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Profar-led Rangers look for series win against Mariners
The Texas Rangers did not plan on having Jurickson Profar play as much and in such an important role as he has this season, but the jack-of-all-trades has been a key to the continuity of the Rangers' lineup even as they deal with injuries and a stated goal of rebuilding.
Profar smashed a three-run homer off Seattle's struggling Felix Hernandez on Tuesday to help the Rangers to an 11-4 victory over the Mariners in the middle contest of the three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
The rubber match of the three-game series Wednesday pits Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales (12-6, 3.46 ERA) against Texas right-hander Yovani Gallardo (6-1, 6.51).
Profar is batting .314 in his last 15 contests and has 12 homers and 60 RBIs in 100 games this season. Defensively, he has started 59 games at shortstop, 17 at third base, eight at second base and 10 at first base, where he played Tuesday.
Profar came to the major leagues as a shortstop but said he doesn't mind being a utility player if it means he can help contribute on a daily basis.
"I always knew that I could be a good player, but early (in my career), the not playing (makes you doubt that) a little bit," Profar told MLB.com. "This year I've played a lot and (it has) let me find myself. And I keep trying to find ways to get better."
Shortstop Jean Segura was not in the lineup Tuesday for Seattle after hitting .217 with a .248 on-base percentage since July 1. Mariners manager Scott Servais said Segura's timing has just been a little off at the plate in recent games.
"He's been struggling a little," Servais said. "Sometimes you just need to recharge and regroup. He's trying some different things, it just hasn't worked. He'll be really aggressive some at-bats, and then back off some at-bats. But he can really hit. We've seen it here for a long time. He's just in one of those funks right now."
Segura has started 106 of the Mariners' 114 games. For May and June, he was one of the Mariners' best players, batting .357 with an .878 OPS, 14 doubles, a triple, four homers and 24 RBIs in 50 games.
"Everybody knows when you are playing shortstop every day, it's hard to feel healthy," Segura admitted. "At this point in the year, the body is tired and not feeling 100 percent. But I still want to be in the lineup every day."
Gonzales is set be make his 23rd start of the season Wednesday. He won five straight starts from June 29 through July 29, allowing six earned runs across 34 1/3 innings. He suffered the loss in his most recent start, a 7-2 defeat to the Blue Jays on Friday, when he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
Gonzales is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers. He allowed one unearned run across 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 victory over versus Texas on May 28.
Gallardo has been solid for the Rangers and will make his 12th appearance and ninth start of the season. His six wins since June 23 tie him with Arizona's Zack Greinke (6-1) and Colorado's Scott Oberg (6-0) for the most wins in the majors over that span.
Gallardo's 11.57 run support average over that same span is highest in the majors. He will be working on extended rest having last started Thursday, when he earned the victory in the Rangers' 17-8 win over Baltimore despite allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Gallardo has gone 2-2 with a 2.42 ERA over four career starts versus the Mariners, all in 2015 in his first stint with the Rangers.
Updated August 7, 2018