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American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, May 25th (All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (24-25) at Detroit Tigers (28-17), 1:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Colby Lewis (3-3, 5.40) Detroit - Justin Verlander (5-3, 3.55)
(SportsNetwork.com) - After an offensive explosion in Saturday's win, the Texas Rangers will attempt to keep their momentum rolling in the series finale with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Rangers pieced together 19 hits on Saturday and were paced by the efforts of an unheralded rookie as they captured a convincing 12-2 win.
Rougned Odor, who came into the game with just four hits in 26 major league at-bats, went 4-for-5 with a pair of triples and five RBI.
"It feels good, it gives me a little confidence," Odor said. "I just want to be a part of the team and have the other guys feel they can have confidence in me."
Alex Rios collected three hits, while Adrian Beltre and Donnie Murphy both left the yard in the rout.
The ample run support was plenty for Nick Martinez (1-1), who allowed one run over six innings of work in his first major league win.
Rick Porcello (7-2) had won six straight starts prior to the setback. He was beaten up for 12 hits and eight runs across 5 1/3 innings.
Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez both finished 3-for-5, with Kinsler and Rajai Davis producing an RBI.
The Rangers will send Colby Lewis to the hill on Sunday as he tries to improve upon a 3-3 record and a 5.40 ERA.
Lewis was not sharp in his latest outing, allowing nine hits, three walks and five earned runs over six innings of work in a loss to Seattle. He did manage to strike out six batters, giving him at least six punchouts in four of his last five outings.
Lewis, who had a brief stint with Detroit in 2006, has a 6.49 ERA in 34 2/3 career innings against the Tigers.
Detroit will counter with Justin Verlander. Although the former Cy Young Award winner boasts a 5-3 mark with a 3.55 ERA, he's been shaky on the campaign with a 1.42 WHIP and just 49 strikeouts in 66 innings, leaving him on pace to fall short of 200 Ks for the first time since 2008.
Verlander is coming off arguably his worst start of the season, as he allowed 11 hits, three walks and five runs over six innings in a May 20 loss to Cleveland.
The silver lining for the power righty is that he has performed much better at home this season (2.18 ERA) than on the road (4.91).
05/25 10:23:50 ET
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