Pineiro aims for second victory

Pineiro aims to keep Sox bats in check

After Joel Pineiro's last start, an up-and-down effort against the Oakland A's, the Mariners right-hander's going to be looking to put two halves together and make one solid whole Saturday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Pineiro got the job done early in the game in his second start of the year before running out of gas in a seven-inning, six-run (five earned) effort.

"I'm not happy with [my outing]," Pineiro said after the game. "I fell behind a lot of hitters late in the game."

Pineiro will have to improve on his career numbers at Fenway to get a win Saturday.

He's 0-5 in his last six starts against the Red Sox overall, including an 0-3 record and 6.75 ERA in Fenway, and he hasn't beaten the Red Sox since August 2002.

Pitching matchup
SEA: RHP Joel Pineiro (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Pineiro is still working on perfecting the two-seam fastball that is designed to get him more ground-ball outs. He doesn't have the 94 mph fastball he had early in his career and has to outthink hitters.

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-1, 6.52 ERA)
The veteran knuckleballer can be good or not so good depending on how his baffling pitch is dancing in the strike zone. He's still getting used to new catcher Josh Bard.

Player to watch
Matt Lawton doesn't have a great batting average against Wakefield (.231, 6-for-26), but his hits have done some damage. Lawton has a triple, two home runs, four RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases against the veteran knuckleballer.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• KOMO 1000 AM

Up next
• Sunday: Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 6.00 ERA) at 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) at Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 0-1, 15.75 ERA), 8:05 a.m. PT
• Tuesday: Rangers (LHP John Koronka, 1-1, 4.91 ERA) at Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez, 0-1, 5.59 ERA), 7:05 p.m. PT

Doug Miller is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.