(AP) -- The Seattle Mariners are giving top arms Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez an extra day of rest while hoping Erasmo Ramirez can help them to a series win.
The 24-year-old will try to properly spell the club's taxed starters Tuesday night against the visiting New York Mets as the home team tries to secure the first two contests in the three-game set.
"I think it's for the benefit of the entire staff, not just two pitchers," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB's official website. "This is a grind. Nothing was more grueling than the (July 18-20) series in Anaheim. This is a grind. If people think it's easy to go out there every five days and throw 110 pitches, it's tough. When you can take care of them and give them an extra day, particularly for their legs and arm, just do it."