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Mariners-Athletics Preview

Apr 7, 2010 - 6:21 AM By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor

Seattle (1-1) at Oakland (1-1), 10:05 p.m. EDT

For Justin Duchscherer, it's been a long road back to make a fresh start both physically and emotionally.

Taking the mound Wednesday night for the first time in nearly 20 months, Duchscherer attempts to help the Oakland Athletics win a second straight game from the Seattle Mariners.

The right-hander has not pitched since Aug. 18, 2008, when he left in the third inning against Minnesota due to a hip injury. It sidelined him the remainder of that season before arthroscopic surgery on his elbow scuttled 2009.

The frustration of slow rehabilitation coupled with off-the-field personal problems led Duchscherer to seek treatment for clinical depression last year. An All-Star in 2008, he signed a one-year contract in December to remain with the Athletics, and was able to work himself into game shape despite undergoing a procedure to relieve discomfort in his back in February, and being hit on the left thumb by a line drive during a simulated game in March.

In his final spring training outing April 2, Duchscherer scattered three hits in six shutout innings thanks in large part to a sharp curveball as he appeared to find the needed spark to be a major league pitcher again.

"Last year I went through a lot of stuff off the field," he told the Athletics' official Web site. "There was one point where I thought maybe I'd never play again. I'm proud of myself for getting through what I needed to get through... I have a long way to go during the season, but it feels good to be back out there."

Duchscherer is 1-3 with a 4.57 career ERA as a starter versus the Mariners, and his last victory was a two-hit shutout against them July 8, 2008.

Oakland (1-1) evened its record with a 2-1, 10-inning victory Tuesday as Mark Ellis' one-out single plated pinch-runner Eric Patterson with the winning run. It was the only hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position for the Athletics, who stranded 12 runners on base before Ellis notched his third hit of the game.

"I was a little bit anxious and when I bunted it helped a lot," Ellis said, referring to his single in the fourth. "I had some good at-bats after that."

Ryan Rowland-Smith will try to keep the Athletics in check and follow Felix Hernandez and Ian Snell with another quality start for the Mariners (1-1). The left-hander went 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts versus Oakland in 2009, and is 2-1 with a 3.11 ERA in five starts and 10 lifetime appearances.

While Rowland-Smith, who won a starting spot with a strong effort in the second half of 2009, did struggle at times in spring training, he had a solid seven-inning outing April 2 in limiting the Chicago Cubs to one run in seven innings.

The Mariners have posted a 2.41 ERA in the first two games but the offense has failed to click consistently. They are batting .169 with 18 strikeouts in 65 at-bats while going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Ichiro Suzuki - carrying a 22-game hitting streak against the Athletics - has been challenged by Duchscherer, striking out 12 times while getting nine hits in 31 lifetime at-bats. It is his third-most against any major league pitcher, trailing only John Lackey (14) and Scot Shields (13).






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    Mariners 5, Athletics 6  FinalApr 8 7:46 AM


  • Athletics 6, Mariners 5 - FINAL
    SEATTLE ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    I Suzuki rf 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .273
    C Figgins 2b 4 0 0 1 0 0 2 .091
    C Kotchman 1b 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .182
    M Bradley lf 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 .100
    K Griffey Jr. dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .143
    J Lopez 3b 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .333
    F Gu

    Apr 8 1:21 AM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF
    FINAL SCORE - OAKLAND 6, SEATTLE 5.

    Mariners 5, Athletics 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 8 1:20 AM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED MARK ELLIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SUZUKI ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 5
    OAKLAND 5 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.143, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Mariners 5, Athletics 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 12:26 AM
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    Mariners 5, Athletics 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 12:26 AM
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    Mariners 5, Athletics 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 12:13 AM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED JOSE LOPEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F GUTIERREZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 5
    OAKLAND 4 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R JOHNSON (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 5, Athletics 4  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 7 11:54 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DARIC BARTON SCORED RYAN SWEENEY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SUZUKI ON FIRST, K KOUZMANOFF ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    OAKLAND 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J FOX (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 4, Athletics 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 7 11:45 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CHONE FIGGINS SCORED JACK WILSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    OAKLAND 3 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: C KOTCHMAN (.222, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Mariners 4, Athletics 3  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 7 11:31 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK WILSON SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WILSON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    OAKLAND 3 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.222, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 3, Athletics 3  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 7 11:27 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ICHIRO SUZUKI ALLOWED DARIC BARTON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T BUCK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2
    OAKLAND 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C PENNINGTON (.400, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 2, Athletics 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 7 11:16 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RAJAI DAVIS (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2, OAKLAND 2
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.375, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 2, Athletics 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 7 10:58 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN SWEENEY SCORED RAJAI DAVIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K KOUZMANOFF (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Mariners 2, Athletics 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 10:26 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 2 2 1 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH
    OAK - JUSTIN DUCHSCHERER

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.222, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    M ELLIS (.429, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    R SWEENEY (.111, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Mariners 2, Athletics 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 10:18 PM