Matchup: Travis Blackley vs. Joe Saunders
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Saunders (10-12, 4.91 ERA): In his most recent start on Tuesday, Saunders took his first no-decision in 15 games against Oakland, allowing four runs in six innings. ... He allowed 10 hits and gave up two home runs. ... Saunders allowed all four runs in the first inning as the Mariners rallied late for a 7-4 victory. ... Saunders was 7-7 with a 4.29 ERA in his previous starts before Tuesday. ... He is one of three Seattle starters with 10 wins, two behind Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez. ... Saunders is 5-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts at Safeco Field this season. ... The Mariners signed Saunders as a free agent before the season because of how good he has been throughout his career at Safeco, where is 11-5 with a 3.10 ERA. ... Saunders is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the Rangers this season. ... He is 4-9 with a 6.17 ERA against Texas for his career.
Hitters: Jeff Baker (7-for-16, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (11-for-33, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) have had success against Saunders. Kendrys Morales is 2-for-5 with a home run against Blackley. The current Mariners are batting .163 with a .178 on-base percentage against the Rangers' new lefty.
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