Matchup: Ryan Dempster vs. Everett Teaford
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Teaford (1-3, 4.30 ERA): Teaford is making a spot start because the Royals got in a pitching bind last week when they played a Saturday doubleheader against Minnesota. He earned the start based on the second game of that doubleheader when he worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings in long relief. ... Teaford has faced the Rangers three times, with all of those outings coming in 2011. He didn’t allow a run over 1 2/3 combined innings. ... Teaford is making his eighth major league start. He’s 3-2 in starting assignments, posting a 4.95 ERA over 36 1/3 innings.
Hitters: Escobar went 2-for-13 against Dempster when Escobar was with the Brewers and Dempster was with the Cubs. Francoeur did well against Dempster in the NL, going 5-for-16 with three doubles and a homer. ... The only Rangers who have faced Teaford are Mitch Moreland and David Murphy. That duo is a combined 0-for-3 against the Royals lefty.
Thu. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (6-11, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-13, 5.34 ERA), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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