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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Michael Pineda

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Proud papa Alexi Ogando is back from paternal leave in the Dominican Republic and ready to get back to work. The hard-throwing Rangers' RHP goes for his 12th win of the season against impressive, young Seattle Mariners RHP Michael Pineda.

Pineda (9-7, 3.53): The 22-year-old will make his 22nd start of the season and looks to redeem a loss to the Rangers in his major-league debut on April 5 at Rangers Ballpark. ... Is coming off a victory on July 30 against Tampa Bay in which he gave up one run on two hits and struck out a season-high 10 over 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game losing streak. ... Over previous three starts he was 0-2 with a 10.91 ERA to raise his ERA from 2.58 to 3.64. ... Ranks 13th in the American League with 133 strikeouts.

Ogando (11-5, 2.88 ERA): Ranks seventh in the American League in ERA and fifth in wins. Since a stretch of three consecutive losses to end June, has gone 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his last six starts. In the two losses, both to Toronto and pitcher Brett Cecil, the Rangers provided Ogando with a total of two runs. ... Coming off a win in his last start against Detroit, allowing two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. ... Has mastered the Mariners this season with a 1-0 record and 0.75 in two starts. He handed Pineda his debut loss in April. ... Is 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in Arlington this season.

Hitters: No Rangers player has more than six at-bats against Pineda with Mitch Moreland leading the way with three hits (.600), including a homer, triple and double. Michael Young is the only other player with at least two hits, including a double. ... Adam Kennedy and former Ranger Justin Smoak are the only Mariners with at least two hits against Ogando. Smoak missed his fifth consecutive game Monday with a left thumb injury. Of the seven hits the Mariners have off Ogando, two are doubles, one each from Kennedy and Smoak.