The Texas Rangers' season seemingly couldn't have been more tumultuous -- until Ron Washington resigned.
The Seattle Mariners took advantage of the disarray to move into position for a wild-card spot.Chris Young will look to follow suit against the reeling Rangers on Saturday night in his first outing since the shortest start of his career.Washington resigned from the Rangers (53-88) earlier Friday to tend to an "off-the-field personal matter," leaving bench coach Tim Bogar in charge as interim manager."It's obviously not exactly how you want to become a manager for the first time, especially when you take over for a really good friend," Bogar said. "He coached me in Triple-A, he basically taught me how to get to the big leagues, and then I was a colleague."Texas responded by outhitting Seattle 13-7 but still took a 7-5 loss, unable to contend with the Mariners' four home runs. Two were from Kendrys Morales, who drove in four runs and has seven RBIs in his last three meetings with the Rangers."He brings respectability to our lineup," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Morales. "Tonight was a big night for him."Seattle (77-63) now owns a half-game edge over Detroit for the AL's second wild card.The Rangers have scored 14 runs during a seven-game skid -- one shy of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor are a combined 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position during the slide.Young (12-7, 3.46 ERA) figures to relish the chance to face baseball's worst team after giving up a season worst-matching five runs, four hits and two walks in only two-thirds of an inning in a 6-1 loss at Oakland on Monday. It marked his first defeat in eight starts."I wasn't sharp. My stuff wasn't good, it was flat," Young said. "They came out super-aggressive, you could see it. They were motivated. I didn't have it. When I take the ball I expect to perform."He threw only 3 2/3 innings in his previous start, too, after going at least six innings in seven of his previous nine outings.The right-hander lost his lone matchup with the Rangers this season, yielding four runs in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-3 road loss on May 21.Texas will go with Nick Martinez (3-10, 5.14), who is aiming to improve upon a 5-0 loss at Seattle on Aug. 26 when he gave up five runs and walked four over five innings.Martinez allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings of Texas' 3-2 loss at Houston on Sunday, though he didn't receive a decision. The righty was in position for a victory until the Rangers' bullpen surrendered two runs in the eighth inning.Kyle Seager had a nine-game hitting streak end Friday but is 4 for 6 against Martinez.The Mariners are looking to win a third straight road game in Texas in a single season for the first time since winning their first six there in 2002.