Chris Young will pitch against his former San Diego team for the first time when the Mariners host the Padres on Monday. Young spent parts of five seasons with the Padres, from 2006-10, before a stint with the Mets. His best season in San Diego came in 2006, when he went 11-5 with a 3.46 ERA.
The 35-year-old right-hander hopes to leverage his success at Safeco Field, where he's 6-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 10 career starts, though he's coming off his first loss in Wednesday's 4-2 setback to the Yankees. Young (5-4) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings en route to his second consecutive loss and fourth in his last six starts.
"This guy is a competitor," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He hung in there and did as good as he could. It's not his best stuff, but that happens, that happens to all of us. He'll bounce back."
Tyson Ross gets the start for the Padres. Ross has had strong season thus far, posting a sub-three ERA and throwing an impressive 88 innings in 14 starts. At one point in May, he fired off four consecutive starts of seven innings, and did so last week against the Phillies.
"Any time you can go deep into games it helps out," Ross said. "Typically, you're being pretty efficient, you're getting outs. It's usually going to be a close game and it really kind of saves the bullpen."
In his first start in June, Ross struggled against the Nationals, allowing five earned runs on five hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. His next start against the Phillies was much different, going seven strong without letting in a run on just four hits.
"I gave up that homer, second batter of the game against the Nationals. I was kind of pitching behind the whole time," said Ross. "Against the Phillies, we were tied 0-0, it was close, [Cole] Hamels was throwing well, so it was kind of a quicker pace. The difference is just pitching behind two or [in] a 0-0 ballgame."
Padres: Vincent headed to 15-day disabled list
Just a day after lefty reliever Troy Patton landed on the 15-day disabled list due to left shoulder trouble, another arm in the Padres 'pen joined him Sunday.
San Diego placed righty Nick Vincent on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 12 because of right shoulder fatigue and selected righty Blaine Boyer from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.
Before he sustained the injury, Vincent had struggled in his last few outings, allowing three runs in back-to-back starts against the Nationals and Phillies, raising his ERA to 5.67.
"The last couple games have been a little bit of a road bump for him," said manager Bud Black. "The strength in his shoulder was decreasing to the point that it probably wasn't going to subside in a few days. I think the logical thing to do was put him on the DL and take a little step back here, let his shoulder rest, and hopefully in two weeks he'll bounce back and be ready to pitch."
Mariners: Three regulars set to begin rehab
First baseman Justin Smoak, outfielder Michael Saunders and designated hitter Corey Hart could all begin rehab assignments with Triple-A Tacoma by the end of the week, McClendon said before Sunday's finale against the Rangers.
Saunders (right shoulder inflammation) and Smoak (quad strain) both went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Hart sustained a left hamstring strain on May 18 in Minnesota and subsequently landed on the DL. He began running and taking batting practice during this homestand, but will probably require the longest rehab stint of the three.
Hart was hitting just .209 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games after missing all of 2013 because of microfracture surgeries on both knees.
"Obviously, I think Saunders and Smoak will come quicker because they have been playing," McClendon said. "We have to be careful with Corey and make sure we build his at-bats up and he's swinging well and he's running well.
• Kyle Seager went 4-for-4 on Sunday with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, extending his team-leading mark (42).
• With his home run in the eighth inning on Saturday against the Mets, Chase Headley now has 86 career home runs, the most in Major League history by a player born in Colorado.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.