SEATTLE -- In a division rivalry that has been one-sided but has featured plenty of offense from both teams, Texas Rangers starter Martin Perez did the unthinkable against Seattle last Wednesday.The 25-year-old left-hander actually kept the Mariners off the scoreboard.That has been a rarity when the teams have played this season, and Perez and the Rangers will get another shot at Seattle on Tuesday night.Texas (82-56) owns an 11-5 record against the Mariners this season but has allowed seven or more runs in six of those games. The latest came Monday afternoon, when Seattle posted five first-inning runs and two more in the second against Rangers starter Cole Hamels on the way to a 14-6 win.It marked the second consecutive start for Hamels against Seattle, and he allowed 14 hits and 13 runs in six innings over those two outings. While Hamels had some blister issues in recent starts, manager Jeff Banister said health was not an issue in his recent struggles.As Hamels said: Its just a matter of not executing pitches. ... I feel good. Its just, unfortunately, Im not doing what I know Im capable of doing.Sandwiched between the Hamels starts was Perezs six innings of shutout ball. It was an outlier not only in this rivalry but also for Perez, who had allowed six earned runs in each of his previous two starts. He is 9-10 with a 4.30 ERA on the season.Silencing the Seattle bats for a second start in a row might be a tough task. The Mariners (70-67) rank third in the American League in home runs with 186, one more than the Rangers have hit. Seattle piled up 14 hits Monday, getting huge contributions from right-handed platoon players Franklin Gutierrez (3-for-4, four RBI) and Dae-Ho Lee (2-for-5, three RBI).Its not a secret that were not having the best record against left-handed pitching, Gutierrez said after the win. Its important for us to do our job, get on base and play our game.Gutierrez and Lee are likely to be in the lineup again Tuesday, as the Rangers will throw another southpaw at the Mariners. The last three times Seattle faced a left-handed Texas starter, the Mariners scored a total of 25 runs.The offensive outburst Monday came a little too late for the Mariners to get back into the AL West race, as their final glimmer of hope was extinguished last week when they were swept in Texas.Seattle is still within five games of the ALs second wild-card spot, but there are plenty of teams in the mix. 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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are chipping in to launch the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research, which will support continued research and education regarding brain injuries and treatment of sports-related concussions.The foundation is named after Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s and was an early advocate for monitoring head trauma among NFL players.The Steelers will make an initial donation of $1 million to the foundation, which will use an advisory panel of some of the countrys top neurosurgeons to determine which reseaarch programs to fund.dddddddddddd The panel will include Dr. Joseph Maroon, who became the first team-appointed neurosurgeon in the NFL when the Steelers hired him at Nolls urging in 1982.Former NFL player Merrill Hoge, whose career was derailed by concussions, will serve on the foundations board of directors, as well as Steeler co-owners Art Rooney II, Rob Cintrone and Larry Paul.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '