HOUSTON --The Texas Rangers will go for a win in the rubber game of their season-opening series with the Houston Astros when they send Alexi Ogando to the mound against Philip Humber. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW.
RHP Alexi Ogando (2-0, 3.27 ERA in 2012): He returns to the rotation after pitching out of the bullpen last season. ... Ogando made one spot start out of his 58 appearances in 2012. ... Ogando started the 2011 in the rotation and made the All-Star team. ... He was 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA. ... Ogando was 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his first 12 starts that season. ... He finished the spring with a 2-1 record and a 3.55 ERA, holding opponents to a .213 batting average. ... He had a 3.00 ERA in two career relief appearances against the Astros.
RHP Philip Humber (5-5, 6.44 ERA in 2012): Humber's 2012 ERA is hard to believe considering he threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history last April. ... He had nine strikeouts and threw just 96 pitches against the Mariners to get his perfect game. ... He has made six appearances (four starts) this spring and had a 2-2 record with a save and a 1.73 ERA. ... He has pitched well against the Rangers with a 1-0 record and a 1.69 ERA in four appearances, making one start. ... He beat the Rangers last July in Arlington, allowing a run and four hits in six innings.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (2-for-4, RBI) and Leonys Martin (2-for-4) have had success against Humber with a small sample of at-bats. ... Astros OF Chris Carter (0-for-2) is the only Houston hitter with more than one at-bat against Ogando.