Site: Memorial Stadium
Dates and times: Tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night, 7:35
Tickets sold: 19,000, tonight; 17,900 tomorrow; 18,000, Wednesday
Season series: First meeting. Mariners won 9 of 12 last year.
Tonight: Rich DeLucia (1-2, 7.00) vs. Dave Johnson (1-2, 8.79)
Tomorrow: Erik Hanson (1-1, 2.97) vs. Jeff Ballard (2-1, 4.50)
Wednesday: Randy Johnson (2-2, 4.94) vs. Jose Mesa (1-3, 3.33)
They have been the streak kings of the league, losing 6 in a row, winning a major-league high 8 straight, then losing 5 more, their current streak. Seattle dominated the Orioles in 1990, outhitting them, .297 to .195, outscoring them, 63-39, and pitching to a 2.60 ERA, compared with 5.19. Hanson was 2-0 and held the Orioles to a .135 average. Randy Johnson was 1-0 and limited Baltimore to a .175 batting average. 3B Edgar Martinez is the hottest batter with a career-high 13-game batting streak (.417) and has reached base in every game. Closer Mike Schooler has been out since the start of the season with an elbow injury.
They squeezed out a 5-4 victory yesterday that was their third in the past 10 games. But their string of a home run in 5 consecutive games was halted. Johnson was treated rudely by the Mariners last year (0-2, 8.56 ERA). They hit .373 against him. Ballard is the team's biggest lifetime winner against Seattle, but has a losing record (4-5). OF Joe Orsulak led the hitters with a .296 average. They will be playing without 1B Glenn Davis, who went on the 15-day DL with a neck injury of unknown severity.