Noesi gets start tonight in place of Harang

Aaron Harang had one team he’d yet to pitch against in his Major League career — the New York Yankees — and that will remain true tonight as the 12-year veteran has been scratched from Thursday’s start with lower back stiffness.

Hector Noesi, the former Yankee, will get the start in his place in the 4:05 p.m. PT game.

Noesi has pitched pretty well in relief for the Mariners, but has a history of trouble as a starter since being acquired in the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade in 2012.

Noesi was 2-12 with a 6.24 ER in 18 starts last season. He’s put up a 3.86 ERA in three reiever appearances this year since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on April 18.

The Harang news comes at a tough time since he’d just started to get into a groove after being acquired by trade on April 12. Harang is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA, but had put up back-to-back quality starts against the Orioles and Pirates and felt he had straightened out some mechanical issues that were plaguing him earlier.

Noesi hasn’t pitched in 11 days, so it’ll be interesting to see how long he can go.

The Mariners scored 12 runs against the Yankees on Wednesday, so a little more of that might help. But Andy Pettitte’s on the hill tonight, so that’ll be no easy task.

Noesi does have some success at Yankee Stadium, where he’s 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in  15 games, including two starts.

Here’s tonight’s lineups:

May16lineup

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