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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Mound Matchup: Neftali Feliz vs. Blake Beavan

By Tim MacMahon



ARLINGTON, Texas -- It won’t generate nearly as much hype as Yu Darvish’s debut, but a matchup pitting the Rangers’ closer-turned-starter against a high-profile former Texas farmhand is still pretty intriguing. A look at the matchup that will air at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW:

Neftali Feliz (0-0, 0.00 ERA): This will be the first major league start for Feliz, who recorded 72 saves as the Rangers’ closer the last two seasons but blew a save opportunity in Game 6 of the World Series that would have clinched the championship. … Feliz couldn’t ask for a better foe to make his first start against. He has not allowed a hit or run in 16 career innings against the Mariners, going 2-0 with nine saves, 21 strikeouts and only four walks allowed. … Feliz came up in the minor leagues as a starter, but his last start in a game that counted was June 21, 2009, in Triple-A. … Went 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in four Cactus League starts this spring.

Blake Beavan (0-0, 0.00 ERA): The former Texas first-round pick, who was sent to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal, is making his Rangers Ballpark in Arlington debut. … Beavan, a 23-year-old Irving High product, broke into the big leagues last season. He was 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts. He made 11 quality starts, including six in a row after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma. … He allowed only 1.39 walks per nine innings, the lowest single-season mark in Mariners history. … Beavan is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA against the Rangers. He gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss on July 17. He shut out the Rangers for eight innings in a 4-0 win on Sept. 16.

Hitters: No Ranger has more than one hit or six at-bats against Beavan. Mitch Moreland is 1-for-6 with a three-run homer, the only homer a Ranger has hit off of Beavan. He is also the only Ranger with an RBI against Beavan. … The Seattle roster is a combined 0-for-28 with 13 strikeouts against Feliz. Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-4 with one K) has the most at-bats against him of any Mariner.

Up next:
Tuesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz vs. RHP Blake Beavan
Wednesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood
Thursday vs. SEA (1:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 2.31 ERA)

NOTE: Games are on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (or KSKY 660 AM when the Mavericks are playing), and we will be chatting live on ESPNDallas.com as well.