A planned off day for Elvis Andrus has resulted in Jurickson Profar's first career game as the Rangers' leadoff hitter. The rookie was the choice over Leury Garcia and Leonys Martin because manager Ron Washington felt that Profar had the best chance to reach base ahead of the run producers that follow.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma: Jurickson Profar, ss; David Murphy, lf; Lance Berkman, dh; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Nelson Cruz, rf; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Geovany Soto, c; Leonys Martin, cf; Leury Garcia, 2b.
Mariners lineup vs. RHP Nick Tepesch: Endy Chavez, rf; Kyle Seager, 3b; Raul Ibanez, lf; Kendrys Morales, 1b; Michael Morse, dh; Michael Saunders, cf; Dustin Ackley, 2b; Jesus Sucre, c; Brendan Ryan, ss.
-- Jeff Wilson