with interim manager Don Wakamatsu at the helm http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/aut...polanco-jersey , and did so emphatically, trouncing the Seattle Mariners 8-3 on Friday in the opening game of Rangers’ final three-game home series.The game was called in the top of the seventh inning after an hour of torrential rain, lightning and flooding.Maybe Wakamatsu, who had been Texas’ bench coach, apparently made that much of a difference. Or perhaps the Rangers were just due after losing four straight games and 16 of their past 22. The Rangers had been shut out in their previous two games.Article continues below ...Whatever it was, Texas hopes it can bottle it and carry it along for its final nine games, beginning Saturday in the middle game of the series against the Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.The Mariners will send left-hander Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.28 ERA) to the mound to try to even the series while Texas will counter with left-hander Mike Minor (12-7, 4.14).Wakamatsu took over the Rangers’ reins when Jeff Banister was dismissed earlier Friday after four seasons and two division championships in Arlington. Banister was American League manager of the year in 2015.Wakamatsu, who managed in Seattle in 2009-10 before being fired, said before Friday’s game that he wants to be considered for the full-time managerial position.“It’s an emotional time for me http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/aut...ho-kang-jersey ,” Wakamatsu said of Banister’s dismissal and his chance to take over the job, be it for just the rest of the season or beyond. “Banny approached me this winter about coming on the staff, so still trying to process a lot of that right now and just really focus on the next 10 days and see how we can finish strong.“I came back here because of Banny. I came back here because of (Texas general manager) Jon Daniels, and some of the relationships and comfort level I felt with coming back home.”Meanwhile, in the opposing dugout, the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, who has been sidelined since Sept. 8 with a tight right hamstring, rejoined the team and played flat-ground catch on Friday.He’ll throw a bullpen session on Saturday to see whether he can manage to get in a final start this season next week at home.“One more outing, a productive outing, would be good to see,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais, whose team has fallen out of contention for a postseason berth. “He wants to pitch again Francisco Cervelli Jersey , no question about it. That’s why he’s here. If that wasn’t the case, he’d probably shut it down.“He’s had a lot of innings, no doubt,” Servais added about Hernandez. “He just wants to feel healthy and feel good about going into the next year. But he wants to get back out there.”The 26-year-old Gonzales will make his 28th start of the 2018 season on Saturday after recording a no-decision in his most recent start, a 4-3 Mariners loss to the Angels in Anaheim on Sunday. He gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.Gonzales will be making his fourth career start against the Rangers, and he has a 2-1 record with a 5.40 ERA in the first three. Two of those starts came this season, and Gonzales went 1-1 with a 5.40 in those.Minor will make his 28th start of the season on Saturday night. He leads Texas with 12 wins and his next win will match his career high, achieved in 2013 when he was with Atlanta. He will be working on five days’ rest after taking a no-decision in the Rangers’ 7-3 loss on Sunday at San Diego. He allowed four hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings in that game.Minor has gone 1-2, with a 4.74 ERA in seven games, four of them starts, in his career versus Seattle, including 0-1 and a 7.24 ERA in three starts this season. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Oakland Athletics broke out a little bit of everything Friday night to snap their two-game skid: efficient starting pitching John Jaso Jersey , sharp singles, sacrifice flies and even their first bunt-single of the year.And oh yes, home runs.Sean Manaea (12-9) stifled Minnesota’s batters into the sixth inning, and Matt Chapman broke things open with a three-run homer and the A’s beat the Twins 7-1 on Friday night to maintain their hold on the AL’s final wild-card spot.Stephen Piscotty and Ramon Laureano added a ninth-inning shot each as the A’s did just enough against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (5-8) before pouncing on the bullpen.“We’ve been playing so well and all of a sudden we have two losses in a row, which we haven’t had in a while now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “So now it’s time to respond and they did.”After giving up some early runs in their last two losses, the A’s got back to the winning formula that helped them ramp up their pursuit of Houston in the AL West.Manaea recovered nicely from a rough outing against Houston last weekend. He yielded an unearned run, five hits and a walk with one strikeout. He threw 50 of his 67 pitches for strikes before manager Melvin pulled him for Lou Trivino after Eddie Rosario’s leadoff single in the sixth.“We have a full ‘pen today, and based on the last couple of starts I didn’t want to get him into a jam where he had a chance to take a loss,” Melvin said.Up to that point, Odorizzi had pitched well himself, also allowing only one earned run off five hits and one walk. But Oliver Drake relieved Odorizzi in the eighth and found himself in trouble quickly http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/aut...-mercer-jersey , allowing a single and a walk before Chapman’s 18th homer, a shot to right that made it 5-1.“Good teams can beat you in many different ways, whether it’s bunting to beat the shift, or it’s home runs or flare singles into right center, whatever,” said Jonathan Lucroy, whose RBI single in the fifth made it 2-1. “You’ve got to have a lot of weapons. You can just be one-sided with homers. We’ve got to beat you a lot of different ways.”Eddie Rosario scored Minnesota’s lone run in the fourth on Miguel Sano’s sac-fly to center.THAT’S A FIRSTJed Lowrie’s bunt single in the first inning against the shift extended his hitting streak to four games.“I thought they’d mistaken me for Joey Gallo,” Lowrie quipped of the Texas Rangers infielder. “I’ve never had four outfielders before. But I like hits.”ODORIZZI’S STREAKOdorizzi pitched seven innings for the first time this season after opening the year with 26 consecutive starts without an out in the seventh — the longest such streak in major league history. The Twins right-hander allowed one earned run, five hits and a walk.“I wouldn’t say it’s a breakthrough,” Odorizzi said. “It’s nice to get the results when you feel like you’re feeling good and throwing the ball well.”His lone fifth-inning walk proved costly when Odorizzi’s bad throw to second off a grounder allowed Lowrie to reach third and later score on Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly.MAUER’S MILESTONEThe crowd gave Joe Mauer a standing ovation after he singled off Manaea in the fifth for his 2,086th career hit, moving him past Rod Carew for second-most hits in club history behind Kirby Puckett’s 2 Corey Dickerson Jersey ,304.“It was pretty special to see the guys at the top step, and the fans on their feet. That really means a lot,” Mauer said.Manaea ended the two-on, two-out threat by inducing Logan Forsythe into a pop-fly to center.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: Placed C Bobby Wilson on the 10-day DL with a sprained right ankle he injured Thursday night. The Twins called up Willians Astudillo from Triple-A Rochester. … Manager Paul Molitor said there’s enough lack of extension in RHP Ervin Santana’s injured finger to shut down all throwing activities.PLAYERS WEEKENDThe teams rolled out their players’ weekend jerseys, complete with nicknames across their shoulders. Among the highlights:“Manaelator” (Manaea)“Jedi” (Lowrie, although his nickname was officially listed “Capt. Barrel”)“Sauce” (Marcus Semien)“Logie Bear” (Logan Forsythe)“Garv Sauce” (Mitch Garver)And reserved hometown favorite Mauer? “Mauer”UP NEXT:Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (9-6) takes the mound for his fourth start since joining the A’s from Detroit on Aug. 6. He’s 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Twins: Rookie RHP Stephen Gonsalves (0-1) makes his second career start. The touted prospect allowed four runs, six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Chicago White Sox.