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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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Local
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
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7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
PIT 1
CIN 4
Final
CLE 2
KAN 8
Final
WAS 2
ANA 7
Final
TOR 9
BAL 3
Final
DET 8
CWS 6
Final
ATL 0
MIA 1
Final
TAM 7
MIN 3
Final
BOS 3
NYY 9
Final
NYM 0
STL 3
Final
CHC 9
ARI 2
Final
MIL 1
SDP 2
Final
COL 2
SFG 1
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OAK 4
TEX 5
Final
SEA 2
HOU 5
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LOS 2
PHI 3
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ATL
MIA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
3:10pm Today
COL
SFG
 
3:35pm Today
OAK
TEX
 
3:40pm Today
SEA
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
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Final
IND 101
ATL 85
Final
TOR 100
BRK 95
Final
CHI 99
WAS 101
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
MON 4
TAM 3
Final
DET 0
BOS 3
Final
PHI 1
NYR 4
Final
LOS 3
SJS 4
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
CHR
DUR