American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (16-14) at LA Angels of Anaheim (15-14), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.59)
LA Angels - Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 3.34)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers will try again for a series win over
the LA Angels of Anaheim when the two AL West clubs close out a three-game
series Sunday at Angel Stadium.
The Rangers took Friday's series opener 5-2, but suffered a 5-3 loss the
following night. Making his MLB debut, C.J. Cron had an RBI single in the
sixth inning to give the Angels the lead for good and Howie Kendrick's run-
scoring double in the eighth was an insurance run.
Shawn Tolleson was saddled with the loss for giving up the go-ahead run to
Cron and starter Matt Harrison did not factor in the outcome after he was
reached for three runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 frames.
"I'd have it on the outside one inning, then the inside the next inning, just
could never get both sides of the plate working at the same time," said
Harrison. "I was in a lot of jams every inning."
Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo finished with two hits and an RBI apiece
for the Rangers, who fell for sixth time in eight tries. Choo bounced back
from an ankle issue sustained in Friday's win.
Rangers prized offseason acquisition Prince Fielder was 1-for-4 with a run
scored and is batting just .209 with two homers and nine RBI. He has a hit in
four straight games, but hasn't homered since April 19.
"We're going to see him a lot this year. We've seen him when he's good,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And he will be good. There's some things
that you see in hitters from time to time, but I don't think it's anything
specific that I'm going to share with you."
Texas will then travel to the Mile High City for a two-game set with the
The Rangers lost for the first time this season with Yu Darvish on the hill in
Monday's 4-0 setback to Oakland and hope the Japanese right-hander can bounce
back Sunday afternoon.
Darvish won his season debut on April 6 at Tampa Bay, then posted three
straight no-decisions. He then received a loss to the Athletics, who reached
Darvish for a season-high four runs and six hits in a season-low 3 1/3
innings. He is 1-1 in five starts to go with a 2.59 ERA.
Darvish has a 1-0 ledger in two road starts this season and has made 10 career
starts against the rival Angels, going 6-1 with a 3.77 ERA, 79 K's and 29
walks across 62 innings pitched.
The Angels posted their ninth win in 15 tries and improved to 4-1 on a nine-
game homestand with Saturday's win.
Angels starter Garrett Richards improved to 3-0 by holding Texas to three runs
in six innings with nine K's and two walks. Joe Smith was the third reliever
to toss a scoreless inning and posted his third save in the ninth.
Kendrick had four hits and an RBI, Collin Cowgill went 3-for-5 with two runs
scored and Cron ended with three hits as well to go with two RBI.
"It's awesome. My dad was drafted and played with the Angels, so I'm just kind
of following in his footsteps," said Cron, who had his contract selected from
Triple-A Salt Lake prior to the game. "I had a bunch of family out here
tonight and it's just an awesome feeling."
Mike Trout was 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts, and has just two
hits over his previous four games.
Earlier on Saturday, the Angels placed David Freese on the 15-day disabled
list with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger. He was struck
on the hand in Friday's loss. The absence of Freese and a tight hamstring for
Albert Pujols opened the door for Cron.
Anaheim will also welcome the New York Yankees to town for three games on this
The Angels have won each of Tyler Skaggs' five starts this season and will
send him to the mound Sunday. Skaggs is 2-0 with a 3.34 earned run average in
those five starts and did not record a decision in Monday's 6-3 victory
against Cleveland, as he gave up three runs in seven innings.
Skaggs, a left-hander, will make his fourth start at home and defeated the
Rangers the only time he faced them as a member of Arizona last May 27 in a
5-3 win. Skaggs struck out nine over six shutout innings, scattering three
hits and walking three.
This is the first series of the season between these longtime division
rivals. Texas dominated last season's head-to-head series with the Halos,
winning 15 of 19 meetings.
05/04 10:28:36 ET