Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Joe Saunders

April, 13, 2013
4/13/13
11:45
AM CT
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners have split the first two games of a four-game series heading into Saturday night's game at Safeco field. The Rangers will send right-hander Alexi Ogando to the mound against Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders, who brings back bad memories for Rangers fans. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

Ogando (2-0, 0.77 ERA): Ogando wasn't as sharp in Monday night's start against the Rays, but he still allowed only one run in six innings. He is off to another great start as a starter after doing the same two years ago in his first go around in the rotation … Ogando is 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA for seven career April starts … Ogando has dominated left-handed hitters this season, allowing two hits in 20 at-bats. He's allowed two hits in 17 at-bats with runners on base … Ogando has struggled some against Seattle with a 1-0 record and 4.91 ERA in four career starts and 13 overall appearances against the Mariners … Ogando has a 3.00 ERA at Safeco Field.

Saunders (1-1, 3.48 ERA): Saunders broke the hearts of Ranger fans in last season's AL wild-card Game, allowing a single run in 5⅔ innings for Baltimore as the Orioles eliminated Texas from the playoffs with a 5-1 victory … Saunders has started this season well, blanking the Astros for six innings in a 3-0 victory on Monday. Saunders gave up six hits and walked only one … Saunders has great control, walking 2.8 batters per nine innings. He was 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA for Arizona and Baltimore in 2012 … Saunders has pitched well throughout his career at Safeco Field with all but one start coming for a visiting team … Saunders is 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA for 10 career starts at Safeco … Saunders has a terrible history against the Rangers, except for last season's playoff game. He is 3-7 with a 6.48 ERA in 58⅓ innings pitched.

Hitters: Justin Smoak (5-for-12, two RBI) has struggled in the big leagues, but he's had success against Ogando. Ian Kinsler (10-for-24, 4 HR, 8 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (6-for-20, 2 HR, 3 RBI) have handled Saunders.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182