Veteran pitcher Chris Young will remain in the starting rotation for at least one more cycle, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Thursday. Young will start Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
Young is coming off two poor starts that suggested he might be showing fatigue from a workload that already exceeds what he’s done in every season since 2007.
McClendon made the decision after observing Young’s bullpen workout Wednesday in Oakland.
“The ball came out good,” McClendon said. “He’s healthy. We had a conversation today, and he’s ready to go. It was a combination of what I saw and what we talked about.”
It’s likely Young will be on a short leash after allowing eight runs and 11 hits in 4? innings over his past two starts. He is 12-7 overall with a 3.46 ERA In 27 games.
The Mariners entered the four-game series with a record of 9-6 against the Rangers this season. The Mariners haven’t won the season series against Texas since going 11-8 in 2007. … Third baseman Kyle Seager, with 22 homers and 85 RBI, is on pace to be the first Mariner to reach 25 and 100 since 2006. Two players did it that year: Raul Ibanez (33 and 123) and Richie Sexson (34 and 107). … The Mariners entered Thursday with a 39-27 road record for a .591 winning percentage that ranks as the best in the American League.
It was 31 years ago Friday — Sept. 5, 1983 — that a 22-year-old second baseman named Harold Reynolds made his first major-league start in a 13-6 victory at Kansas City.
Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple and scored twice. His first major-league hit was a double in the fourth inning against Royals lefty Larry Gura.
It was three days earlier that Reynolds made his major-league debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees at the Kingdome. He didn’t play again until his starting assignment in Kansas City.
Reynolds spent the first 10 seasons of his 12-year career with the Mariners. He played one year each for Baltimore and California before retiring after the 1994 season.
Bob Dutton, The News Tribune
The Mariners and Rangers continue their four-game weekend series at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
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Baker spent spring training with the Mariners before opting for free agency rather than accept a late-March assignment to the minor leagues. He signed with the Rangers shortly thereafter.
The series continues at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time Saturday before concluding at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time Sunday.