Rested Ramirez to face Rangers

Rested Ramirez to face Rangers

Over the final two innings of Saturday's 8-3 victory over Texas, young Mariners left-hander Horacio Ramirez sought out veteran pitcher Miguel Batista.

Ramirez wanted to know how Batista had been so successful against the Rangers despite not having pitched in 10 days. Ramirez has a similar task on Sunday when he faces the Rangers after having not pitched since April 6.

"We talked together. He was charting [pitches]," said Batista, who allowed three runs and five hits in his 6 2/3 innings. "The only thing you can advise your guys is to make sure you don't waste your bullets. Get your command early. Force them to swing early, because everyone knows we haven't pitched for a while. Some of these guys are going to be selective."

Ramirez, 27, acquired in a trade with Atlanta over the winter for Rafael Soriano, does not even have any statistics next to his name this season. His four-inning start against Cleveland was wiped out one pitch away from an official game.

That makes him even more anxious to show what he can do in his Safeco Field debut.

"You guys who have not seen guys like [Jeff] Weaver, Horacio or me on a daily basis don't realize how much faith [the Mariners front office has] in us," Batista added. "They brought us over here to help us win. They believe we will be the perfect fit. They brought in to turn us from a competitive team to a winning team."

Ramirez will be opposed by young Rangers right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Pitching matchup
SEA: LHP Horacio Ramirez (5-5, 4.48 ERA in 2006)
Ramirez has had only one start -- April 6 at Cleveland -- and that was postponed after only four innings. He had six walks, but the temperature was in the mid-20s.

TEX: RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-1, 3.75 ERA)
McCarthy, used primarily as a reliever last season while with the White Sox, has had two decent starts, both times reaching six innings. He held the Devil Rays to five hits and two runs in his season debut victory, and the Angels threw him for a 5-3 loss in his last start.

Player to watch
Brad Wilkerson has a .300 average (9-for-30) against Ramirez.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
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Up next
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Minnesota (RHP Ramon Ortiz, 2-0, 1.80) at Seattle (RHP Jeff Weaver, 0-1, 31.50), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Minnesota (RHP Carlos Silva, 0-1, 0.77) at Seattle (RHP Felix Hernandez, 2-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m. PT

Bob Sherwin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.