Texas Rangers: Everett Teaford

Matchup: Ryan Dempster vs. Everett Teaford

September, 5, 2012
9/05/12
1:00
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Texas Rangers will take on the Kansas City Royals in the third game of a four-game series tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Here’s a look at the pitching matchup featuring RHP Ryan Dempster vs. LHP Everett Teaford:

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Dempster (4-1, 4.58 ERA with Rangers): Dempster will be facing some unfamiliar hitters as his indoctrination to the American League continues. Jeff Francoeur and Alcides Escobar had 15 and 13 at-bats, respectively, against Dempster during their time in the National League. No other current Royal who is active has more than three at-bats against the veteran right-hander. ... Dempster has had four quality starts in six outings for Texas. ... He allowed two hits and one run over six innings Friday against the Indians for his third straight win.

Teaford (1-3, 4.30 ERA): Teaford is making a spot start because the Royals got in a pitching bind last week when they played a Saturday doubleheader against Minnesota. He earned the start based on the second game of that doubleheader when he worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings in long relief. ... Teaford has faced the Rangers three times, with all of those outings coming in 2011. He didn’t allow a run over 1 2/3 combined innings. ... Teaford is making his eighth major league start. He’s 3-2 in starting assignments, posting a 4.95 ERA over 36 1/3 innings.

Hitters: Escobar went 2-for-13 against Dempster when Escobar was with the Brewers and Dempster was with the Cubs. Francoeur did well against Dempster in the NL, going 5-for-16 with three doubles and a homer. ... The only Rangers who have faced Teaford are Mitch Moreland and David Murphy. That duo is a combined 0-for-3 against the Royals lefty.

Up next:
Thu. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (6-11, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-13, 5.34 ERA), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, Rangers 3

September, 4, 2012
9/04/12
9:49
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Texas Rangers couldn’t hold an early two-run lead and fell 6-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

What it means: The four-game series is tied at 1-1 and the Rangers are back to 25 games over .500 at 80-55. Texas had reached a season-high 26 games over .500 with its win in Kansas City on Monday. The Rangers’ record after 135 games equals the best in franchise history. Texas was also 80-55 in 1999.

Long gone: After watching the Rangers blast five homers Monday, shortstop Elvis Andrus got in on the power show. Andrus, who entered Tuesday’s game with two homers in 523 at-bats, connected for a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning. The Andrus homer to left came after he had homered just once in the previous 123 games.

Momentum shifts: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is known for his throwing ability and when he picked Ian Kinsler off third base in the third inning, it was a big momentum play for the Royals. Texas had already built a 2-0 lead and had Kinsler at third with one out after a Kinsler double and an Andrus sacrifice bunt. Perez caught Kinsler straying too far down the line and the pickoff -- with Josh Hamilton at the plate -- gave the Royals a boost. Kansas City promptly scored twice in the third and was on its way. Perez now has three pickoffs, the most by any Major League catcher.

Early exit: Left-hander Matt Harrison has failed to make it deep into the game two starts in a row. After lasting just 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday versus Tampa Bay, Harrison went 4 2/3 innings against the Royals. He allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned). Harrison gave up a two-run homer to lefty-hitting Alex Gordon, snapping a fifth-inning tie.

Close call: A bang-bang play at the plate in the third inning went Kansas City’s way and brought manager Ron Washington out of the dugout. With Alcides Escobar at third and one out, Billy Butler flied to center and Hamilton made a strong throw home as Escobar tagged. Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale ruled that Escobar eluded the tag of Geovany Soto and Soto protested before Washington came out to have his say. The Butler sacrifice fly made it a 2-2 game.

Up next: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 NL/AL) will try to give the Rangers the series lead Wednesday when he opposes Kansas City left-hander Everett Teaford.

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