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  W: C. Stammen (8-2)   L: E. Díaz (0-4)   S: K. Yates (8)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, September 11, 2018
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 13,833

Mariners' Gonzales coming off DL to start vs. Padres

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San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Padres are 2-0 against the Mariners this season and 2-11 against all other AL opponents. San Diego's 8-3 win over Seattle on Aug. 29 is the only one of those 15 interleague games in which the Padres scored more than four runs.
  2. San Diego starters have averaged just under 4 1/3 innings in eight games this month while posting a 7.68 ERA. The Padres are one of 10 teams yet to record a complete game this season. The only full season in which San Diego has not had at least one complete game came in 2011.
  3. Seattle had the majors' fifth-best home record through the All-Star break at 31-17 but has since gone 10-14 at Safeco Field, the fourth-worst home record in all of baseball since the break. The Mariners have managed just 15 runs while batting .196 through six games of their current eight-game homestand.
  4. Edwin Diaz's 15.54 strikeouts per nine innings is the second-best ratio in the majors behind the Yankees' Dellin Betances (15.99, minimum 50 IP). Diaz recorded his 54th save Sunday for the fifth-most ever in one season behind Francisco Rodriguez (62), Bobby Thigpen (57), Eric Gagne (55) and John Smoltz (55),
  5. Bryan Mitchell is looking to win back-to-back starts after winning just twice in his first 60 major league games, 16 of which were starts. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings last Monday to beat Arizona in his first game for San Diego after spending more than two months on the DL.
  6. Jean Segura is 2-for-24 (.083) in Seattle's last six games, failing to drive in or score a run. He has only one RBI and one run scored in 14 home games since the beginning of August while batting .158.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/11/2018 thru 9/12/2018

For the first half of the season, Marco Gonzales was a pain in the neck for opposing batters.

But recently, it's a pain in his neck that's kept Gonzales sidelined.

The left-hander has missed his past two starts but threw a 35-pitch session off the mound last Friday and is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday to start the series opener against the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field.

"I was dealing with some fatigue, some neck aches, some things I was battling through and trying to push through, hoping it would get better," Gonzales told "So, putting that aside, I think there's not going to be anything stopping me from returning to what I was doing before."

Gonzales was 12-5 with a 3.37 ERA through his first 21 starts this season. But in August he was 0-4 with a 10.35 ERA in four appearances.

"I want to see the same guy we saw in June and July," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He was cruising. He does feel fine physically and is throwing all his pitches in the bullpen. He probably won't go as long. First time out, you're probably looking at 75 pitches or something like that. Again, we just want to see him healthy, executing pitches and feeling good about things."

Gonzales admitted being on the DL for the past 10 days while his teammates have tried to stay in the American League playoff race has been frustrating. The Mariners have dropped 7 1 /2 games behind Oakland in the chase for the league's second and final wild-card berth.

"Those are obviously very important starts," he told "The opponents are very important that we're going to be facing, so I won't take it lightly. I've been anxious and champing at the bit the past couple weeks as I've been waiting to get back out there."

The Padres are scheduled to start right-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-3, 6.58 ERA) in the opener of the two-game series. Mitchell will be making his second start since missing three months with a right elbow impingement. In his first appearance off the DL on Sept. 3, Mitchell allowed one run and two hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory against Arizona.

"I'm just trying to take things one start at a time," Mitchell told "I know nothing's guaranteed at this point. But it's definitely a good stepping stone moving forward. (The Arizona game) felt really good after the way the season's gone for me. I needed that one."

With off days and a six-man rotation, Mitchell has had plenty of rest since his last start.

"If they have six or seven days off in between, it's not going to hurt them at this point in the season," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I don't think we have a huge plan to alter this rotation. (Mitchell) did a solid job (against Arizona), and we want him to continue to build off it."

Neither Mitchell nor Gonzales (12-9, 4.32) has ever faced Tuesday's opponent before.

The Padres swept a two-game series between the teams in late August in San Diego, winning 2-1 and 8-3.

Updated September 11, 2018

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