After blowing a 4-0 lead and losing 11-5 to the Rangers, the Mariners and Texas play the second of four Tuesday, Blake Beavan of Seattle opposing Neftali Feliz.
GAME: Mariners (3-2, 2nd AL West, 0.5 GB) at Rangers (3-1, 1st AL West, 0.5 GA). GAME #: 6. SERIES: 2nd of 4 games. MEETING (2012): 2nd (Rangers lead 1-0). WHEN: Tuesday, 5:05 p.m, PT, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle, 5-6, 4.27) vs. RHP Neftali Feliz (Texas, 2-3, 2.74). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Rangers W 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
After blowing 4-0 and 5-2 leads and losing 11-5 to new AL West leader Texas Monday night, the Mariners will entrust RHP Blake Beavan, who grew up 10 minutes from the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the task of making certain they avoid their first losing streak of 2012 when they meet the Rangers.
“I can’t wait to actually pitch in Arlington for the first time,” Beavan said. “I’ll just try to keep the ball to left. Left field plays pretty good. Right field is a different story. Left-center, you’ve got to stroke it, but right field is like Arizona — the ball flies. Even if a guy mis-hits it but gets the barrel on it, it’s got a chance of going.”
Once considered the top prospect in the Rangers’ system, Beavan came to Seattle in the middle of the 2010 season in the Cliff Lee deal. Beaven will oppose Neftali Feliz, a converted reliever whose start Tuesday will be the first of his major league career. A closer look at Tuesday’s matchup:
MARINERS: RHP Blake Beavan (5-6, 4.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
The 23-year-old Beavan, in his second major league season, and second with the Mariners, will be making his first start of the season and the third of his career against the Rangers.
A native of Irving, TX., the 6-7, 240-pound Beavan was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (17th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Beavan made his major league debut July 3, 2011, against the San Diego Padres. He worked 7 IP, allowed three hits, two walks and one earned run in a 3-1 Seattle victory at Safeco Field.
Beavan became a Mariner July 9, 2010, when the Rangers traded him, along with Matthew Lawson (minors), Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak to Seattle for Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe and cash.
Beavan, who appeared in 15 games for the Mariners in 2011, all starts, brings a career record of 5-6, 4.47 ERA and 1.247 WHIP into the game.
RANGERS: RHP Neftali Feliz (2-3, 2.74, 0.95 WHIP)
The 23-year-old Feliz, in his fourth major league season, all with the Rangers, will be making his first start of his career. He pitched 15 games against Seattle as a reliever.
A native of the Dominican Republic, the 6-3, 215-pound Feliz was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 2005.
On July 31, 2007, the Braves traded Feliz with Beau Jones (minors), Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Rangers for Ron Mahay and Mark Teixeira.
After spending three years in the minor leagues, Feliz made his major league debut Aug. 3, 2009, working two innings of scoreless relief in a 3-2 Texas loss to the Oakland Athletics. Feliz fanned four.
Feliz, an All-Star in 2010, worked strictly as a reliever during his first three major league seasons, appearing in 154 games with a 2.55 ERA covering 162.2 innings. He found a big role in the Texas bullpen the past two years, saving 40 games in 2010 and 32 more in 2011.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/11||Wed||at Tex||Millwood (0-0) vs. Lewis (0-0, 0.00)|
|4/12||Thr||at Tex||Vargas (0-0, 1.42) vs. Holland (0-0, 0.00)|
|4/13||Fri||vs. Oak||Hernandez (1-0, 1.42) vs. Colon (1-1, 0.00)|
|4/14||Sat||vs. Oak||Noesi (0-0, 1.42) vs. Milone (0-0, 0.00)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|