ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers get their second crack at Toronto LHP Brett Cecil after his four-hit shutout at Rangers Ballpark last Sunday. It's a rematch with Texas RHP Alexi Ogando looking to get even.
Ogando (10-4, 2.79 ERA): The surprise of the season will be making his first career appearance at Rogers Centre in Toronto. He enters the game with the seventh-best ERA in the American League and ranks sixth in both opponents batting average (.213) and opponents slugging percentage (.326). His 1.72 average against right-handed hitters is the lowest in the AL. His last start against the Blue Jays wasn't a bad one, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, and he struck out six in 6 2/3 innings. Tonight's start will be his second in a row against the Jays and third of his career. He is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in his two starts this season.
Cecil (3-4, 4.71): The last time faced the Rangers five days ago, the lefty certainly looked far tougher than his record and ERA indicated. He shut down the potent Texas Rangers on just four hits. The 25-year-old has won two of his last three starts after losing three in a row. He does have two complete games this season, the only two of his three-year career. He has struck out 42 and walked 22 in 57 1/3 innings pitched.
Hitters: Elvis Andrus and Michael Young are the Rangers' top two (active) hitters against Cecil with three hits each in seven at-bats. Nelson Cruz has the only home run off of him and is batting .375 (3-for-8). ... . Craig Gentry owns a .500 average against Cecil (2-for-4), but he won't make the trip after going on the seven-day disabled list Thursday. Gentry's replacement on the roster, Taylor Teagarden is 1-for-2 against Cecil. ...Yunel Escobar has singled in all three meetings against Ogando. Jose Bautista is 2-for-4 with a double and two walks.