Texas Rangers: Chris Sale

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 16, White Sox 0

August, 5, 2014

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were crushed 16-0 by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, the second time in three days they gave up 16 runs in a game.

How it happened: White Sox starter John Danks was rocked, giving up nine runs on eight hits, including four home runs, in 4⅔ innings. Danks also walked five batters. The Rangers ended the night with five home runs, their most in a game since last season against the White Sox. Adam Dunn was called on to pitch the ninth inning in the blowout, and he gave up only one run, topping out at 83 mph on the radar gun. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up six hits in the complete-game shutout.

What it means: So much for the top three members of the White Sox rotation, as that group has been reduced to two: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Danks has a 10.29 ERA over his four starts since the All-Star break and also has given up nine home runs in that span. The struggles have come after Danks went 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his four starts before the break.

Outside the box: Before the game, Danks, Sale and Quintana boasted a combined 25-14 record and a 3.21 ERA over 62 starts (44 quality). Not only has Danks fallen by the wayside in the group, but Sale and Quintana have completely distanced themselves. Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his past nine starts, while Sale is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA over his past five.

Offbeat: The White Sox’s Moises Sierra had his patience tested Thursday as the Rangers’ offense erupted early. Sierra was in the ninth spot of Chicago's batting order and didn’t come to the plate for the first time until he led off in the third inning. But by that time, Rangers leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo already had made three trips to the plate, hitting a double, striking out and grounding into a double play.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Sale (10-1, 2.09 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Andrus (0-for-15) will face Sale

August, 5, 2014
CHICAGO -- There is no shame in struggling against Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, although not too many players have a worse time against the left-hander than the Texas RangersElvis Andrus.

Despite an 0-for-15 career mark against Sale, the Rangers’ shortstop will be in the lineup Wednesday afternoon. Texas manager Ron Washington is well aware of the numbers, but won’t change his shortstop against Sale in the finale of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

“So, I look at that and I can't afford to pull Elvis out the lineup,” Washington said Tuesday. “He's 0-for-15 and now it's Elvis' turn to get Sale. It's his turn to get Sale. And if he don't, then he'll be 0-for-f---ing-19. But I ain't pulling him out. I figure the odds got to be in Elvis' favor.”

Washington was far from finished on the subject.

“Ol' Sale gotta leave something for Elvis to put in play to get a base hit off,” Washington said. “If not, then he certainly will be one of those guys that will go down in history that Elvis never got a hit off of. I'm not removing him. I know he's 0-for-15. I'm not removing him and I think he's got 0-for-15 with five K's.”

Hey, it’s not all negative. Andrus does have a walk against Sale.

Bad numbers against Sale actually put you in good company. Among others who struggle against the Cy Young Award candidate are Mike Napoli (1-for-11), Michael Brantley (2-for-19), Albert Pujols (1-for-12) and Austin Jackson (2-for-30).

Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Chris Sale

August, 23, 2013
The Rangers open a three-game series Friday against the Chicago White Sox with left-hander Martin Perez facing Chicago left-hander Chris Sale at 7:10 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the Rangers' aggressive style of play and bullpen struggles.

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Perez (6-3, 3.48): Perez is sizzling in August with a 3-0 record and a 2.42 ERA. ... He has made four consecutive quality starts. ... He beat fellow Venezuelan Felix Hernandez on Saturday, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 15-3 Rangers win. ... Perez retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced and pitched into the eighth inning. ... He was won three consecutive starts for the first time in his career. ... Perez is 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA against non-American League West opponents. ... Perez's six wins since being recalled from Triple-A Rock on June 22 are the most on the Rangers.

Sale (9-11, 2.78): Somehow Sale has a losing record despite being fifth in the American League in ERA. ... He's also fifth in the AL with 175 strikeouts. ... Sale allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings against Minnesota on Saturday and earned the victory. ... He's won his last three starts, allowing five earned runs in 23 1/3 innings. ... Sale has allowed more than three earned runs once in his last 10 starts Aug. 1 against Cleveland. ... He beat the Rangers on May 1, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. ... Sale is 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 home starts.

Hitters: Perez has never faced the White Sox. Adrian Beltre (4-for-11) and Adam Rosales (4-for-7, HR, RBI) have had success against Sale.

