(SportsNetwork.com) - CC Sabathia hopes to avoid a third straight losing start on Tuesday night when the New York Yankees go for a series victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Set to take the hill for the second contest of this three-game set, Sabathia lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up six runs in a loss to Texas on May 23. He didn't perform much better on Thursday in Oakland, though he did last six- plus innings. Still, Sabathia was charged with five runs on eight hits, two of those homers, in a 5-4 loss.
The 34-year-old southpaw dipped to 2-7 with a 5.67 earned run average on the year and will try to get on track against the Mariners, who he is 12-5 against lifetime with a 2.63 ERA in 22 games.
With James Paxton out due to a strained tendon in his finger injury, 25-year- old prospect Mike Montgomery is expected to be recalled from Tripla-A Tacoma to make his major league debut tonight for Seattle.
A former first-round pick in 2008 by Kansas City, the Mariners acquired Montgomery from the Tampa Bay Rays in March for hurler Erasmo Ramirez. Through nine starts at Triple-A this season, the lefty is 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA.
"He's done well down there," manager Lloyd McClendon told Seattle's website. "His stuff plays at this level. It's just a matter of whether he can execute. We'll find out (Tuesday)."
The Yankees picked up a 7-2 victory in Monday's opener as Michael Pineda got the best of Felix Hernandez and his former Mariners club.
Pineda, dealt from the Mariners to the Yankees in 2012, struck out nine over six-plus innings and scattered two runs, seven hits and two walks.
Hernandez was knocked around for seven runs and did not make it out of the fifth inning. He walked five and allowed six hits, the most damaging a grand slam from Mark Teixeira that gave the Yankees a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning.
"I think the first few innings we were probably a little over aggressive and then we made the adjustment," Teixeira said.
Hernandez needed just 21 pitches in mowing down the first nine Yankees he faced, but he started becoming unraveled in the fourth, perhaps as a result of a wet mound as rain fell before the roof at Safeco Field was closed.
"That's not an excuse," Hernandez said adamantly after the game.
Seattle fell to 1-4 on its 11-game homestand following a third straight loss. New York, meanwhile, had lost three of four but moved a game up on the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East.
The Yankees swept a three-game set in Seattle last season and have won six straight as well as eight of their last nine on the road in this series.