GAME: Mariners (55-56, 3rd, AL West, -13.0 GB) at Rangers (70-51, 1st, AL West, +1.5 GA). GAME #: 121. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING: 14th (Rangers lead 8-5). WHEN: Friday, 5:05 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. STREAKS: Mariners L 2; Rangers W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
Based on the year he had with the L.A. Dodgers -- .334 BA, 48 home runs, 121 RBIs -- before signing a five-year, $64 million deal with the Mariners, Adrian Beltre's time in Seattle (2005-09) was rather a disappointment. Although he played a flawless third base, his power numbers were never there. A lasting image of him at the plate was Beltre corkscrewing himself into the batter's box as he tried to blast the ball over the Columbia Center.