Rested Batista seeks turnaround

Rested Batista seeks turnaround

Two weeks into the season and there may not be two starters in any team's regular rotation with fewer innings pitched than the Mariners' Miguel Batista and Horacio Ramirez.

Batista has not pitched in a game since April 4, a 9-0 loss to Oakland. He worked just 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits. The Mariners then had five of seven games postponed due to inclement weather on their ensuing road trip, pushing Batista's start back to Saturday afternoon against Texas' Vicente Padilla (0-2, 6.94).

Officially, Ramirez has nothing on his ledger, no runs, no hits, nothing, even though he did start one game. He started last Friday's game in Cleveland, in which the Indians were one pitch away from an official game before it was postponed.

Like his team, Ramirez welcomed the wipeout. He had walked six, allowed five hits and four unearned runs in his 98-pitch outing. He'll start on Sunday against the Rangers with eight days of rest to his credit.

"I don't think any of us know what to expect when we go out there, having not pitched in so long," said Jarrod Washburn, who had 10 days rest before his start Friday against the Rangers. He went six innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.

"It's tough. Obviously, Felix is the exception to the rule," added Washburn, referring to staff ace Felix Hernandez's one-hit shutout on Wednesday against Boston. "It wasn't a good time for a long layoff. It's hard for the hitter, too."

Despite it all, the Mariners still are playing .500 ball (3-3) and are guaranteed to play at least five more consecutive games as the six-game homestand continues under the comforting Safeco Field retractable roof.

Pitching matchup
SEA: RHP Miguel Batista (0-1, 15.43 ERA)
Batista has had only one start -- 10 days ago -- and it was not a good one. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs in just 4 2/3 innings against Oakland. He would have started again in Boston, but the team's five postponements pushed his start back.

TEX: RHP Vicente Padilla (0-2, 6.94)
Padilla did a decent job in his last outing against powerful Boston -- seven innings, four hits, three runs -- but still ended up losing. He is 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA in his career against Seattle.

Player to watch
Kenny Lofton has a .366 career average (15-for-41) against Batista.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
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Up next
• Sunday: Texas (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 1-1, 3.75) at Seattle (LHP Horacio Ramirez, 0-0, -. -- ), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Minnesota (RHP Ramon Ortiz, 2-0, 1.80) at Seattle (RHP Jeff Weaver, 0-1, 31.50), 7:05 p.m. PT

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