ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers sent RHP Alexi Ogando to the hill for his last start of the regular season. He's coming off an impressive last outing in which he battled through a 39-pitch second inning, but didn't allow a run, and then pitched four more strong innings. He'll have to keep the run count low this afternoon because he faces Seattle ace, RHP Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez (14-13, 3.32): The defending Cy Young Award winner make his final start of the season looking to avenge his last loss on Sept. 18 to the Rangers. He allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings. ... Among AL starters, he ranks fourth in strikeouts (220), is tied for fourth in innings pitched (230.1) and 14th in ERA (3.32). ... He has recorded a quality start in 46 of the last 58 starts (22 of 32 this season).
Ogando (13-8, 3.58): The All-Star has been intentionally slowed down in September after a rocky stretch of starts. He has two starts this month and is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 11.0 innings pitched. He also has one relief appearance when he was given extra rest and skipped a start. ... He should be well-rested for the middle game of this series working on eight days rest. ... Owns a record of just 6-8 with a 5.06 ERA over his last 16 starts beginning June 14 to raise his ERA to its current level. Over his last seven starts, he has a 6.42 ERA.
Hitting: Adam Kennedy has had Ogando's number over his career with four hits, including a triple in seven at-bats with three RBIs. ... As a team, the Mariners are batting .286 against him, but no one has as many as Ichiro's eight at-bats, so it's a pretty small sampling. Ichiro, by the way, has just one hit. ... Several Rangers have given Hernandez fits over the years starting with Elvis Andrus, who is batting .349 (15-43) against him with eight RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is hitting .273 with three home runs and David Murphy hits .291 off Hernandez, but also has struck out 12 times. ... Josh Hamilton has struggled to the tune of a .195 average. He walked eight times with just one home run.