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Team Report - SEATTLE MARINERS

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CLEVELAND -- The Seattle Mariners have arguably the best pitching staff in the major leagues. At the start of play Wednesday, Seattle's 3.06 team ERA was the lowest in the majors. Unfortunately for the Mariners, they need an ultra-stingy pitching staff because of the way they struggle to score runs.

At the start of play Wednesday, the Mariners ranked last or second last in the American League in runs scored, total bases, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Mariners have also been shut out 13 times. That's' the most of any American League team and the second most in the majors.

Shutout number 13 came Wednesday night when the Mariners lost 2-0 to the Cleveland Indians. However, this shutout came at the hands of right-hander Corey Kluber, who has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this season. Kluber held the Mariners to three hits, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

"That guy is good, what he did tonight was not a fluke, trust me," said Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon of Kluber. "He's shut down some pretty good offenses for the last couple of years. All the credit goes to him. He's on quite a stretch."

Seattle has lost six of their last eight games, and in those six losses the problem has been offense. The Mariners have scored a total of just six runs in those six losses. In four of the six games they have scored either one run or gotten shutout.

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 55-52

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Mariners (RHP Chris Young, 9-6, 3.04 ERA) at Indians (RHP Zach McAllister, 3-6, 5.65 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to Cleveland. It is Hernandez's 14th consecutive start of at least seven innings and two or fewer runs, which breaks the major league record of 13 in a row set by the Mets' Tom Seaver in 1971.

--LHP James Paxton threw a 45-pitch bullpen session prior to Wednesday's game. Paxton has been on the disabled list since April 9 with a left back muscle strain. "My mechanics felt smooth. To be able to throw as hard as I can felt really great," said Paxton, who could be activated Saturday and start that day vs. the Orioles.

--RHP Hisashi Iwakuma's win in Cleveland on Tuesday improved his road record this season to 5-0 with a 3.09 ERA. Over his last 14 road starts, going back to last year, Iwakuma is 9-0 with a 2.17 ERA. The nine-game road winning streak is the second longest in Mariners' history. Freddy Garcia won 10 road games in a row in 2000.

--RHP Chris Young will start Thursday night in Cleveland. It will be Young's third career start vs. the Indians. In his first two starts against Cleveland he was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That guy is good, what he did tonight was not a fluke, trust me. He's shut down some pretty good offenses for the last couple of years, including one that I was a part of (Tigers). All the credit goes to him. He's on quite a stretch." -- Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon on Indians RHP Corey Kluber after a Mariners loss on Wednesday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--INF Willie Bloomquist (right knee contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list July 24. An MRI revealed a deep bone bruise.

--LHP James Paxton (strained lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 9, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 9. He met with the team doctor April 23 and was cleared to start playing catch. He threw bullpen sessions May 9, May 11 and May 14. He pitched in a simulated game May 17. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on May 24. He didn't throw May 26 due to left shoulder soreness, and he was shut down for five to seven days as of May 28. Paxton threw bullpen sessions June 27, June 30 and July 4. He pitched simulated games July 8 and July 12. He began a rehab assignment with short-season Class A Everett on July 17. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen workout July 19, then made rehab starts for Tacoma on July 22 and July 27. He threw another 45-pitch bullpen session July 30.

--RF Michael Saunders (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 11.

ROTATION:

RHP Felix Hernandez

LHP Roenis Elias

RHP Chris Young

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma

BULLPEN:

RHP Fernando Rodney (closer)

RHP Danny Farquhar

LHP Charlie Furbush

RHP Tom Wilhelmsen

RHP Brandon Maurer

RHP Yoervis Medina

LHP Joe Beimel

RHP Dominic Leone

CATCHERS:

Mike Zunino

Jesus Sucre

INFIELDERS:

1B Logan Morrison

2B Robinson Cano

SS Brad Miller

3B Kyle Seager

DH Kendrys Morales

INF Corey Hart

INF Chris Taylor

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Dustin Ackley

CF James Jones

RF Endy Chavez

OF Stefen Romero

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