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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Erik Bedard

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers go for a series win against Houston when rookie right-hander Justin Grimm faces Astros left-hander Erik Bedard at 2:05 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

Grimm (7-6, 5.84): The Rangers give the ball back to one of their young starters ... Grimm has won two of his last three starts ... But he's also 2-3 with a 9.31 ERA for his last six outings ... His ERA has risen by two runs since the start of June ... Grimm went four innings against Seattle, allowing three home runs in a 9-2 loss on Tuesday ... Getting the third out in an inning has been an issue ... Grimm allowed two-out first-inning home runs to Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales to fall behind early to the Mariners ... Opposing batters are hitting .342 against Grimm with runners in scoring position and two outs ... He leads American League rookies with seven wins and 63 strikeouts ... Grimm has started once against Houston last June, allowing three runs in six innings for the victory.

Bedard (3-4, 4.59): Bedard lost his last start, allowing four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings ... He makes his 11th consecutive start after spending a short stint in the bullpen ... Bedard opened the season as Houston's No. 5 starter ... Bedard has held opponents to two runs or less in seven of his 10 starts since manager Bo Porter put him back in the rotation ... He has a 3-2 record and a 3.55 ERA for those 10 starts ... The Astros are 5-5 in those starts ... Bedard has 66 career wins, while the rest of the Astros rotation has 69 career wins ... He is 0-0 with a 2.16 ERA in two appearances, including one start, against the Rangers this season ... Bedard is 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA for his career against Texas.

Hitters: The current Astros roster is 1-for-9 against Grimm with second baseman Jose Altuve boasting a double. Nelson Cruz (6-for-19, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs) has had the most success against Bedard.