04/30/10 10:57 PM ET
No rest for weary Rangers, Mariners
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
All five players have started in all 23 games their teams have played this season and should continue that streak on Saturday when the Mariners host the division-rival Rangers at Safeco Field in the second game of a three-game series.
It's certainly not an easy task to play every day given the grind of the baseball schedule, but it's up to the players to stay mentally and physically prepared.
Surprisingly, Figgins says it's actually more difficult mentally than it is physically, especially because it's been a learning process for him, because he started his career as a super-utility player while with the Angels before becoming a regular for the first time back in 2004.
Since then, Figgins has worked on staying prepared for the long season, especially after he admittedly wore down late in his first few years as a regular.
"It wasn't so much the physical aspect that wore me down, it was more the mental," Figgins said. "I wear myself out because of how into the game I am at all times. I mean, it can be a little crazy how excited I get, and I've had to really figure out how to control that."
Figgins said it's difficult especially because he goes all out and sprints to backup plays even if it's a routine ground ball to the shortstop.
"I guess stuff like that adds up over the course of a season," Figgins said. "I can't completely change it, but I do little things so the mental part of it isn't so taxing. Like, I won't think about the game that just ended when I'm in the gym and on the drive home and when I get home. I'll just pick one of the three."
Rangers: Harrison gets the ball
Left-hander Matt Harrison will try to keep Figgins and the rest of the Mariners off the basepaths on Saturday when he makes his fifth start of the season. Harrison has struggled in his last two starts, allowing 12 runs on 10 innings in those outings to see his ERA rise to 5.46. But he's fared well against Seattle in four career starts with a 3.91 ERA and a 1-1 record.
Mariners: Felix is quality
Right-hander Felix Hernandez will be starting on Saturday and will be looking to extend his Major League-best streak of 18 quality starts. The run started last Aug. 1 and is already a club record. He's third behind Chris Carpenter (22 in 2005) and Johan Santana (21 in 2004) since they began keeping track of quality starts in 2000.
The Rangers and Mariners both activated key players from the disabled list before Friday's game. Texas activated second baseman Ian Kinsler, who went 1-for-5, and Seattle activated left-hander Cliff Lee, who threw seven scoreless innings in the Rangers' 2-0 win in 12 innings. ... The Rangers are 11-12 after Friday's win, which marks their fourth straight losing April. They were 19-10 in May 2008 and 20-9 in May 2009. ... Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard threw a bullpen session of between 50 and 60 pitches on Friday after being set back for four days when he developed a stiff neck on the road trip to Chicago and Kansas City. ... Rangers manager Ron Washington said Julio Borbon will be back in the lineup on Saturday after sitting out Friday with Lee on the mound. Washington also said Matt Treanor will catch on Saturday after starting on Friday as well.
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