Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ultimate MLB Show April 13, 2016


Rubby looks to solve LA; Wood aims to solve 2016

When Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound for the D-backs on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, he'll be looking to do something he's never done: beat the Dodgers.
De La Rosa is 0-3 with an eye-popping 11.21 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles, the organization that signed and developed him.
Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Alex Wood will be searching for his first win of any kind in 2016.
Wood, winless in five Spring Training starts, lost to the Giants on Thursday in his first start of the regular season. The left-hander cruised through four scoreless innings in that road outing before surrendering five runs in the next one-plus frames.
Wood started three games against the D-backs last season, going 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 16 innings.
De La Rosa went 3 1/3 innings on Thursday in his season debut and was charged with seven runs (six earned) on six hits in a loss to the Cubs. He's back in his normal starting role after helping a depleted D-backs bullpen over the weekend with a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday.
Things to know about this game
• Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is expected to be in the lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday. Grandal, who was activated from the disabled list, pinch-hit in the ninth on Tuesday and plated a run on a groundout in Los Angeles' 4-2 loss. He had been sidelined with a right forearm strain.
• D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-9 (.444) lifetime against Wood, with two home runs and two walks.
• Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick, reinstated from the DL on Tuesday (left calf strain), is 10-for-18 (.556) in his career against De La Rosa, with one double and one homer.

Rockies a familiar foe for veteran Peavy

Jake Peavy brings a veteran presence to the mound at Coors Field when he faces the Rockies in the middle game of a three-game set Wednesday. The Giants right-hander has almost as many starts against the Rockies (22) as Colorado starter Jordan Lyles has innings pitched against the Giants (26 1/3). Peavy is 7-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 140 2/3 innings against Colorado, while Lyles has struggled at 1-2 with a 5.81 ERA against San Francisco.
Things to know about this game
• Buster Posey, who sat out Tuesday with a sore foot, should be champing at the bit to get to bat at Coors Field. He has the highest batting average of any active player at Coors Field, starting the series as a career .396 hitter in Colorado. He's played 46 games at the park, tallying nine home runs and 34 RBIs.
• Nolan Arenado hits Peavy at a .455 (5-for-11) clip over the course of his career. He has a homer and three RBIs, while also posting three strikeouts. Arenado hit .333 (25-for-75) against the Giants in 2015, blasting 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 19 games against the division rivals.
• There are three Giants with 10 or more at-bats against Lyles, and they all hit .333 or better against him. Gregor Blanco is 5-for-10 (.500) with a double, a homer and two RBIs against the right-hander. Angel Pagan is 4-for-10 (.400) with a double, an RBI and a stolen base, and Hunter Pence is .333 (4-for-12) with a homer and two RBIs.

Leake makes home debut as Cards face Crew

Mike Leake hopes the Cardinals saved some extra-base hits for his home debut.
The right-hander, formerly of the Reds, will pitch in a Cardinals uniform at Busch Stadium for the first time on Wednesday, when St. Louis, coming off a rout of Milwaukee in Monday's home opener, puts its four-game winning streak on the line. Leake hopes the outing reinforces one of the reasons he chose the Cardinals in free agency -- the chance to pitch home games at pitcher-friendly Busch after years at cozy Great American Ball Park.
Beginning his seventh season, Leake, 28, is 64-53 with a 3.90 ERA. He has those numbers despite making 85 of his 173 career starts at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. In six career starts at Busch Stadium, Leake is 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and a 0.898 WHIP.
"I was looking to find a place that I could call home," Leake said in December. "That was something that was important to my family. [The Cardinals] were willing to work with us, and we were willing to work with them."
Things to know about this game
• Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson will be making his first regular-season road start. His debut at Miller Park last week was a success, with Anderson holding the Astros scoreless over five innings on four hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. He'll aim to keep the Cardinals in the ballpark; in 14 2/3 Spring Training innings, Anderson allowed five home runs.
• The Cardinals are 40-18 against the Brewers over the past three-plus seasons.
• Cardinals rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker continues to solidify his spot in the lineup and will enter Wednesday riding a six-game hitting streak. Four of his first seven hits in the Majors have gone for extra bases.

