American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 21st
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (66-56) at Texas Rangers (71-50), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.65)
Texas - Scott Feldman (6-8, 4.63)
(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers try to continue their recent mastery of
the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday when the two continue a three-game set at
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Texas beat the O's for the fourth time in five meetings this season in
Monday's opener, as Ryan Dempster tossed eight strong innings to lead the
Rangers to a 5-1 win.
Dempster allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six.
Joe Nathan tossed a perfect ninth to close out the game for Texas, which has
won four of its last five overall and leads the AL West by six games over the
"Your objective is always the same thing and that is to execute pitches no
matter what the score is," Dempster said. "But any time that you are ahead in
games like that and you have a little bit of cushion, when you get behind in
the count you feel like you can maybe challenge a little bit more because a
solo home run doesn't hurt you."
Miguel Gonzalez (5-3) surrendered four runs on eight hits and three walks
through five innings for the Orioles, who had their two-game win streak
stopped and fell to the Rangers for the ninth time in their last 10 tries.
Adam Jones collected a pair of hits while knocking in Baltimore's lone run.
"He's not blowing it by you, but he knows what he's doing. He kept the ball
down and kept the ball off the barrel," Jones said about Dempster. "He did
what he wanted to do."
Getting the call for the Rangers on Tuesday will be righty Scott Feldman, who
has lost his last two starts. Feldman lost to the New York Yankees on
Wednesday, as he allowed three runs and seven hits with four walks in six
innings, dropping him to 6-8 to go along with a 4.63 ERA.
He had won his previous six decisions before this slide.
Feldman has faced the Orioles 11 times (5 starts) and is 4-0 against them with
a 3.43 ERA.
Baltimore will counter with a righty of its own in Chris Tillman, who is 5-2
with a 3.65 ERA. Tillman did not get a decision on Thursday against Boston and
didn't get out of the fifth inning, as he surrendered three runs and six hits
in 4 2/3 frames of his team's 6-3 loss.
Tillman has split two starts against the Rangers and has pitched to a 3.38 ERA
in those outings.
08/21 10:31:37 ET