W2W4: Rangers vs. White Sox

August, 23, 2013
RANGERS (74-53, first place/AL West) vs. Chicago White Sox (51-74, fifth place/AL Central)

Friday: LHP Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48) vs. LHP Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78), 7:10 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27), 6:10 p.m.

Sunday: RHP Matt Garza (9-2, 3.81) vs. LHP John Danks (3-10, 4.22), 1:10 p.m.

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the Rangers' aggressive style of play and bullpen struggles.

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Break up the White Sox: The Rangers best not take the White Sox for granted. Chicago is riding the high of a season-best six-game winning streak after taken the final three games of a series against Minnesota and then sweeping Kansas City. The White Sox still have a putrid record 51-74 record and start Friday 21 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. Chicago extended its winning streak with a 4-3 victory in 12 innings against the Royals. Conor Gillaspie hit a home run in the 12th inning and closer Addison Reed closed out the win.

For starters: The White Sox starting pitchers have been on a hot streak too, and have been solid all season led by Sale. Chicago starters have a 6-1 record and a 2.52 ERA for their last 10 games. Going back further, they are 8-7 with a 3.14 ERA for their last 27 games. They have a total of 19 quality starts during that span. Chicago starters are second in the AL with a 3.80 ERA.

Leaning left: The White Sox are throwing three left-handed starters in this series with Sale, Santiago and Danks. The Rangers have won seven straight games against left-handed starters after beating Houston's Erik Bedard on Wednesday. The only lefty to beat the Rangers in the last 12 games against a southpaw was Baltimore's Wie-Yin Chin, who won twice in a nine-day span in July. The Rangers lost consecutive games to Sale and Santiago on May 1 and 2.

Playing spoiler: The White Sox are in a stretch where they are playing 23 of their 26 games against teams with winning records, starting with Kansas City on Tuesday and now with the first-place Rangers on Friday. They will play the three teams in the first place in the AL -- Boston, Detroit and Texas. The White Sox are 9-10 against those teams this season, which includes winning two out of three from the Rangers April 30-May 2.

Windy City homecoming:
Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski and right fielder Alex Rios will play for the first time as an opposing player at U.S. Cellular Field since coming to the Rangers. Pierzynski, signed in the offseason as a free agent, played the previous eight seasons with Chicago, helping the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. Pierzynski has 14 home runs and 54 RBIs. Rios of course came to the Rangers in a trade two weeks ago. Rios is batting .273 with three RBIs and six runs scored since the Aug. 9 trade.

Trade targets: Chris Sale, Jake Peavy

July, 16, 2013
With less than two weeks until MLB's trade deadline, we'll take a look in the coming days and weeks at some names that could be available between now and the deadline, then debate whether those names make sense for the Texas Rangers.

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Today's trade targets: Chris Sale and Jake Peavy

We have to start this writeup, one that was requested via email and Twitter, with a note of caution: It's not as though the White Sox are actively shopping Sale. This isn't a Matt Garza situation. There are a bunch of reasons that Sale is different, starting with his contract.

Sale, 24, was in New York for the All-Star Game festivities this week. It was his second All-Star Game and he entered the Big Apple with the fifth-best ERA mark in the AL (2.85) and fifth in strikeouts (131). He signed a five-year extension prior to this season that pays him $850,000 this year, $3.5 million in 2014, $6 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017. The deal includes two club option years (2018 and 2019) for a total of $26 million (that could be higher based on certain incentives) if both are executed by the club.

So this is far from a rental. Again, the biggest question is whether White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wants to make him available. It would take a huge haul to get him and you can bet Jurickson Profar would be part of any of those discussions if the Rangers had a chance to get him. But it would be a chance for the White Sox to load up on minor league -- and even some major league -- talent if they did dangle Sale.

The starting pitching market is thin, as we've discussed. Putting Sale into that mix could pay huge dividends for the White Sox. At his age and what he has done in his career so far, he should be extremely appealing to the Rangers. Imagine him sitting with Yu Darvish on top of this rotation for years to come. Not only is that an enviable playoff rotation this season, but it sets up well for the long haul for Texas.

In nearly every situation, the Rangers would prefer to get a player with long-term potential and control if they sacrifice a huge chunk of prospects. Sale is one of those guys. The question, again, is whether he'll be available.