Ventura looks to regain command vs. Astros

The Royals and Astros continue their American League Division Series rematch with the third game of this four-game set on Wednesday night in Minute Maid Park.
Royals ace Yordano Ventura takes the bump for Kansas City looking to improve on his 2016 debut. Against the Twins last Friday, the hard-throwing righty allowed only two runs but walked a whopping six batters.
Better command may be necessary against an Astros lineup that is already averaging more than five runs per game. Of course, the Astros' pitching staff has faced myriad woes this season, highlighted by the starters' struggles to pitch deep into the game.
Veteran right-hander Scott Feldman will get the ball for Houston. Milwaukee hit Feldman hard in his previous outing. He contributed to Houston's bullpen exhaustion, lasting only four innings while surrendering five runs.
The teams split the first two meetings in this series.
Things to know about this game
• Tyler White continues to pace the Astros' offense, recording a hit in seven of his first eight career games after lining an RBI single in Tuesday's 3-2 Royals win. The rookie first baseman and reigning AL Player of the Week has already driven in 10 runs this season.
• Ventura struggled vs. Houston in a pair of postseason games last fall, allowing a combined six runs in seven innings across two starts. The Royals went 1-1 in those ALDS games.
• Feldman has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his past four starts against the Royals, dating back to 2013.

Rodon, White Sox aim to extend Twins' woes

Robin Ventura was fully aware of the Twins' struggles coming into this three-game set at Target Field, marking Minnesota's first three home games of the 2016 season.
But the White Sox manager wasn't placing much focus on factors outside of his team.
"We've had our problems here in the last couple of years," Ventura said. "This is a good team. We were there last year.
"You know they're going to win their first one at some point. You focus on what you're doing. This is a good, young team, and no matter what their record is, they can make you have a miserable day."
The White Sox had lost nine of their previous 11 games at Target Field, prior to Monday's 4-1 victory, so Ventura knows of what he speaks. He hopes to continue Minnesota's woes during Wednesday night's contest following a scheduled day off on Tuesday.
Carlos Rodon gets the call for the South Siders on Wednesday, after his start was moved back a few days due to Sunday's rainout in Chicago and Tuesday's off-day. Rodon gave up single runs in each of the first two innings during his first start against the A's. And while he ended up with the loss in the 2-1 final, Rodon didn't give up a run over the next five innings. He fanned six and walked one.
Phil Hughes, who also enters with an 0-1 record, gets the start for the 0-7 Twins. Hughes was solid his last time out against the Orioles and exited with a lead, but reliever Trevor May allowed two inherited runners to score, sticking Hughes with the hard-luck loss.
Things to know about this game
• Ventura is leaning toward keeping Chris Sale on his regularly scheduled turn Friday night against the Rays in St. Petersburg and moving John Danks to Saturday. That move was made possible by Sunday's rainout.
• No team has lost seven straight games to open a season and made the playoffs. Three teams had previously gone 0-6 and then made the postseason: the 1974 Pirates, the 1995 Reds and the 2011 Rays.

Lackey, Simon bring strong history to Reds-Cubs matchup

Following a day off, the Cubs and Reds will resume their three-game series on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Based on the track records of the starting pitchers in their history against these teams, it could be quite a duel.
Cubs right-hander John Lackey, who is making his second start with his new club, is 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA over nine career starts vs. Cincinnati. It was a 2.91 ERA over five starts last season while pitching for the Cardinals and included an eight-inning, one-run outing on July 29 when he was a 1-0 loser.
Lackey gave up six runs and eight hits last Wednesday in his Cubs debut, a 14-6 win over the D-backs. He did hold Arizona scoreless over his final three innings.
For the Reds, Alfredo Simon has a 1.66 ERA over his career vs. the Cubs -- his second-lowest career ERA against an opponent. He made five starts vs. Chicago during his last tour with the Reds in 2014 and went 3-0. His best showing was his last one at Wrigley Field on Sept. 15, 2014, when he worked seven scoreless innings with five hits allowed for a no-decision.
Simon gave up two runs, one earned, and five hits over five innings for a no-decision in his 2016 debut, a 6-5 loss to the Pirates on Friday.
Things to know about this game
• As is often the case, the Cubs hitter Simon will need to watch carefully is Anthony Rizzo. The first baseman is 5-for-15 with two homers lifetime against Simon.
• This is the fourth time in the last three seasons that an entire Reds-Cubs series is being played at night. It's the sixth time ever since Wrigley Field installed lights in 1988. The Cubs won the series opener, 5-3, Monday night.
• Jason Heyward is three home runs shy of 100 for his career.

