Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Joe Saunders
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Saunders (5-8, 4.98): Saunders lasted just 1 2/3 inning his last start, allowing six runs. ... He allowed three home runs as he tied the third shortest outing of his career. ... Saunders pitched well June 19 against the Los Angeles Angels, losing 1-0 despite throwing a complete game, allowing one run in eight innings. ... Saunders has nine quality starts to rank him third among Mariners starters behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. ... Saunders is 1-5 with a 6.46 ERA in eight road starts. ... He is 3-9 with a 6.60 ERA in 14 regular-season starts against the Rangers. ... His last non-playoff win against the Rangers was Sept. 28, 2008 with the Angels. ... He is winless in seven career regular-season starts in Arlington, going 0-7 with a 9.91 ERA. ... He beat the Rangers in last year's American League wild-card game in Arlington pitching for Baltimore.
Hitters: Michael Morse (4-for-8) and Justin Smoak (3-for-8) have had success against Grimm this season. Ian Kinsler (10-for-30, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (8-for-27, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs) have hit for power against Saunders.
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