Peavy is a bit different. He isn't Sale, but he has got a track record and, when healthy, would improve the Rangers' rotation. According to various reports, he's slated to go back into the White Sox's rotation on Saturday. Assuming he shows he's healthy and can produce, he could be an interesting option for clubs, especially if Sale isn't available. If I'm running the Rangers, I'm interested in Peavy too. And I wonder if there might be a way to put a prospect package together, headlined by Mike Olt, to get both Peavy and Alex Rios. If you're thinking Sale and Rios together, that's the kind of thing that you'd have to bring Profar into the discussions about. It's all speculation at this point, but it's fun to talk about.

Would you give up a package fronted by Profar (and including a few pitching prospects and probably a bat like Mike Olt's or Joey Gallo's) to get Sale? Would the White Sox even do that? Let me ask it another way: Would you rather give up that package for Sale or Giancarlo Stanton? Do you like Peavy?

Soto says baserunning mistake was costly

May, 1, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto stood in front of his locker after a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox and owned up to a mistake that was costly in Wednesday night's loss.

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Soto misjudged a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler with one out and the bases loaded with the Rangers trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Mitch Moreland came home from third with the tying run, but Soto also should have scored from second base on a ball that caromed off the top of the out-of-town scoreboard in left field.

The Rangers didn't score any more runs in the inning and missed out on a chance to gain momentum against one of the American League's toughest pitchers, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.

"I read the ball badly," Soto said. "I just thought he hit it with top spin when he hit the ball. I thought it was going to come up short and [Alejandro De Aza] was going to make a catch on the warning track, but it wasn't that way.

"I should have been halfway between the base line and see the result of the play and go accordingly. Even if he catches it, I'm still in scoring position. But he didn't. I should have scored on that play."

Sale was able to settle in and retire 10 straight Rangers after Kinsler's long single. Sale went seven innings, matching his season high with seven strikeouts. The Rangers didn't get another runner in scoring position against him.

The Rangers missed out on a chance to pick up Soto after his baserunning error. Elvis Andrus struck out after a nine-pitch faceoff with Sale, failing to score a runner at third with one out to give the Rangers the lead. Lance Berkman grounded into a fielder's choice to end the rally.

"We still had the bases loaded and one out," Soto said. "We could have capitalized. But definitely a running mistake on my part. That didn't help."

Soto did an admirable job of guiding rookie starter Nick Tepesch through a tough beginning when he allowed a run each in the first two innings to fall behind 2-0. Soto and Tepesch went away from his fastball and relied heavily on his slider and sinker as he threw four scoreless innings from the third to the sixth.

The White Sox finally got to Tepesch with two home runs in the top of the seventh. White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie led off the inning by belting a 1-0 change-up into the Rangers' bullpen in left-center field for a 3-2 lead. Tepesch later hung a slider that De Aza hit for a two-run home run for key insurance runs with two outs in the inning.

"He just left it up a little bit," Soto said. "He pitched with his heart. He pitched with poise, and you can see that. Just one pitch. That's how games go."

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Rangers 2

May, 1, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Tepesch allowed two home runs in the top of the seventh as the Chicago White Sox snapped a 2-2 tie and beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark.

Rough seventh for Tepesch: For the second straight start, rookie Nick Tepesch had a rough seventh inning. He allowed two home runs with the game tied at two. White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie led off the inning with a 384-foot home run to right-center field. With two outs, leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza smacked a two-run home run to right field for a 5-2 lead. Tepesch had allowed two home runs in 27⅓ innings before Wednesday's seventh inning.

Too long with Nick?: Rangers manager Ron Washington stuck with Tepesch after Gillaspie's tiebreaking home run even though the right-hander was around 100 pitches. The White Sox made the Rangers pay with De Aza's two-out homer for a three-run lead.

Eighth-inning threat crumbles: The Rangers hadn't scored against White Sox reliever Jesse Crain in 27⅓ innings before Wednesday night. They had one of their best shots at him after Elvis Andrus and Lance Berkman led off with singles. But Adrian Beltre continued his struggles with a fly out to center but did move Andrus to third. Nelson Cruz struck out on a high fastball. Sox left-handed reliever Matt Thornton came in and got David Murphy to ground out back to the pitcher.

