Rogers loses likely last start for Rangers

SEATTLE (AP) -- Kenny Rogers' three-stint career with the Texas
Rangers appears to be over as the 40-year-old left-hander finished
his roller-coaster season with a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners
on Thursday.

Rogers (14-8), who gave up nine hits and three earned runs in
six innings, was quoted as saying in Thursday's editions of The
Dallas Morning News: "I'm pretty certain this is my last start
here. Actually, I'm extremely certain. I think everybody has made
their positions known."

"In a way, I'm kind of relieved. I know I won't have to bend
over backwards to make it happen," he said. "I think sometimes in
the past, my desire to be here has been the overriding factor for
me, and at least I know where I stand."

Texas decided not to discuss a new contract with Rogers' agent,
Scott Boras, until after the season. Rogers has played 12 of his 17
major league seasons with the Rangers but this season was the most

Rogers was suspended by commissioner Bud Selig for 20 games and
fined $50,000 following an altercation with two television
cameramen in June. The suspension was cut to 13 games by an

Rogers, who talks only selectively to the media, did not address
the matter after the game. But manager Buck Showalter said: "We
don't know that yet. We hope it works out. We're not ready to
approach it from that standpoint yet."

David Dellucci, who had a solo home run in the third, said,
"When you're out there and competing, you're not really thinking
about it. You're just worrying about trying to win the ballgame. On
the plane ride back home, we'll think about whether this may be his
last game."

Seattle's Ryan Franklin (8-15) gave up three runs and six hits
in six innings, throwing 95 pitches. Eddie Guardado pitched the
ninth for his 35th save.

Richie Sexson had three hits and two RBI for the Mariners, who
drew just 19,781 -- the first crowd under 20,000 in the 5½-year
history of Safeco Field.

"It's been a while," said Franklin, who won consecutive games
for the first time since July 4-9. "It's definitely good to finish
on a good note."

Ichiro Suzuki opened Seattle's first with a single, leaving him
two hits shy of becoming the first player to start his major league
career with five straight 200-hit seasons. Sexson hit a run-scoring
double with two outs -- his 120th RBI -- and, after third baseman
Hank Blalock booted Mike Morse's two-hopper for an error, Jose
Lopez hit a soft infield single to the left side of the mound that
Rogers couldn't field in time to get an out.

Dellucci, who missed the previous six games with a strained
calf, made it 2-1 with his 29th homer. It was the Rangers' 259th,
five shy of the major league record set by the 1997 Mariners.

After Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 25 games with
a fifth-inning single, Mark Teixeira's double put the Rangers ahead

Sexson and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive RBI singles to put
Seattle ahead in the bottom half of what might have been Rogers'
final inning as a Ranger.

"I'm sure when Sunday comes around and it's time to go our own
ways, I might sit back and have a little chat to get a feel for
him," catcher Rod Barajas said. "It's tough to lose someone like
that and even tougher to find one."

Game notes
Franklin has yielded seven of his 28 home runs to the
Rangers. ... Kevin Mench was 1-for-2 against Franklin and is
12-for-20 against him in his career. ... Gary Matthews Jr. was
hitless in three at-bats against Franklin, dropping to 0-for-17
against him. ... Teixeira has 142 RBI, second in the AL behind
Boston's David Ortiz, who has 146. ... Jaime Bubela, brought up
Sept. 13 from Double-A San Antonio, got his first major league hit
in the sixth inning, a single off Rogers.