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Friday, August 16th (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (55-65) at Texas Rangers (70-51), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6, 3.02) Texas - Derek Holland (9-6, 3.07)

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers try to maintain the top spot in the American League West on Friday when they begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas trailed Oakland by six games as late as July 29, but has gone 14-2 since and heads into this weekend 1 1/2 games ahead of the Athletics. The Rangers won for the ninth time in 10 chances on Wednesday, as Ian Kinsler scorched a go-ahead, two-run single as part of a three-run seventh inning in a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Elvis Andrus added a run-scoring single in the rally and finished with two RBI, while Jason Frasor (4-2) held the Brewers off the board in the seventh to earn the victory. Joe Nathan then pitched a perfect ninth to nail down his 36th save of the season.

"We never feel like we're out of the game - we play all nine innings," said Kinsler.

Getting the call for the Rangers on Friday will be lefty Derek Holland, who is 9-6 with a 3.07 ERA. Holland did not get a decision on Saturday in Houston, as he allowed three runs and six hits in six innings of a 5-4 win.

Holland is 8-2 lifetime versus the Mariners with a 3.36 ERA in 15 games (11 starts).

Seattle, meanwhile, will counter with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma, who has lost his last two starts. Iwakuma's most recent setback came to Milwaukee on Friday, as he cruised through six scoreless innings, but was hammered for six runs in the seventh inning to fall to 10-6 on the year to go along with a 3.02 ERA.

In seven games (6 starts) against the Rangers Iwakuma is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA.

Seattle, which lost the final two game of its series to the Tampa Bay Rays and has lost four of six heading into the weekend, has dropped eight of 13 to the Rangers this season.

08/16 10:28:01 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
16th
NOR 6
DUR 2
 
1st
MIA 9
CHA 16
 
8th
CLE 6
TOR 4
 
7th
DET 2
ANA 1
 
8th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
8th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
7th
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 2
 
7th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
5th
KAN 0
MIN 4
 
4th
CHC 0
CIN 2
 
3rd
TEX 0
CWS 2
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
 
1st
MIA 9
CHA 16
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
1st
BOS 2
DET 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
16th
NOR 6
DUR 2