ANAHEIM -- David Pauley will make his second start of the season and the seventh of his Major League career on Monday when the Mariners return home to start a three-game series with the White Sox.
It will be the second consecutive start for the 27-year-old right-hander in place of Cliff Lee. Against the Yankees on June 9, Pauley let up three runs (one earned) in five innings on just two hits and one walk. He also struck out one.
"If we need to use him today, he can give us an inning in an emergency, but he will start in the Monday game," said Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu. "A lot of it had to do with his last performance. Sitting on that slot and just giving him an opportunity to pitch. I thought he did a nice job last time and deserves another shot."
Pauley has been a starter at all levels besides the Majors. He was 1-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma this season, including one relief appearance. Pauley said he's comfortable either way.
"I've come to be comfortable out of the bullpen too," Pauley said. "It's helped me a lot, having the versatility to be able to do both. Like I said, I've been a starter my whole career and that's what I've been conditioned to do."