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April 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Game thread: Mariners at Rangers – April 15, 2014

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UPDATE : Taijuan Walker has been scratched from tonight’s start in Tacoma. Mariners officials said his shoulder was tight and he couldn’t get loose. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. It’s obviously not good news for the Mariners. 

Mike Curto has this update …

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We talked with Blake Beavan yesterday about making the start today. His first MLB start of this season will be in front of friends and family having grown up in near-by Irving

“It’s kind of the old saying, ‘Everything happens for a reason, right?’” Beavan said. “It’s nice to be home. It’s awful nice to be back with the big league club. That’s the main goal. It doesn’t really matter if we are in California or Texas, I’d rather be wearing this (pointing to a Mariners logo) than Tacoma.”

Beavan is plenty familiar with the park and the Rangers since he was a former first-round draft pick by Texas. He is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA (14 runs in 44 1/3 innings pitched) in six starts and one relief appearance agains the Rangers. 

“I’ve pitched quite a few times here, and a bunch of times against those guys in general,” Beavan said. “But their lineup is definitely different compared to what it was the first couple years.”

Beavan watched video tape of most of the Rangers hitters on Monday.

“I haven’t faced a couple of those guys but maybe once, so I’ll have to get a game plan together and just keep doing what I’ve been doing since I left spring training really,” he said. “I don’t want to change too much of what I’ve had success with and what my game plan is going to be going forward.”

Beavan has been focusing on pitching with a game plan and not deviating from it until hitters force him to. In the past, he’d start anticipating hitters making changes and get himself in trouble.

He also has to make sure not to try and win a spot in the rotation in one start. That mindset has got him in trouble in the past.

“That’s the hard part, for sure,” Beavan said. “You want to take advantage of your opportunity while you’re here, but at the same time, you don’t want to get out of what you have been doing to have success, whether it was Double-A or Triple-A or whatever it might be.”

It’s an attitude he tried to keep after being sent to Tacoma out of spring training.

“When I went to Tacoma, I just told myself, ‘Don’t get negative, don’t get upset that you’re here, just take it as an opportunity to prove and show you can help when a phone call is needed,’” he said. “That was my whole plan, just to take advantage of my opportunity and not worry about stuff that I can’t control and just show these guys I am capable and ready to step in if need be at this level.”

First inning

Mariners got two out singles from Cano and Hart, but Romero grounds out to end the inning.

So Blake Beavan gives up a deep fly ball to Shin-Soo Choo to start the game. Manager Lloyd McClendon came running out to the mound had some harsh words for Beavan and catcher Mike Zunino. Beavan then gave up a single to Elvis Andrus. But he was erased when Zunino threw him out on a steal attempt.

Mariners 0, Rangers 0

Second inning

Mariner go down 1-2-3 on three ground ball outs.

Whatever McClendon said to Beavan it didn’t seem to register completely. He left a pitch over the middle to Prince Fielder, who blasted his first homer of the season to deep right-center. Kevin Kouzmanoff then followed with a solo blast to left-center. He came back to get three outs, but ball is still up and they are hitting him.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Third inning

Mariners don’t do much against Ross. Miller takes a two-out pitch to the middle of the back. But Cano grounds out.

Beavan gives up two hits to start the inning. But he gets the ground ball off of Brad Miller’s knee right to Cano at second base for a 6-4-3 double play.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Fourth inning

Mariners got a one-out hit from Romero, but nothign else.

Beavan looked a little better in the fourth. He gave up a two-out single but got out of the inning.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Fifth inning

Beavan is done after four innings. Dominic Leone works a sharp 1-2-3 fifth.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Sixth inning

Three ground ball outs for the M’s as Robbie Ross is rolling.

Leone gave up a single to Alex Rios. But Zunino erased Rios on a steal attempt, firing to second where third baseman Kyle Seager (Prince Fielder shift in the infield) was waiting to make the tag.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0

Quik postgame update: McClendon said that Beavan was pulled after the fourth inning because of stiffness in his shoulder. Beavan said the arm felt dead during the game. He said he had trouble getting loose during warm ups and hoped it would improve during the game. It didn’t.

McClendon said they were still trying to figure out that they will do on Sunday in Miami – the game that Beavan was supposed to start.

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