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April 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Rangers 1, Mariners 0: bottom of 7th

Brandon Maurer beat the Rangers in Seattle last week and will try to duplicate that feat tonight in Arlington.

Brandon Maurer beat the Rangers in Seattle last week and will try to duplicate that feat tonight in Arlington.

This is going just like last night so far, with a home run putting the Rangers in the board 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski drove a pitch to deep center that Franklin Gutierrez had a leaping play on. But Gutierrez actually got out-Guti’d for the ball by a fan who ran over, reached between the stands and the outfield fence and grabbed the ball away from the Mariners center fielder.

No, it is not fan interference. The fan did not enter the field of play. Gutierrez was trying to steal a home run in no-man’s land. That’s the kind of week it’s been for the Mariners. The guy who stole the ball did a little Bubba-dance in celebration that I’m sure the locals here got a kick out of, but the Mariners were probably not too thrilled about. Anyhow, the Mariners would help their own cause if they’d stop making Derek Lowe look like his old 2004 self and quit pounding every pitch into the ground. These innings are going by real quick.

5:45 p.m.: We’re scoreless three innings in, though the Mariners caught a break of sorts when Rangers starter Nick Tepesch was hit on the arm by a Jesus Montero comebacker in the second. Tepesch had to leave with a contusion and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Derek Lowe came on to pitch for Texas and has retired four in a row heading into this inning.

Brandon Maurer has walked three batters already, but just got through a 1-2-3 third.

4:55 p.m.: The Mariners need some quality pitching out of Brandon Maurer tonight as they try to figure out their offensive woes.

Maurer held the Rangers in-check six days ago back in Seattle, going six innings and allowing just three runs in posting the victory.

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As you can see from clicking on the video above, I asked manager Eric Wedge about giving Raul Ibanez another start tonight after his rough night yesterday and continued overall decline.

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