The Mariners (22-24) travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins (15-30) in a three game series. The Mariners have now won five straight games and are only two games below .500. There is no reason why their run can not continue against the Twins who current hold the worst record in the major leagues.
Jason Vargas (3-2 3.39 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners in game one Monday night. Vargas has been brilliant on the mound as of late. He has not allowed an earned run in his past two starts. Additionally, against the LA Angels last Wednesday, Vargas only gave up four hits and struck out nine in seven innings.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this about Vargas' last start against the Angels:
"He was about as consistent start to finish as you can ask a starting pitcher to be," Wedge told reporters. "He didn't fluctuate at all. He was in the zone all night long, expanded when he needed to and pitched ahead." (Via Mariners.com)
Taking the mound for the Twins is the seasoned veteran, Carl Pavano (2-4 5.30 ERA). Pavano is coming off of a seven inning outing in which he only allowed one earned run over six hits and seven innings against the Oakland A's.
First pitch at Target Field is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. PT. with coverage on ROOT Sports and 710 ESPN AM.
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