Pineiro back to take on Orioles

Pineiro back to take on Orioles

After spending 10 days at Triple-A Tacoma to work on his mechanics, Joel Pineiro returns to the Mariners on Tuesday to face the AL East-leading Orioles.

Pineiro has given up six runs in each of his last two starts and has an ERA of 7.23 in the month of May. Still, the Mariners remain confident that Pineiro has the ability to become the ace of their pitching staff.

In his last start, Pineiro lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Red Sox. It was his shortest outing since pitching 2 2/3 against the Indians Aug. 6 last season, a span of 15 starts.

Pitching matchup:
BAL: LHP Bruce Chen
• 5-2, 3.63 ERA in 2005
• Did not face SEA in 2004

SEA: RHP Joel Pineiro
• 2-3, 6.52 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 7.50 ERA vs. BAL in 2004

Player to watch
Jeremy Reed broke out of an 0-for-7 skid Sunday by going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. It marked Reed's second three-hit game in May. Reed is a career .472 batter on the road although he has never faced the Orioles before.

"All-in-all, [Aaron] Sele didn't make a mistake. He threw maybe two pitches the entire game that weren't exactly where he wanted them." -- Mariners catcher Pat Borders on Sele's shutout of the Padres on Sunday

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television:

On radio:
SEA: KOMO 1000, KBRO 1490 (Español)
BAL: WBAL 1090

Quick hits
Borders played in his first game since Oct. 3, when he faced the Indians in a Twins uniform. ... Sunday was just the Mariners' third win when they didn't hit a home run. ... The Mariners turned more than one double play for the sixth time this season Sunday. ... Raul Ibanez's triple Sunday was his first since May 1, 2004.

On deck
• Wednesday: at Orioles, 4:05 p.m. PT
• Thursday: at Orioles, 4:05 p.m. PT
• Friday: at Devil Rays, 4:15 p.m. PT

CJ Bowles is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.