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OAK@SEA: Young fans two over six scoreless frames

There isn't a lot of history between the Marlins and Mariners, but Miami has some familiarity with veteran pitcher Chris Young.

Young, the 34-year-old for Seattle, will be taking the mound on Friday night at Marlins Park.

In his career, Young is 3-1 lifetime with a 2.62 ERA in six starts against Miami.

Two years ago, Young pitched for the Mets. Now, the Marlins will get a look at him in their first Interleague series of the season.

Miami sends hard-throwing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the mound in the first of three.

Eovaldi has never faced Seattle, but he has appeared in five Interleague games, and he seeks his first win. Overall against the American League, the Marlins righty is 0-2 with a 1.74 ERA.

Despite two straight solid starts, the Marlins have lost the last two times Eovaldi has taken the mound.

In his last outing, a no-decision at Philadelphia, he rebounded from a tough beginning, and worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, while striking out five.

"The first few innings, I was up in the zone, mostly," Eovaldi said. "The hits they were getting were pitches up and in the middle. I really wasn't locating too well. Not too many first-pitch strikes. But after the third inning, I finally started to settle down, locating the pitches down. I was moving it in and out, mixing the off-speed pitches."

Young will make his second start for the Mariners since signing a one-year deal in the final days of Spring Training. The 6-foot-10 veteran feels he's finally healthy after dealing with shoulder issues for the last few years. He made his first Major League start since 2012 on Sunday against the A's and threw six scoreless innings with four hits in a no-decision.

Young also worked a pair of scoreless innings in a long-relief appearance after his first scheduled start was postponed by poor field conditions in Oakland.

"I was really, really pleased with his outing," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He fatigued a little bit at the end but he was great for us. He got a lot of fly ball outs, teased them up in the zone a little bit. I think this guy's real close because I saw his breaking ball start to come a little bit. i think when that pitch comes for him he's going to really be tough."

Young said it was a good first step back.

"I feel like I can throw the ball better," he said. "I feel like the three walks were too many but ultimately I competed and made pitches when I had to. For a first start it's not bad but certainly I want to build on it. I want to continue to build arm strength and command and better feel for my offspeed pitches but ultimately it's about competing and putting up zeros. That's my goal every time out -- that you want to feel as good as you possibly can while doing so."

Playing in a National League park, the pitchers will be hitting in the renewal of a series that hasn't occurred too often in the past.

It's only the fourth time these clubs have met, and first since 2011, when Seattle took two of three at Safeco Field.

For the Mariners, it is just their second visit to Miami, but the first at Marlins Park. In 2008, at Sun Life Stadium, the Marlins won two of three.

Miami holds a 5-4 all-time edge.

Mariners: LoMo put on DL before Miami return

Logan Morrison's first return to Miami since being traded by the Marlins to the Mariners in December was sidetrack when Seattle placed the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore right hamstring.

Morrison, acquired for reliever Carter Capps, has hit .150 (3-for-20) in eight games this season. He was in the lineup for his fourth start in right field on Tuesday when his leg tightened up moments before the first pitch.

The Mariners called up infielder Nick Franklin and outfielder James Jones on Wednesday while putting Morrison and pitcher Blake Beavan on the DL.

"I asked him yesterday and he said, "I can swing the bat, but I can't run,'" manager Lloyd McClendon said of Morrison. "I don't want this kid going out there at 70 or 80 percent and then ending up hurting it again. Then we're really screwed. The best thing is to just get it right, get it healthy and get him back out there. He understands that. I think he's all for it, too."

Marlins: Staying hungry at the plate 

Miami's offense the past couple of seasons has had its ups and downs. A year ago the club finished last in the Majors in runs scored. This season, there have been some big scoring nights, while other games have been difficult to manufacture much of anything.

So it was a relief to post 11 runs on 15 hits (both season highs) in Tuesday's 11-2 win over the Nationals.

"We need to keep the pressure on," manager Mike Redmond said. "Whenever a guy has a hit, want two hits. Whatever motivates you up there at the plate. If you're an on-base guy, get on base as much as you can. You've got to stay hungry. The nights like that are fun, when you're swinging the bats as a team, and guys are getting a lot of hits. Sometimes, you're going to get shut down. You've got to make up for it on nights like [Tuesday]."

Worth noting:

• Christian Yelich extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

• The Marlins have lost nine of 10, and have dropped three straight series, all against National League East rivals.

• In their last eight games, Miami's bullpen has given up five home runs in the eighth inning or beyond.

• Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has recorded 88 saves since 2012, the third most in baseball during that span. Comments