Rogers shoots for his fourth straight win in his final start of the season. He posted a brilliant first half for Texas, going 10-4 with a 2.54 ERA to earn All-Star honors.
However, the left-hander drew national attention after shoving two cameramen on June 29. He was slapped with a 20-game suspension, fined $50,000 dollars and booed by the fans.
The 40-year-old hurler had his suspension reduced to 13 games, but struggled to resume his former dominance, losing his first three starts while posting a 7.00 ERA.
Rogers has been effective down the stretch, going 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA in his last six starts.
He gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-1 win over Oakland on Friday, calmly pitching around a season high-tying five walks.
”(Rogers) has had another solid year,” manager Buck Showalter said of Rogers. “He’s going to end up in the top 10 in ERA. He has been our best starting pitcher.”
Asked if there might be some mending of fences in the offseason, Showalter said: “That’s something we can talk about after. Just let him pitch and close the door. It’s a challenge enough pitching up here in the big leagues. Kenny has faced a lot of challenges this year and we’ve tried to be as supportive as possible. He has given us some big returns.”
Michael Young extended his career-high hitting streak to 24 games with a two-run single as the Rangers beat the Mariners 7-3 on Wednesday. Texas has won four of its last five, climbing back to .500. It has not been over the break-even mark since Aug. 8 (56-55).
Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have lost four straight.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 and needs three hits in his final four games to reach 200 for a record fifth straight season. The outfielder is 11-for-38 (.289) career against Rogers.