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Pittsburgh at Texas

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
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The Pittsburgh Pirates' major league-best interleague record could be tested by the Texas Rangers with Matt Garza on the mound.

The Texas Rangers are 5-0 in Garza's home starts and will try to avoid a three-game sweep Wednesday while adding to A.J. Burnett's road woes.

Pittsburgh (83-61) had been 0-6 all-time in Arlington before this series but former Texas batting coach Clint Hurdle has no doubt enjoyed watching his team open this set with two one-run victories, 1-0 on Monday and 5-4 on Tuesday.

"We're still hunting for more,'' said Jordy Mercer, who had two doubles among his four hits Tuesday. "We want to get more, as much as we can, that's for sure.''

The Pirates, 14-5 in interleague play, trail St. Louis by one game in the NL Central race. They lead Cincinnati by two for home-field advantage in a possible wild-card contest.

Texas (81-63) is in similar position, trailing Oakland by two games in the AL West and leading Tampa Bay by 2 1/2 to host a possible wild-card game.

Garza (3-3, 4.31 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA in his home starts with Texas, which acquired him July 22 from the Chicago Cubs. He hasn't been stellar with a 5.03 ERA over his last seven outings.

The right-hander made his first start of 2013 against Pittsburgh on May 21, pitching five scoreless innings in a 5-4 loss after starting the season on the disabled list with a strained left lat.

Garza is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career outings versus the Pirates. Former Cubs teammate Marlon Byrd has homered twice off him in 14 at-bats while Pedro Alvarez is 5 for 12.

Hurdle did not start Neil Walker on Tuesday but Wednesday could have been a better day to sit him. The second baseman is 0 for 9 against Garza and hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

Interleague play has also been kind to Burnett (7-10, 3.31). He has a 2.70 ERA and .176 opponent batting average in three starts against the AL although he's 0-1.

Pittsburgh has lost seven of Burnett's last eight road starts, with the right-hander going 1-4 with a 4.80 ERA. He allowed five runs over a season-low three innings Friday to suffer a 12-8 defeat at St. Louis.

Burnett is 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 11 career regular-season starts against the Rangers, who he last faced in Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS. He gave up five runs over six innings in a 10-3 loss for the New York Yankees.

Adrian Beltre, 3 for 8 in this series, is a .323 hitter against Burnett with six doubles in 31 at-bats. Beltre struck out against Mark Melancon to end Tuesday's game with two runners aboard.

"We know what his track record is and what he's capable of doing," manager Ron Washington said. "He's a guy who always rises to a challenge. I'm looking forward to him coming back."

Andrew McCutchen is 5 for 9 in this series and 15 for 32 with six walks during a nine-game hitting streak, although he's 2 for 8 against Garza.

Neither team has excelled in day games, with Texas at 19-22 for the worst mark among winning teams while Pittsburgh has split 52 such contests.

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Probable Starters

A.J. Burnett, RHP
2013 stats
163.0 Innings Pitched 133.2
7-10 Wins-Losses 9-4
3.31 Earned Run Average 3.70
58 Walks 33
176 Strikeouts 119
100 Pitches Per Start 102
Career vs. opponent
71.1 Innings Pitched 24.0
4-3 Wins-Losses 1-1
3.66 Earned Run Average 3.00

Matt Garza, RHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
94°F72°F10mph/SE36%8%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Pittsburgh4th NL Central4844.5223 ½ 6-4 W 1
Texas4th AL West3853.418191-9 L 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Matt Garza
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Tabata105001.500
Alvarez125103.417
Sanchez114022.364
Morneau31001.333
Jones124106.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs A.J. Burnett
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Chirinos21010.500
Rios155011.333
Beltre3110125.323
Murphy175144.294
Berkman164022.250
 

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Injuries
Pittsburgh
PlayerInjury
C. BarmesGroin
G. ColeLat
F. LirianoOblique
Texas
PlayerInjury
J. AdduciFinger
E. BeltreLeg
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
D. HollandKnee
K. KouzmanoffBack
N. MartinezSide
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
J. OrtizFoot
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
T. ScheppersElbow
G. SotoKnee
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2LAATEX 5-2Lewis Santiago 
May 3LAALAA 5-3Richards Tolleson 
May 4LAATEX 14-3Darvish Skaggs 
Jun 20LAALAA 7-3Richards Saunders 
Jun 21LAALAA 3-2Morin Cotts 
Jun 22LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Darvish 
Jul 10TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 11TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 12TEX 7:15 PM EDT  
Jul 13TEX 3:05 PM EDT  
Aug 15TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Aug 16TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Aug 17TEX 3:05 PM EDT  
Sep 9TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 10TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 11TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 19LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 20LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21LAA