Texas (6-5) at Seattle (2-8)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 17, 2004
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Through two starts, Jamie Moyer has hardly looked like the pitcher that won at least 20 games in two of the previous three seasons.

The crafty left-hander will try to put an end to his early season struggles, and help the struggling Seattle Mariners win their first home game of the season when they continue a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

Moyer, who went 21-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 2003, is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA this season. The 41-year-old southpaw was pounded for six runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-5 opening day loss to Anaheim on April 6. He didn’t fare much better Sunday against Oakland, yielding four runs and eight hits over five innings before the Mariners rallied for a 9-4 victory—their first of the season.

“There is a lot of baseball to be played and so many veterans on this club that we are going to keep playing hard, no matter what,” Moyer said.

Moyer figures to have a good chance to rebound against the Rangers. He is 12-3 with a 4.98 ERA in 28 career appearances, including 26 starts, against Texas.

The Mariners dropped to 0-4 at home and 2-8 on the season, matching the worst start in franchise history, with Friday’s series-opening 5-0 setback.

Bret Boone and Dan Wilson each had three hits for the Mariners, who have been outscored 17-1 in the second inning this year.

Chan Ho Park pitched seven strong innings and Hank Blalock and Laynce Nix each homered, doubled and drove in two runs for Texas, which has won two straight.

However, the Rangers did get a bit of bad news Friday as they were forced to put first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list. He was replaced on the roster with promising prospect Adrian Gonzalez.

Teixeira has a strained muscle on his left side. He was hitting .280 with two home runs and seven RBIs through seven games of second major league season.

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C. Lewis Tex vs. J. Moyer Tor
1-1 Record 7-13
4.11 ERA 5.21
11 K 125
13 BB 63
1.70 WHIP 1.39