Texas Rangers Roundup: Rubber Match With Astros


Entering today’s game the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are tied 1-1 in first series of the season. The Rangers and Astros play 19 more times before the winner of the Silver Boot Trophy is declared. However, a win today would mean Texas won the first series, which gives Rangers fans bragging rights until they meet again in May.

TEXAS RANGERS: (3-3, .500)

  • Entering today’s game Texas is tied with Oakland Athletics for 1st place in American League West.
  • The Rangers have not been tied with the A’s for first since April 27, 2014.
  • This is the 8th consecutive season for the Texas Rangers to be .500-or-better through 6 games.
  • Texas went 7-9 in rubber games last year but winning 4 of the last 5.
  • The Texas Rangers have won 13 of last 15 series against the Astros at the Ballpark.
  • Since the start of 2012 Texas has posted 52-29 record in April.


  • Delino DeShields makes his first major league start today and is batting 9th in the lineup.
  • DeShields entered Saturday’s game as a pinch-runner and recorded the first stolen base for Rangers this season.
  • His stolen base was also his first career stolen base.

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  • Adrian Beltre doubled and tripled last night, 4 of his 5 hits have been for extra bases.
  • Beltre’s 4 extra base hits ranks T3rd in the American League and is team-high.
  • He is on a 3-game hit streak, with an extra base hit and run scored in all three games.
  • Since 2012 Beltre has an average of .359 and is slugging .677 against the Astros.


  • The Texas Rangers bullpen posted 3.1 scoreless innings in last night’s win.
  • Last night marked the 2nd game of 2015 for Rangers bullpen to go scoreless.
  • Shawn Tolleson is the only bullpen pitcher this season to who has not allowed a run.


  • Colby Lewis has won four straight against the Houston Astros.
  • He is the first Rangers pitcher to win four straight against the ‘Stros, EVER.
  • In 10 games/7 game starts against Houston Colbra has gone 5-1, with an ERA of 1.54, allowing only 9 earned runs.


  • Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel was activated on the Texas Rangers’ 25-man roster.
  • Right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock Express.

Today’s game is slated to start at 2:05 p.m. (CDT). Here are the lineups for your Texas Rangers and Houston Astros –

TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.50)

  1. Leonys Martin CF
  2. Elvis Andrus SS
  3. Adrian Beltre 3B
  4. Prince Fielder DH
  5. Jake Smolinski RF
  6. Adam Rosales 1B
  7. Rougned Odor 2B
  8. Carlos Corporan C
  9. Delino DeShields LF

HOUSTON ASTROS: LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-0, –)

  1. Jose Altuve 2B
  2. George Springer RF
  3. Jed Lowrie SS
  4. Luis Valbuena 3B
  5. Evan Gattis DH
  6. Jason Castro C
  7. Colby Rasmus LF
  8. Marwin Gonzalez 1B
  9. Jake Marisnick CF


Texas Rangers LHP Ross Detwiler vs. Los Angeles Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker. You can catch the game on FOX Sports Southwest at 7:05 p.m. (CDT).


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