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Washburn to take on Dice-K

Washburn to take on Dice-K

It's been a while since Jarrod Washburn has beaten the Red Sox -- more than three years, to be exact.

Washburn is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA in his career against the Red Sox, and has not recorded a win against them since July 15, 2004, and averages less than six innings per game against them. He gets another chance Saturday when the Mariners host the Red Sox in the second game of a three-game series at Safeco Field.

Washburn has been very solid for Seattle thus far this season, however, as he is second on the team with 11 quality starts, and has pitched at least six innings in 15 of his 21 starts this year. He has not earned a win since July 4, when he held the Royals scoreless through eight innings.

The 32-year-old is 0-1 in his last four starts, including three consecutive no-decisions, although he won three straight decisions from June 23 through July 4.

Pitching matchup
SEA: LHP Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 4.11 ERA)
Washburn lasted five innings in his last outing, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits in five innings against the A's.

BOS: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-8, 3.75 ERA)
Dice-K has yet to record a win against the Mariners, as he is 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA in three starts against them. He last started against Seattle at Safeco Field on June 27, in which he earned a no-decision after allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight in eight innings.

Player to watch
Jose Guillen has experienced more success against Dice-K than any other Mariner, hitting .500 against the righty, including three RBIs.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN HD

On radio
• KOMO, KDOW 1680 (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Mariners (Miguel Batista, 11-7, 4.23) vs. Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 13-5, 3.41), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Sunday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Mariners (Jeff Weaver, 2-10, 6.32) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 7-3, 2.98), 4:05 p.m. PT

Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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