Texas Rangers: Phil Coke

Tigers have bullpen lined up for Game 6

October, 15, 2011
10/15/11
4:29
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Saturday afternoon first ruled out any chance that ace Justin Verlander could be available to pitch to even a single batter in a potential Game 7. Verlander threw 133 pitches in 7 1/3 innings in the Tigers' Game 5 victory.

"If you see Verlander pitch again this year it will be a good thing because we will be in the World Series," Leyland said. "He's done."

Leyland then laid out ideal Game 6 plans for his pen assuming starter Max Scherzer doesn't go a full nine for the first time in his career.

Rick Porcello, who went 6 2/3 innings as the Game 4 starter, could be first up, followed by lefty Phil Coke, who dug himself a hole in the ninth inning before ending Game 5. Leyland would then turn to bullpen stalwarts Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde, both of whom have not pitched since Wednesday's Game 4.

Valverde remains perfect on the season in save situations, but he has been roughed up in other appearances, including allowing four runs in the Rangers' key Game 4 victory, capped by Nelson Cruz's three-run homer in the 11th inning.

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Phil Coke

June, 8, 2011
6/08/11
1:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers close out a three-game home stand against the Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM/Fox Sports Southwest) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Alexi Ogando will get the start for the Rangers against the Tigers’ left-handed pitcher Phil Coke.

Alexi Ogando (6-0, 2.20 ERA): Ogando looks to continue his perfect record as a starter. He has gone at least six innings in every start, including his last appearance at Cleveland on June 3 when he only a run on four hits and six strikeouts in a 11-2 win over the Indians. Ogando’s .88 WHIP is the best in MLB and his 2.20 ERA is fifth best in baseball. A win tonight would give him a team-high seven wins in 12 starts.

Phil Coke (1-5, 3.81 ERA): Coke is scheduled to make his first start since being put on the 15-day disabled list with a right bruised ankle on May 23 against Tampa Bay. In his rehab start with Triple-A Toledo on Friday, Coke allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. Coke’s only win this season came against the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on April 14 when he pitched a three-hitter through seven innings. His last complete outing was May 18 at Boston where he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed three hits with four strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Hitters: Only David Murphy and Andres Blanco have a hit against Coke. The Rangers have a .133 career batting average (2-for-15) and six strikeouts with an on-base percentage of .263. …Ogando is 5-for-24 against the Tigers’ lineup with a .208 batting average. Miguel Cabrera is the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 against Ogando. Victor Martinez is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

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BA HR RBI R
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RA. Beltre 52
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