W2W4: Rangers at Mariners

May, 21, 2012
5/21/12
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The Rangers begin a three-game series at Seattle, the first opponent they'll see a second time in 2012. The Rangers visit the Mariners after taking two of three games from the Houston Astros.

Darvish gets another shot: Yu Darvish meets the Mariners for the second time this season Monday night. Like the team in general, it's Darvish's first chance to see an opponent a second time. In the first meeting, Texas won 11-5 but Darvish walked four and gave up five earned runs on eight hits. He lasted 5 2/3 innings. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a game since and is 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA this year.

Young's hot streak: Michael Young hit in all three games against the Astros, going 5-for-12 with two doubles and improving his season average from .269 to .280. In the previous seven-game stretch, Young had gone just 4-for-32 with one extra-base hit.

How will Feliz do? Neftali Feliz (3-1, 3.16) will take on Kevin Millwood (2-4, 4.17) in the finale of series Wednesday afternoon, and it will be interesting to see how he responds. Feliz lost a four-run lead Saturday at Houston and was chewed out by manager Ron Washington on the mound and in the dugout. Washington's message to Feliz was simple: The team depends on him to win games and to command the strike zone. Washington said his talk with Feliz should resonate the rest of the season. Here's Feliz's chance to make that happen.

Cruz's bat: Nelson Cruz has taken off the batting gloves and his quad feels much better. This means is hitting the ball better. He had three hits Sunday and said his approach is the same, to drive it and swing at good pitches. But Cruz struggled for a bit and took off his batting gloves Saturday night so he could get a better feel for the bat when he swings. Sunday he swung the bat and ran the bases well. Cruz went through a 2-for-13 spell before getting his three hits Sunday.

Base hits: Mike Napoli should catch Darvish on Monday, and at some point during the Seattle series third baseman Adrian Beltre will get moved to DH. ... The Rangers are tied with Baltimore with the most road wins in the AL (15). Atlanta leads the majors with 16. ... Relief pitcher Mike Adams should be available for this series after missing the entire three-game set with Houston due to a respiratory infection. Adams said it zapped his energy but he's feeling good now. ... The Rangers won three out of four games between the teams earlier this season.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 73
OPSA. Beltre .873
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182