Mariners Vs. Rangers: Matt Harrison Earns His 17th Win; Texas Tops Seattle, 2-1

Matt Harrison pitched a gem on Sunday to give the Texas Rangers a win and a three-game lead in the American League West.

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MLB Standings: Texas And Oakland Will Decide AL West In Upcoming Series

Only a handful of games remain in the 2012 Major League baseball season and, like most everyoneelse in the American League, the Texas Rangers are far from settled when it comes to their postseason fate. With 16 games to playm Texas is in the driver's seat, leading the American League West by three games.

The Oakland A's will not go away, however, as Oakland is the team sitting three games behind Texas and have won 8 of 10. Oakland and Texas will play against each other seven times in the season's final 10 games, but four of those games will be in Texas.

Texas is still rather safe when it comes to the playoffs. Currently, the Rangers own the best record in the American League at 87-59, and they are five games in front of Baltimore for the second and final wild card spot.

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Rangers Vs. Mariners Game Recap: Matt Harrison Leads Texas To 2-1 Win Over Seattle

Matt Harrison pitched a gem for Texas, Adrian Beltre homered and the Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Sunday. Harrison improved to 17-9, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in 8⅔ innings. He struck out five.

Beltre's home run came in the bottom of the fourth against Blake Beavan and gave Texas a 1-0 lead. Mitch Moreland added to the advantage in the fifth when he doubled home David Murphy.

Beavan took the loss for Seattle, but he pitched well. The 6'7'', 240-pound righty gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out two Rangers. Justin Smoak drove in the Mariners' lone run when he hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth.

The win was Texas's 87th of the season, the most in the American League. The Rangers hold a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

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Mariners Vs. Rangers: Matt Harrison Looks To Continue Winning Ways Over Seattle

The Texas Rangers (86-59) host the Seattle Mariners (70-76) on Sunday, hoping to win and maintain their slim lead in the American League West as the season winds downs. Luckily for Texas, they have Seattle kryptonite on the mound in the form of left-hander Matt Harrison (16-9, 3.36 ERA).

Harrison is 9-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 games against Seattle, 10 of those appearances starts, since the beginning of the 2009 season. He has won seven consecutive starts against the Mariners, including three this year. Harrison has not lost to Seattle since July of 2008, when he was a rookie.

Irving, Texas, native Blake Beavan (9-9, 5.01 ERA) will be on the hill for Seattle, his third start this season at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The righty has split his previous two appearances, getting bombed in a May 30 outing while holding the potent Rangers offense to just one run in 6⅓ innings in an April 10 start.

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Mariners Vs. Rangers Final Score: Seattle Holds On To Win, 8-6

The Texas Rangers fell to the Seattle Mariners in the second game of their three-game set, 8-6, on Saturday night at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas fell behind early thanks to a rough outing by Scott Feldman. The 29-year-old only lasted two and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs (all earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks.

The Rangers did climb back into the contest however, scoring three in the sixth and then tying the game in the seventh inning at six apiece. Mike Napoli provided the big blast in that sixth frame with a three-run homer, scoring Michael Young and Nelson Cruz.

Unfortunately for Texas, the game wouldn't remain deadlocked for long. Justin Smoak hit a solo home run in in the eighth to notch the eventual game-winning tally.

Nelson Cruz provided a large chunk of the Rangers offense with three hits and two RBI, including a sacrifice fly and a single.

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Mariners Vs. Rangers: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Texas Rangers look to stay in control atop the AL West standings when they resume their weekend series with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

After beating the Mariners in the first game on Friday night, the Rangers have won three of their last four games to maintain a three game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

The Rangers expect to start right-hander Scott Feldman (6-11, 4.97 ERA) on the mound. Feldman has failed to earn a win in his last six starts, but is coming off of a no decision against Kansas City when he gave up six hits and three runs in six and a one-third innings.

Seattle is slated to start left-hander Jason Vargas (14-10, 3.85 ERA) for the third time against the Rangers this season. Vargas is 1-1 in his last two starts against Texas, winning his last start back on May 29th in a 10-3 Seattle win.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m CT and will be televised on KTXA.

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Rangers Vs. Mariners Final Score: Texas Score 7 In Eighth Inning, Win 9-3

The Texas Rangers blew open the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored seven runs to defeat the Seattle Mariners 9-3. Heading into the eighth inning the Rangers only led 2-1, but the scoring outburst began when center fielder Josh Hamilton hit a RBI double, then on the very next batter David Murphy hit into a fielders choice and Hamilton was able to score on a throwing error to put the Rangers up 4-1.

The two big scoring plays came when catcher Geovany Soto hit a two RBI double, and then a bases clearing triple by shortstop Elvis Andrus which put the Rangers to go up 9-1.

The Mariners tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth as they scored a pair of runs, but relief pitcher Michael Kirkman gained his composure to close out the game.

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Mike Napoli Injury: Rangers C To Return From DL On Saturday

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli will be returning to the team during their series with the Seattle Mariners after missing a month because of a strained left quad. He has already started playing again in Frisco, Tex. with the Roughriders, Texas' double-A affiliate, where he caught games earlier in the week and will take the DH duties on Friday. Prior to his return, Napoli has been out on the DL since August 11.

His full return will be on Saturday for game two of the Mariners series, per MLB.com:

"I feel good enough," Napoli said. "I'll go get some at-bats tomorrow and be ready to go. I don't think I'm running at full speed, but I'm able to run around the bases at a decent pace and I feel good catching. I tried to do everything I could to test it and it felt good. The big thing was being behind the plate. Everything is good."

Napoli has had a down year so far in 2012, hitting only 223/.343/.429 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI on the season.

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MLB Standings: Rangers Need Strong Final Stretch

With the American League's best record, the Texas Rangers are still in very good shape to make a postseason appearance with less than 20 games of regular season play left. However, they are far from locked in for the AL West pennant, as the Oakland A's own the AL's second best record and are just three games behind the Rangers.

While a loss on Thursday to the Indians was less than ideal for the Rangers, they did not lose any of their lead over Oakland as the Angels were able to slow them with a 6-0 win on Thursday night. However, where Texas did lose some ground was in the wild card race.

The wild card is not a top priority for the Rangers right now as they hold a three-game lead for a division pennant; however, with just 7.5 games separating them from the Angels, a team that is third in the wild card standings and currently out of the playoff picture, a late season collapse could have the Rangers on the outside looking in.

Beginning Friday, every Rangers game for the rest of the season will be played against an AL West opponent, including two three-game series against the Angels and a four-game series against the A's that will all have huge playoff ramifications.

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Mariners Vs. Rangers: Texas Opens Series With Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma face off as the Rangers open a three-game set with Seattle.

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