American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 1st
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (57-47) at Texas Rangers (59-43), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Garrett Richards (3-2, 3.91)
Texas - Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim try to get themselves
even closer in the American League West on Wednesday when they go for a third
straight win against the division-leading Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in
Los Angeles has won the first two games of this set in dominating fashion to
move within three games of the Rangers in the division.
After a 15-8 rout to open the series, Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo home
runs and Mike Trout added a two-run homer on Tuesday to propel the Angels to a
a 6-2 win.
Trout also tied an MLB rookie record for runs scored in a month by crossing
the plate twice, giving him 32 runs scored in July to tie Al Trosky, who did
it for Cleveland in 1934.
Jered Weaver (14-1) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 6 1/3
innings to win his eighth straight start and ninth consecutive decision.
He became the first Angels pitcher to win eight starts in a row since Chuck
Finley won 10 straight from July 1-August 15, 1997.
"Any time we can gain some games on these guys, especially at their home park,
is clutch," Weaver said about the Rangers, who lead the Angels by three games
for the top spot in the AL West. "We're getting down to the nitty gritty where
we need to get some wins going and it's good to take the first two from these
Derek Holland (7-6) surrendered six runs on five hits and four walks through 6
2/3 innings to take the loss for Texas, which has dropped eight of its last
The Angels tonight will turn to righty Garrett Richards, who had been removed
from rotation following the acquisition of Zack Greinke. However, Dan Haren
was scratched with stiffness in his back, giving Richards another shot.
"I'm going to seize every opportunity that they give me," Richards said
Tuesday. "That's the only thing you can do, just take advantage of the
opportunities that are given to you."
Richards has lost two of his last three decisions and is 3-2 with a 3.91 ERA.
Richards lost to Kansas City last Tuesday, allowing four runs and five hits in
He hasn't recorded a decision in two starts against the Rangers, despite
pitching to a 1.59 ERA in those outings.
Texas, meanwhile, will counter with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, who has
struggled of late. Darvish was roughed up by the Chicago White Sox on Friday
for six runs (5 earned) and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to drop to 11-7, while
raising his ERA to 4.05.
"Overall it was not a good game," he said through a translator.
After winning each of his first seven starts in Arlington, Darvish has lost
his last two there, while pitching to a 5.40 ERA.
Darvish, who is 2-1 vs. the Angels this season, is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA three
starts since the All-Star break.
The Angels are 7-4 against the Rangers this season.
08/01 10:37:08 ET