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Preview: Mariners (55-52) at Rangers (43-64)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: April 20, 2013 8:05 PM EDT
  

The offenses of the Rangers and Mariners appear to be trending in opposite directions, with Texas' lineup breaking out in a series-opening victory while Seattle's continued to scuffle.

Both will turn to rookie hurlers - facing each other for the second time this season - as this three-game set continues Saturday night in Arlington.

The Rangers (10-6) led the majors with 808 runs last year but were expected to see their offense take a hit after losing key players in the offseason. However, most likely didn't expect them to dip as drastically as the 3.7 runs per game they've averaged heading into Friday's contest.

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But Texas busted out for a 7-0 victory, matching a season high for runs, and its six runs in the fifth were twice as many as the team had scored in a single inning this year.

Three batters broke out of ugly individual slumps. David Murphy had been 4 for his last 31, A.J. Pierzynski was 4 for 25 and Craig Gentry halted a 2-for-16 skid.

"We know what we're capable of as an offense. You can't do that every night," said Ian Kinsler, who leads Texas with five home runs and 11 RBIs. "I think we all want to get it going earlier."

Meanwhile, the Mariners (7-11) remain mired in inconsistency and haven't strung together two victories since starting 2-0. A big problem has been the lack of run production, with Seattle averaging 2.1 runs over its last nine games while going 3-6.

The Mariners have struck out 44 times in their last three, including 10 times against Texas' Yu Darvish on Friday. The others were against Detroit's Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, meaning they've faced three of baseball's top strikeout artists in order. But manager Eric Wedge wasn't necessarily buying that excuse.

"We have faced good pitchers. But we're a lot better than that," Wedge said. "The one thing is hitting with two strikes. We gotta do a better job. There's certain things we need to do prior to that to create damage. We're capable and we should do a better job."

Looking to follow Darvish's masterful outing - it was the first time Seattle has been shut out - will be right-hander Nick Tepesch, who is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA through the first two starts of his career. The loss came in a 4-3 defeat at Seattle last Sunday as he surrendered four runs on nine hits over 5 2-3 innings.

"The bottom line is he kept us in the game and gave us a chance," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "We just didn't get the hit that would have made a difference."

Seattle starter Brandon Maurer picked up his first career victory in that game, holding the Rangers to three runs on five hits over six innings.

Maurer, who is 1-2 with a 9.95 ERA after he was shelled in his first two starts, said he believes the experience against the same club should help Saturday.

"I'll just go out there and do the same thing," the 22-year-old told the Mariners' official website. "I don't have to tweak anything. Just go out there and make pitches."

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game and for the fifth time in seven days Friday as he continues to deal with groin tightness. Wedge said the team would continue to monitor his status.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mariners at Rangers
Fri, Apr 19 Final 0 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mariners at Rangers
Sat, Apr 20 Final 0 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mariners at Rangers
Sun, Apr 21 Final 3 to 11
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  +155   -130   9.5 
 TEX  -170   +110   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  +155   -130   9.5 
 TEX  -170   +110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  24%   3%   51% 
 TEX  76%   97%   49% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 0 Under: 7 
 TEX 7 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Under: 7 
 SEA 4 Cover: +120 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Cover: +100 
 SEA 1 Under: 4 
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 Apr 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 1 Under: 4 
 SEA 3 Cover: +135 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 4 Cover: +135 
 SEA 3 Push: 7 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 7 Cover: +100 
 TEX 6 Over: 13 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Over: 14 
 SEA 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Apr 20
 
    Yankees at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Red Sox
1:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Twins at White Sox
3:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
3:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Astros
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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