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Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Joe Saunders

5/24/2013

The Rangers and Seattle Mariners open a three-game series Friday night with right-hander Justin Grimm taking on left-hander Joe Saunders at 9:10 p.m. on Ch. 21, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

Grimm (3-3, 4.02): Grimm makes his eighth start of the season. ... He rebounded with a strong outing last Saturday against Detroit, ending a three-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. ... Grimm allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, walking only one. ... Grimm retired 12 of the last 14 Tigers he faced. ... He is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in four May starts after winning American League Rookie of the Month for April. ... Grimm leads all AL rookies with 36 strikeouts and is tied with teammate Nick Tepesch for the AL rookie lead in wins with three. ... Grimm makes his third start against the Mariners this season. ... He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. ... He went four innings and allowed two runs in his season debut against the Mariners at Safeco Field on April 11.

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.