Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Joe Saunders
|Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss a hypothetical Jurickson Profar for Cliff Lee trade, how he would handle Profar's playing time with the Rangers and more.
Saunders (3-4, 5.64): This will be Saunders' 10th start of the season and three of them have come against the Rangers. ... He had a no-decision against Texas on April 13 when he allowed one earned run in seven innings. ... He also gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a start April 19 at Rangers Ballpark. ... Saunders had a no-decision in his most recent start last Saturday against Cleveland, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. ... They call him Safeco Joe in Seattle, where Saunders is 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in four starts this season. ... Saunders, in his first season with the Mariners, is 8-0 with a 1.75 ERA for 12 career starts at Safeco Field.
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