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Friday, April 12th (All times Eastern)

Texas Rangers (7-3) at Seattle Mariners (4-7), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (2-0, 1.98) Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0, 2.57)

(Sports Network) - Yu Darvish goes after his third win in as many starts on Friday when the Texas Rangers continue a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Darvish wasn't as close to perfect as he was in his initial outing on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but was good enough to get the win, as he allowed three runs and six hits with four walks in five innings.

He also struck out six batters and has fanned 20 in 13 2/3 innings so far, while pitching to a 1.98 ERA.

Darvish split his four starts against the Mariners last season and pitched to a 6.65 ERA.

Seattle will counter with a Japanese right-hander of its own in Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA. After beating Oakland in his season debut, Iwakuma did not get a decision in his last start against Chicago, as he surrendered three runs and four hits in eight innings.

Since moving to the rotation midway through last season Iwakuma has pitched to a 264 ERA in 18 starts.

"Kuma was good again today," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "For him to go eight innings this early in the season says a great deal. He was very efficient. You're going to have some long balls here, but he did a nice job of controlling the baseball game, using all of his pitches. He did a nice job."

Iwakuma faced the Rangers four times (3 starts) last season and was 1-2 with a save and a 5.31 ERA against them.

Texas drew first blood in this series on Thursday, as A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo home run to help the Rangers to a 4-3 win. Elvis Andrus, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won seven of their last nine.

Justin Grimm lasted just four innings in the start as he gave up two runs on five hits with three walks. Joe Ortiz (1-0) got the first win of his career for tossing two perfect innings in relief.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run while Justin Smoak had two hits and two runs scored for the Mariners, who have dropped seven of their past nine games.

Felix Hernandez (1-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts, the second of which was the 1,500th of his career.

To make matters worse for the Mariners Michael Morse left the game after getting hit by a pitch and could miss up to a week with a small fracture on his right pinkie finger.

Texas was 10-9 against the Mariners last season.

04/12 10:29:03 ET

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Thursday at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Friday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
Half
GSW 56
CHI 51
 
Half
LAL 57
WAS 46
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
2nd
CALST 74
SDCHR 48
 
2nd
NEV 44
UNLV 46
 
1st
BSU 22
COLST 22
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
Final
CAL 4
BUF 1
3rd
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 2