Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Angels leads 2-1 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Monday, September 15
LA Angels8
Game 2: Tuesday, September 16
LA Angels2
Game 3: Wednesday, September 17
LA Angels5
Game 4: Thursday, September 18
LA Angels1

Mariners 0

(81-70, 43-30 away)

Angels 5

(95-57, 51-26 home)

    Coverage:  ESPN/WatchESPN

    10:00 PM ET, September 17, 2014

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

    123456789 R H E
    SEA 000000000 0 1 2
    LAA 00000050 - 5 6 0

    W: C. Wilson (13-9)

    L: J. Paxton (6-3)

    Mariners-Angels Preview


    The Los Angeles Angels learned of yet another hit to their pitching staff via injury -- and then the hits kept coming for the Seattle Mariners.

    Nonetheless, they could still wind up clinching the AL West title on Wednesday night as they look to bounce back from their worst loss in more than four months behind C.J. Wilson.

    The Angels found out Tuesday that Matt Shoemaker will miss at least one start due to a mild oblique strain suffered in an 8-1 win in Monday's series opener. There's no guarantee Shoemaker -- whose 16 wins are a franchise rookie record -- will be able to pitch in the postseason, with manager Mike Scioscia saying his return will be dictated strictly by his healing and not by the club's situation.

    Los Angeles already lost ace Garrett Richards last month due to a torn patellar tendon and Tyler Skaggs earlier to Tommy John surgery.

    "You have to move forward, you have to keep pitching and you have to keep getting outs," Scioscia told MLB's official website. "We're confident we will, just might be a little bit unconventional."

    After Cory Rasmus provided four shutout innings to start, Scioscia's bullpen was walloped in a 13-2 loss Tuesday as six relievers allowed 13 hits, including five doubles. Seattle blew the game open with a six-run sixth inning as Los Angeles' defeat matched a 14-3 setback against Texas on May 4 as its worst of the season.

    However, Oakland's loss to Texas means the Angels (94-57) can clinch their first division title since 2009 with their 18th win in 22 games and another Athletics defeat.

    They'll call on Wilson (12-9, 4.61 ERA), who is looking for a third straight victory for the first time this season. The left-hander got 23 runs of support in his past two wins, though, and needed 108 pitches to get through five innings Friday while allowing three runs in an 11-3 victory against the Astros.

    Wilson also will be looking to end a three-start losing streak against Seattle during which he's posted a 4.98 ERA.

    Kendrys Morales -- who had been 1 for 24 over his previous seven games before going 2 for 3 Tuesday -- is 10 for 23 off Wilson and homered against him with Minnesota on June 24.

    Seattle (81-69) had lost five of six while totaling 10 runs before pulling within a game of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot.

    "When you're not scoring runs, it lingers," said Mike Zunino, who was 2 for 3 after going 4 for 41 in his previous 14 contests. "Hopefully, this will loosen us up."

    James Paxton (6-2, 1.83) gets the ball for the Mariners after an impressive performance in Friday's 4-2 win over Oakland, striking out eight and allowing one earned run in six innings.

    "I keep saying, he's the glue to this rotation. He's not a fluke," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "This young man is good."

    The left-hander yielded only three runs over 12 innings while knocking off the Angels in his first two career starts in this series back in April.

    Albert Pujols, who rejoined the lineup after exiting early Monday due to a cramp, collected his 98th RBI on Tuesday and has driven in 15 over his last 12 games.

    Josh Hamilton was 1 for 3 after missing 11 games with a right shoulder injury.

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    Gameday Matchup

     SeattleLos Angeles
    Current StreakW4L3
    Last 105-53-7

    Pitching Matchup

    SeattleLos Angeles
    J. Paxton
    6-4, 3.04 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs LAA
    5.2 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Wilson
    13-10, 4.51 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at SEA
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.SeattleLos Angeles
    1. A. Jackson, CF K. Calhoun, RF
    2. D. Ackley, LF M. Trout, CF
    3. R. Cano, 2B A. Pujols, DH
    4. K. Morales, DH H. Kendrick, 2B
    5. K. Seager, 3B D. Freese, 3B
    6. C. Denorfia, RF E. Aybar, SS
    7. J. Smoak, 1B C. Iannetta, C
    8. C. Taylor, SS C. Cron, 1B
    9. J. Sucre, C C. Cowgill, LF

    Research Notes

    Mike Scioscia won his 6th division title... All with the Angels.. the only team he's ever managed... That's tied with Bruce Bochy and Ron Gardenhire for the most division titles among active managers. Buck Showalter got his 3rd on Tuesday night with the Orioles.
    The Angels are on pace for a franchise-record 101 wins this season. The 6 best seasons in franchise history have all come under manager Mike Scioscia.
    Since August 1st, The Angels and A's offenses have gone in drastically different directions.

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