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Alexi Ogando, Rangers Take On Jon Niese, Mets

The Texas Rangers look for their sixth win in their last eight games on Saturday as they play host to the New York Mets as interleague play marches on throughout baseball. 

The Rangers took the first game of a three game set on Friday night against the Mets, winning 8-1. Texas was powered by the long ball, as Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Josh Hamilton all homered in the win for the Rangers.

On Saturday, Alexi Ogando takes the mound hoping that the long balls continue to fly - for the Rangers, at least. Ogando will look to win his eighth game of the season on Saturday afternoon, looking to recover from a two-game losing streak. Ogando still boasts stellar numbers on the season, owning a 7-2 record to go along with a 2.66 ERA and a .98 WHIP while holding opponents to a .204 batting average. 

The Mets will send Jon Niese to the mound to counter Ogando. Niese leads qualified Mets starters with a 3.70 ERA. He's struck out 72 in 92.1 innings while holding opponents to a .263 average. 

First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.