Texas Rangers: Aaron Hill

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Ian Kennedy

June, 12, 2012
6/12/12
1:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fresh off their first series win in two weeks, the Texas Rangers return home for a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first game of the series features RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Ian Kennedy at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (4-5, 3.38): The 32-year-old has lost two consecutive starts despite allowing just six runs (four earned) on ten hits and one walk through 14.2 innings. ... He is 1-5 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of May after starting the season 3-0 with a 1.93 in five starts. ... He has a 1.13 walks-per-9 ratio, best in the majors. ... Lewis has received three or fewer runs of support in 10 of 12 starts. ... He's tied for fourth most home runs allowed in the AL (14). ... He has struck out 67 batters in 80 innings, tied for 14th in the AL. ... He's held opposing batters to a .189 (10-53) average with 18 strikeouts with runners in scoring position, tied for fourth lowest in the AL. ... He's never faced the D-backs.

Kennedy (5-5, 3.93): The 27-year-old leads the D-backs and is tied for 11th in NL in strikeouts (71). ... He's won two consecutive starts, including six shutout innings in a 10-0 win vs. Rockies on June 5. ... He leads D-backs in home runs allowed (nine) and innings pitched (75 2/3). ... He's tied for second most walks allowed on the D-backs (19). ... He's been slightly better on the road this season with 3.13 ERA, allowing 35 hits and 14 runs, compared to 4.70 with 44 hits and 20 runs at home. ... He's never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: Lewis has faced six current D-backs hitters, allowing eight hits, two walks, one home run and a .242 batting average. ... Geoff Blum is 4-for-4 with one RBI. ... Aaron Hill is 0-for-9 with two walks and five strikeouts. ... Current Rangers are 2-for-9 against Kennedy. ... Yorvit Torrealba is 0-for-2 with one strikeout. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-3.

Up Next:

Wed. vs. Ariz.: LHP Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.87) vs. LHP Wade Miley (7-2, 2.53), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. vs. Ariz.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-5, 6.39) vs. RHP Daniel Hudson (2-1, 6.06), 7:05 p.m. ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Endy Chavez likely to get more playing time

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
5:57
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers face two lefties Friday and Saturday in Toronto. Normally that would mean bench time for outfielder Endy Chavez, but with Craig Gentry being placed on the seven-day disabled list Thursday, Chavez will be the likely benefactor with more playing time.

Chavez, a left-handed hitter who has been platooning in center field with the right-handed Gentry, played Wednesday night against Minnesota Twins lefty Brian Duensing and contributed two of Texas' nine hits in the 7-2 loss.

Gentry hurt his neck and head sliding into Toronto's Aaron Hill last Sunday. Chavez is batting .333 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. He is batting .385 six games into this seven-game homestand. Gentry is eligible to be activated on Aug. 4 at Detroit, the final game of the upcoming six-game road trip.

"Endy don’t care," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Chavez facing lefties. "When I got two guys that I feel is quality like Endy and Gentry, one against a lefty and one against a righty, it gives me a chance to get both of them out there. But Endy don’t care."

Rangers drop series opener in Toronto

September, 6, 2010
9/06/10
2:42
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The Blue Jays lived up to its billing as a power-hitting team with three home runs off Tommy Hunter (12-3) en route to a 7-2 drubbing of the Rangers Monday in Toronto.

Both starting pitchers, Hunter and Ricky Romero (12-8), went seven innings. Romero, who has historically pitched well against Texas, gave up only one run against Hunter's seven.

The Rangers hoped Hunter would right the ship after the team suffered a series sweep at the hands of the Twins. Hunter pitched a few solid innings, but the damage was done in the third when Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill drove in five runs off two homers. Yunel Escobar also got in the act with a solo shot in the seventh.

Michael Young, one of the few bright spots in the Rangers' lineup, went 3-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and also added some nice defensive plays at third base. Vladimir Guerrero swung the bat well, knocking in a couple of extra-base hits and scoring one of the Rangers' runs.

Elvis Andrus is expected to sit out until Wednesday with a sore hamstring, and Josh Hamilton's bruised ribs could keep the major league batting leader out of the lineup longer than anticipated.

Scott Feldman is currently the leading candidate to start Game 2 of the four-game series as the Rangers "err on the side of caution" in regards to Cliff Lee's back pain.

Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss?" fame was in attendance for the Rangers' Labor Day loss.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.337 13 51 51
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 51
RA. Beltre 51
OPSA. Beltre .917
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142