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SEA@TEX: Harrison earns his 17th win of the season

The AL West-leading Rangers hope to have more of their personnel healthy and in the same place on Saturday, as three key players were out for Friday's opener in Seattle.

In the second game of the series Saturday, the Rangers will throw left-handed 17-game winner Matt Harrison against Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan in a rematch of what turned into quite the pitchers' duel the last time out.

When the Mariners took the opener, 6-3, the Rangers were without outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre and catcher Mike Napoli -- with Hamilton actually back in Texas dealing with a sinus situation and Beltre in Southern California battling a stomach ailment.

Beltre and Napoli, who was given a second consecutive day of rest Friday, are expected back in the lineup Saturday. Hamilton is not expected to return this weekend.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Beltre might have joined the club in Seattle on Friday but the club decided to give him another day of rest at his Southern California home.

"It's best for him to rest and come in in the morning," Washington said.

As for the mound matchup, Harrison continued his mastery of the Mariners with 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball against them last Sunday. He has won nine straight starts against the Mariners.

"Everything we needed from him he gave to us," Washington said after Sunday's win.

A native Texan who lives near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Beavan gave Harrison and the Rangers just about all they could handle last Sunday, allowing just two runs in seven innings of work but took his second straight loss.

Rangers: Hamilton has sinus, vision issue
Hamilton had difficulties with his vision and balance prior to Thursday's game and was sent home to Texas for the weekend with sinus issues, undergoing tests there while the club plays in Seattle.

"He took a ground ball, catch and spin, and lost his balance," Washington said. "Then he misjudged a fly ball. It's no big deal; everybody misjudges fly balls. But we decided we weren't going any further with him."

Washington hopes Hamilton will return Monday as the four-game home set against the A's begins, but that is uncertain.

Mariners: Off-day rests bullpen
A day off Thursday after playing 29 innings the previous two nights was just what the bullpen needed, and the relief corps was used for only two innings Friday as Hisashi Iwakuma went seven.

The day off in particular served as a welcome respite for the relievers.

"This time of year, yeah," said reliever Josh Kinney. "I think everybody's feeling the toll of the season. Days off to heal and recover are precious right now."

Worth noting

• The season series between the first- and fourth-place teams in the AL West is close, with the Rangers holding a 9-8 advantage heading into Saturday's game.

• The Rangers' streak of 34 games without consecutive losses, the longest in the Majors and a club record, will be on the line Saturday.

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