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Rangers Vs. Royals: Texas Opens Up Two Game Set Against Kansas City

After splitting a two game set in Chicago against the White Sox, the Texas Rangers are headed to Missouri to take on the Kansas City Royals

Alexi Ogando is set to take the mound on Wednesday night as he looks to improve to 5-0 on the young season. Ogando has been nothing short of magnificent for the Rangers this year, with a 4-0 record, 2.06 ERA, .89 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work this year. Ogando has been plagued by blister problems this year as well, but he has made the transition from reliever to starter better than anybody could have imagined. 

Ogando will be opposed by Danny Duffy for the Royals. It will be the first start of Duffy's major league career. Duffy made seven starts with the Omaha Royals (AAA), going 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA, .227 batting average against, with 43 strikeouts in 36 innings of work. Despite the fact that Duffy is a lefty, he's been more effective against right handed batters in the minors this year, holding RHB to a .208 batting average. Luckily for Duffy, he'll be making his debut against a neutered Rangers lineup as Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz remain on the disabled list.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CDT.

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