Weaver Dominant As Rangers Fall To Angels

Texas fell out of first place after losing to Los Angeles 4-1 on Wednesday night.

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4/20 Rangers Vs. Angels Lineups

Per the LA Times, here are tonight's starting lineups for the Rangers and Angels.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  1. DH -- Maicer Izturis

  2. 2B -- Howie Kendrick

  3. RF -- Torii Hunter

  4. LF -- Vernon Wells

  5. 3B -- Alberto Callaspo

  6. 1B -- Mark Trumbo

  7. CF -- Peter Bourjos

  8. C -- Jeff  Mathis

  9. SS -- Erick Aybar

Texas Rangers

  1. DH -- Ian Kinsler

  2. SS -- Elvis Andrus

  3. 2B -- Michael Young

  4. 3B -- Adrian Beltre

  5. LF -- Nelson Cruz

  6. CF -- David Murphy

  7. 1B -- Mike Napoli

  8. RF -- Mitch Moreland

  9. C -- Yorvit Torrealba

Borbon has been frustrating this year, but David Murphy in centerfield is not a good thing. It is unfortunate that Borbon cannot hit his way out of wet bag, but he is the best guy Texas has who can competently handle centerfield. Starting Murphy there is not a good situation. Pray no fly balls head to center, and that Endy Chavez is at 100% soon. In the mean time, I am unconvinced the offensive gain is worth brutal outfield defense.

Piling on the iffy centerfield in the same game where Michael Young plays at second does not seem particularly inspiring, either.


Rangers Vs. Angels: Texas Faces Tough Task Against Jered Weaver

LA Angels of Anaheim (11-6) at Texas Rangers (11-6), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (4-0, 1.30) Texas - Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.23)

(Sports Network) - Jered Weaver takes aim at his fifth straight win to start the season this evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim conclude their three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Weaver has been tremendous in the early going for the Angels, as he has allowed just four earned runs and 13 hits, while striking out an American League-best 31 batters in 27 2/3 innings. Of course, he led the AL in strikeouts last season with 233.

He was again terrific on Friday in Chicago, as he held the White Sox to three runs (two earned) and four hits in seven frames. He also fanned four batters, but saw his ERA jump to 1.30.

"It's great to get off to a good start," Weaver said. "They've been giving me some runs and that takes a lot of pressure off."

With his impressive start Weaver joins Cliff Lee in 2008, Esteban Loaiza in 2003 and Bret Saberhagen in 1998 as the only pitchers over the past 20 seasons to win their first four starts and not allow more than four hits in any of those outings.

Weaver, who last won five straight starts back in 2006 as a rookie, is 7-4 lifetime against the Rangers with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts.

Weaver can only hope for the type of run support the Angels provided on Tuesday, as Peter Bourjos went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, three RBI and three runs scored, helping Anaheim destroy Texas, 15-4. Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs while Hank Conger added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Angels, who have won six of seven.

"It's a by-product of a lot of hard work and a lot of good coaching," Trumbo said of the Angels' outburst. "We've been producing with men in scoring position. Tonight was just another example of that."

Matt Palmer (1-0) turned in a solid performance as he gave up just one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six innings.

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Yorvit Torrealba hit a solo home run for the Rangers, who have lost five of their last seven. Colby Lewis (1-2) was tagged for four runs on five hits over five innings to take the loss.

"It's just one of those games where it seems everything you do digs yourself deeper and deeper," Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland said.

Texas will pin its hopes tonight on its best pitcher to start the season, left-hander Matt Harrison, who is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA. Harrison's latest win may have been his most impressive, as he held the New York Yankees to an earned run over eight innings, while inducing six double plays.

He has allowed just three earned runs in 22 innings this season.

Harrison has faced the Halos seven times, but just twice as a starter. Overall he is 2-1 against them with a 5.40 ERA.

Texas was 10-9 against the Angels last season. LA, though, has dropped 14 of its last 21 in Arlington.


Colby Lewis, Rangers Look To Break Pattern Vs. Angels

Los Angeles Angels (10-6) at Texas Rangers (11-5)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Matt Palmer (0-0, 7.71 ERA), Colby Lewis (1-1, 5.25 ERA)

The Rangers opened their season by winning their first three series. Since then, they have gone to Detroit and New York and won Game 1 but have suffered four tough losses afterward to lose both series. Tonight, fresh off of another promising series start, Colby Lewis will look to get the team back on the series winning road.

Lewis starts after taking a paternity leave for the birth of his child. His first two starts were shaky, as he battled to beat Boston on the second day of the season, then struggled in the team’s first loss of the season in Baltimore. That was ten days ago, so he’ll be well rested but may have to shake off a little rust.

Opposing Lewis is Matt Palmer. Palmer also last started ten days ago and struggled through 4.2 innings in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays. With Jered Weaver looming Wednesday, the Rangers will want to take advantage of what appears on paper to be a positive matchup.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 CT. You can catch the game locally on Fox Sports-Southwest. Follow the game live with other fans on Lone Star Ball.


Rangers Vs. Angels: Starting Lineups For April 18

The Rangers return home to Arlington tonight to host the Angels, and the starting lineups for tonight's game are as follows:

Texas Rangers

Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Michael Young, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Nelson Cruz, LF
David Murphy, CF
Mike Napoli, C
Mitch Moreland, RF
Chris Davis, 1B

C.J. Wilson, SP

Los Angeles Angels

Maicer Izturis, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Bobby Abreu, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Vernon Wells, LF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Mark Trumbo, 1B
Jeff Mathis, C
Peter Bourjos, CF

Ervin Santana, SP


Los Angeles Angels Vs. Texas Rangers: Rivals Collide With First Place In AL West On The Line

Los Angeles Angels (10-5) at Texas Rangers (10-5)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.74 ERA), C.J. Wilson (1-0, 3.72 ERA)

The Texas Rangers return home after a road trip that brought them to Baltimore, Detroit and New York. Texas took two of three from Baltimore before losing two of three to both Detroit and New York. Texas also lost the reigning AL MVP on the road trip as well as Josh Hamilton suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his shoulder and will miss six to eight weeks.

The good news is, though, that the Rangers are still tied for first in the AL West and are returning home to Arlington. Tonight, C.J. Wilson will take the mound as the Rangers welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to Texas. Wilson has only been involved in one decision so far this year, in a 7-3 win over the Mariners. Wilson has given up 19 hits in 19.1 innings of work so far this year while walking seven and striking out 12. 

Texas' offense will face right handed starter Ervin Santana, who has yet to earn a win this year. Still, Santana has pitched well, posting a 3.74 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 21.2 innings of work so far this year.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST.

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