American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 25th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (75-54) at Chicago White Sox (53-75), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Matt Garza (3-1, 4.32)
Chicago - John Danks (3-10, 4.22)
(Sports Network) - After a dramatic finish to Saturday night's contest, a
three-game series between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox will be
decided on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
With the game tied at the bottom of the ninth inning, Josh Phegley delivered a
two-out walk-off single to give the White Sox a 3-2 triumph.
"I knew a strikeout wouldn't help us there, and if you can just get the bat on
the ball and get something through the infield, game over," Phegley said.
Adam Dunn blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, his 29th of
the season, to tie the game up.
Chicago starter Hector Santiago pitched well in the no-decision, striking out
six in 6 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs. Nate Jones (4-4) pitched
a scoreless ninth inning and was awarded the win.
The Rangers had a four-game winning streak snapped and wasted another
outstanding performance from Yu Darvish, who surrendered two earned runs in
seven innings while striking out 11 for his 10th double-digit strikeout
performance of the season. Tanner Scheppers (5-2) was handed the loss.
Former White Sox outfielder Alex Rios gave the Rangers the lead in the sixth
with a two-run homer, his 13th of the season and his first as a Ranger.
Texas is still the frontrunner in the AL West and leads the Athletics by 2 1/2
The Rangers will send Matt Garza to the hill on Sunday afternoon. Garza, who
came over in a trade with the Cubs in mid-July, is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA with
his new team and 9-2 with a 3.59 ERA overall.
Garza has been shaky over the past few weeks, allowing four earned runs or
more in four consecutive starts. On Aug. 19, he allowed eight hits and five
earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, but he managed to strike out eight and earned
the win as the Rangers blew out the Astros, 16-5.
The 29-year-old right-hander faced off against the White Sox on July 8 as a
member of the cross-town rival Cubs, and he allowed just one earned run over
seven innings to earn the win.
The White Sox will counter with John Danks, who's in the midst of a
disappointing 3-10 campaign, although his respectable ERA (4.22) and WHIP
(1.17) do not warrant such a poor record.
Danks put his struggles behind him on Aug. 20 and pieced together his best
performance of the year, pitching eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over
the Royals. It was his first victory since July 2.
"You can look at each game and pick out an at-bat or a certain pitch where I
didn't do myself any favors," Danks said. "Fortunately, I was able to stay
away from that today. I felt like I was giving myself the best chance to win
Afternoon games have not been kind to Danks this season, as he's just 1-4 with
a 4.95 ERA during the day.
The White Sox won two out of three when these teams met in Texas from April
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