Javier expected to start as Houston hosts Seattle Seattle Mariners (7-14, fifth in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (9-10, third in the AL West) Houston; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Nick Margevicius (0-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8 strikeouts) Astros: Cristian Javier (1-1, 4.02 ERA, . WHIP, 16 strikeouts) LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Seattle Mariners face the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the season after recovering from COVID-19, connecting during a nine-run burst in the first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Friday night. Alvarez was the AL Rookie of the Year last season when he hit .313 with 27 homers. ''It felt really good being back in the batter's box,'' Alvarez said.
Cortes gave up a single to Josh Reddick and an error by Kyle Lewis allowed both runners to get into scoring position. After striking out Altuve, whose batting average is well under . Cortes gave up a RBI infield single to Alex Bregman and then served up a three-run homer to Yordan Alvarez in his first at-bat of the 2020 season.