After salvaging something of their three-game series in Philadelphia, the Rangers come to the ballpark looking to extend their winning streak after ending a three-game slide overall. The return of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz from the disabled list on Monday should help the lineup. Alexi Ogando, who takes on Austin native John Danks, hopes to benefit. Here's the matchup:
Alexi Ogando (4-0, 2.13): While he's undefeated overall, the right-handed throwing Ogando is 3-0 with a 1.48 at the ballpark. In relief last year, he pitched two scoreless innings vs. the White Sox. ... In his last five outings, Ogando is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA where he's allowed just seven earned runs over 31 1/3 innings. ... He threw a career-high 116 pitches in a no-decision vs. Kansas City last Wednesday. Ogando had retired 14 consecutive batters between the second and seventh innings. .... Ogando said he's solved his blister problems by taking a supplement.
John Danks (0-6, 4.32): In his last start, Tuesday vs. Texas, Danks walked a career-high six batters and gave up three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Despite the issues, the White Sox's won the game, 4-3. It was the first time this season the team won a game in Danks' nine starts. ... Danks has thrown at least 100 pitches in eight of his nine starts. He threw a season-high 113 in his last outing vs. the Rangers. ... The White Sox had scored a total of nine runs in his five previous starts until last week when they earned the victory by getting four.