Texas (40-37) at Seattle (33-44)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 1, 2005
  • TV: KDFI, FSNW
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While Kenny Rogers’ tirade continues to receive national attention, the Texas Rangers are hoping to sneak back into the thick of the AL West race.

Texas will shoot for its third straight win since a damaging late June slide when it opens a three-game series with the last-place Seattle Mariners.

Rogers is still awaiting Major League Baseball’s decision regarding punishment for his well-chronicled and videotaped attack of a television cameraman Wednesday.

“At this point there’s nothing the Texas Rangers will or can do,” Texas owner Tom Hicks said. “We will support whatever the commissioner decides to do.”

The Rangers appeared on the verge of getting buried in the AL West race after dropping eight of nine, including five straight to the first-place Los Angeles Angels. However, Texas recovered in time to take the final two games of its four-game set with Los Angeles, including an 18-5 drubbing on Thursday that moved the Rangers back within 6 1/2 games of the Angels.

Kevin Mench hit three homers and Mark Teixeira added two as Texas hit eight home runs in a game for the second time this season. Alfonso Soriano, Hank Blalock and David Dellucci also connected for the Rangers, who matched the club record for homers in a game.

“I’m happy with how these guys responded,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “(The Angels) are one of the best teams in baseball. To beat them, we had to be firing on all cylinders.”

Texas hasn’t won three straight since June 15-18.

The struggling Mariners have lost five in a row, including Thursday’s 6-2 defeat to Oakland.

Raul Ibanez and Bret Boone hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the Mariners, but third baseman Adrian Beltre committed three errors, leading to a pair of unearned runs for the Athletics.

“The funny thing is, I only had three (groundball) chances, and I made an error on each one of them,” Beltre said. “Probably if we had continued to play, I would have made another error. I hate it when I make errors. It was a nightmare day.”

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5.74 ERA 5.66
113 K 53
80 BB 41
1.67 WHIP 1.62