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Preview: Rangers (42-63) at Mariners (53-51)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: August 28, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
  

While it might seem they face a difficult challenge against Felix Hernandez, the Texas Rangers have been one of the few teams to give the Seattle Mariners ace a tough time.

The Rangers will try to beat Hernandez for the fourth time this season Wednesday night when they look to sweep this three-game series at Safeco Field.

Ian Kinsler had a season-high four hits and scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquhar's balk in the 10th inning as the Rangers escaped with a 4-3 victory Tuesday for their 11th win in 13 road games.

"Anytime you win a hard-fought game it adds to the confidence of your club and adds to the toughness of your club," said Kinsler, 9 for 22 at Safeco this year.

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Texas (77-55), 2 1/2 games up on Oakland for the AL West lead, is looking to saddle the Mariners (59-72) with a winless six-game homestand.

Hernandez (12-7, 2.63 ERA) already lost once on the homestand despite a strong outing, striking out 10 while allowing two runs and three hits over six innings in Friday's 2-0 defeat to the Angels. That was one of four home losses this season for the right-hander, and two of them came to the Rangers.

The All-Star is 0-3 in four meetings with Texas this season with a 5.55 ERA which is his highest against any opponent he's faced at least twice. The Rangers are batting .327 against him in 2013 with four home runs.

"I can't put a finger on it, because there's games when he's really dominated us," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

That comment came after Hernandez allowed a season-high five walks and five runs over five innings in a 15-3 loss at Arlington on Aug. 17. He's 4-10 with a 4.26 ERA in his last 15 starts against the Rangers.

"They battle a lot and they have a good approach against me," said Hernandez, among the top three in the majors in strikeouts (192) and innings (184 2-3).

David Murphy is 5 for 10 with a homer and two doubles off Hernandez this year while Adrian Beltre has gone 6 for 12. Beltre is batting .404 over a 12-game hitting streak versus Seattle.

Martin Perez (7-3, 3.62) will oppose Hernandez again after allowing three runs in seven-plus innings to win last week's matchup. He's 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season.

The left-hander looks to win his career-best fifth straight start after allowing four runs - three in the second inning - over seven frames in an 11-5 win over the White Sox on Friday. He has a 2.70 ERA in his last five outings - all Texas victories.

"(Perez) showed some presence out there," Washington said. "That's a veteran move, the way he gathered himself and got himself through seven innings."

Seattle's Dustin Ackley is 2 for 3 against Perez this season and 15 for 30 over a nine-game hitting streak at Safeco.

The Mariners, however, have totaled eight runs while going 4 for 23 with runners in scoring position during their home skid.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Mariners
Mon, Aug 26 Final 8 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Mariners
Tue, Aug 27 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rangers at Mariners
Wed, Aug 28 Final 12 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +105   -200   7 
 SEA  -115   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +106   -210   7 
 SEA  -116   +175   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  49%   72%   41% 
 SEA  51%   28%   59% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 4 Cover: +100 
 SEA 3 Push: 7 
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 Aug 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 8 Cover: +100 
 SEA 3 Over: 11 
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 Aug 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Cover: +220 
 TEX 3 Under: 7 
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 Aug 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Over: 18 
 TEX 15 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +163 
 TEX 1 Under: 4 
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 Jul 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Over: 9 
 TEX 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Cover: +135 
 TEX 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 9 Cover: +146 
 TEX 2 Over: 11 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Push: 7 
 SEA 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 5 Cover: +122 
 SEA 2 Over: 7 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Aug 28
 
    Cubs at Dodgers
3:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Mariners
3:40 PM EDT
    Athletics at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Giants at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Padres at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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