Alex White, who has been a nice surprise so far filling in in the Indians' rotation, makes the third start of his career on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 against the Seattle Mariners.
White (1-0, 3.75 ERA) is coming off of his first career win in his last start, against Anaheim on May 7. In that game -- won by the Indians, 4-3 -- White went six innings and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits, fanning six and walking two to give the Tribe their only win of the series on the West Coast.
In two appearances, White has gone 12 innings and has allowed five earned runs and 13 hits, with 10 strikeouts. The Indians have won both of his starts, so it is fair to say that he has given Cleveland exactly what was needed with Mitch Talbot still not having come back.
Seattle will send Erik Bedard (1-4, 4.78 ERA) for his second appearance against the Indians this season. Bedard was the losing pitcher on April 10 when the Tribe completed a three-game sweep in Seattle. In that game Bedard went only four innings, and was tagged for 10 hits and six runs, although he did accumulate six strikeouts.
But in his last three starts, Bedard has surrendered only four earned runs in 19 innings, for a 1.89 ERA over that span. Included in those three starts was Bedard's only win of the season, in Detroit on April 27.
The Indians will wrap up this three-game set on Sunday afternoon at 1:05, before hitting the road for two games in Kansas City and two more in Chicago against the White Sox to begin next week.