I'm going to try to keep a positive attitude in the game updates. WE'll see how long it lasts for.
Tommy Hunter strikes out Ichiro and Ryan Langerhans and then gets Franklin Gutierrez to pop out.
Not a good start for Ryan Rowland-Smith. He gives up back to back singles to Elvis Andrus and Michael Young to start the game. But he gets a little help from the denseness of Ian Kinsler, who tried to bunt and for some reason thought it went foul - so he just stood there. But the ball didn't go foul. It stayed fair and Rob Johnson grabbed it, fired to second to get Young and then Josh Wilson fired to first to get Kinsler, who was still in the batter's box looking mystified.
But with two outs, RRS leaves a pitch up to Vlad Guerrero, who ripped a single. He then guts another pitch that Josh Hamilton ripped 430 feet into right-center for a two-run home run.
Rangers lead 3-0.
Mike Carp draws a walk, but that's about it.
RRS gets two outs, but then gives up a single to Julio Borbon, but he gets out when Elvis Andrus lines out. The Rangers are making very solid contact on him.
The Mariners pick up a run on an awful and ill-advised throw from Julio Borbon that allowed Michael Saunders, who led off the inning with a single, to score. The M's add another run on Gutierrez's sac fly to center. It's 3-2.
Positive thoughts are working!
Well, maybe not. RRS gives up a lead-off homer to Michael Young. He then continues to find trouble giving up a single to Kinsler, walking Guerrero and then Chone Figgins misses a ball at second that allows a run to score and Gutierrez misses Figgins' miss allowing Guerrero and his 99-year-old knees to advance. Vlad scores on a fielder's choice and then Matt Treanor drives in another run. Texas gets four runs, and lead 6-2 .
RRS looks okay for about two innings, but even the hits he gave up were rockets. Brandon League comes in and gets shelled, though he should have been out of the inning if Josh Wilson fields a ground ball.
The Rangers get five runs in the seventh.
The Rangers are in cruise control. Josh Hamilton is taking pictures with the photographers cameras. Michael Young is probably off scowling to himself in the clubhouse.
This trip has started out poorly to say the least.