Baserunning gaffe: The Rangers should have scored more in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded, Ian Kinsler just missed a grand slam, as his line drive to left field hit off the top of the wall. The Rangers scored just one run because Geovany Soto didn't score from second base.

Beltre scuffles: Beltre, who had a two-run home run in his last at-bat Tuesday night, failed to get a hit with a runner at second base and two outs in the first inning. Beltre is four for his past 31 with runners in scoring position.

Frasor improving: Reliever Jason Frasor retired all four batters he faced with two strikeouts. Frasor hasn't allowed a run in his past six innings.

Up next: The Rangers and White Sox wrap up their three-game series Thursday night when rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59 ERA) takes on veteran right-hander Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN 103.3-FM and 1540-AM.

Lineups: A.J. Pierzynski out again

May, 1, 2013
A.J. Pierzynski, who missed Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox because of an issue with his right oblique muscle, is out again tonight. Geovany Soto will be behind the plate catching Nick Tepesch, who is coming off a win last Thursday against the Twins. Chris Sale is on the mound for the White Sox. Here are the lineups:


Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Lance Berkman DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Jeff Baker LF
Mitch Moreland 1B
Geovany Soto C
Craig Gentry CF


Alejandro De Aza LF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Alex Rios RF
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Tyler Flowers C
Dewayne Wise CF

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Chris Sale

May, 1, 2013
Wednesday night's Rangers-White Sox game features a pair of 24-year-old pitchers: Rangers up-and-coming rookie Nick Tepesch and White Sox standout left-hander Chris Sale. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

Tepesch (2-1. 2.53): Tepesch, maybe the best story of the first month of the season, makes his fifth career start. ... He picked up his second win Thursday at Minnesota, taking a shutout into the seventh inning. He allowed one run in 6⅔ innings and didn't walk anyone as the Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory. Tepesch retired the first 12 batters in order. He gave up a hit to three of the last four batters he faced, including a solo home run by Josh Willingham. ... It was Tepesch's first start since being hit on the right wrist/forearm area by a line drive against Seattle, knocking him out of the game in the second inning. ... Tepesch is getting it done with ground balls. He has recorded 39 ground-ball outs against 15 fly outs for a 72.2 ground ball percentage. ... He also hasn't been walking anyone and will look to build on a 19⅓ consecutive innings streak without a base on balls. ... He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and just six hits allowed in two home starts.

Sale (2-2, 4.09 ERA): Sale, one of the top young pitchers in baseball, makes his sixth start of the season. ... He won his last outing against Tampa Bay, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts and four walks. ... Sale has pitched at least seven innings in four of his five starts. ... He has a 3.20 ERA since the start of the 2012 season, the fifth-lowest mark in the American League. ... Sale is 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six games, including two starts, against the Rangers. ... He won his previous start at Texas, allowing five runs and six hits in 6⅓ innings ... He is 1-0 with a 7.04 ERA in three appearances at Rangers Ballpark. ... His fastball velocity averages 92.2 mph this season ... He also throws a slider and a changeup.

Hitters: Tepesch faces the White Sox for the first time in his career. Adrian Beltre (4-for-8) and Nelson Cruz (3-for-6, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) have had success against Sale.

W2W4: Rangers vs. White Sox

April, 30, 2013
The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox play their only three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington beginning Tuesday night.

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The White Sox will throw three quality starters at the Rangers -- left-handers Jose Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA) and Chris Sale (2-2, 4.09) and right-hander Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38). The Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish (4-1, 1.65) on Tuesday night, followed by rookie right-handers Nick Tepesch (2-1, 2.53) and Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59).

Here's some other things to look for:

Strong starting pitching: The White Sox's starting rotation has been the team's strength. Sox starters have a 3.03 ERA over the last 13 games with a 5-3 record during that span. Peavy is tied for sixth in the American League with 39 strikeouts. Overall, Chicago is fourth in the AL with a 3.60 team ERA. The Rangers are first with a 3.02 ERA.

Where's the offense?: The White Sox are last in the AL in batting average at .229 and 13th out of 15 teams with a .382 slugging percentage. They are last in the AL in runs (83), walks (54) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.188). The White Sox have scored two runs or less seven times this season. They've been held to five or fewer hits seven times, too.

