Texas Rangers (40-27) at San Diego Padres (24-43), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.54)
San Diego - Jason Marquis (1-1, 1.46)
(Sports Network) - The Rangers had little problem scoring runs this past
weekend despite Josh Hamilton being out of the lineup.
Texas hopes to have its slugger back tonight when Matt Harrison tries to
extend his scoreless-innings streak in the opener of a three-game series
against the San Diego Padres.
The Rangers outscored the Astros 23-8 in a three-game sweep despite Hamilton
missing all three games due to an intestinal virus that forced him out of
Thursday's game with the Diamondbacks and required him to be hospitalized the
Hamilton leads the majors with 62 runs batted in and is second in the American
League with a .330 average and 22 homers. He returned to the Rangers on Sunday
and is eyeing a return to action tonight.
"I'm good," Hamilton told the Rangers' website on Sunday. "I'm not going to do
any baseball stuff today -- one more day of rest and play tomorrow in San
Diego. It's cooler, less taxing on the body. The last thing I want to do is
wear myself out and have a setback."
Minus Hamilton, Texas used a seven-run sixth inning to rally past Houston 9-3
on Sunday. Ian Kinsler hit a three-run triple in the big frame, which Adrian
Beltre capped with a two-run homer. The victory was the Rangers' sixth in
seven games and they matched their season high by moving 13 games over .500
Colby Lewis, who threw complete games in his previous two outings, pitched
seven strong innings. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk while
striking out 10. He retired the final eight batters he faced in the game.
"His outing was outstanding," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Colby
stayed steadfast and kept us around."
Like Lewis, Harrison may be okay if the Rangers decide to keep Hamilton out of
action for one more day. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in consecutive
outings, hurling a five-hit shutout at the Giants on June 8 to win his fourth
straight start before scattering six hits and two walks over 7 1/3 scoreless
frames in a no-decision against Arizona on Wednesday.
"I think it's just the aggressiveness and my tempo has been a lot better,"
said Harrison, who has pitched to a 1.42 earned run average over his last five
outings. "I feel good with my tempo right now so it's making me concentrate
more on my pitches and just trying to throw strikes."
Harrison stands at 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA through 13 starts and will face the
Padres for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old is 3-2 with a 2.79
ERA in 12 career interleague appearances, including eight starts.
Taking the mound for the Padres will be Jason Marquis, who makes his third
straight appearance with San Diego following a forgettable seven-start stint
with the Twins to begin the season.
Marquis went 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA with Minnesota prior to getting released. He
then lost his Padres debut on June 7, giving up four runs -- two earned --
over six frames to stretch his overall losing streak to five straight starts.
The 33-year-old righty, though, picked up his first win with the Padres on
Wednesday, yielding six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in
the exact type of outing San Diego imagined when adding the veteran.
"Jason did a nice job keeping the ball below the strike zone, kept the ball at
the knees when he needed to throw a strike, threw inside well with the
fastball," Padres manager Bud Black said. "If you were to script out a Jason
Marquis game, that's what it would look like."
Marquis sits four strikeouts shy of becoming the 49th active pitcher with at
least 1,000 in his career and will try to reach the milestone in his third
career start against the Rangers and first since 2007. He has split two
decisions against them with a 4.50 ERA.
The Padres look to make it two wins in a row tonight after salvaging the
finale of a three-game series versus the Athletics with Sunday's 2-1 win.
Clayton Richard fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings of five-hit ball and Huston
Street recorded the four-out save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning
as he held on to reward Richard with his fourth victory of the year.
"He mixed in enough sliders, change (and) curveballs to keep them honest. But
it was all about the fastball in good spots, throwing strikes and working
fast," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Richard's outing.
Will Venable put the Padres on the board with an RBI fielder's choice
groundout in the third and Logan Forsythe scored what turned out to be a huge
run in the top of the ninth when he scored on a wild pitch as a pinch-runner.
San Diego ended a nine-game road trip with a winning record at 5-4.
The Padres have won seven of their past 10 versus the Rangers and are hosting
Texas for the first time since taking two of three during the 2001 campaign.
06/18 10:54:48 ET
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