Carrasco to return to site of near no-no vs. Rays

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco returns to the site of his near no-hitter when Cleveland faces Drew Smyly and the Rays in St. Petersburg on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Carrasco allowed one hit and one run in 8 2/3 innings during a victory over the Rays on July 1, 2015. He threw a season-high 124 pitches and struck out 13, with Joey Butler's RBI single with two outs in the ninth as his only blemish. During his season debut last Wednesday, Carrasco allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings as part of a no-decision against the Red Sox.
"When he's on, his stuff is overpowering," Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "I remember getting a couple of pitches to hit, and I fouled them back. And then he didn't give anything else."
The Rays will counter with left-hander Smyly, who surrendered five runs and six hits with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays in his season debut on April 4. He's a career 2-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 13 appearances (three starts) against Cleveland.
Things to know about this game
• Smyly warmed up and was ready to pitch Saturday night in Baltimore before the game was postponed. That prompted the Rays to slot him back into the rotation between left-hander Matt Moore and right-hander Chris Archer. Smyly told reporters his takeaway from Baltimore was to look at his wasted warmup "as kind of my mid-week bullpen."
As for facing the Indians, he faced them a lot during his time with the Tigers.
"I faced them a few times with the Tigers," Smyly said. "Some new faces over there, though. It'll be a tough test. ... Just looking forward to going out there and giving the team a 'W.'"
• Longoria has struggled against Carrasco throughout his career. The Rays' slugger is 2-for-16 with one RBI and five strikeouts in their meetings.
• There's the potential for damage if Yan Gomes faces Smyly. Gomes is 4-for-8 with two home runs against the left-hander.

Orioles eye eighth straight win, sweep of Sox

The red-hot Orioles continued their undefeated streak on Tuesday, extending their new club record to 7-0 and enter Wednesday the only undefeated team in the Majors.
Baltimore will send right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound in hopes of sweeping the Red Sox. Jimenez has turned in the longest outing for an Orioles starter this season, going seven innings in picking up his first win against the Twins on Thursday. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
After a strong finish to last season and a solid Spring Training, Boston right-hander Joe Kelly had a tough first start, lasting just three-plus innings and giving up seven runs. The performance ended with Kelly giving up a grand slam to Josh Donaldson. Kelly is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles.
Four things to know about this game
• Jimenez will be the eighth straight righty starter the Red Sox have faced coming out of the gate. Boston doesn't face a lefty starter until Game No. 12 against Toronto's J.A. Happ. The lack of lefty opponents has left manager John Farrell hard-pressed to find playing time for right-handed-hitting outfielder Chris Young.
• Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has not started since Wednesday, although manager Buck Showalter didn't rule out a return to the lineup during this series.
• Chris Davis is 4-for-7 lifetime against Kelly with a double.
• Pablo Sandoval has been used sparingly this season by the Red Sox, but he's a .359 hitter lifetime against Jimenez with two homers and seven RBIs. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are both 5-for-12 against the righty.

Happ's streak on line against Pineda, Yankees

After pitching six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision at Tropicana Field against the Rays last week, J.A. Happ will get a crack at another American League East rival Wednesday when the Blue Jays take on the Yankees at Rogers Centre.
The 33-year-old left-hander, who is unbeaten in his last 11 starts, has struggled against the Yankees throughout his career, posting a 4.85 ERA in nine starts.
On the bump for the Yankees will be Michael Pineda, who surrendered six earned runs in five innings last time out against the Astros, a 16-6 Yankees win. Pineda made one start at Rogers Centre last season, firing eight shutout innings in a 6-3 Yankees win on May 5.
"The Blue Jays are a pretty good team, everybody knows that," Pineda said. "I like competing and love the game and will have fun [Wednesday]."
For his career, Pineda is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA against the Blue Jays over eight starts.
Three things to know about this game
•  The Yankees' rotation had struggled to start the season, with a 5.97 ERA.
•  Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-8 lifetime against Happ, while Brian McCann is 3-for-19.
•  Edwin Encarnacion is 7-for-22 in his career against Pineda, with a home run.

