Series: Game 1 of 4

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 8/29)

Game 1: Monday, August 29
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 30
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 31
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Game 4: Thursday, September 1
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Angels 3

(72-62, 34-34 away)

Mariners 5

(57-76, 33-35 home)

    10:10 PM ET, August 29, 2011

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    LAA 000300000 3 9 0
    SEA 11001002 - 5 10 0

    W: T. Wilhelmsen (2-0)

    L: H. Takahashi (3-3)

    S: B. League (32)

    Angels-Mariners Preview


    Despite manager Mike Scioscia's best efforts, the Los Angeles Angels didn't pitch well enough to win a pivotal series.

    As they continue their pursuit of the AL West lead, the Angels hope to get a better performance Monday night when Joel Pineiro faces his former team, the Seattle Mariners.

    Scioscia altered his rotation before this weekend's series against division-leading Texas so that his top three starters would pitch. After cutting a seven-game deficit to two in a little more than a week, Los Angeles (72-61) gave up a combined 24 runs while dropping two of three in Arlington.

    Howie Kendrick's fifth homer in six games gave the Angels a one-run lead in the fifth inning Sunday night but the Rangers responded with four runs in the seventh en route to a 9-5 victory.

    Los Angeles, winners in seven of nine, would appear to have a good opportunity to bounce back during its four-game set against Seattle (56-76).

    The Angels have posted a 2.19 ERA in 12 matchups this season with the Mariners, their best against any AL opponent. Seattle also enters this series after scoring a combined five runs while being swept in a three-game series with Chicago this weekend.

    The Mariners were held scoreless for the first seven innings in Sunday's 9-3 defeat.

    "We're playing teams that are in it," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website. "They're going to be attacking (our hitters) how they think they can get them out. Now it's up to the kids to make the adjustment back."

    After getting eight days off, Pineiro (5-6, 5.37 ERA) will try to keep Seattle's hitters off-balance once again. The right-hander was sent to the bullpen earlier this month but returned to the rotation Aug. 20 against Baltimore.

    He gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings, and did not get a decision in a 9-8 victory.

    Pineiro has won all three of his starts against the Mariners, the team he played for in his first seven seasons, and has benefited from a combined 22 runs of support in those outings. He has a 4.50 ERA in the starts against his former team, and allowed three runs and 10 hits over seven innings in a 9-3 victory July 9 in Anaheim.

    That win was the only one in the last six starts for Pineiro, who has a 10.21 ERA in eight overall appearances since that game.

    "It's all about staying on top," he told the team's official website. "Hopefully, my stuff is sharp. I was really happy with it last time out."

    Mariners rookie Blake Beavan (3-4, 4.14), meanwhile, is also hoping to get back on track Monday.

    A win over the Angels on Aug. 6 helped the right-hander improve to 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA in his first six major league outings, but he's 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA over his last three.

    However, he was solid in Cleveland on Tuesday, giving up three runs over six innings, but did not get a decision in a 7-5 win.

    Beavan is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two matchups with Los Angeles and gave up one run over eight innings during the victory in Anaheim earlier this month. Kendrick is 2 for 6 with no homers against him this season.

    Ichiro Suzuki, riding an 11-game hit streak, is 5 for 11 versus Pineiro. Rookie third baseman Kyle Seager, hitting .500 during a nine-game run, is 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesSeattle
    Current StreakL4L2
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesSeattle
    J. Pineiro
    7-7, 5.13 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at LAA
    6.1 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND
    B. Beavan
    5-6, 4.27 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs OAK
    5.0 IP, 7 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesSeattle
    1. M. Izturis, 3B I. Suzuki, RF
    2. H. Kendrick, 2B F. Gutierrez, CF
    3. B. Abreu, DH D. Ackley, 2B
    4. T. Hunter, RF M. Carp, 1B
    5. M. Trumbo, 1B M. Olivo, C
    6. V. Wells, LF A. Kennedy, DH
    7. E. Aybar, SS C. Wells, LF
    8. P. Bourjos, CF K. Seager, 3B
    9. H. Conger, C B. Ryan, SS

    Research Notes

    Ichiro Suzuki is 5 for 11 (.455) in his career against Joel Pineiro, with four RBI and three walks.

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