ARLINGTON -- Mariners starter Blake Beavan, who grew up in nearby Irving, Texas, will miss a chance to pitch against the Rangers, the team that drafted him in 2007 and the team he grew up watching at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Beavan, the Rangers' No. 1 pick and the 17th overall chosen in the First-Year Player Draft four years ago, is scheduled to pitch Friday against Boston.
"It'd have been fun to pitch here, especially to pitch against the hometown team growing up," Beavan said.
Beavan has had the opportunity to start against the Rangers once in Seattle on July 17, when he shouldered the loss with three earned runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Though Beavan hasn't been able to pitch in front of his friends and extended family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area yet, with five of the remaining eight Mariners-Rangers contests this season in Arlington, Beavan may get another chance.
Beavan is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA in six career Major League starts, all in the past two months.