Eickhoff to show Philly fans what he's got

Neither Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff nor his Padres counterpart, Colin Rea, has had the luxury of starting in front of his home crowd so far this season. For Eickhoff, that chance comes Wednesday in the third game of a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Rea will have to tough it out at least one more start.
Although the Padres have found more success on the road -- 3-2 compared to 0-3 at Petco Park -- Rea was roughed up in his first start of the season at hitter-friendly Coors Field. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs, though the offense picked up the slack en route to a 13-6 slugfest win.
Eickhoff's pitching line is easier on the eyes than Rea's (five innings, two earned runs), but he took the loss in his first start of the season at Citi Field against the Mets on Friday. Still, he's excited to pitch in front of friends rather than foe.
"It was a great crowd [Monday]," Eickhoff said Tuesday. "The fans were really into it. I'm looking forward to being a part of that."
Three things to know
• Padres outfielder Jon Jay had a hit in each of San Diego's first eight games. He, as well as every other Padre, has yet to face Eickhoff.
• Although Rea made the Padres' rotation out of camp, his first appearance came in relief on Opening Day. He gave up one of the Dodgers' runs in the worst Opening Day loss in the Padres history (15-0).
• After 10 2/3 innings to start the season in which it gave up 18 hits and 15 runs, the Phillies bullpen has come to find some stability of late. In its last 10 2/3 innings, it has surrendered only two hits and allowed no runs. Jeanmar Gomez has recorded three saves in that time.

Vogelsong steps in for Liriano to face Tigers

This home-and-home series between the Pirates and Tigers moves to Pittsburgh for the final two games beginning on Wednesday at PNC Park. The Pirates were set to send Francisco Liriano to the mound, but he was scratched Tuesday afternoon due to right hamstring discomfort, and Ryan Vogelsong will instead make the start.
Shane Greene will take the mound for Detroit in his first start of the season. The right-hander came out of the bullpen in the 11th inning on Opening Day and picked up a one-inning save against the Marlins, setting down all three batters faced.
Three things to know about this game:
• Pirates catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are a combined 12-for-29 (.414) this season with one home run and six RBIs.
• Greene pitched eight scoreless innings in Pittsburgh nearly a year ago in his only career appearance against the Pirates. Greene allowed three hits in that start on April 14. Outfielder Matt Joyce is the only Pirate with multiple hits off Greene in his career, going 2-for-4 with a home run.
• Vogelsong pitched two innings of relief against the Reds on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) over two innings, but he recorded the win. He last started a game on Sept. 3, 2015, allowing seven earned runs over three-plus innings while with the Giants against the Rockies.

Strasburg-Freeman rivalry set for next chapter

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman both debuted in 2010 and have spent their entire careers in the National League East, so naturally they have squared off many times. In fact, no batter has faced Strasburg more than Freeman, and only three pitchers have faced Freeman more than Strasburg.
They'll see each other for the second time this season on Wednesday, when Strasburg starts against Matt Wisler and the Braves at Nationals Park. Atlanta will be trying to snap an 0-7 skid to start the season.
In 39 matchups between Freeman and Strasburg, Freeman has had the upper hand. He's hitting .387 in his career against Strasburg, with three home runs and nine RBIs. Of all the hitters to have faced Strasburg at least 20 times, Freeman is third in on-base percentage (.462), second in slugging (.742) and second in OPS (1.201). The 26-year-old lefty was especially dangerous against Strasburg last year, going 5-for-11 with four walks and two homers.
Freeman's Strasburg-bashing is part of a larger trend of success against the Nationals for the first baseman, who has hit .331/.393/.513 against Washington in his career.
After Tuesday night's 2-1 Washington win, Nationals manager Dusty Baker praised Freeman for his ability to hit to all fields, calling him "one of the most dangerous men in this league."
"Freddie can hit," Baker said. "You've got to figure out what he's trying to do. Sometimes he'll take you down the line. Sometimes he'll hit you to left field."
Strasburg won the most recent installment of the rivalry with Freeman, holding his nemesis 0-for-3 in a Nationals win, but the big first baseman will be lurking in the three-hole on Wednesday, hoping to exact revenge.
Things to know about this game
• Wisler has pitched more often against Washington than any other team in his brief Major League career, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five games, four of them starts. After allowing seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Sept. 3, he was briefly demoted to the bullpen. But only weeks later, on Sept. 29, Wisler started against the Nats again and ceded only five hits and one run over seven innings.
• Stephen Drew, who got his first hit with the Nationals on Tuesday, will start in place of Anthony Rendon on Wednesday, as Baker begins to rest starters amid a stretch of 15 games in as many days.
• The back end of the Nationals' bullpen has been busy the last few nights, and right-hander Blake Treinen will be unavailable Wednesday after pitching in three straight games.
• After Tuesday night's win, the Nationals have now beaten the Braves 12 straight times at Nationals Park. Washington is 18-5 overall against Atlanta since the start of 2015.

