The Seattle Mariners are hoping to get Robinson Cano back in the lineup as they look to avoid dropping three games below .500 for the first time in nearly a month.
Chris Young will attempt to help in that endeavor with another effective home outing Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers' Drew Smyly, who's coming off a rough outing.
Cano has missed the past two games with a bruised hand and an illness. The second baseman has batted .409 with 12 RBIs in his last 17 games and Seattle has dropped both contests without him.
"We'll see how he's feeling (Saturday)," manager Lloyd McClendon told the team's official website Friday. "It's nothing serious. He has a little soreness in the muscle area."
The Mariners had six hits in a 6-3 loss in Friday's series opener, their fifth defeat in seven games. Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking three-run shot in the fifth inning for Detroit (31-20), which has won back-to-back games after losing eight of 10.
Martinez has boosted his AL-best average to. 347.
''The only time I see his concentration go up even higher is when someone gets walked in front of him,'' manager Brad Ausmus said.
Young (4-2, 3.30 ERA) will try to keep the AL Central leader from getting on a roll again by duplicating his most recent start. The right-hander gave up a solo homer and a single while walking three in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Young is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in four home starts this season.
"What a godsend he's been for this rotation," McClendon said. "He's been tremendous. In and out, up and down, he never wavers and knows what he wants to do."
Young will be trying to keep Seattle (26-28) from falling three games below the break-even mark for the first time since it was 12-15 on May 2. He hasn't faced Detroit since June 2, 2005, and is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career matchups.
Smyly (2-3, 3.86) gave up a career-worst four home runs in Monday's 10-0 loss in Oakland, matching another career high by allowing six runs in his five innings.
The left-hander did not get a decision in his only start against Seattle on May 9, 2012, when he gave up one run and two hits in six innings of a 2-1 loss.
Cano, who has appeared in at least 159 games in each of his last seven seasons, is 0 for 6 with two strikeouts against Smyly. He's batting .222 (6 for 27) in his last seven against Detroit.
The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, hitting .429 in his past 14 games, is 1 for 9 with three strikeouts against Young in his career. Martinez, 13 for 26 in his last seven contests, is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against the right-hander but has batted .486 in his past 10 games against Seattle.