With the Rangers a comfortable 1.5 games behind them in the standings and the Angels a mere two games ahead, the Mariners have an opportunity to take the series and narrow the gap between second and third place in the AL West.
Today, they're facing Texas right-hander Nick Tepesch, who got off to a rough start this spring with an 11.25 ERA in spring training. Following his demotion to Triple-A, Tepesch bounced back with a pristine 1.58 ERA, including 41 strikeouts, nine walks, and a home run in 45 2/3 innings. With southpaw Martin Perez sidelined due to elbow surgery, Tepesch was able to slip into the rotation for his season debut last Wednesday, pitching 5 1/3 innings with two hits, a run, three walks, and eight strikeouts against the Houston Astros. He carried a shutout into the sixth inning but was pulled when he maxed out his pitch count at 104.
- Mariners vs. Rangers, 11:05 p.m. PST
- This morning's game will be televised on ROOT Sports, broadcast on 710 ESPN, and available to out-of-market fans at MLB TV here.
- Robinson Cano extended his on-base streak to 27 games last night and will go for 28 in the series finale in Arlington. The last Mariner to best Cano's record was one Mike Carp, who strung together 30 games with 42 hits, 14 extra bases, and seven walks in 2011.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||TEXAS RANGERS|
|James Jones - CF||Dan Robertson - LF|
|Michael Saunders - RF||Elvis Andrus - SS|
|Robinson Cano - DH||Shin-Soo Choo - DH|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Alex Rios - RF|
|Nick Franklin - 2B||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Dustin Ackley - LF||Chris Gimenez - C|
|John Buck - C||Michael Choice - CF|
|Brad Miller - SS||Rougned Odor - 2B|
|Chris Young - RHP||Nick Tepesch - RHP|