American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, September 15th
(All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (69-76) at Texas Rangers (86-58), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Jason Vargas (14-10, 3.85)
Texas - Scott Feldman (6-11, 4.97)
(Sports Network) - Scott Feldman takes aim at his first win in seven starts on
Saturday when the Texas Rangers continue a three-game series with the Seattle
Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Feldman saw his string of five straight losses stopped his last time out on
Sept. 6 against Kansas City, but he still did not receive a decision in his
team's 5-4 win. Feldman gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 of that one
and struck out six without walking a batter.
"Feldman pitched extremely well," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He gave
us a chance."
Still, Feldman hasn't won since beating the Royals back on Aug. 4 to cap a
string of six consecutive winning decisions.
Feldman lost to Seattle the last time he faced it and is 5-5 with a 3.67 ERA
in 24 games (11 starts).
Seattle, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Jason Vargas, who has lost two of
his last three starts. Vargas was beaten by Oakland on Sunday, as he allowed
three runs and four hits in seven innings to drop him to 14-10 to go along
with a 3.85 ERA.
"I was down with my fastball, for the most part, except for that second
inning, I was able to kind of throw it where I wanted to," Vargas said. "I was
able to work a little bit more efficient, if you can do that."
Vargas is 1-1 in two starts this season against the Rangers and is 4-5
lifetime against them with a 4.56 ERA in 13 games (11 starts).
In Friday's opener, Yu Darvish tossed seven strong innings and Elvis Andrus
had three RBI to help Texas to a 9-3 win. Josh Hamilton homered and knocked in
two runs, while Ian Kinsler also hit a home run for the AL West-leading
Rangers, who have won three of their last four.
Darvish (15-9) allowed one run on two hits and two walks. He also struck out
nine to give him 205 strikeouts for the season, making him 16th rookie since
1900 to record 200 strikeouts.
"He throws so many different pitches for strikes, when he throws strikes, that
you don't know what to expect," Hamilton said about Darvish. "It's fun to
Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5) surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk through 5
1/3 innings for Seattle, which has dropped two straight and six of its last
"We don't quit and we are not going to hang our heads," Mariners outfielder
Michael Saunders said. "Over the course of a year, things like this are going
Texas has won eight of its 14 matchups with the Mariners this season.
09/15 10:30:33 ET