Week ahead: Kansas City, Tampa Bay

September, 3, 2012
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The Texas Rangers continue their road trip through Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Here's a quick look at some things to watch:

* The Rangers have four against the Royals, and Yu Darvish gets his first chance to pitch at Kauffman Stadium (he was there for the All-Star Game, but didn't pitch) this afternoon. That usually bodes well for Darvish, who pitches well against teams he's never faced. Darvish is 9-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts against a team for the first time.

* Jurickson Profar's debut will certainly have folks keeping an eye on him this week. He had a homer and a double Sunday (homering in his first major-league at-bat). You can read more here.

* The Rangers' offense continues to produce. They got eight more runs on Sunday in winning the series against Cleveland, including four home runs.

* Adrian Beltre was the Rangers' player of the month for August. But he's hitting the ball well in September, too. He had three hits Saturday and a home run Sunday.

* The Rangers took two out of three from the Rays in Arlington, but get to face them in Tampa later this week. It's possible that it could be a playoff preview, depending on how things line up once the postseason starts and whether the Rays can win a fierce battle for a wild-card spot.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182