(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners resume their season-opening, seven-
game road trip to on Friday when they head to U.S. Cellular Field to take on
the Chicago White Sox.
The Mariners split a four-game series at Oakland, although they dropped the
final two contests. Brandon Maurer, Seattle's highly-touted rookie, made his
major league debut in Thursday's series finale and gave up a leadoff single
and a two-run home run in the first inning, and went on to yield six runs on
eight hits in six innings of work.
The White Sox missed out on a chance for the series sweep over Kansas City on
Thursday as they fell, 3-1. They were aiming for their first 3-0 start since
1992. Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham combined to reach base eight times, but
only two other batters made it onto the base paths for Chicago.
"It's definitely not the end of the world," Beckham said. "We feel good about
what we're doing. We played a hard game; we just didn't have it (Thursday)."
Through three games, the team is just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring
"That happens every once in a while," Flowers said. "It seemed like we had
quality at-bats for most of the day, and tip your cap to (Royals starter
Jeremy Guthrie). He's a quality pitcher."
Standing in Chicago's way will be right-hander Blake Beavan, who rebounded
from a midseason demotion to Triple-A by posting a 3.40 ERA over his final 14
"I want to continue what I did the second half," Beavan said. "The second half
is the pitcher I am. I know I can do that again. It's not rocket science. I
figured out a lot of stuff when I got sent down and brought back up. A lot of
it was confidence, trusting stuff. It's not a fluke for me. I know I'm capable
of doing that. I know I'm capable of repeating and being consistent all year
long. Now, I just need to go do it."
For the White Sox, southpaw Jose Quintana enters his second big league season
with the stated goal of improving his strikeout rate. Quintana turned some
heads with a 2.04 ERA through his first eight starts last year before fading
down the stretch with a 5.01 ERA in the season's second half.
The Mariners have not committed an error through the first four games of the
season for the first time since 2009.
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