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Saturday, August 4th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (62-43) at Kansas City Royals (44-61), 6:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Scott Feldman (5-6, 4.76)
Kansas City - Will Smith (2-3, 5.94)
(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers will try to make it four straight wins on
Saturday when they take on the Kansas City Royals in game two of a three-game
weekend series at the Ballpark in Arlington.
In Friday's series opener, the Texas Rangers took a 5-3 victory behind a
strong outing from Matt Harrison. The right-hander pushed his team-leading
record to 13-6 by allowing two runs over 6 2/3 runs on eight hits while
striking out three. Former starter Alexi Ogando pitched a scoreless ninth to
pick up his second save of the season.
Mitch Moreland's three-run home run in the seventh inning proved to be the
difference for the Rangers, who have won three in a row and sit 4 1/2 games
ahead of Oakland in the AL West.
Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 for Kansas City and Yuniesky Betancourt added a
RBI double for the Royals, who cut the lead to two (5-3) in the eighth inning
and couldn't get any closer.
Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie dropped his ERA to 7.71 by allowing three
runs over six innings while striking out four, but still took the loss which
snapped a three-game winning streak.
It seems rookie Will Smith may be here to stay in the Kansas City rotation.
Smith will be on the mound yet again on Saturday for his fourth start since
being called up for the third time this season in late July.
During a season spent between the majors and minors, Smith has a 2-3 record
with a less-than-stellar 5.94 ERA.
After allowing just one run over seven innings in a 4-1 win over the Angles,
the left-hander gave up a respectable three runs over six innings of work
Interestingly enough, against the right-handed dominated Angels lineup he gave
up just two hits, then allowed six of seven hits in the outing against Seattle
to left-handed batters. Overall, left-handed batters are hitting .320 against
Smith this season as opposed to .238 by right-handed hitters.
This will be only the third appearance Smith has made at Kauffman Stadium this
season with the other four coming on the road. He is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in
his two other appearances at home.
With just six outings in his career it comes as no surprise that this will be
Smith's first outing against the powerful Rangers. Three of his six starts
have come against teams from the AL West (the Angels and twice against the
Fresh off his first start without allowing a run in over three years, Scott
Feldman will try to keep up an impressive stretch when he makes the start for
the Rangers this evening.
The right-hander pitched eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Chicago
White Sox his last time out. It is the first time he has not allowed the
opposing team to start during an appearance since July 24, 2009 against the
Feldman has really turned it on over the last month with a 5-0 record to go
with a 2.91 ERA in his last six outings. He has allowed just one run in his
last 21 innings as well that includes a two-inning relief appearance against
Minnesota on July 8.
Overall, the former 30th-round draft selection is now 5-6 with an ERA of 4.76
ERA in 18 appearances, 12 of which were starts, this season. His five wins
this season more than double his win total from last season (2-1).
Feldman didn't give up an earned run but still took a loss in his only
appearance against Kansas City this season. Feldman is 2-2 to go along with
a 3.25 ERA against the Royals.
Kansas City took two games from the Rangers in Arlington back in May. Texas
went 6-2 in this series a season ago.
08/04 10:33:41 ET