American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 16th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (31-36) at Texas Rangers (38-30), 3:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 6.14)
Texas - Derek Holland (5-3, 3.11)
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays look to remain the hottest team in
the American League as they take on the Texas Rangers in the final chapter of
a four-game series at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Toronto won its fourth game in a row overall on Saturday and will be looking
to achieve its first five-game winning streak since July of 2011 after its 6-1
victory on Saturday. The Blue Jays are now on the verge of their first four-
game sweep of the Rangers in Arlington in the club's 36-year history.
Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus each slugged two-run homers to power Toronto to its
game three win. Jose Bautista had gone hitless in eight plate appearances
before going 2-for-4 to end his slump. The defending NL Cy Young Award-winning
R.A. Dickey improved to 6-8 on the season as he surrendered just one run on
seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Lind has gone 4-for-8 with three runs scored and the same number of RBI over
his last two games to improve his batting average to .343. Rasmus has scored
four times, homered twice and driven in five during that span.
"To have a good year, everybody has to be contributing," Blue Jays manager
John Gibbons said. "Now our pitching is starting to come together as well, and
you have to ride that and play good baseball."
Chien-Ming Wang is set to make his second start of the season after leaving
much to be desired on Tuesday. The 33-year-old from Taiwan was granted a no-
decision after allowing five earned runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings against
the White Sox. Although his stat line was subpar, most of the damage came
courtesy of a few mistakes that allowed Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie to go
The Rangers will turn the ball over to Derek Holland as they try to avoid
their first six-game slide since April 2010. Holland gave up only three earned
runs during the course of his three starts prior to his last outing, but the
southpaw was pulled after only 4 1/3 innings against Cleveland on Tuesday. The
Indians scored four runs and hit safely nine times, which resulted in
Holland's third loss of 2013.
Texas couldn't come up with the clutch hits it needed to compete on Saturday
as it went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Ian Kinsler, Elvis
Andrus and Lance Berkman all went hitless, finishing with a combined total of
11 left on base.
"It's just simple baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "We need to get some
base hits with runners in scoring position. We just haven't been able to do
that. It's not one part of the lineup, it's up and down the lineup.
The Rangers have gone 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position during their
current skid and had a 14th consecutive game with 10 hits or less, the club's
longest stretch since going 15 straight to begin the 1988 season.
06/16 10:28:21 ET