Pair of sluggers: Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn rank fourth and fifth among active players in home runs. Konerko, who is fourth, hit his 426th home run Sunday, putting him in a tie for 45th overall behind Chicago Cubs great Billy Williams. Dunn has 411 home runs, ranking him 48th all-time, three behind Darrell Evans. Konerko and Dunn have combined for nine home runs this season.

Sox look for 2012 repeat: The White Sox had a 6-3 record against the Rangers in 2012, their first season series victory over Texas since 2004. Chicago won five straight games in July, including a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3-5. The Rangers and White Sox split six games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Rangers 5

July, 27, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers played about as sloppy as they could in Friday night's series opener with the Chicago White Sox and Yu Darvish didn't have his best stuff as Chicago came out on top 9-5. Some thoughts on the game:

What it means: The Rangers drop Game 1 of this three-game set with Chicago. Texas is now 2-5 against the White Sox. The Rangers have a 4 1/2 game lead on the Oakland Athletics, who won 14-9 against Baltimore, and the Los Angeles Angels, pending the outcome of their contest with Tampa Bay.

Not Yu's night: Yu Darvish had his worst start at home. Darvish gave up six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The six runs are the most runs he's given up at home this year, and the five earned runs tied the most at home this year. He also gave up five earned runs in his major league debut against the Seattle Mariners on April 9.

Rough from the start: Darvish didn't start Friday's game like he had hoped, but it could've been much worse. He allowed a walk and three singles in the first inning, but the White Sox were only able to scratch across a run. Alex Rios came through with a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score the run, but Darvish used a strikeout of Dayan Viciedo to leave the bases full.

Nice response: The Rangers responded to the Chicago first-inning run in a big way. Ian Kinsler started things off by reaching on a hit by pitch. On the first pitch to Elvis Andrus, Kinsler stole second and moved to third on a grounder from the Rangers shortstop. Texas tied the game with some more small ball as Josh Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Kinsler. The inning looked like it was over, but back-to-back singles from Adrian Beltre and Michael Young set up a three-run home run for Nelson Cruz to give the Rangers a 4-1 advantage. It was Cruz's second consecutive at-bat with a home run. He hit one in the eighth inning of Wednesday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox.

Unlucky break: In the second, Darvish looked to be getting into a groove as he got a strikeout of Tyler Flowers before getting the White Sox No. 9 hitter Gordon Beckham in a 1-2 count. Beckham worked himself into a full count before getting a base hit to left field. Darvish got a line out to Andrus for the second out, but it was almost a double play. Andrus caught the ball just inches off the ground. If he had let it hit the ground, Texas would've had an easy double play to end the inning. Instead, Darvish had to pitch to Kevin Youkilis, who made the Rangers pay. Youkilis launched a two-run home run to cut the lead to 4-3.

Aggressive base running: After moving from station to station didn't work in the first inning, the White Sox got aggressive on the basepaths in the fourth, and it paid off. Flowers got a one-out single on a dribbler to third. Beckham followed that up with what looked to be a single. However, Beckham kept the wheels turning as he legged it into a double to put two guys in scoring position with one down. Alejandro De Aza capitalized on the opportunity with a two-run single to put Chicago in front 5-4.

Stealing on Ogando: Last year, it wasn't easy to steal on Alexi Ogando and not too many teams tried. On Friday, however, the White Sox stole twice on Ogando, who came in with one out in the seventh to replace Darvish. Adam Dunn recorded his second stolen base of the season and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Yorvit Torrealba. That mistake proved costly when a fielder's choice brought in the run, giving Chicago a two-run lead. With two outs, Rios got a steal of his own but was left stranded.

Boos for Hamilton: It's hard to believe, but Hamilton was actually booed by some in attendance Friday night. Hamilton struck out on three consecutive pitches in both the third and fifth innings. After the first strikeout, there were a few boos present in the crowd, but those boos grew stronger following the second three-pitch punch out.

Missed opportunity: Chicago starter Chris Sale did his best to let the Rangers tie the game with the White Sox leading 5-4 in the fifth, but Texas missed out on the opportunity. Sale hit Craig Gentry to start the frame and followed that up with a walk to Kinsler to put two on with no outs. Andrus was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down and took a called third strike for the first out. Hamilton then struck out on three pitches before Beltre was called out on strikes.

