Seattle Showdown

After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays sandwiched in between two important series wins against the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers seemed destined to head into the All-Star break on a serious roll, especially as the team finished up with a four-game series in Seattle. Texas already had a 5-0 record against the Mariners, which posted the American League's worst record last year at 61-101. But the Rangers failed to get the job done, losing three of four in Seattle, and instead hit the break on a sour note. As baseball approaches its July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the two teams meet for another four-game set--this time in Arlington. And while both are hoping to knock off the Angels from atop the AL West, it seems unrealistic if the rosters stay as-is. For Texas, that likely means using its top-rated farm system to infuse life into the club or as trade chips to land a veteran. Or heck, putting Nolan Ryan on the mound is always an option. First pitch for each game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information call 817-273-5100 or visit
Thu., July 30, 7:05 p.m.; Fri., July 31, 7:05 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 1, 7:05 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 2, 7:05 p.m., 2009