Beavan eager for first start tonight

BeavanBlake1The Mariners are looking to turn recent history around against the White Sox tonight, with 24-year-old Blake Beavan getting his first start of the season.

Seattle is 4-24 against the White Sox in the past three years and 2-14 at U.S. Cellular Field, site of tonight’s 5:10 p.m. PT contest. It’s chilly in the Windy City, with the forecast for 39 degrees at first pitch.

After two months in Arizona and California, that’ll be a rude awakening. The other rude awakening could be U.S. Cellular, a very hitter-friendly park where the Mariners have taken their lumps in the past.

Beavan said he’s not worried about any of that though and is ready to roll.

“I’m just anxious to get out there and compete again under the lights and get going,” he said. “This is a fun team this year and there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation to get off to the start we want.”

Beavan is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against the White Sox, including a loss at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 25 when he gave up seven hits and four runs – including two home runs – in five innings.

But Beavan has had great success in another tough pitcher’s park, Rangers Ballpark iN Arlington, and feels sometimes it helps him to face such circumstances.

“I don’t mind pitching in hitter ballparks. I don’t mind pitching anywhere,” said Beavan. “The more hitter-friendly, the more concentration and focus I have. Once the ball leaves your hand, that’s all the control you have. You understand what comes with where you’re  playing.

“At the end of the day, you can only make a good pitch. If they put a good swing on it, you know they have a chance for it to get out of the ballpark if you’re playing at certain fields and that’s the way Chicago is. You just take what you get and work from there. Some parks you just need to try to keep the ball more on the ground.”

Justin Smoak gets tonight off with Kendrys Morales getting his first start at first base. Here’s the full lineup:

Franklin Gutierrez CF
Michael Saunders RF
Kendrys Morales 1B
Michael Morse DH
Jesus Montero C
Kyle Seager 3B
Jason Bay LF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS

Blake Beavan P

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