ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers (35-41) currently have the longest losing streak in the majors at six games and just two AL teams, Houston (33-45) and Tampa Bay (31-48), have fewer wins than the Rangers.
The three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park continues Wednesday night.
Here’s a preview:
Fixing the offense: Ron Washington inserted Carlos Pena into the No. 6 spot Tuesday night and he went 0-for-4. Washington has used nine different players in the six hole this season and employed 58 different lineups. The lack of run support recently, 11 runs in the last five games, is hurting the Rangers during this six-game losing streak. Washington is open to keeping Pena, a left-handed hitter, in the lineup again against righty Anibal Sanchez.
Saunders seeks a win: Lefty Joe Saunders (0-3) gets the start Wednesday night and seeks his first win of the season. The Rangers are 2-4 in his starts. Saunders went 4 2/3 innings allowing seven runs, four earned in a 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on June 20.
Beltre getting hot?: Third baseman Adrian Beltre hit just .229 on the Rangers' recent nine-game road trip. Tuesday night, Beltre hit the ball hard, getting four hits, including a RBI single in the third inning. With the Rangers seeking offense, could Beltre be the answer?
Who’s pitching?: LHP Saunders (0-3, 4.11) takes on RHP Sanchez (4-2, 2.33).
Some notes from Tuesday: Washington planned on using closer Joakim Soria in a mop up role at some point. Soria hadn’t pitched since June 14 at Seattle. The goal was to throw 10 pitches but when Soria reached eight in the ninth inning of the 8-2 loss to the Tigers, he was pulled. ... Washington won a challenge in the sixth inning when it was originally ruled that the Tigers' Rajai Davis was safe on a stolen base attempt. The replay review showed he was out, after Davis’ hand was off the bag when he was tagged. Texas is 8-for-15 on challenges this season. ... RHP Colby Lewis pitched well and despite the loss, went six inning for just the second time this season. It was the first time he went into the seventh inning this year.
TCU Night: TCU football coach Gary Patterson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday’s game and Horned Frogs baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle along with the rest of the team will be honored for advancing to the College World Series.