The Mariners have three starting pitchers in the American League's top 10 earned run averages - Felix Hernandez (2.38), Erik Bedard (2.61) and Jarrod Washburn (2.97).
One of them, Felix, is starting tonight, though he may not be at his best.
Hernandez had flu-like symptoms during the day but wanted to start and, as the team ace, was allowed to.
We'll see how well or how long he can pitch.
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He's never been at his best against Texas (4-8, 4.38), but is on a 4-0 roll to start the '09 season.
It's Hernandez vs. Kevin Millwood.
The Night of Zeroes Ends
Into the fourth inning, both starting pitchers were throwing shutouts, but not even Felix has been able to keep pace with Millwood.
The right-hander just gave up his first run in 22 innings, and the Rangers and Millwood don't look to need much more.
Millwood has retired the first nine Mariners he's faced. His history against Seattle, however, often includes a handful of superb innings followed by one disastrous one. The Mariners will need that inning tonight.
Hernandez is throwing well - 95 mph on a handful of fastballs - but here in the fourth the Rangers have two already.
Rangers 2, Mariners 0
After the Mariners went down 1-2-3 in the fourth, the Rangers jumped out to a bigger lead - riding Michael Young's two-run home run to a 4-0 advantage.
Considering Seattle hasn't come close to a hit yet, that's problematical.
To bottom fifth: Rangers 4, Mariners 0
Millwood's disastrous inning shows up
History can repeat itself. Perfect through four, Millwood was tagged by Russell Branyan's seventh home run and came unglued.
Jose Lopez singled, Kenji Johjima doubled, Franklin Gutierrez homered - No. 3 - and Ichiro tripled.
After five: Mariners 4, Rangers 4
Oops!, Part II
Flu-like symptoms or just the occasional bad pitch, it's not Felix's night.
No sooner do the Mariners fight back to tie than Hernandez gives up a single to David Murphy and a home run to Chris Davis - who was batting .186 when the pitch was thrown to him.
To the bottom of six: Rangers 6, Mariners 4
Seattle inching back
Singles by Gutierrez and Yuniesky Betancourt put runners at first and third for Ichiro, who grounded into a fielders choice but got one run in.
That's where it stands afrer seven:
Rangers 6, Mariners 5.
With runners on first and second and two out, after yuniesky betancourt drew a walk, Ichiro went first-pitch hunting and flied out to end it.
Rangers 6, Mariners 5