American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (26-17) at Seattle Mariners (20-24), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.21)
Seattle - Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.61)
(Sports Network) - Matt Harrison has had a tough go of it as of late since his
strong beginning to the season. He's probably pretty glad to see the rival
The Texas Rangers turn to Harrison tonight as they continue a three-game
series with hosting Seattle, which tries tonight for a season-high fifth
Harrison won each of his first three starts with a 1.66 earned run average,
but has managed to go just 1-3 over his past five outings with an 8.10 ERA. He
lost to the Angels on May 12, allowing four runs over six innings, and then
did not factor into the decision of his club's 5-4 setback to the Athletics on
Thursday. The left-hander yielded three runs on eight hits and three walks in
5 1/3 innings of work, giving him a 4-3 record and 5.21 ERA on his eight
The 26-year-old should be glad to see the Mariners, who he beat four times in
as many starts last year while posting a 1.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 27
1/3 innings. Harrison is 6-1 versus them lifetime with a 2.67 ERA in 13 games
Texas as a whole has begun to mirror Harrison's season. The Rangers opened the
season with a 17-6 record, but have lost 11 of 20 in May and failed last night
to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 10-11 with a 6-1 loss.
Felix Hernandez shut down Texas' feared lineup, hurling eight innings of one-
run ball while scattering six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
"It's not easy against this lineup," said Hernandez. "(I was) just making good
adjustments, the ball was down in the zone, I was pounding the strike zone and
the sinker was pretty good."
Ichiro Suzuki and Jesus Montero knocked in two runs apiece and Dustin Ackley
also plated a run as the Mariners won their season high-tying fourth straight
contest. A victory tonight would be their longest since a six-game run from
May 18-23 of last year.
Yu Darvish allowed five runs -- four earned -- on just four hits, but walked a
career-high six batters over four full frames, marking the shortest outing of
his brief major league career with the Rangers.
"He had good velocity. He just didn't throw the ball in the strike zone. It's
one loss, we'll move on," Rangers manager Ron Washington said about Darvish.
"You just need to take it, move on and learn what you can."
Mitch Moreland provided the offense with his solo blast in the eighth for
Texas, which now holds just a four-game lead over Oakland for first place in
the American League West. Seattle is 6 1/2 games off the pace.
The Mariners will start Hector Noesi, who made his debut with the club on
April 9 against the Rangers after coming over as part of a trade that sent
Michael Pineda to the Yankees.
Noesi struggled in that outing, getting hammered for seven runs on six hits
over three-plus innings while failing to hold a 5-2 lead. He served up a
three-run homer to Nelson Cruz and a two-run shot to Moreland in taking an
The 25-year-old righty, though, allowed one run or less for the third time in
his eight starts on Thursday in Cleveland. Though he did not get a decision in
Seattle's 6-5 loss, Noesi was charged with just one run on five hits and three
walks over 6 1/3 frames while fanning five.
He has a 2-4 record and 5.61 ERA on the season.
The Rangers won three of four at home versus the Mariners from April 9-12 and
are 19-6 in the past 25 encounters. They won seven of 10 in Seattle last year.
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