Left them loaded: Texas cut into the deficit with a run in the seventh inning, but they had a chance to do a lot more. The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out for Hamilton. He drove in his second run of the night by grounding into a fielder's choice. Beltre, then, took a walk to load the bases once again. Young hit the ball hard on a line drive to the outfield, but it was right at the Chicago right fielder to end the frame and waste another golden opportunity.

Stretching out?: With Colby Lewis out for the rest of the season, there are some question marks at the end of the Rangers' starting rotation. Ogando could be a candidate to fill the final spot on the rotation, and the Rangers have mentioned that they would like stretch his outings out whenever possible. And Texas did just that Friday. Ogando pitched the final 2 2/3 innings of the game, giving up three earned runs on two hits with two walks, two strikeouts and a home run.

Ouch: Kinsler was hit by a pitch twice in Friday's contest, but the most painful one came in the seventh. Nate Jones came in for Sale and drilled Kinsler on his left hand. The trainer came out to take a look at the Rangers second baseman, but he stayed in the game.

Struggles continue: Mike Napoli's year at the plate has been one filled with struggles, but the way he's been hitting against left-handed pitchers has been even worse. Napoli was 0-for-4 on the night, including 0-for-3 off Sale. He is 14-for-96 (.146) against lefties with 37 strikeouts and four double plays.

Web gem: As he seems to do every night, Beltre made a spectacular play at third base. It came in the seventh inning when Beltre dove to his left to make a stop, popped up and made the throw to first that was capped off by a nice pick by Young.

Another sellout: It was a cooler 95 degrees when first pitch was thrown at 7:08 p.m. and the fans responded. The announced attendance Friday was 47,638. It is the 28th sellout of the year, extending the record for most in a season.

Up Next:

Sat. vs. CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. RHP Philip Humber (4-5, 6.25), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Chris Sale

July, 26, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After an off day Thursday, the Texas Rangers resume their 10-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The first game of this series features RHP Yu Darvish vs. LHP Chris Sale. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 130.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

Darvish (11-6, 3.88): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star ranks among the AL leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (second, 10.24), strikeouts (fourth, 132), wins (tied fourth, 11) and opponent average (sixth, .226). ... He ranks third in the AL in walks (61) and hit batters (9). ... His 11 wins and 132 strikeouts lead all AL rookies, and he leads MLB with six double-digit strikeout games (fifth pitcher in MLB history to have that many in his first 18 career games). ... He was the fastest pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in Rangers history, doing so in 15 games. ... Darvish has never faced the White Sox. ... He is 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA when facing a team for the first time.

Sale (11-3, 2.37): The 23-year-old has the second-best ERA in the AL (sixth-best in MLB) and is tied with Darvish for the fourth-most wins in the AL. ... He won his previous start against the Rangers this season, a 19-2 drubbing in which he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, one run and a walk while striking out four. ... He has the second-highest strikeout total on the White Sox staff (108) and has allowed the least home runs among Chicago starters (6). ... He won eight straight games before taking a loss in his last start against the Detroit Tigers. ... He has pitched well on the road, going 6-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 62 1/3 innings pitched in nine starts, but has has been even better at home at 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA in eight starts.

Hitters: Darvish has never faced a White Sox hitter. ... Sale has allowed a .211 career average to Rangers hitters. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-5 with a strikeout. ... Josh Hamilton is 1-for-3 with a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-3 with a strikeout. ... Elvis Andrus is 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.

Up next:

Sat. vs. CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. RHP Philip Humber (4-5, 6.25), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Sun. vs. CWS: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 19, Rangers 2

July, 3, 2012
Roy Oswalt had a very rough third start, and the Texas Rangers had an even longer night on the south side of Chicago. Oswalt lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged with 11 runs (nine earned) and 13 hits Tuesday night in the Rangers' 19-2 loss to the White Sox. It was his second consecutive start allowing that many hits. Oswalt drops to 2-1, and the Rangers have lost two straight games.

Kevin Youkilis hit his first home run as a member of the White Sox in the first inning to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Adam Dunn followed with his eighth first-inning home run of the season and 25th overall. After Oswalt retired Paul Konerko for the first out, Alex Rios poked his 11th home run of the year. Oswalt faced eight batters in the first, and things didn't get much better in the second. He faced six more batters and gave up three more runs, including an RBI single by Konerko that pushed the White Sox lead to 7-0.

