Texas Rangers: Gavin Floyd

Rangers' offense finds a way to score

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
10:16
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Most of the time, it's not a good idea to try to score from third on a ball that is in barely in front of the plate, but when Nelson Cruz decided to give it a shot in the fifth inning of Sunday's 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, it was the right call.

The Texas Rangers were leading 1-0 at the time and Cruz was on third with Michael Young at the plate with one out.

Young hit a tapper in front of the plate that was fielded by White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd, who looked at Cruz before throwing Young out at first. As soon as Floyd turned away from Cruz, he began darting towards the plate. White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn had a chance to throw Cruz out, but the throw bounced in the dirt allowing Texas to take a 2-0 advantage.

"It was simple," Cruz said of the aggressive baserunning. "When he looked at me, I gave him my little shuffle. When he threw the ball, I just went."

A good throw from Dunn would have had Cruz out easily, but it was a risk worth taking.

The Rangers' offense was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday, extending the team's streak to 29 straight at-bats with runners in scoring position without a hit. Texas was 1-for-31 in those situations in the weekend's three-game series. Cruz knew he had to make something happen.

"I wanted to be aggressive," he said. "We needed the extra base and needed to do whatever we could to score an extra run."

The offense obviously has a long way to go, but it took a small step in the right direction Sunday.

"We don't always have to get the big hit," David Murphy said. "We steal runs here and there when we can. Tonight, we did it. We'll be the dynamic offense where we get the big hits, but tonight, we put runs on the board whenever we could."

The Rangers scored its first run of the night with some help from the White Sox. Mike Napoli grounded to Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez and it would've left runners on first and third, but Ramirez bobbled the ball, allowing a Texas run to score.

It was that kind of night for the Rangers. They needed some things to go their way with the offense struggling and they did. So while it might not seem like much, it was a positive game. This offense did not take advantage of opportunities with runners at third with less than two outs in the first two games of this series, but Sunday, they put the ball in play and gave themselves a chance.

"For the most part, we had some good at-bats," Young said. "We worked some deep counts. We didn't necessarily finish off some of those at-bats the way we want to, but we're getting there. ... I think our approach was better, and that's key. Things haven't gone our way over the past couple of weeks, but we expect to turn it around."

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, White Sox 0

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
8:56
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Feldman was about as good as he could've been and the Texas Rangers' offense scratched across a couple of runs to salvage a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox in the series finale Sunday night. Some quick thoughts on the game:

What it means: Texas squeaked a win away from this three-game set, but the White Sox leave town after taking two of three games. The Rangers are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics and five games up on the Los Angeles Angels. Both the A's and Angels lost Sunday.

Feldman deals: Scott Feldman was tremendous on the mound Sunday night. The right-hander put together a solid performance in his last start against the Boston Red Sox, but he performed even better Sunday. Feldman threw eight scoreless innings, giving up seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 88 pitches, including 63 for strikes. Feldman threw first pitch strikes to 19 of the 31 batters he faced. It was the third time Feldman has thrown eight innings in his career. Last time he did so was June 2, 2010, in Chicago against the White Sox.

Leaving them loaded: The Rangers' offense did exactly what it's done all series long, especially early in the game. Texas set the table in both the first and second innings by getting the bases loaded, but on both occasions, there were two outs. Michael Young failed to deliver in the first with a groundout to short. In the second inning, it was Adrian Beltre who ended the threat with a popup to second.

Thank you very much: The Texas offense owes White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez a thank you after Ramirez gift wrapped the Rangers the first run of the game. Texas had two on with two outs for Mike Napoli, who hit a slow roller to short. Ramirez bobbled the ball to let the run cross the plate and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Oops: Elvis Andrus was caught napping a bit at first base in the fourth inning. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd picked Andrus off first to end the frame. It was a close play, but Adam Dunn got the tag down just in time.

Aggressiveness pays off: With the Rangers struggling to drive in runs, Nelson Cruz took it upon himself to get it done. Cruz was on third when Young hit a tapper in front of the plate. Floyd picked up the ball and fired to first to get the out, but as soon as he turned toward first, Cruz took off for home. Dunn tried to get Cruz out at home, but he mad a bad throw as Cruz slid in safely. A good throw would have made it an easy double play.

