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Mariners blanked again as pitching concerns mount

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners came out of another shutout loss with another ailing pitcher.

Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back home runs off Blake Beavan before the fill-in starter left with a sore shoulder and Robbie Ross limited the Mariners to five singles in seven-plus innings in the Texas Rangers' 5-0 victory Tuesday night.

The Mariners were held scoreless for the third time in a week, but this one bothered manager Lloyd McClendon a little more. Seattle didn't get a runner past second base.

"We didn't do too good," McClendon said. "I mean (Ross') cutter was working pretty good and we probably went outside the zone. Probably the first night where I was probably a little disappointed in our approach a little bit."

Seattle also might have more issues with a rotation already missing Hisashi Iwakuma and rookies James Paxton and Taijuan Walker, who was scratched from a start at Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday night because he couldn't get loose before the game.

Beavan, replacing Paxton in his first start since he was dumped from the rotation last April, said he had the same problem. He gave up six hits — the other four besides the homers were singles — in four innings with one strikeout. He didn't come out for the fifth.

"Just felt like I didn't have the same feel, command, definitely velocity was way down," said Beavan, who grew up in nearby Irving and was a first-round pick by the Rangers in 2007. "It just felt like my arm was real tired for some reason."

Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left.

Told before the game that he was a game away from tying the longest drought to start a season in his career, Fielder casually figured it was about time for a long ball.

"I was just messing around," said Fielder, in his first season with the Rangers after a trade that sent fan favorite Ian Kinsler to Detroit. "But I guess it worked."

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