Overbay went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on Tuesday and is 18-for-46 (.391) during his 12-game hitting streak.

STANDINGS (through June 14): Mariners - 4th place, 12 GB, AL West. Brewers - 5th place, 3 1/2 GB, NL Central.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nageotte (1-1, 3.60 ERA). Despite walking seven in 10 innings, Nageotte has kept his ERA down because opponents are hitting just .244 against him.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Doug Davis (5-5, 3.61 ERA). Davis has won two of his last three starts, including allowing three runs and seven hits over six innings in a 9-4 victory over Houston on Friday. The 28-year-old left-hander has struggled against the Mariners in his career, going 1-5 with a 6.36 ERA in 10 appearances, including eight starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .330 avg., 35 runs and 15 SBs; Raul Ibanez, 11 HRs; Edgar Martinez, 31 RBIs. Brewers - Lyle Overbay, .342 avg. and 48 RBIs; Geoff Jenkins, 9 HRs; Scott Podsednik, 44 runs and 27 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mariners, 4-3; Brewers, 3-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - Heading into Tuesday, the starting rotation had compiled a 1.95 ERA in the previous nine games, surrendering 14 earned runs in 64 2-3 innings. RHP Freddy Garcia allowed three earned runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings on Tuesday. … DH Martinez, relegated to pinch-hit duty during this series, has a .299 career average against Milwaukee—one of only two teams he doesn’t have at least a .300 average against. He is 67-for-244 in his career against the Brewers and has a .292 career average (133-for-456) against the Red Sox. … 2B Bret Boone is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) against Davis. Brewers - LHP Davis has pitched surprisingly well against Martinez, allowing just four hits in 18 at-bats (.222). … Seattle batting coach Paul Molitor will be honored before Wednesday’s game. Molitor played for Milwaukee from 1978-92 and will enter the Hall of Fame as a Brewer in August. … RHP Dan Kolb has 18 saves in 19 chances this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 9-19 on the road; Brewers - 17-13 at home.

INJURIES: Mariners - OF Raul Ibanez (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Chris Snelling (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Rafael Soriano (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Aaron Taylor (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - INF Wes Helms (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ben Ford (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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C. Nageotte NYM vs. D. Davis KC
1-6 Record 12-12
7.36 ERA 3.39
24 K 166
27 BB 79
2.05 WHIP 1.31