Seattle (70-77) at Kansas City (57-91)

Fair Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 57° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Sep 16, 2006
  • TV: KSTW
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The Kansas City Royals are trying to salvage something positive from another lost season as they try to avoid baseball’s worst record for the second straight season.

Kansas City hopes Mark Redman can help it miss that dubious distinction when he starts the third of a four-game set against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

A win by Kansas City (57-91) combined with a loss by Tampa Bay in its game against Toronto would move the Royals past the Devil Rays.

“It’s still not a great year, even if we win the rest of our games,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said.

Redman (9-9, 5.40 ERA), the team’s ace and lone All-Star representative this season, has struggled since the break, going 3-5 with a 5.56 ERA in six starts. He gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-3 loss to Boston on Sunday.

“I just felt rusty, like it was a week since I pitched,” Redman said. “Well, it was a week.”

Redman has a good chance to rebound from the loss when he faces the Mariners. In his last four starts against Seattle, the left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.70 ERA despite a .340 opponent batting average.

The Royals hope to avoid their third consecutive 100-loss season, including a club-record 106 defeats last year.

“Too many good things have happened around here to pay that much attention to it,” Bell said.

They got closer to that milestone, though, after squandering a six-run, second-inning lead in an 11-8 loss to the Mariners (70-77) on Friday.

Adrian Beltre was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and five RBIs for Seattle. He was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in a 10-8 loss Thursday in the series opener.

“The only good thing about getting behind by six runs that early is that it’s early,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “You’ve got a lot of at bats to try to make up ground. Every inning you try to score one run. That’s our goal.”

Joel Pineiro (8-11, 6.02) returns to the rotation for the remainder of the season after making seven relief appearances for Seattle. Working out of the bullpen, Pineiro was 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA and recorded a save while limiting opponents to a .213 average.

The right-hander has tallied a career-high 11 losses each season since 2003. His ERA also has nearly doubled in that span.

Pineiro is 7-11 with a 6.36 ERA in 24 starts this season. He has lost his last three consecutive starts with his last win coming on July 24 against Toronto.

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J. Pineiro LAA vs. M. Redman Col
8-13 Record 11-10
6.36 ERA 5.71
87 K 76
64 BB 63
1.65 WHIP 1.59


Saturday, Sep 16