Walker, Griffin face off to wrap AL West clash

Their first starts were an early indication this could be a big year for both the Mariners' Taijuan Walker and Rangers' A.J. Griffin.
The two right-handers will face each other on Wednesday afternoon in the final of the three-game series at Safeco Field. Both will be trying to build off their strong first outings of the season.
Griffin, who missed all of 2014-15 while recovering from Tommy John elbow-reconstruction surgery and some minor shoulder issues, pitched against the Angels on Friday night and allowed three runs in six innings. It was his first Major League victory since Sept. 12, 2013.
"It was good to know that I can go out there and play at this level," Griffin said. "I want to continue on that track, throw more innings and help the team win ballgames. I wouldn't say I had doubts. ... I expect good things when I go out there. I have always been a guy who just does it and doesn't worry about it."
Walker started the Mariners' home opener on Friday against the Athletics and allowed two runs in seven innings. The Athletics rallied to win in the ninth inning but it was still a promising beginning for Walker.
"I got into some jams, but was able to work out of them and get some big double plays," Walker said. "I feel that's kind of where I've matured this year, just controlling my emotions and making good pitches when I need."
Walker is 23 and was the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 Draft. He made 29 starts last season and was 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA over 169 innings.
Both pitchers are strike-throwers who can give up the home run. Walker averaged 2.12 walks per nine innings last year, the 12th lowest in the American League. But he gave up 25 home runs or 1.33 for every nine innings, the third highest in the AL.
In '13 while pitching with the Athletics, Griffin walked 2.43 batters per nine innings, the 15th lowest in the league. But he also led the AL with 36 home runs allowed.
Worth noting
• Adam Lind will be back in the Mariners' lineup against Griffin. Lind is expected to get the majority of time at first base this year as he's in a platoon situation with right-handed hitting Dae-Ho Lee, but the Mariners have faced five left-handed starters early in the season. Manager Scott Servais said, "He's got to get a little more consistent in his at-bats. He just hasn't been able to run out there for three, four, five consecutive days yet."
• Rougned Odor is 5-for-8 in his career against Walker while both Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder are 4-for-8.
• Griffin is 19-0 in his career when he gets four or more runs of offensive support.
• The Mariners are getting back-to-back starts from two pitchers born in Louisiana. Tuesday's starter Wade Miley was born in Hammond and Walker was born in Shreveport. The Mariners have had 11 pitchers born in Louisiana with Gi Meche (Lafayette) the leader with 143 starts and Norm Charlton (Fort Polk) first with 249 appearances.

Surkamp, Shoemaker square off in series finale

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker matches up against A's lefty Eric Surkamp on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale from the Coliseum as the Angels go for a sweep of the three-game series.
Surkamp had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Friday and held the division-rival Mariners to two runs in 4 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, walking a batter and striking out two. Surkamp, 28, joined the A's as a non-roster invitee, finished Spring Training with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings and ultimately took the rotation spot of Felix Doubront, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Shoemaker was roughed up during Spring Training, giving up 19 runs on 30 hits (nine of them home runs) in 25 innings, then recorded only nine outs against the Rangers on Friday. The 29-year-old made five starts against the A's last season and posted a 6.04 ERA.
Things to know
• Both teams will be off on Thursday, with the Angels traveling to Minnesota for a three-game series at Target Field and the A's staying at home to host the defending-champion Royals starting Friday.
• C.J. Cron sat on Tuesday, getting a breather after starting the season 2-for-26, but is expected back in the lineup on Wednesday. Cron has reverse splits, with a career .675 OPS against lefties and a .741 OPS against righties.
• Pitcher Ryan Madson, who was with the Angels in 2013 but was never able to appear in a game, has not allowed a run in each of his first four games (four innings) and has a 16-game, 15-inning regular-season scoreless streak dating back to last year.

Conley, Verrett close out series at Citi

Baseball, they say, is a game of adjustments. Marlins lefty Adam Conley and Mets right-hander Logan Verrett are getting their routines tested early this year.
Both starters for Wednesday's 1:10 p.m. ET finale at Citi Field had been on standby regarding when they were scheduled to pitch.
Verrett is getting the nod for his first start of the season because Jacob deGrom was pushed back due to a sore right lat and his wife gave birth to their first child. Conley is going in place of Wei-Yin Chen, who is set to throw in Miami on Friday against Atlanta.
In his first start last Thursday at Washington, Conley worked just one inning and threw 31 pitches before an 85-minute rain delay. The game was completed, but Conley's night was through. He was a possibility to throw either out of the bullpen at Washington or start Monday at New York.
"You just roll with the punches because it's that time of the year," Conley said. "You know stuff like this is going to come up with the weather."
Verrett, 25, has seen action in one game, tossing an inning of relief on Sunday against the Phillies. Spot-starting is nothing new for the right-hander, who appeared in 18 games with four starts in 2015.
Three things you need to know
• Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Monday he planned on giving bench guys some starts this series, and he did so on Tuesday, going with Derek Dietrich at third base for Martin Prado. Prado has hit safely in his first five games. He is expected back at third on Wednesday. J.T. Realmuto, also off on Tuesday, is slated to catch Conley.
• Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson snapped an 0-for-20 slump in the first inning on Tuesday with his double to right.
• David Wright is 2-for-3 with a double in his career off Conley.

