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SEA@SD: Ramirez allows two hits over six innings

On Tuesday, either Boston starter Jake Peavy or Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez might earn a win for the first time since April.

Ramirez has recorded three straight no-decisions. He's 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA and hasn't won since his season debut in Anaheim on April 1.

The 24-year-old right-hander is coming off six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Padres, and Ramirez hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 2/3 innings over a four-game span, but he has dodged trouble in most of those innings while allowing 23 baserunners.

Manager Lloyd McClendon pinch-hit for Ramirez after six innings when his turn came to bat in the Interleague game Thursday in San Diego, even though he'd allowed just two hits on 70 pitches to that point and held a 1-0 lead.

"I thought he threw the ball better," McClendon said. "His command was better. He threw some good changeups. His breaking ball was OK. His fastball had a little velocity to it. I was pleased with his outing."

Ramirez is 0-0 with a 2.41 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier this month, though he's allowed 12 walks and 17 hits while totaling just 18 2/3 innings. His six scoreless innings against the Padres was his longest and easily his best outing since his return.

"I'm feeling like I'm back to being myself," said Ramirez, who was a noted strike thrower earlier in his career but has struggled with command this season. "Every outing I've felt better. I need to just continue pounding the strike zone, no matter who is the team I'm facing. Just continue pounding the strike zone. That's my goal."

As for Peavy, the right-hander was dealt a loss in his last start against Oakland. He was serviceable, allowing four runs (three earned) through 6 1/3 innings but was out-pitched by A's starter Scott Kazmir.

"Just physically I didn't feel very good, to start," said Peavy after the 4-2 Boston loss. "Just not in sync. It's no excuse, but I'm just stating the facts. Physically, I wasn't good and on point there for a bit."

The loss was Peavy's fifth straight since May 1, and he wasn't earned a win since April 25. He's 1-5 on the season with a 4.52 ERA.

"I don't feel sorry for myself one bit," he said. "I've got to get better and find a way to win. That's all there is to it."

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's noticed improvement in Peavy of late.

"I think the biggest thing, he's thrown more consistent strikes, so he hasn't issued the number of baserunners previous," Farrell said. "Jake is going to use whatever pitch, any one of those four pitches, based on the reaction of the hitter at a given time. The fact that he has four at his disposal gives him more weapons to attack a given hitter. I don't see that he's eliminated any one pitch for use of another. It's a matter of going out and locating with the consistency that he's capable of."

Red Sox: Workman back from suspension
The Red Sox will have starter Brandon Workman back from suspension on Tuesday.

His role on the team, however, isn't yet clear.

Left-hander Felix Doubront started in place of Workman on Friday, Clay Buchholz is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa has pitched well at the back of the rotation.

Workman is 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this season, starting five times.

"We're going to get some early work with him as far as a [simulated] game goes just to get him back to facing hitters, likely get him a couple of innings up and down," Farrell said.

Mariners: Jones learning quickly
Rookie center fielder James Jones has hit .205 the first time he's seen a pitcher in a game this season, but .347 (34-for-98) after that against the same hurlers. He's 17-for-40 (.425) in his second at-bat against pitchers and 13-for-40 (.325) the third time in a game.

What does that show McClendon?

"He retains," said McClendon, "and that's big. If you're going to be successful at this level, you have to understand what a guy did to you and what he's trying to do and how you can exploit him as well."

McClendon has been thrilled with the progress of the 25-year-old outfielder.

"He's far exceeded any expectations I might have had coming in," McClendon said. "I've been very pleased, and I'm probably more impressed with his work ethic, his preparation and the knowledge he tries to acquire about each pitcher every day. He's going about it the right way."

Worth noting
• Mariners closer Fernando Rodney got the day off Monday after pitching in four straight games. The veteran reliever came into the day tied with Kansas City's Greg Holland for the American League lead with 21 saves and has allowed just one run over his past 15 appearances.

• Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino resumed his Minor League rehab assignment Monday, going 0-for-3 for Class A Lowell. He had been slowed down by soreness in his right hamstring.

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