American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (8-4) at Seattle Mariners (5-8), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Nick Tepesch (1-0, 1.23)
Seattle - Brandon Maurer (0-2, 16.48)
(Sports Network) - Brandon Maurer states his case to remain in the Seattle
Mariners' rotation on Sunday when they conclude a four-game set with the Texas
Rangers at Safeco Field.
Maurer has been awful in two starts and didn't make it out of the first inning
on Tuesday against Houston, as he was ripped for six runs and seven hits
before being pulled. He had allowed six runs in six innings in his debut.
The leash on the 22-year-old righty, who had never pitched above Double-A
before breaking camp with the Mariners, may be getting shorter following
Seattle's acquisition of Aaron Harang earlier in the week.
Texas, meanwhile, had no complaints with its rookie hurler, Nick Tepesch, who
was terrific in his big league debut on Tuesday. Tepesch held the Tampa Bay
Rays to a run and four hits over 7 1/3 innings in that one.
"Tremendous makeup," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Trusts his stuff,
knows what he's capable of doing. Never gets outside of himself. Those are the
traits we saw in spring training."
On Saturday, Elvis Andrus drove in the winning run in the eighth inning to
help Texas to a 3-1 victory. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz also had an RBI
apiece for the Rangers, who have won five of their last seven.
"Saunders was throwing the ball good, hitting his spots, in and out," said
Beltre. "We had one big chance sixth inning and he came out of it, we only
scored one, which was good at least to tie the ballgame. but we were able to
capitalize on the young guy that made a couple of mistakes and we took
advantage of it."
Alexi Ogando pitched five innings in the start and gave up a run on five hits
with a walk and five strikeouts. Joe Ortiz (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings
to get his second win of the series.
Jason Bay had two hits and drove in the lone run of the game for the Mariners,
who have dropped four of their last five.
Joe Saunders gave up an unearned run on three hits over seven innings. Carter
Capps (0-1) was tagged for two runs in an inning of work to pick up his first
"I felt bad we couldn't scratch a couple across for Saunders," said Seattle
catcher Kelly Shoppach. "We had opportunities early in the game to get some
runs, really throughout the game we had some chances to get some runs and
couldn't cash them in. Joe did well enough to win tonight, but we couldn't get
enough for him."
Texas was 10-9 against the Mariners last season.
04/14 10:26:47 ET