The Seattle Mariners will try to keep their lengthy win streak going in Eric Wedge's expected return from a night in the hospital.
The Mariners seek their eighth consecutive victory when they continue their series against Wedge's former club, the Cleveland Indians, on Tuesday night.Wedge experienced dizziness during batting practice before Monday's series opener with Cleveland and had to be helped off the field. After being examined by team doctors, the manager was sent to a local hospital as a precaution.Bench coach Robby Thompson guided the team to a 2-1 victory over the Indians, who dropped 2 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central."He's going to stay overnight and we'll know more in the morning once all of those results get in," Thompson said. "He's resting and he's feeling fine right now. He's feeling a lot better. ... He should be fine, and I'm sure the 'W' is going to help him out a little bit."Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino each homered to give Seattle a major league-best 29 long balls this month. The Mariners have also gone deep in 25 of the past 26 games, and Morales has a team-best six this month."Every day you're a different player, but we've been connecting here and every time you connect that's a positive thing and you can build on that," he said through an interpreter. "You've got to work hard in the cage with your teammates every day and I think that's a fundamental thing that we're really focusing on right now."With their manager back, the Mariners (47-52) will try to match their longest win streak from 2012. Seattle took eight in a row Aug. 14-22 and capped that run with a three-game home sweep of Cleveland.While aiming for a fifth straight home victory in the series, the Mariners are hoping to get a better performance from Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 13.50 ERA). The right-hander gave up seven runs, six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in his season debut July 11, an 8-7 loss to Boston.Ramirez is expected to be added to the active roster before Tuesday's game after keeping busy with a start in nearby Class A Everett (Wash.) during the All-Star break.Ramirez will make his first start against Cleveland (52-47) while Zach McAllister (4-5, 3.43) will try to earn his first win versus Seattle in his return from the disabled list (sprained right middle finger). The right-hander, who hasn't started since June 2, is 0-1 with a 5.64 ERA in four all-time matchups but has a 2.84 ERA in his last three.McAllister gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his lone meeting this season May 18 but closer Chris Perez gave up two runs in the ninth before Cleveland won 5-4.Morales, batting .333 with four homers in his last 11 games, has the same average in his last 13 against the Indians. He's homered twice in his last five matchups and is 2 for 6 all-time versus McAllister.
Over the past month, Jason Kipnis is hitting .483 (with four home runs) on pitches up in the zone, which is tied for first in MLB. The Mariners' Erasmo Ramirez has made just one start, but opposing hitters during that game went 0-for-6 in at-bats that ended with a pitch in the upper half.