Scouting report: Mariners vs. Orioles


Scouting report: Mariners vs. Orioles

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:05 HTS Gil Meche (1-4, 4.34) vs. Pat Rapp (3-2, 5.32)

Tomorrow 7:05 HTS John Halama (5-0, 4.06)vs. Sidney Ponson (2-2, 5.59)

Thursday 7:05 13, 50 Paul Abbott (1-1, 6.97)vs. Mike Mussina (1-6, 4.42)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Mariners update

The Mariners arrive at Camden Yards having won five of their last six games and lead the AL West by a game over the streaking Texas Rangers. At23-18, they haven't been further over .500 since finishing the 1997 season as the AL wild card, which earned them a Division Series matchup against the Orioles. Things have changed dramatically since. Former Orioles GM Pat Gillick is now overseeing a Mariners renovation that has included the trade of center fielder Ken Griffey and the lightning signing of free-agent pitcher Aaron Sele (4-2, 4.17) after the Orioles failed to follow through on a four-year, $29 million offer sheet. Former Orioles reliever Arthur Rhodes (3.06 ERA) has become rejuvenated in his new surroundings. Gillick also took a gamble on rejected New York Mets outfielder Rickey Henderson. In return, Henderson has led off the last two games with home runs, bumping his all-time record for leadoff homers to 77. Mariners leadoff hitters were scuffling with the AL's lowest batting average and second-lowest on-base percentage before Henderson was acquired. The Mariners are 9-3 against the AL East compared to 14-15 against the rest of the league. The Orioles haven't lost a season series to the Mariners since1995 and hold a 27-13 edge over them at Camden Yards. The Orioles swept afour-game home series as part of last September's13-game winning streak. Long known for a collapsible bullpen, the Mariners are 21-1 this season when leading after six innings.

(Mariners statistics, Page 6E)

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