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DET@SEA: Harang solid, fans six in Mariners debut

Justin Grimm and Aaron Harang are looking for better results the second time around.

Grimm will make his second start against the Mariners on Sunday as the Rangers look to complete a three-game sweep in Arlington.

With left-hander Matt Harrison scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday and sidelined until at least the All-Star break, Grimm has an opportunity to carve a spot in the Rangers rotation. Grimm, 24, hasn't appeared in a game since allowing two runs on five hits in four innings in a no-decision on April 11 at Seattle.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," said Grimm, who had his scheduled start on Wednesday in Chicago rained out. "I need to trust my stuff, no doubt about it. I know my stuff plays at this level. I just have to have a confident mindset and be aggressive."

But Rangers manager Ron Washington said he doesn't want Grimm looking too far ahead.

"I just hope he's concentrating on his next start and not what an opportunity or chance this is," Washington said. "Just pitch one game at a time. That's what he should be thinking about, take care of what's in front of you."

Texas pitching has yet to allow a run in the series, and the Rangers have given up only 11 runs in six games against the Mariners this year.

Harang makes his second start for Seattle since being acquired in a trade with the Rockies on April 11. The veteran right-hander lost his debut to the Tigers last Tuesday, giving up seven hits and three runs in five innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

That was Harang's first appearance since the last week of Spring Training when he was with the Dodgers, so he was limited to 95 pitches.

"I liked the way he threw the first outing," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "He wasn't as efficient as he normally could be or will be, but I liked the way the ball came out of his hand and the way he pitched. So I feel good about him going out and starting for us. I think our starting rotation is starting to settle in a little bit."

The Mariners have lost four of their last five games, scoring a total of five runs.

Mariners: Noesi turns in strong relief effort
Hector Noesi looked good in relief on Friday, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Noesi, projected by the Mariners as a starter, began the season with Double-A Jackson and didn't allow a run in two starts. He had a less than stellar Spring Training, though, which prompted the Mariners to send him to Jackson. Noesi said that was a wake-up call.

"We still want to give him a chance to start," Wedge said. "If it sends a message or he gets something out of it more so, that's great too. Because he has all the ability to be a starting pitcher, but he's got to dig deep and find a way to make that happen."

Can Noesi build off Friday's performance?

"I think that can be helpful, whether him or [Blake] Beavan, maybe they can get something out of being in the bullpen a little bit," Wedge said. "Noesi has had points in time when he's been OK out of the bullpen, so we'll see."

Rangers: Fans asked to donate for good causes
• The Rangers are partnering with Carter BloodCare to host a blood drive on Sunday at the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CT. Fans can enter the blood drive through the Hall of Fame entrance located on the concourse behind the Lower Home Run Porch.

• Fans wishing to make donations to the City of West can do so in the form of gift cards or cash donations. In the aftermath of Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion, West officials said residents would have a long-term need for assistance. Donations will be collected outside the ballpark gates beginning at noon on Sunday. The Rangers plan to deliver donations to the citizens of West next week.

• Catcher Geovany Soto will make his fourth start of the season on Sunday, according to Washington. The veteran is 2-for-10 with a double in three games.

Worth noting
• The Rangers are 2-4 in day games this season.

• Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is 15-for-58 (.259) in his career against Harang, with seven home runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs.

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