Mariners to tangle with Sox at Fenway

Plenty of road work still ahead for Mariners

The Mariners' first road trip of 2006 won't get any easier, but they go into Boston on a positive note.

Seattle's 9-5 win over the Indians on Thursday capped a series in which the Mariners won two of three from a team that had a six-game winning streak.

"Even though we won two of three, this reaffirms my belief that the Indians are one of the best teams in the league," Ichiro Suzuki said through a translator. "We beat a very good team."

The Mariners, who got back to .500 with the two wins in Cleveland, will go up against another good team when they begin a four-game set Friday night in Boston.

Pitching matchup
SEA: LHP Jamie Moyer (0-1, 4.38 ERA)
Fenway Park hasn't been a friendly place for the veteran the last few years. Moyer hasn't won in Boston since May 11, 1999. He's 0-3 in four starts since then at Fenway and is 0-4 in his last six starts against the Sox. As has been the case with the other Seattle starters this season, Moyer has been the victim of a lack of runs. He got the loss Saturday against the A's, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings. That was good enough to keep the Mariners in the game, but they managed one hit and were shut out.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (2-0, 1.93 ERA)
Schilling has come out of the gate blazing, pitching at vintage form in his first two starts. In his most recent outing, Schilling fired seven innings and allowed just three hits and a run, downing the Orioles. This is Schilling's first start of the season at Fenway, where he is 16-7 with a 4.41 ERA lifetime. In his career against the Mariners, Schilling is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in five outings.

Player to watch
Carl Everett has pounded Boston in his career, batting .310 with eight homers and 22 RBIs. He also enjoys hitting in Fenway, where he played in 2000 and 2001. Everett has 26 career homers in Boston.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• KOMO 1000-AM; KTFH 1680-AM (Español)

Up next
• Saturday: Mariners (RHP Joel Pineiro, 1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 1-1, 6.52 ERA), 10:20 a.m. PT
• Sunday: Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.29 ERA), 11:05 a.m. PT
• Monday: Mariners (RHP Gil Meche, 1-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 0-1, 15.75 ERA), 8:05 a.m. PT

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