Streak continues: The Rangers entered Sunday's game with an 0-for-19 streak with runners in scoring position. Texas continued that streak going 0-for-10 in those situations in the series finale. They are now hitless in their last 29 at-bats with runners in scoring position and 1-for-31 for the entire three-game series. On Sunday, the Rangers left 13 runners on base.

Quality rest: Following his day of rest, Josh Hamilton didn't do anything flashy, but he put together three quality at-bats. Hamilton walked in his first two plate appearances before grounding out to second and moving Cruz to third. Cruz scored on the next at-bat. Hamilton finished the game 0-for-2 with two walks, but it was an overall good day for him at the plate.

Multi-hit night: Both Cruz and David Murphy recorded multiple hits Sunday. Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Murphy finished the night 3-for-4 with a pair of singles and a double.

Mr. Consistent: Joe Nathan recorded his 21st save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to hand the Rangers the win. He had two good defensive plays to help him out and ended it with a strikeout.

Nice grab: Andrus began the ninth with a spectacular diving catch to rob Paul Konerko of a leadoff single. Murphy followed that up with a leaping grab at the wall for the second out of the ninth inning.

30th sellout: Sunday's game had 46,744 fans in attendance. It was the 30th sellout of the season, which extends the club record for most sellouts in a season. It is also the sixth time this season that the Rangers have sold out each game of a Friday, Saturday, Sunday series.

Tickets left: Texas still has plenty of tickets available for the Angels series. There are 10,000 tickets left for the series opener Monday. 12,000 tickets left for Tuesday's game, 7,000 remaining for Wednesday and 9,500 are left for the series finale Thursday.

Up Next: The Rangers welcome divisional foe Los Angeles to town for a pivotal four-game series beginning Monday. The series opener will feature RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-10, 6.00 ERA). The game starts at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN.

Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Gavin Floyd

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
12:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox will battle it out in the series finale of this three-game set Sunday night. The contest features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Gavin Floyd at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Feldman (4-6, 5.37): The 29-year-old is making his 12th start and 18th appearance of the season. ... After losing his first six decisions, he has won his last four -- three as a starter and one in relief. ... He put together his best outing of the year Monday, throwing seven innings and giving up just one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in the Rangers' 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. ... Became just the second Rangers starter to pitch at least seven innings with one run or less, no walks and at least five strikeouts since the beginning of the 2010 season (Derek Holland did it on Sept. 2, 2011 at Boston). ... Has allowed one walk or less in nine of his 11 starts this season. ... Is 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 career games -- six starts -- against the White Sox. ... Had a no-decision July 4 at Chicago in a 5-4 Rangers loss, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.

Floyd (8-8, 4.46): The 29-year-old is slated to make his 19th start of the season. ... After having a stretch of six starts where he went 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA, he has turned things around by posting a 4-1 record and 1.67 ERA (six earned runs in 32 1/3 innings pitched) in his last five starts. ... Enters the series finale coming off a win against the Minnesota Twins on July 23 in which he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings of work. ... In that start, he surrendered a season-high six walks, which is the most since allowing seven free passes on April 13, 2009 at Detroit. ... Holds a 2-4 record and 4.97 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers. ... Is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... He was handed a loss in his last start against Texas on April 8, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 35-for-135 (.259) against Floyd. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, home run and four RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is 1-for-12 (.083) with four strikeouts. ... Current White Sox are 30-for-115 (.261) against Feldman. ... Paul Konerko is 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. ... Alex Rios is 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 3-for-18 (.167) with a double and three strikeouts.

Up Next:

Mon vs. LAA: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-10, 6.00 ERA) 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN
Tue vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, White Sox 0

April, 8, 2012
4/08/12
9:57
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- After hitting one homer in the first two games, the Texas Rangers hit three Sunday night, powering their way to a 5-0 win over the White Sox. Here are some quick thoughts on the game:

What it means: The Rangers win their first series of the season, taking the rubber match. Texas has not lost a three-game series at home since July 1-3, 2011 vs. Florida. Texas now welcomes the Seattle Mariners to town for four games to finish off the first homestand.

Shutout performance: Matt Harrison turned in a solid 2012 debut Sunday, going six shutout innings. He had two walks and three strikeouts and wasn't really in too much trouble. He was in full command, throwing strikes, changing speeds and then was able to bear down with two on in the sixth and the Rangers up 3-0. A two-out single by Paul Konerko was followed by an Alex Rios walk. But manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux stuck with Harrison against A.J. Pierzynski, and he struck him out swinging on a sinker.

