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W2W4: Rangers host Detroit Tigers

6/24/2014

The slumping Texas Rangers will try to end their season-long five-game losing streak by hosting the Detroit Tigers in the first of three games at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday.

Here's a preview:

Ian Kinsler returns: After saying he hoped the Rangers would go 0-162, second baseman Kinsler makes his first appearance in Arlington with the Tigers. Kinsler said the quotes, in an ESPN The Magazine story, were taken out of context. Still, Kinsler is kind of defiant when it comes to a possible reception he'll receive Tuesday. "If people want to boo me for saying something bad about the front office, that's their prerogative," Kinsler told MLB.com. "I guess we'll see." Kinsler went 8 out of 17 in a four-game set back in May where the Tigers lost three of four games to the Rangers. Kinsler comes in hot, going 6-for-14 with three RBIs and four runs scored in the weekend set against Cleveland.

Trying to end the slide: You know it's going bad when staff ace, Yu Darvish, can't end a losing streak. The Rangers were swept in a three-game set by the Los Angeles Angels and Darvish (7-4) didn't have his best stuff. He gave up five runs on five hits in six innings of work. He gave up two home runs and walked four. After winning four consecutive games, Darvish has lost his last two outings. After beating Oakland, 14-8 on June 16, the Rangers have scored 15 runs during their five-game slide including four the last two games.

Getting kicked out: Ron Washington was kicked out of the first inning of Sunday's loss to the Angels for arguing a play that was overturned by replay. You can't argue plays that have been overturned. The Rangers also had a couple of players ejected against the Angels. Michael Choice and Alex Rios were tossed for arguing balls and strikes Saturday night.

The pitching matchups: Texas has Colby Lewis (5-4, 5.97) against Detroit's Drew Smyly (3-6, 3.48) on Tuesday. Nick Tepesch (2-3, 4.38) vs. Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 2.33) on Wednesday and Joe Saunders (0-3, 4.11) faces Rick Porcello (9-4, 3.76) in the series finale Thursday.