Mariners 4, Rangers 3
SEATTLE (AP)—Kenny Rogers’ three-stint career with the Texas Rangers appears to be over as the 40-year-old left-hander finished his roller-coaster season with a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Rogers (14-8), who gave up nine hits and three earned runs in six innings, was quoted as saying in Thursday’s editions of The Dallas Morning News: “I’m pretty certain this is my last start here. Actually, I’m extremely certain. I think everybody has made their positions known.”
“In a way, I’m kind of relieved. I know I won’t have to bend over backwards to make it happen,” he said. “I think sometimes in the past, my desire to be here has been the overriding factor for me, and at least I know where I stand.”
Texas decided not to discuss a new contract with Rogers’ agent, Scott Boras, until after the season. Rogers has played 12 of his 17 major league seasons with the Rangers but this season was the most tumultuous.
Rogers was suspended by commissioner Bud Selig for 20 games and fined $50,000 following an altercation with two television cameramen in June. The suspension was cut to 13 games by an arbitrator.
Rogers, who talks only selectively to the media, did not address the matter after the game. But manager Buck Showalter said: “We don’t know that yet. We hope it works out. We’re not ready to approach it from that standpoint yet.”
David Dellucci, who had a solo home run in the third, said, “When you’re out there and competing, you’re not really thinking about it. You’re just worrying about trying to win the ballgame. On the plane ride back home, we’ll think about whether this may be his last game.”
Richie Sexson had three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who drew just 19,781—the first crowd under 20,000 in the 5 1/2 -year history of Safeco Field.
“It’s been a while,” said Franklin, who won consecutive games for the first time since July 4-9. “It’s definitely good to finish on a good note.”
Ichiro Suzuki opened Seattle’s first with a single, leaving him two hits shy of becoming the first player to start his major league career with five straight 200-hit seasons. Sexson hit a run-scoring double with two outs—his 120th RBI—and, after third baseman Hank Blalock booted Mike Morse’s two-hopper for an error, Jose Lopez hit a soft infield single to the left side of the mound that Rogers couldn’t field in time to get an out.
Dellucci, who missed the previous six games with a strained calf, made it 2-1 with his 29th homer. It was the Rangers’ 259th, five shy of the major league record set by the 1997 Mariners.
Sexson and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive RBI singles to put Seattle ahead in the bottom half of what might have been Rogers’ final inning as a Ranger.
“I’m sure when Sunday comes around and it’s time to go our own ways, I might sit back and have a little chat to get a feel for him,” catcher Rod Barajas said. “It’s tough to lose someone like that and even tougher to find one.”
Franklin has yielded seven of his 28 home runs to the Rangers. … Kevin Mench was 1-for-2 against Franklin and is 12-for-20 against him in his career. … Gary Matthews Jr. was hitless in three at-bats against Franklin, dropping to 0-for-17 against him. … Teixeira has 142 RBIs, second in the AL behind Boston’s David Ortiz, who has 146. … Jaime Bubela, brought up Sept. 13 from Double-A San Antonio, got his first major league hit in the sixth inning, a single off Rogers.