ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' 10-game homestand continues as Cleveland comes to town. RHP Omar Beltre takes on LHP Aaron Laffey at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW. A quick look at the matchups:
Beltre (0-0, 6.75 ERA): He admitted that he was nervous and allowed a homer to the first major league hitter he ever faced, the Angels' Erick Aybar. Beltre was the first Ranger pitcher to give up home run to his first big league batter since Doug Davis in 1999. He settled down after the second inning and ended up going four. Beltre allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in his debut. He said he learned a lot from the experience. Manager Ron Washington said Beltre showed he can pitch in the majors. Now it's a matter of making adjustments and becoming a more consistent pitcher.
Laffey (1-2, 5.55 ERA): Earned his first win of the season in his last start, June 30, just one day after becoming a father for the first time. He pitched six innings and gave up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Laffey started the season in the Indians' bullpen and was optioned to Triple-A at the end of May to be stretched out as a starter. He was 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA in four minor league starts. Laffey is 1-1 with an 8.64 ERA in 16 2/3 innings against the Rangers. Texas is batting .436 against him.
Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 4-for-6 with two doubles, Elvis Andrus is 3-for-7 and Josh Hamilton is 4-for-7 with a homer against Laffey. Michael Young (2-for-7), David Murphy (2-for-8), Bengie Molina (2-for-3) and Nelson Cruz (2-for-3) have each had two hits in limited at-bats against Laffey. Beltre has never faced Cleveland.