Texas Rangers: Asdrubal Cabrera

W2W4: Rangers at Indians

August, 1, 2014
Aug 1
8:00
AM CT
The Rangers begin a nine-game in 10-day road trip starting in Cleveland on Friday night.

Here's our preview of the series.

What’s up with the Indians? The Tribe is 6-7 in the second half of the season and has lost five of its last seven games. Cleveland has 31 home games remaining, most in the majors. OF David Murphy played with the Rangers from 2007 to 2013 and in four games against his former club, he’s 6-of-15 with three doubles. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is batting .312/.380/.478. CF Michael Brantley leads the Indians in RBIs (65) and is second in OBP (.374). The Indians traded opening day starter Justin Masterson to St. Louis the day before the non-waiver trade deadline and starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington on the day of the trading deadline.

What’s up with the Rangers? The Rangers are coming off a series win for the first time since the end of June after taking two-of-three from the New York Yankees. It’s the first winning series since June 27-29 over Minnesota. The Rangers finished July at 6-20 and hope to begin August on a better note. Adrian Beltre finished the completed six-game homestand 8-for-24 with five RBIs, five runs and two walks. Neftali Feliz regained the closer's role after Joakim Soria was traded and Feliz has converted all three of his save opportunities.

The trading season continues: The Rangers didn't trade RF Alex Rios or LHP Neal Cotts before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. But starting August 1 teams can begin sending players through waivers and if that particular player clears, he can be dealt. It's how Rios was acquired last season from the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers are open to keeping both players but could send Rios through to see if anything is out there.

Darvish vs. Cleveland: Staff ace Yu Darvish is 1-2 in three starts against the Indians with 30 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. Nick Swisher is 1-of-7 lifetime against Darvish with five strikeouts. This is the sixth time Darvish will pitch on five days rest. He’s 3-1 with a no-decision when that occurs. In his only meeting against the Indians, June 6 in Arlington, he earned the win on four-days rest, while allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out eight but allowed two home runs.

Who pitches? Friday night: RHP Jerome Williams (2-4, 5.53) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (3-4, 4.96). Saturday night: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-3, 8.54) vs. LHP TJ House (1-2, 4.50). Sunday RHP Darvish (10-6, 2.90) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-5, 3.93).

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Zach McAllister

September, 2, 2012
9/02/12
9:00
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The final game of the Rangers' series in Cleveland is an afternoon affair at 12:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Let's take a look at the matchup between LHP Derek Holland and RHP Zach McAllister:

Holland (9-6, 4.90 ERA): He's looking to win three straight decisions for the first time this season. ... In his last start, Holland gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings in a win over Tampa Bay. ... Holland pitched better than David Price, despite losing leads twice. Once the Rangers got six runs, the bullpen finished the job. ... He's allowed a homer in seven of his last eight starts. ... Holland is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last eight starts. ... He's had 10 starts since coming off the DL and is 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA with six quality starts. ... Opponents are hitting .198 in his last four starts. ... Holland is an Ohio native and is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts against the Indians in his career.

McAllister (5-5, 3.82 ERA): August was his worst month this season, going 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. ... His last start, Aug. 28 vs. Oakland, was one of his shortest of the season. He gave up five runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss. ... He has one win in his last eight starts, though he has four quality starts in that span. ... McAllister has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: The current Cleveland hitters are batting .247 against Holland. ... Asdrubal Cabrera is 4-for-12 and Carlos Santana is 4-for-10. ... Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-3, Jason Donald is 1-for-5.

Up next:

Mon at KC: RHP Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Tue at KC: LHP Matt Harrison (15-8, 3.30) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-12, 5.48 NL/AL), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at KC: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 NL/AL) vs. LHP Will Smith (4-6, 5.55 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thur at KC: RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-12, 4.93 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Indians 4, Rangers 2

May, 6, 2012
5/06/12
3:11
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Could the Rangers make a late comeback for a second straight day in Cleveland? They trailed 4-2 headed into the ninth inning when Indians closer Chris Perez faced the Rangers. Mitch Moreland led off by beating the over-shift with a single to right field. Then Mike Napoli pinch hit for Yorvit Torrealba, who was 0-for-3. Napoli popped out to the second baseman.

Adrian Beltre pinch hit for Alberto Gonzalez, who was 0-for-3. Beltre lifted the Rangers to a 5-2, 11-inning win Saturday night thanks to his three-run, pinch-hit home run off Joe Smith. That ended the Rangers' 0-for-12 stretch in pinch-hitting at-bats this season. On Sunday, Shin-Soo Choo made a diving catch on Beltre’s batted ball to right field.

Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to end the game. The Rangers lost 4-2. They lost 2-of-3 to the Indians, and they are 2-4 on the current trip.

Rangers & Indians: The Rangers have won 12 of their last 15 games versus the Indians dating back to 2010. The Rangers were 9-1 vs. the Indians last season.

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Rangers manager Ron Washington talks with Bryan Dolgin following the Rangers' 4-2 loss in Cleveland on Sunday.

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Stay there or not: The opposition was hitting .194 with runners in scoring position against Yu Darvish entering Sunday’s game. In the first inning, the first two batters reached base and Darvish retired the next three. He retired two more with a runner at second base in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in two with a double in the third. Opponents are now 3-for-28 with RISP vs. Darvish in the last four games, including 2-for-11 Sunday.

Special K's: Darvish established an MLB career high in strikeouts with 11. His previous high was 10 against the Yankees on April 24.

Not used to this: For the first time in his six major league starts, Darvish (4-1) left with the Rangers trailing. The score was 4-0. He threw 112 pitches (63 strikes) in six innings and allowed six hits, four runs (three earned), walked four and struck out 11. It’s a quality start if you are into that stat.

If U don’t know me ...: Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez was stingy against the Rangers. After allowing a lead-off double to David Murphy to begin the fourth, Jimenez retired the next 10 Rangers until Moreland walked with one out in the seventh. Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up two hits, walked five and struck out six.

Safely aboard: Elvis Andrus has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games thanks to a first-inning walk. He also has reached base with a hit in all 26 games he has ever played against the Indians. Elvis doubled in the eighth, his fourth plate appearance of the day.

A Sipp of success: The Rangers found success at the plate against lefty Tony Sipp in the eighth. After Kinsler singled and Andrus doubled to begin the inning, Josh Hamilton’s groundout produced his 26th RBI of the season. He began the day leading the American League in RBIs. Michael Young followed with an RBI single, which means he has hit safely in 21 of 27 games. The Rangers trailed 4-2 when Sipp exited with two outs in the 8th.

A full Nelson: Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-26 on this trip and is batting .216 this season.

Day-to-day: Third baseman Beltre was not in the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive day due to hamstring trouble but pinch hit for the second game in a row.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182