The Texas Rangers suffered an 8-4 loss Friday night to the Tampa Bay Rays, in the first game of a series between the two division leaders at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers will look to even the series Saturday evening.
Tampa Bay's bats got at it early Friday, scoring four in the first off Rangers starter Matt Harrison to give James Shields his fourth victory of the season. On Saturday, the Rays will have to face Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis (2-0, 2.02), who has struck out 24 this season in 26.2 innings, while issuing only one walk. Rays starter Jeff Niemann (1-2, 4.11) is 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA in two career starts against Texas; catcher Mike Napoli is 5-12 lifetime against Niemann, and has homered, doubled and tripled off the Tampa Bay starter.
Date & Time: Saturday, April 28, 7:05 CDT
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Online Streaming: MLB.TV