Terrific trio: Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and David Murphy accounted for all six of the Rangers' hits Sunday. They were 6-for-11 with three homers and four RBIs.

Big league debut: LHP Robbie Ross got a chance to pitch his first inning in the majors and walked the first batter he faced, Gordon Beckham. But Ross was able to calm himself and got Adam Dunn to pop up to third, he struck out Paul Konerko (and the Rangers made sure to keep the ball for him) and Alex Rios hit into a fielder's choice.

Great catches: Hamilton's glove was certainly at work Sunday. He made a nice running catch to his left in center field off the bat of Peirzynski, ending an 11-pitch at-bat. In the seventh, Hamilton raced to deep left-center field and made a diving catch to rob Alejandro De Aza of a double and an RBI.

Oppo power: Beltre's first hit of 2012 was a 410-foot blast into the Rangers' bullpen in the fourth. That's noteworthy in that Beltre is a right-handed hitter, so that was some impressive opposite-field power. The two-run shot gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

Long ball: Murphy drilled a 2-1 pitch into the upper deck in right field for his first home run of the season. It traveled an estimated 396 feet. Murphy was 3-for-6 with two doubles coming into the game. He's traditionally a slow starter, but is off to a hot start on offense so far in 2012.

Crushed: Texas had three home runs on the night, with none hit as far as Josh Hamilton's crushing blow to lead off the sixth. As soon as he hit the fastball from Gavin Floyd, it was clearly out of the park. The question was whether it would reach the upper deck in right-center. And it did, going 431 feet.

Natural position: Michael Young played second base Sunday with Ian Kinsler at DH. It was a chance to get Young on the field, and the veteran has always said second is his most natural position. He showed good instincts and range in the third, backhanding a hard grounder and throwing to first to end the inning.

Long at-bats: Harrison had thrown 47 pitches through three innings and 21 of those (44.6 percent) were to two consecutive batters -- Pierzynski to end the second and Alexi Ramirez to start the third. Both were retired.

Bobbled ball: Murphy bobbled a ball hit out to him by Beckham to lead off the fourth, and Beckham went to second when he saw Murphy was just a little late being able to grab it and throw it to the infield. It was ruled a double. Beckham got to third with one out, but a nice play by Harrison ended up eliminating Beckham and keeping Murphy's mistake from costing the Rangers.

PFP sure helps: Harrison got a chance to put those defensive skills he worked on in spring training to use. With Beckham at third and one out, Konerko hit a bouncer back to the mound. Harrison got his foot on it, gloved it and got Beckham leaning. Harrison threw the ball to third and got him caught in a rundown.

Good ninth for Uehara: Koji Uehara finished off the game for the Rangers, pitching a scoreless ninth. It was Uehara's first action of the season and should be a nice confidence-builder after a shaky spring.

Up next: Yu Darvish mania is here. The 25-year-old Japanese pitcher will make his first big league start against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. CT in Arlington. Join us for a live in-game chat here on the ESPN Dallas Rangers blog.

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Gavin Floyd

April, 8, 2012
4/08/12
1:00
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Easter Sunday, Masters Sunday and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Tonight's nationally televised game features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Gavin Floyd in the final game of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. A look at the matchup:

Harrison (0-0, 0.00 ERA): The left-hander comes into the 2012 season with plenty of confidence. He stayed in the Rangers' rotation for the all of 2011 and posted career-best numbers. He was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 185 2/3 innings in 30 starts last year. ...Harrison had started in the rotation out of spring training in 2009 and 2010, but didn't have any staying power. ...Last year was different, and he's kept the momentum going the past few months. He had the most consistent spring of any Rangers starter and is ready to go for the season. ...He was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts against the White Sox last season (6 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 7 BB in 11 1/3 IP).

Floyd (0-0, 0.00 ERA): He was 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA in 193 2/3 innings in 2011. ...Has at least 10 wins, 30 starts and 145 strikeouts in his last four seasons. ...He was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts against Texas in 2011, allowing just one earned run in 14 innings. ...Floyd is 2-3 and sports a 4.73 ERA in six career starts vs. the Rangers. ...Lost his last start in Arlington back on May 25, 2011, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings.

