Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Miley set to make Mariners debut in Texas finale

In the finale of their three-game series, the Rangers will send Colby Lewis, their most prolific pitcher last season, to the mound to face Wade Miley in his Mariners debut on Wednesday at Globe Life Park.
Miley is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in three career starts against Texas. He was acquired from the Red Sox in a December trade and said he is fitting in well with the Mariners now.
"Obviously it's a whole new team, and I've been able to get to know these guys," Miley said. "We've got a good thing going right now, and that's probably what I'm happiest about, just getting to know everybody and the new teammates. It's been fun. I'm ready. It was a long spring, but I definitely feel like I'm in a good spot right now and ready to go." 
Lewis set career highs in 2015 in innings pitched (204 2/3), wins (17) and games started (33), and also led the Rangers in each of those categories.
"He might have been as consistent a guy as we had all year long," manager Jeff Banister said.
"For me, I feel like [the first start of the season has] always been just try to get the first one out of the way, then you just get in a rhythm," Lewis said. "I'm excited to get the first one out of the way and get rolling."
Three things to know
• Facing a right-handed starter for the first time, Seattle manager Scott Servais will give right fielder Seth Smith his first start. Smith is platooning with Franklin Gutierrez and Nelson Cruz in that spot. Left-handed-hitting backup catcher Steve Clevenger may also get his first start in place of Chris Iannetta against the right-handed Lewis.
• The Rangers and Mariners will meet six times in the first 10 days of the season, as they will begin a three-game series in Seattle on Monday. The Rangers won seven consecutive season series against the Mariners from 2008-14 before Seattle went 12-7 against Texas last year.
• Catcher Bryan Holaday, whom the Rangers acquired in a trade with Detroit last week, is expected to make his Rangers debut Wednesday. Holaday's only action as a Ranger this spring came when he caught Lewis in last Friday's exhibition game against the Indians at Globe Life Park.

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