Texas Rangers Roundup – May 24, 2014

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DETROIT, Mich. — The Texas Rangers fell to the Detroit Tigers in Friday’s game 7-2. The Texas Rangers and Tigers are even entering today’s game in this 4-game series. The Rangers are currently on an 11-game, 11-day roadtrip, playing 8 straight games versus American League Central clubs. This weekend marks the 20th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute and the Texas Rangers will wear the uniforms of the Fort Worth Black Panthers in Saturday’s game. Here is what you need to know for today’s game in Rangers Roundup.

TEXAS RANGERS: (23-25, .479)

The Rangers’ loss last night snapped a 2-game win streak

Texas remains in 4th place, 7.0 games behind first place Oakland Athletics and 4.5 GB second place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Texas Rangers have been in 4th place for 11 straight and 12 of the past 13 days

Rangers had season-high 8.0-game deficit for two straight days after Tuesday/Wednesday, just the 2nd time in last 11 seasons (2004-2014) to have at least an 8.0-game deficit at such an early date (also 2007)

Texas’ team .271 road average is 2nd-best in the American League (Baltimore Orioles, .280) and is 22 points higher than home average (.249)

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  • PAYING TRIBUTE:

    • The Rangers will wear the Fort Worth Black Panthers uniform in Saturday’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game today
    • The Fort Worth Black Panthers were founded in 1905 and played as a travel team until the 1930’s
    • The Panthers were a member of several Negro Leagues during that time as well

    TERRIBLE TWO’S:

    • Losing 7-2 last night, Texas Rangers are now 0-8 this season when scoring exactly 2 runs
    • Texas has now dropped 12 consecutive games when scoring exactly 2 runs, last win being a 2-1 victory versus Minnesota Twins on 8/31/13
    • The club’s 8 losses when scoring exactly 2 runs are tied for most in MLB with 3 National League teams: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals

    YO ADRIAN:

    • Adrian Beltre has a .391 (43-110) average against the Detroit Tigers since the start of 2010, his highest against ANY opponent in that span
    • Beltre’s average is MLB-best against the Tigers in that span

    NOT A GOOD LEAD:

    • Texas Rangers enter today with 39 players used this season, tied most in ML with Toronto Blue Jays
    • Rangers’ 22 pitchers used (yes including Moreland’s May 6 relief) leads the majors, club has also used 9 rookies
    • Texas Rangers lead MLB with 13 players currently on the disabled list and 17 DL uses overall this season
    • Longest stretch this season WITHOUT a DL replacement is 12 days
    • Last night marked the 18th time this season for Texas to score 2-runs-or-less (18 of 48 games, 37.5%) and is 3rd-most instances in the A.L. (Tampa Bay Rays-21, Astros-19)
    • Texas’ current 192 runs rank 11th in the A.L. and are the club’s fewest through 48 games since 1990 (183)

    TODAY’S LINEUP:

    TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Nick Martinez (0-1, 2.28)

    1. Shin-Soo Choo LF
    2. Elvis Andrus SS
    3. Mitch Moreland 1B
    4. Adrian Beltre 3B
    5. Alex Rios RF
    6. Chris Gimenez C
    7. Leonys Martin CF
    8. Donnie Murphy DH
    9. Rougned Odor 2B

    DETROIT TIGERS: RHP Rick Porcello (7-1, 2.91)

    1. Ian Kinsler 2B
    2. Torii Hunter RF
    3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
    4. Victor Martinez DH
    5. Austin Jackson CF
    6. Alex Avila C
    7. Nick Castellanos 3B
    8. Andrew Romine SS
    9. Rajai Davis LF

    ON DECK FOR TOMORROW:

    • RHP Colby Lewis (3-3, 5.40) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (5-3, 3.55)
    • You can tune in to FSSW/ 103.3 FM/ 1540 AM for first pitch at 12:08 p.m. (CDT)
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