Hisashi Iwakuma gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over just four innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
While there's been no talk of a trip to the disabled list, the neck seems to still be an issue for Iwakuma as this was the worst start of the year and possibly of his MLB career. It was certainly the shortest. He's now allowed five runs in each of his last two outings and the Mariners are going to have to get another look at his neck to see what's what. Stay tuned as the team will likely do something with him in between starts.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender