Can Mariners heat up in steamy Texas?

Yeah, it’s gonna be a hot one tonight at the Ballpark in Arlington, where the temperature is expected to be in the mid-90s this afternoon and around 93 degrees still at first pitch, which is 7:05 p.m. here in Texas and 5:05 p.m. in Seattle.

This will be the 136th game in franchise history that began with a temperature of 90-plus degrees and their record is 51-84 in those games to date.

Not surprisingly, 51 of those hot-weather starts have been in Arlington and the Mariners are 18-33 in the previous 90-plus degree games in Texas.

If you’re wondering, the hottest weather Seattle has ever played in is 105 degrees, once in Arizona on June 27, 1998 and once in Arlington on Aug. 9, 2009, a day after playing in 104 degree heat in Texas as well.

Of course, the Mariners will have to deal with more than just the heat today. They’re carrying a four-game losing streak into Texas and now have the first-place Rangers to contend with as well. Kevin Millwood is on the mound for Seattle and he brings a 17-game scoreless inning streak that includes six innings of three-hit ball against the Rangers in the Mariners’ last victory, a 5-3 decision last Wednesday at Safeco.

Millwood will try to keep that going against his former Rangers teammates, so that should be interesting.

One other item of note: The Mariners are 21-11 on Memorial Day, the best winning percentage in baseball at .656 on the holiday. So there’s that, anyway!

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