Hitters: Paul Konerko is 1-for-11 against Harrison and A.J. Pierzynski is 0-for-5. ...Brent Morel (2-for-4) and Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-3) have hit well off Harrison in limited appearances. ...Josh Hamilton (6-for-10, 4 RBIs) and Michael Young (4-for-15) have fared well off Floyd. ...Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus are a combined 2-for-17 against him.

Up next:

Monday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Hector Noesi
Tuesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz vs. RHP Blake Beavan
Wednesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Kevin Millwood
Thursday vs. SEA (1:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. LHP Jason Vargas

NOTE: All games are on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, and we will be chatting live on ESPN Dallas as well.

Reaction: Gavin Floyd pitches in B game

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
1:47
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd, one of the Chicago White Sox starters, pitched in the B game here at Surprise rather than in the Catcus League affair this afternoon.

That's probably because the White Sox wanted Floyd to stretch out to three innings and wanted to do it more in a controlled environment, though I wonder if the fact that Chicago faces the Rangers in Texas to begin the 2012 season doesn't factor into it, either. Floyd is likely the No. 3 starter and would pitch in the Sunday night game on ESPN in Arlington on April 8.

Tommy Mendonca hit a long double off Floyd to right-center field and Brandon Snyder had an RBI single off him in Floyd's second inning of work. Floyd ended up allowing two runs in three innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

Other notes:

* It was mainly current minor league players in the game for Texas, though utility infield candidates Greg Miclat, Luis Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte were also in the game.

* Leonys Martin hit a triple, belting a ball to the gap in right-center in the seventh inning and racing to third.

* Mitch Stetter pitched a 1-2-3 inning and got the only left-handed hitter he faced, getting him to pop up to second.

Brent Lillibridge HR gives White Sox lead

August, 21, 2011
8/21/11
2:12
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The White Sox struck for four runs in the third inning Sunday afternoon to take a 4-0 lead against Derek Holland and the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

Brent Lillibridge's 11th homer of the year followed Juan Pierre's single and provided Chicago with a 2-0 lead. Lillebridge hit a hanging breaking ball from Holland out to left field.

Holland retired the next two batters but then walked Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers. Alejandro De Aza followed with a two-run double to cap the rally.

The Rangers didn't have much luck against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd through three innings.

Floyd held the Rangers to one hit and a walk with three strikeouts, all in the second inning.

The Rangers had a good chance to score in the second inning when Mike Napoli reached third base with one out, but Floyd struck out Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba to end the threat.

Napoli led off the second with a single, extending his road hitting streak to 22 games, and went third when a pickoff attempt got away from first baseman Lillibridge.

Matchup: D. Holland vs. Gavin Floyd

August, 21, 2011
8/21/11
9:00
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The finale of this series features LHP Derek Holland and RHP Gavin Floyd at 1:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 FM. Here's a brief look at the matchup:

Holland (11-4, 4.23 ERA): He comes in with four shutouts, tied with James Shields for the AL lead (Holland, Shields and Cliff Lee, who has five, are the only big league pitchers with at least four shutouts). ... In Holland's last eight starts (since July 7), he is 5-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 14 walks and 43 strikeouts. ... He has three shutouts in those eight starts and has pitched into the ninth inning four times. ... Holland has the highest run support average in the majors at 7.13 per nine innings. ... He was one out away from a complete game in a win over the Angels on Tuesday, allowing three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in 8 2/3 innings. ... Holland is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in three career appearances against the White Sox. That includes one start this season on May 24 in Arlington, where he gave up four runs in four innings.

Floyd (10-10, 4.66 ERA): He is 4-1 with a 4.91 ERA over his last six starts and has allowed 18 earned runs in his last three outings, yet the White Sox have won two of those games. ... Floyd has won four of his last five decisions. In his lone loss in that span, he gave up 10 runs on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Yankees earlier this month. ... Floyd gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers earlier this year. ... Floyd is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in his career vs. Texas, including six runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings in his lone start against them in Chicago.

Hitters: Josh Hamilton is 6-for-10 with four RBIs off Floyd. ... Michael Young is 4-for-12 and Ian Kinsler 3-for-10. ... David Murphy and Nelson Cruz are a combined 3-for-15. ... Holland hasn't faced any White Sox hitter more than five times. ... Carlos Quentin has done the most damage, going 2-for-2 with two homers and four RBIs.

