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Today, only on Facebook: Gonzales faces Texas

MLB.com @DKramer_

Facebook is once again bringing fans back for a digital-only national broadcast this afternoon with the Mariners-Rangers contest at Globe Life Park, which will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on the social media platform. The American League West clash is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook. 

Fans can catch the 2:05 p.m. ET contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by logging onto Facebook's MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game, which will be called by play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz, analysts David Hulse and Ryan Rowland-Smith, and field reporter Stephen Nelson. 

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Facebook is once again bringing fans back for a digital-only national broadcast this afternoon with the Mariners-Rangers contest at Globe Life Park, which will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on the social media platform. The American League West clash is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook. 

Fans can catch the 2:05 p.m. ET contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by logging onto Facebook's MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game, which will be called by play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz, analysts David Hulse and Ryan Rowland-Smith, and field reporter Stephen Nelson. 

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How to watch on mobile and desktop
Desktop
1. Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook.
2. Follow the "MLB Live" show page.

Mobile
1. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live."
2. Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.

What to know about the Mariners-Rangers game
The Mariners find themselves out of the second AL Wild Card spot after hitting a late July skid that has spilled over into August. Seattle has lost ground to the red-hot A's, arguably the best team since late June, and as it's shaping up, that the second AL Wild Card spot will likely go to one of these clubs, given the distance they've created with the rest of the AL teams. 

The Mariners' once-potent offense has gone cold over this stretch, with just 100 runs scored since the start of July, edging only the Tigers, who have scored 98, the lowest in the Majors. 

Video: SEA@LAA: Gonzales strikes out 7 across 6 frames

If there's been one Seattle standout of late, it's left-hander Marco Gonzales, who's been one of the AL's best starters the last six weeks. Over his six most recent outings, Gonzales has posted a 2.18 ERA, behind only Dallas Keuchel for the AL's best in that span, while striking out 38 and walking just five over 41 1/3 innings, though he is coming off a loss to the Blue Jays last Friday that snapped a personal-best five-game win streak. 

For the Rangers, right-hander Yovani Gallardo will look to continue a promising run of three straight wins, against the Indians, Astros and Orioles, across which he's posted a 2.70 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and walked 10 over those outings, and athis should be updated: The Mariners' once-potent offense has gone cold over this stretch, having entered the series vs. the Rangers with just 92 runs scored since the start of July, edging only the Tigers, who have scored 91, the lowest in the Majors.lso gave up a pair of homers. 

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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