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Blessings to Edwin Diaz.

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Back to open game thread.)

As you likely saw this morning, Edwin Diaz is up with the big league club and on debut watch. After the loss of Tony Zych, having a right-handed eater of worlds in the pen would be an excellent complement to Steve Cishek and Joaquin Benoit, especially since Diaz can play the roll of fireman and go multiple innings. He's not Dellin Betances, but if he's mini-Dellin we'll all be very happy.

But, that may not happen today! What we know will happen is Nate Karns taking the mound against the Rangers looking for a seventh straight solid outing. Karns has yet to face the Rangers this season, but had mixed results against a semi-similar Texas lineup last year that I'm sure you'll hear all about. Karns has actually fared very well in unfriendly ballparks this year -- Houston, New York, Baltimore -- so hopefully that streak continues tonight.

The Rangers are rolling with Martin Perez, a left-handed starter who has never lived up to his billing. Perez always had the excuse of youth when his minor league numbers didn't match his stuff, but he's never shown us anything else, and is a mid-rotation starter at best. Hopefully our lord and savior Dae-Ho Lee will make him pay for a mistake or two tonight.

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS TEXAS RANGERS
Shawn O'Malley - CF Jurickson Profar - DH
Franklin Gutierrez - RF Ian Desmond - CF
Robinson Cano - 2B Nomar Mazara - RF
Nelson Cruz - DH Adrian Beltre - 3B
Dae-Ho Lee - 1B Rougned Odor - 2B
Kyle Seager - 3B Ryan Rua - LF
Chris Iannetta - C Mitch Moreland - 1B
Stefen Romero - LF Elvis Andrus - SS
Luis Sardinas - SS Bryan Holaday - C
Nate Karns - RHP Martin Perez - LHP

Game Info

Mariners! Rangers! 6:05 PT!TV: ROOTRadio: 710 ESPNWeb: MLB.tv

Let's get down to bizness, to defeat the huns.