Beltre's 5 RBIs back Holland as Rangers roll

 Derek Holland threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Adrian Beltre racked up five RBIs on a home run and double as the Rangers rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Seattle has opened the season with five straight home losses for the first time in franchise history in falling to 2-6, while Texas improved to 5-4 with its fourth win in the past five games.
Holland allowed just four singles and two walks, lowering his ERA to 2.31, while picking up his first win of the season. The Rangers' rotation is 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA after nine games.
"That's what we are looking for," manager Jeff Banister said. "We know we have a solid bullpen. Those starters been phenomenal for us so far.
Left-hander Wade Miley took the loss in his Safeco Field debut as he gave up six runs on 10 hits over six innings, with Beltre's three-run blast the big hit in a five-run third. Miley, acquired from the Red Sox in a December trade, is 0-1 with an 8.25 ERA after two starts against Texas.
Beltre got around on a 2-2 slider that was low and inside and was able to drive it on a line off Edgar's Cantina in left field.
"He's good. He's been doing it for a long time," Miley said. "I'm not taking nothing from him. But you can't have five consecutive runners on the basepaths. It snowballs in their favor and they got some momentum and did what they're supposed to do. It's on me."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Beltre passes Evans: Beltre hit his 415th home run, passing Darrell Evans for 49th all-time. Up next is Cubs Hall of Famer Billy Williams with 426. Beltre also had a two-run double in the seventh, giving him 1,475 for his career. That ties him with Williams for 56th all-time.
"I feel okay," Beltre said. "I think I can do better. The whole key is to keep the swing right where it is and stay consistent the whole season."
Cano leaves 'em stranded: Since his torrid start in Texas when he ripped four homers in three games, Robinson Cano has struggled at Safeco. And the trend continued Tuesday as the six-time All-Star twice came to the plate with two on and two out and couldn't deliver against Holland. Cano lined out to first baseman Ryan Rua in the third, then struck out in the fifth with runners on first and second. Cano went 0-for-4 on the night and is 2-for-20 in the homestand as his average dropped to .182.
Mazara sparks defense: The Rangers made several highlight defensive plays, including two by Nomar Mazara. He made a diving catch to his left on Chris Iannetta in the second inning and raced to the wall in deep right-center to haul in Leonys Martin's long drive in the third.Ian Desmond made a couple of tough catches in left field and Beltre had his own diving stop at third base in the second inning. More >
A collision and a bomb: Miley hurt his knee in a collision with catcher Iannetta fielding a bunt by Delino DeShields in the fifth, then gave up the homer to Fielder three batters later. He said the sore knee wasn't an issue, but manager Scott Servais said it impacted his performance.
"I thought Miley did a great job hanging in there. He twisted his knee a little bit and he was sore. But he battled and competed. I tip my hat to him. A lot of guys would have bailed on it right there. He's not going to make any excuses. He's a gamer. He's a fighter. And I appreciate that in him. But he ran into the one inning and just wasn't able to get through it. Beltre hit a pretty good pitch."
QUOTABLE
"We just have to keep playing. If you get tied up and worrying about what's happened over the homestand, it's just going to get worse. You've just got to clean slate, flush it and move on. That's all you can really do." -- Miley on Seattle's slow start
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Rangers pitchers had a 6.31 ERA in the first four games of the season and a 2.05 ERA in the last five games.
WHAT'S NEXT
Rangers: The Rangers close out their seven-day road trip with right-hander A.J. Griffinpitching against the Mariners at 2:40 p.m. CT Wednesday at Safeco Field. The Rangers are 2-1 so far this season in days games as they try for a sweep of the Mariners.
Mariners: Taijuan Walker closes out the homestand in Wednesday's 12:40 p.m. PT series finale as the 23-year-old makes his second start of the season. Walker gave up two runs in six innings in a no-decision against the A's last Friday. He's 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four prior meetings with Texas, including three starts.