Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Mariners 2
The Texas Rangers didn't blink Saturday night against Seattle's Felix Hernandez, scoring three early runs and winning 5-2 over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Profar gets it going: The Rangers' 20-year-old infielder Jurickson Profar started a three-run second inning against Hernandez with a run-scoring single to right field. Profar finished the game with a 2-for-4 night.
|Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss a hypothetical Jurickson Profar for Cliff Lee trade, how he would handle Profar's playing time with the Rangers and more.
Holland outduels Felix: Derek Holland bounced back from two so-so outings, allowing two runs in 6⅔ innings as he outpitched Hernandez. Holland had a season-high 10 strikeouts. He had good command of his fastball and also had a good slider.
Martin triples up: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin had his fourth triple of the season in the sixth inning, one behind the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout. Martin scored on Murphy's hit for the three-run lead.
Robbie Ross-Tanner Scheppers-Joe Nathan: The back of the Rangers' bullpen finished another game off, allowing one hit in 2⅓ innings. Nathan improved to a perfect 16 for 16 on saves.
Up next: The Rangers go for the sweep Sunday afternoon when rookie Nick Tepesch (3-4, 3.98 ERA) faces Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 2.37 ERA) at 3:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.