Texas Rangers Roundup – June 24, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — After going 3-6 on their 9-game road trip, the Texas Rangers begin a 6-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers (3 G) and the Baltimore Orioles (3 G) tonight. The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play 13 of last 20 games before the All-Star break in Arlington beginning tonight. Here is today’s Rangers Roundup.

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  • TEXAS RANGERS: (35-40, .467)

    • Texas has lost a season-high 5 consecutive games and is also a season-high 5 games under .500
    • The Rangers have not been 5 games under .500 since 9/24/2008
    • Texas Rangers’ 35 wins are the fewest wins through 75 games since 2007
    • The Rangers sit at 4th place in the American League West for 20 of the past 21 days
    • They are currently 11.5 games behind first place Oakland Athletics, marking the club’s largest deficit since the end of 2008 (21.0 GB)
    • Texas has a 3-1 lead this season versus the Detroit Tigers
    • The 3-game set is the last season series against the Tigers
    • The Texas Rangers have taken season series in 2 straight and 3 of last 4 years

    NO REST ZONE:

    • Tonight’s game begins a season-high 20-game, 20-day stretch for the Rangers. (The most allowed in the collective bargaining agreement)
    • Texas is 3-6 in games after an off day this season
    • The Rangers are in a stretch of 7 consecutive night games
    • Texas has the 2nd-lowest winning percentage in the A.L. and T5th-lowest in MLB at 22-30 (.423) and have lost 4 straight at night

    MINOR MOVES:

    • The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of the 36-year-old first baseman Carlos Pena from Round Rock Express (AAA)
    • Texas has designated Brad Snyder for assignment

    ABOUT CARLOS PENA:

    • Pena was with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in spring training before being released on March 23
    • Texas signed Carlos Pena to a minors deal on June 17
    • Pena has played 7 games with Round Rock and has batted .333 (8-24) with 1 home run, 1 double and 2 RBI
    • Carlos Pena was the Texas Rangers 1st-round draft pick (10th overall) in the 1998 draft
    • Pena has 285 career home runs, has topped 25 HR in 6 different seasons, including a career-high 46 homer with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007
    • Carlos Pena was an All-Star in 2009, has won a Golden Glove Award in 2008 and a Silver Slugger Award in 2007

    THIS AND THAT:

    • Tom Grieve will not be in the booth for the 3-game series against the Tigers, due to the series being scheduled time off for Grieve before the start of the season and Mark McLemore will fill in this week
    • The Texas Rangers have to minor leaguers named to the 2014 All-Star Futures Game roster: Joey Gallo (3B) and Jorge Alfaro (C)

    TONIGHT’S LINEUP: 

    TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Colby Lewis (5-4, 5.97)

    DETROIT TIGERS: LHP Drew Smyly (3-6, 3.48)

    ON DECK FOR TOMORROW:

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