Lewis (2-3, 5.70 ERA): The 31-year-old is coming off a solid start in Oakland, winning 11-2 last Saturday after pitching eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits in eight innings with one walk and six strikeouts. ...It was Lewis' second quality start, and both Oakland runs were on solo home runs. ...The start snapped a string of three consecutive losses in which Lewis was 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA (14 earned runs in 16 innings). ...Lewis is 4-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 14 career appearances (71 innings) against the Mariners. He's 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 10 starts and was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA against the Mariners in 2010 with quality starts in all four outings.
Vargas (1-2, 5.45 ERA): The 28-year-old earned his first win of the season in his last start, April 29 at Boston. He gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings, giving up two home runs. ...That ended a career-high nine-game losing streak, where he was 0-9 with a 5.67 ERA in 13 starts in that span. ...He's making his ninth appearance and seventh career start against the Rangers and is 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA in eight games versus Texas (eight games).
Hitters: Ichiro Suzuki has the highest batting average among any Mariners player against Lewis and also has the most at-bats. He's 14-for-37 (.378) with a double and a triple. ...Chone Figgins (5-for-16) and Adam Kennedy (3-for-8) have also had some success off Lewis. ...The righty has held Milton Bradley, Jack Cust and Miguel Olivo to a combined 1-for-27 with 14 strikeouts. ...Michael Young (6-for-16), Ian Kinsler (4-for-10), Nelson Cruz (4-for-13, 2 HRs) and Mike Napoli (5-for-15) have done well off Vargas. ...Elvis Andrus is 1-for-12 off him.