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Friday, July 1, 2011
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Anibal Sanchez

By Calvin Watkins

The Rangers begin a three-game series with the Florida Marlins at the ballpark tonight and the matchup looks good, on paper at least. Alexi Ogando vs. Anibal Sanchez.

Here's a look.

Ogando (7-3, 2.87): The right-hander has lost his last three starts and might be fighting for his spot in the rotation Friday night. He's got a 4.26 ERA in June where he's given up 17 runs, 12 earned in 25 innings. ... At home, Ogando is 5-1, 2.34 ERA. ... Right handed hitters are hitting just .151 against him this season. ... He's had two of his shortest outings of the season this month. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings in a loss to the New York Yankees on June 14 and three innings in a loss to the New York Mets on June 25. ... Ogando said his biggest problem has been spotting his pitches.

Sanchez (6-1, 2.82): Sanchez isn't struggling like Ogando, instead he's not getting run support. The Marlins have scored just six runs in his last three starts, all no decisions. The Marlins lost those three games. ... Sanchez hasn't lost since April. His last victory was June 10 vs. Arizona. He struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-4 victory. ... The Marlins have lost three of his last five starts. ... When he's ahead 0-2, he gets people out. Opponents are hitting just .057 against him with 20 strikeouts.