Seattle (54-50) at Texas (58-44)

Fair Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 2, 2009
  • TV: FSSW
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The Seattle Mariners are giving Ian Snell(notes) a chance to revive his once-promising career.

Snell is expected to make his debut for the Mariners on Sunday night as they try for a second straight victory and a split of a four-game road series with the Texas Rangers.

Though he wasn’t the principal focus of the trade, Snell was acquired by Seattle (54-50) along with shortstop Jack Wilson(notes) from Pittsburgh in a seven-player deal Wednesday.

Snell went 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts for the Pirates this season before they sent him to the minors June 25. The 27-year-old right-hander went 33-46 with a 4.75 ERA in 5 1/2 seasons for Pittsburgh and won a career-high 14 games in 2006, but the club didn’t feel his return to the majors was an option this year.

Snell was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after being traded to Seattle, but got recalled after the Mariners traded Jarrod Washburn(notes) to Detroit.

“He’s very athletic with tremendous stuff,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of Snell, who had a 0.96 ERA in six starts for Pittsburgh’s Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis.

“His first stint down in the minor leagues he struck out 17 in the seven innings and 13 in a row. That’s what we are talking about with the quality of his pitches. The rest is just probably getting some consistency and figuring out what has led to some of the inconsistencies.”

In his only appearance versus Texas, Snell tossed a seven-hitter in an 8-1 win on June 13, 2007.

He’ll try to help the Mariners (54-40) win a second straight game in Arlington after they snapped a seven-game losing streak there with a 7-2 victory Saturday.

Seattle is 4-8 this year versus the Rangers (58-44), who lost for the third time in 13 games.

Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) hit his 622nd homer off his 400th different pitcher as Seattle won for the third time in nine games.

The 39-year-old Griffey has 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 79 games for the Mariners this season, and is 7 for 18 (.389) with six RBIs over his last four contests.

“This is as good as I’ve seen him in a while,” Wakamatsu said of Griffey, who is 9 for 29 (.310) against the Rangers this season.

Griffey is 3 for 4 with two walks against Texas’ Scott Feldman(notes) (9-4, 3.99), who will pitch on three days’ rest after ace Kevin Millwood’s(notes) scheduled start was pushed back because of a strained gluteus muscle.

“It’s just one less day,” Feldman told the Rangers’ official Web site. “I don’t think it’ll be a big deal.”

Though Feldman is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season, he is coming off his worst outing of the year after allowing six runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings of a 13-5 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Nelson Cruz(notes) hit his team-leading 25th homer and drove in both runs Saturday for the Rangers (58-44), who are four games behind the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and 2 1/2 out in the wild card race.

Cruz is batting .350 (14 for 40) with four home runs and eight RBIs against the Mariners this year.

Texas is expected to be without second baseman Ian Kinsler(notes) for a fifth straight game as he recovers from a strained left hamstring.

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I. Snell LAD vs. S. Feldman Hou
7-10 Record 17-8
4.84 ERA 4.08
89 K 113
83 BB 65
1.59 WHIP 1.28


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