BY Steve Rudman 08:12PM 04/04/2011

Rangers jump on Bedard, beat M’s 6-4

Lefty makes his debut but receives little help from Mariners outfield and hitters.

Erik Bedard received his first regular-season start for the Mariners since 2009, and mostly acquitted himself well, although he took the loss. / Otto Greule Jr., Getty Images

The defending American League champion Texas Rangers bashed two home runs and a two-run triple off Erik Bedard, making his first start since 2009, and defeated the Mariners 6-4 in the first game of a three-game series in Arlington, TX., played in front of 36,618 fans. The Mariners, who started the season 2-0, are now 2-2. Texas is 4-0.

Elvis Andrus hit a second-inning home run off Bedard, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Julio Borbon smacked a two-run triple in the second, and Nelson Cruz homered to center in the fourth, giving Texas a 4-2 lead.

“We’ve got a solid offense,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Anybody in the lineup can get you. Tonight Elvis got us going. And Cruz came back and got another one. … Anytime you’ve got that lineup, that’s what it’s all about.”

Cruz became the third player in major league history to homer in the first four games of a season, joining Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998).

Bedard (0-1), making his first start since July 25, 2009, worked 5 innings, and allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits. He struck out three and walked two. The Mariners lifted Bedard after he ran out of gas.

“It’s been a while,” Bedard said. “I had a rough couple years with injuries and stuff and I was glad to be back on the mound.”

Texas starter Derek Holland (1-0) went 6 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Neftali Feliz, who had 43 saves in 2010, collected his first in 2011.

The Mariners, who out-hit the Rangers 10-7, received a three-hit game from Milton Bradley (double, pair of runs scored) and two-hit games from Justin Smoak (2-for-4), Miguel Olivo (2-for-4) and Jack Wilson (2-for-4), but botched numerous scoring opportunities, going 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and leaving six men stranded.

Smoak extended his hitting streak to 14 games, dating to the end of the 2010 season, and had a run-scoring double.

“Our guys stayed in the fight, they stayed in it the whole way,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

The Mariners play the second game of their two-game series against Texas on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. RHP Michael Pineda will make his Major League debut for Seattle, and will oppose RHP Alexi Ogando, who went 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 2010.

Reigning Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez (1-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the season for the Mariners on Wednesday, contesting LHP C.J. Wilson, (0-0, 3.18).

The Mariners have an off-day Thurday, and will play their home opener Friday at Safeco Field against the Cleveland Indians.

NOTES: Monday night’s game marked the first of 19 contests between the Mariners and Rangers in 2011 . . . Ichiro, who went 1-for-5 with a double, had his first error of the season when he muffed a line drive (Rangers scored two runs as a result of the error and a walk by Bedard) . . . Friday night’s home opener will include a tribute to former broadcaster Dave Niehaus. His widow, Marilyn Niehaus, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Also, Felix Hernandez will receive his 2010 Cy Young Award, and Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez will be given their 2010 Gold Glove awards . . . Eric Wedge won the first two games of his Seattle managerial stint (at Oakland on Friday and Saturday), becoming one of five Seattle managers to win their first two games: Rene Lachemann won his first four in 1981, Dick Williams his first two in 1986, Jim Snyder his first two in 1988, and Daren Brown his first two in 2010. Wedge is the first to win his first two on the road . . . When Josh Lueke and Tom Wilhelmsen made their Major League debuts Sunday, it marked the first time (and just the second time in club annals) since 1982 that two rookie hurlers made their debuts in April. In 1982, Seattle’s two rookies were Edwin Nunez and Ed Vande Berg.


  • Gc Rolander

    Art, you are the prototypical downer Seattle sports fan. I’m glad you’ve been banished to this dark corner of the internet.

    • spudzDP

      I think you meant “typical” rather than “prototypical,” which implies that Art is the prototype of the “downer Seattle sports fan.”  I am sure there were downer Seattle sports fans before Mr. Thiel.  Now go back to your brightly lighted corner of the internet, and leave us alone here in the darkness.

  • KevinD

    I gave up on reading Thiel’s articles when he was at the PI (or was it the Times?  … same thing.) because his Husky articles were so mean-spirited.  Unlike Jim Moore who loved to bash the Huskies, but did it with humor and tongue-in-cheek.

    So I figured I’d give Thiel a 2nd chance now that he’s working someplace new.   Nope … same ol’ bile from Thiel.  This is the last article I will read from Thiel.

    • Michael Kaiser

      No it is not.  Say something original.  

  • spudzDP

    Oh Husky fans, why do you need constant ass kissing.  Why does Art have to praise the Udub’s football program to the heavens in order to satisfy your Taliban like fanaticism?  I mean this team has sucked for quite a while now, and last year they finally made it to average.  So what?  
    This reminds of the time Oregon kicked the Dawg’s ass in Husky Stadium a few years ago, and a reporter asked one of Ducks how it felt to beat the Huskies on the Huskies’ home field, and the player (can’t remember who) said something nonchalant, like,”We try to play as good away as we do at our place.”  The reporter appeared a bit taken back with the player’s lack of excitement after beating their “arch rival” and all.  But the truth was that the rivalry between the two teams had become a one sided affair.  That train had left the station several years ago. The Ducks real rivals were now USC or Stanford or even the Beavers – anyone but Washington (well – and WSU.)  
    Oh Husky Fans, why does your arrogance linger so?

  • Btickle27

    Uhmmm… I don’t know what delusional world you live in duckie, but enjoy it while you can.  This past decade that you’ve enjoyed without a lot of success bowl wise is laughable even with daddy Phil’s money.  You can’t buy tradition or respect, which the ducks have none.  You’re more known for your outrageous uniforms and now Willie Lyles than your play on the field.   Oh, Duck Fans, why do your delusions of grandeur linger so?

  • Sales

    No arrogance here Spudz, simply a strong fan following who watched a string of crappy coaches run (what was) arguably the dominant program in the Pac10/12 into the ground… sooo should we not want to bounce back or be excited about what appears to be th beggining of that bounceback? should we not want to get back to stomping a mudhole in the ducks year after year? I think not, to the best of my knowledge the ducks have a losing record against the huskies… so perhaps, just maybe you should stop worrying about what we’re doing and excitd about up here in Seattle, and focus moreso on keeping your players out of jail, off suspension or just getting straight booted off your squad… oh ya, arogance comes in many forms, just like the 213 different uniforms you have, half of which don’t even rep your schools colors. must be fun to play dress up, unless your uni’s have fake diamond plating and robofeathers on them that is.

  • spudzDP

    I hate to burst your bubble, but I am not a Duck nor am I a Duck fan.  I am an objective Husky supporter who has been following them for several years.  What I trying to say wass that many Husky Nation folks cannot stand any honest criticism of their program.   They believe this is disloyal.  They act like an army of Tyrone Willinghams – frozen paranoid and unable to break free from their rigid routine.
    You see, I was just using an interview with a Duck player to make the point that many Husky fans were so full of themselves that they believed the old rivalry between the Huskies and the Ducks was still going strong.  You guys read this and just saw the word “Duck.”  Your reptilian brain took over and you turned into a little Tyrone —  yapping like a pissed off little pug.  Come on, now.  Calm down.  Who’s a good dawg?  Whooo’s a good dawg?  That’s right.  Yooouuuu are — feel better?

  • spudzDP

    See reply to Btickle27