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American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, May 21st (All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (22-22) at Texas Rangers (21-24), 2:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Chris Young (3-1, 3.22) Texas - Nick Tepesch (0-0, 1.69)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Another day, another possible Prince Fielder return for the Texas Rangers.
The burly first baseman appeared ready to end a two-game absence for the Rangers on Tuesday night, but will instead try to return after a three-game hiatus on Wednesday afternoon when Texas wraps up a two-game series with the visiting Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park.
Fielder hasn't played since Friday and received an injection for a herniated disk in his neck on Saturday.
The Rangers have averaged 2.3 runs per game while losing five of their last six, including a 6-2 loss in Tuesday's opener.
"We certainly feel like we're not doing what we're capable of doing on the offensive side yet," manager Ron Washington said.
Fielder was in Tuesday's original lineup, but was scratched after batting practice.
"I'm doing all right. My arm feels a little weak still. Not too much pain. Just feels a little weak," Fielder said. "Not too concerned now because there's nothing I can do right now besides give it the extra day."
Seattle, meanwhile, is hitting just .236 as a team, but had 11 hits on Sunday against Minnesota before boosting the number to 12 on Tuesday.
Kyle Seager has four hits and three RBI during that stretch. The third baseman is a career .257 hitter, but he owns a .432 average over his last 19 visits to Arlington.
"I've always seen the ball pretty well here," said Seager, who is hitting .432 in his last 18 games at Texas.
The Mariners send right-hander Chris Young to the mound in need of a turnaround.
He was battered for 10 hits and five runs in seven innings of a 5-4 loss to Minnesota in his most recent outing on Friday. In three previous starts, all wins, his earned run average was 1.83.
Young pitched for the Rangers in 2004 and 2005, but hasn't faced them since 2006.
Texas counters with righty Nick Tepesch, who starts for the second time in the slot of injured teammate Martin Perez.
Tepesch allowed a run and two hits while striking out eight in just 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, en route to a no-decision against Houston in a game the Rangers lost, 5-4.
He's made three career starts against Seattle and won once while compiling a 4.15 ERA.
On Tuesday, Seager went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Mariners in Monday's win.
Hisashi Iwakuma (3-0) pitched eight innings and gave up two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run and Alex Rios drove in the other run for the Rangers.
Colby Lewis (3-3) was touched for five runs on nine hits over six innings to take the loss.
Texas has split eight matchups with the Mariners this season.
05/21 10:25:36 ET