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Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Gavin Floyd

May, 25, 2011
5/25/11
10:15
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas – The finale of the three game series between the Rangers and the White Sox concludes today (1:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM/FSSW) at Rangers Ballpark. Left-hander C.J. Wilson will start on the mound for the Rangers versus White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd.

C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.42 ERA): The Rangers’ ace is set for his 11th start of the season and looks to find the win column at home where he is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Wilson tries to avoid back-to-back loses -- something he hasn’t done in the regular season since May 23 and May 29 of last year -- after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s eighth in the American League with 60 strikeouts but his 24 walks are also eighth in the AL. Wilson’s only start against the White Sox was on April 27. He went six innings, gave up five hits, struck out five and gave up two earned runs in the 4-2 win at Rangers Ballpark.

Gavin Floyd (5-3, 3.88 ERA): Floyd hopes to repeat the success of his last trip to Arlington when he pitched seven innings, struck out five and posted only one earned run in the 7-5 win on April 29, 2010. Floyd will make his fourth career start against Texas -- all at Rangers Ballpark -- where he is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA against the Rangers. His five wins in nine starts leads the White Sox this season and ties for seventh-best in the AL. Three of those wins have come on the road, where he’s only lost once in five starts with a 3.51 ERA. Floyd won his last start on May 19 against the Cleveland Indians 8-2, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings.

Hitters: The White Sox have a .268 career batting average, going a combined 11-for-41 against Wilson. Center fielder Alex Rios has the most hits on the White Sox roster against the lefty. He’s lifetime 3-for-9 with one extra-base hit. Designated hitter Adam Dunn struck out in his only at bat against Wilson. ...Josh Hamilton is 6-for-7 against Floyd with two extra-base hits and four RBI’s. Michael Young has fared 4-for-9 against Floyd with two extra-base hits and two strikeouts. The Rangers as a whole have a .342 batting average versus Floyd with a slugging percentage of .562.

Two quick notes about tonight's starters

June, 2, 2010
6/02/10
11:00
AM CT
We'll get to the mound matchups a little later today, but ESPN Stats & Information provided these interesting notes on tonight's game between the Rangers and White Sox. Check it out:

* Gavin Floyd does not find success on his first pitch to batters, with the league hitting .536 on first pitches off him, nearly .200 points higher than the league average. Two of the Rangers best hitters, Elvis Andrus and Vladimir Guerrero crush first pitches. Andrus is hitting .500 on first pitches and showing discipline while doing it, as he only chases 4% of first pitches out of the strike zone. Vlad is also hitting .500 against first pitches and has stuck to his free-swinging ways, taking only 32% of first pitches in the strike zone, with the league average sitting at 56%.

* While most pitchers enjoy pitching ahead in the count, Scott Feldman of the Rangers does not fall in that category. When Feldman has two strikes on a hitter, batters are hitting .261 off him, over .70 points higher than the league average. He isn’t much better when he’s ahead in the count, as opposing batters are clocking in at .263. Alex Rios of the White Sox may be in for a big night, as he’s 4 for 13 off Feldman in his career and hits surprisingly well when behind in the count at .250, .42 points higher than the league average.

Mound matchup: Feldman vs. Floyd

April, 29, 2010
4/29/10
11:20
AM CT
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers finish the series with the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. today as RHP Scott Feldman takes on RHP Gavin Floyd. A quick look at the matchups:

Feldman (1-2, 5.40 ERA): The club's Opening Day starter is hoping to regain his form after two struggling starts. Feldman is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA (eight runs in six innings) in his last two starts, after going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his first two outings. Feldman's last start was against Detroit and he gave up eight runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Feldman will be pitching on normal rest today. He is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in seven career appearances against the White Sox.

Floyd (0-2, 8.38 ERA): Floyd has also struggled recently, going 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA (16 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings) in his last three starts. Floyd gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings against Seattle in his last outing with three walks and four strikeouts. He's 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers, both at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He walked seven in his last start against Texas on July 11, 2008.

Hitters: Michael Young is 2-for-4 off Floyd. But the White Sox righty has done a good job against Vladimir Guerrero (4-for-18) and Ryan Garko (2-for-10). Alex Rios is 4-for-10 off Feldman.

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