Mariners Vs. Rays Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina (28), left fielder Desmond Jennings (8) and third baseman Sean Rodriguez (1) score runs on Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton (2) (not pictured) double in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Mariners are trying to make it two series wins in a row. Will the Rays be accommodating hosts?

The Seattle Mariners got their road trip started on a terrific note, winning three out of four games against the Kansas City Royals. The M's experienced an uncharacteristically consistent series with their bats, scoring six runs or more in each of their four games at Kauffman Stadium. They'll hope their offense stays hot over the weekend as they travel to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series.

The Rays are three games over .500 but thanks to playing in the American League East, they find themselves in third place and 10 full games away from the division-leading New York Yankees. Both the Mariners and Rays have played .500 ball over their last 10 games, so this series could be up in the air.

TV Schedule & Probable Pitchers

Friday's game will begin at 4:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Hisashi Iwakuma will make his third start since being inserted into the rotation and will try to improve on his 1-2 record and 5.13 ERA. His opponent will be the 8-6 James Shields.

First pitch on Saturday will be at 4:10 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Jason Vargas is reportedly being considered by some teams as a trade target. He will hope to pick up his 10th win of the season as he takes on Alex Cobb, who is 4-6 with a 4.92 ERA.

Sunday's finale will start at 10:40 a.m. PT and will be televised on ROOT Sports. You can catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 710. Blake Beavan benefited from that run support in Kansas City in his first start since being recalled and will go for his second straight win in the finale. He goes up against the 6-6 left-handed Matt Moore.


Current Series

3 game series vs Rays @ Tropicana Field

Sat 07/21 4:10 PM PDT
Sun 07/22 10:40 AM PDT

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