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On Deck: Rangers can knock Angels out of race

Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:21 pm
On Deck

By Evan Brunell

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RangersWestern power: The Rangers, winners of three straight, have extended their division lead to four games as the Angels slowly but surely fade into obscurity. With Texas and Los Angeles beginning a four-game series that will expand to seven games over the next two weeks, that fade could quicken if the Rangers can take advantage of the opportunity presented them. The pitching matchup certainly favors Texas, as Alexi Ogando and his 3.22 ERA goes up against rookie Garrett Richards, making his second start sporting an unsightly 10.80 ERA thanks to running into the Yankees for his debut. Ogando's 5.91 ERA over his last four outings is cause for concern.  Rangers vs. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET

BumgarnerHudsonBest matchup: Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson will lock horns in a pitcher's duel on Monday, with the Giants desperate to stay just two games behind Arizona, winners of six straight. Meanwhile, Atlanta has to concern itself with staying atop the wild card race, and the Giants are a prime challenger. The lefty Bumgarner has a 3.53 ERA on the season and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings against the Pirates last time out. Hudson, he of the 3.18 ERA, has pitched at least seven innings in his last six starts and has a 1.93 ERA over his last three starts. Giants vs. Braves, 7:00 p.m. ET

TwinsTigersChanging locker rooms: You don't see this every day, but Delmon Young headed to Comerica Park on the Twins' bus, then promptly walked over to the Tigers locker room, his new home. Young was dealt to the Tigers in a deal that came down when the outfielder was on Minnesota's bus, and now will bat third for Detroit against the Twins. Minnesota can play spoiler to Detroit, 2 1/2 up on the Indians, behind Francisco Liriano, he of the 5.00 ERA, just seven points higher than Detroit's Rick Porcello. A large reason why the Tigers are atop the division is their 8-1 record against the Twinkies on the year, a trend Detroit would love to continue Twins vs. Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:40 pm

On Deck: Rangers can knock Angels out of race

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Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:34 pm

On Deck: Rangers can knock Angels out of race

Interesting move. Delmon Young has alot of upside, but he also has a temper and a family history of alcohol abuse (see Delmon's brother Dmitri). I know that he is not his brothers keeper but it is what it is. I remember a few years ago when he was in the minors and got into an argument with an umpire and Delmon threw a bat at the guy. I hope that he has changed a bit since then!
Now, I do have this question. Being that the trade is after the deadline is Delmon eligible for post season play or is he strictly here as a rental? I am typing this he hit a home run on his first at bad. So far, so good!

Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:16 pm

On Deck: Rangers can knock Angels out of race

Twins GM Bill Smith screws up again. Sigh.

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