SEATTLE -- Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will try to continue his domination of the Mariners when he pitches against right-hander Brandon Maurer on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.
Harrison, making his first start since April 6, 2013, is 10-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 14 career starts and four relief appearances against the Mariners. That's the second lowest ERA by a pitcher with at least 100 innings against the Mariners. Pedro Martinez had a 1.57 ERA against them. The .833 winning percentage is tied for the fifth highest.
Harrison had won eight straight starts against the Mariners before a 1-0 loss against them on Sept. 22, 2012 at Safeco Field. It is his only loss here. Harrison is 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA in six starts and two relief appearances at Safeco.
Harrison is also tied with Kenny Rogers for the most wins by a Rangers pitcher against the Mariners. Rogers was 10-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts and 23 relief appearances against them.
"Sometimes that happens with a team," Harrison said. "I've had good success against them, I know their hitters and I know what's worked against them. They'll let me know if I need to make a change."
Maurer started the season at Triple-A Tacoma after having back issues during Spring Training. He had a 2.16 ERA in four games for Tacoma before being called up when Blake Beavan went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
He made his first start against the Marlins on Sunday and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches and will likely be limited to 75-80 pitches on Sunday.
"Fatigue hit at the point. Mechanics lost a little there," Maurer said. "Felt good through the first four. ... I wish I would've gone a little longer, but I did what I could get done."
Maurer was a 23rd-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft who was 5-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 14 starts and eight relief appearances. His first Major League victory came against the Rangers on April 14 when he held them to three runs in six innings as the Mariners won 4-3 at Safeco Field. Five days later, he allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Rangers in a 5-0 loss.
Rangers: Fielder OK at first base
Prince Fielder was used at designated hitter on Saturday for the second time this season. He is expected to be back at first base on Sunday where his defense has been solid so far.
According to STATS Inc., Fielder has a .919 defensive zone rating at first base, tying him with Eric Hosmer of Kansas City for the highest at the position in the American League. Zone rating measures a player's efficiency in fielding balls hit into his typical defensive zone.
"He's doing a good job," manager Ron Washington said. "He's put in a lot of work into his defense. We explained to him how much pride we take in our defense and he's worked hard at it."
Mariners: McClendon talks up Cano
Lloyd McClendon admitted that Robinson Cano was pressing and expanding the zone on Seattle's last road trip, so he had to talk to him about not trying to do too much. He also said that Cano's ability to adjust to how pitchers throw him during the game is what makes him so good.
"I think good hitters -- Robbie's a good hitter -- they have the ability to adjust from one pitch to the next and understand what pitchers are trying to do," McClendon said.
• The Rangers have to make a roster move before Sunday's game and they could send infielder Luis Sardinas back to Double-A Frisco so he can resume playing every day. In anticipation of that, the Rangers have started having outfielder Daniel Robertson take ground balls at work on his defense at second base. He has played six games at second base in the Minor Leagues.
• Hisashi Iwakuma throws what could be his final rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday in Las Vegas. McClendon wouldn't say if he plans to add him to the rotation for Seattle's upcoming 10-game, three-city road trip. Iwakuma has built up his pitch count to about 80-85. He missed all of Spring Training after straining the finger tendon on his throwing hand when he fell back into the net during a PFP drill.
• Taijuan Walker, the organization's top prospect, will play catch on Sunday as he continues his rehab from shoulder inflammation that's sidelined him for most of the season.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.