The Rangers were hitless against White Sox starter Chris Sale through 3 1/3 innings and managed just five hits against him in 7 1/3.

Meet me halfway: Tonight’s game was the 81st of the 162-game regular season schedule. The Rangers are 50-31, which is their best record ever at the midpoint. It's also the fifth consecutive season the Rangers have had a winning record through 81 games. The Rangers are 3-3 versus the White Sox this season.

Random stat: ESPN Stats and Information noted that Oswalt had struck out Adam Dunn 28 times in 95 plate appearances entering Tuesday's game. That’s the most strikeouts in any active batter-pitcher matchup. However, Dunn was 2-for-2 against Oswalt on Tuesday with a solo home run, an RBI double and a walk.

Roy-O vs. Chicago: Oswalt had made two previous starts against the White Sox. He pitched six innings as a member of the Astros in a 14-inning White Sox win in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. On June 25, 2006, Oswalt pitched seven innings of a 13-inning Astros win in interleague play.

Kinsler tops '11 error total: Ian Kinsler committed his 12th error of the season in the fifth inning. He made 11 errors all of last season.

Grimm relief: Justin Grimm made his first major league relief appearances after starting in his previous two outings. He pitched the Rangers' first 1-2-3 inning after entering the game in the sixth inning. But Grimm allowed three runs in an eight-batter seventh inning.

Elvis extends hit streak: Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run double in the top of the eighth. He was 1-for-4 on Tuesday and is 16-for-40 with five doubles and six RBIs during the streak.

Dubious distinctions: The nine runs allowed in the fifth inning are the most allowed by the Rangers in an inning this season. The 19 runs scored are the most runs the White Sox have scored against the Rangers. The Rangers established a new high this season in hits allowed, surpassing the 20 given up in a 21-8 loss to the Mariners on May 30.

Another start?: Rangers manager Ron Washington said on Rangers Baseball Tonight (the radio network pregame show) that lefty Martin Perez likely get another start and that it will come either Friday or Saturday.

On the mend: Righties Alexi Ogando (right groin strain) and Neftali Feliz (right elbow inflammation) threw bullpens In Chicago before Tuesday's game. Feliz is eligible to come off the disabled list July 18. Ogando is already eligible to be activated.

Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Chris Sale

July, 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a 10-game home stand, the Texas Rangers hit the road to take on the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series beginning Tuesday before returning home to finish out the first half of the season. The series opener features RHP Roy Oswalt vs. LHP Chris Sale at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Oswalt (2-0, 4.26): The 34-year-old is making his third start of the season after making his Rangers debut in June. ... He has won both of his starts despite giving up a career-high 13 hits last Wednesday vs. the Detroit Tigers. ... The 13 hits tied the most hits ever allowed in a win in Rangers history. ... First time it had happened in 32 years. ... He was first Major League pitcher to allow at least five runs and 13 hits in a win since Manny Parra did for Milwaukee on Aug. 13, 2009, against San Diego. ... Only the second pitcher to win consecutive starts while giving up 9+ hits since the start of the 2011 season. ... Has faced the White Sox twice. ... First start was in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series with the Houston Astros, where he got a no-decision after giving up five runs on eight hits in six innings. ... Other start was June 25, 2006, in interleague play, which is his only other start at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings but got a no-decision.

Sale (9-2, 2.27): The 23-year-old is making his 15th start and 16th appearance of the season. ... Was named to the American League All-Star team. ... He has won his last six decisions, including an impressive performance last Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. ... In that outing, he gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. ... First on team in wins and ERA and second in strikeouts with 94. ... He is 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA at home this season. ... Threw his only complete game of the season June 3, giving up just two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners.

Hitters: Rangers are 3-for-13 (.231). ... Yorvit Torrealba is 1-for-1 with a double. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-2. ... Ian Kinsler is 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. ... White Sox are 32-for-120 (.267) ... Adam Dunn is 20-for-81 (.247) with four home runs, a triple, eight doubles, 12 RBIs and 28 strikeouts. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double and two RBIs. ... Orlando Hudson is 4-for-21 (.190) with a triple and two RBIs.

Up Next:

Wed. at CWS: RHP Scott Feldman (2-6, 6.13) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.50), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. at CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182