Kenny Rogers will try to become the American League’s first 11-game winner and help the Rangers bounce back from their loss to the struggling Seattle Mariners as the teams continue a four-game series.
“I used to be a thrower, and had a lot of stuff where you always wanted to go out and challenge people,” Rogers said. “But once you get over that hurdle, when you know that stuff isn’t there, you have to adjust.”
He was outstanding last Friday, throwing only 90 pitches in a three-hit, 3-1 win agains the Astros. Rogers relied on four-seam fastballs over both sides of the plate and a sinker that night, much different than in years past when he tried to power his pitches past hitters.
“Before, I could count on a strikeout here and there, but I don’t count on them and I don’t try to get them,” Rogers said. “It might not be the most exciting way to pitch, but I know what I’m capable of doing. An out is an out. I consistently get ground ball outs and get outs.
“If I tried to pitch like I did eight or 10 years ago, my career would have been over.”
The Rangers will try to rebound from Tuesday’s 5-4 loss. It was the first time in eight games that Seattle has beaten Texas, which lost for only the second time in the last 11 games overall. The Rangers won the series opener 8-5 on Monday.
Trailing 3-1, the Mariners went ahead with three runs in the sixth inning. Jolbert Cabrera doubled, went to third on Edgar Martinez’s single and scored on Bret Boone’s sacrifice fly. Then Rich Aurilia hit his fourth homer of the season.