American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 5th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (80-55) at Kansas City Royals (61-74), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Ryan Dempster (4-1, 4.58)
Kansas City - Everett Teaford (1-3, 4.30)
(Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster aims for a fourth straight win on Wednesday
when the Texas Rangers continue a four-game series against the Kansas City
Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Dempster improved to 4-1 as a member of the Rangers on Friday in Cleveland, as
he allowed just an unearned run and two hits in six innings to lower his
season ERA to 2.87. However, he did walk three batters and has pitched to a
4.58 ERA in six starts with the Rangers.
Dempster has faced the Royals twice and is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA.
Kansas City will rely on lefty Everett Teaford, who is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA.
Teaford did not get a decision on Saturday against Minnesota, but was terrific
in scattering three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
This will be his first-ever start against the Rangers.
On Tuesday, the Royals overpowered the AL West leaders, claiming a 6-3 win.
Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella homered for Kansas City, which lost the
opener, 8-4, on Monday.
After giving up a run in the first two innings, Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) rebounded
to go seven innings and win his fourth straight decision. He gave up two runs
on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Matt Harrison (15-9), who gave up seven runs in his last outing, surrendered
five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"I felt good coming into today," Harrison said. "But I had a high pitch count
early, 80 pitches through four, and not a lot of good things happen when you
throw that many pitches through four innings."
"He's got great numbers," Gordon said. "He's been doing it all season long. He
did it against us earlier in the year. We put some good at-bats together and
the offense did pretty well against a pretty good left-handed pitcher."
Kansas City has won four of its seven meetings with the Rangers this season.
09/05 10:29:19 ET