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Rangers Vs. Angels Preview: Texas Is Looking To Get Series Win

The Texas Rangers are looking to get the series win against the Los Angeles Angels when the two face off Sunday night at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN. The first game was won by the Angels 6-1 and the Rangers responded with a 9-2 win on Saturday night.

The Rangers currently have a comfortable six-game lead over the Angels for the top spot in the American League West, but with a lot of baseball still to be played it is still key to win these head-to-head match ups. If the Rangers can win Sunday night they will have a season high seven-game lead for the division.

Pitching has been a weakness of the Angels this season and they will be sending Dan Haren to pitch on Sunday. Haren is 6-8 this year with an ERA nearing five at 4.86. Haren has pitched against the Rangers once this year back on June 3, and in that start he pitched ok with five innings of work where he allowed two earned runs and seven hits, but he earned the loss.

The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison who is 12-4 this year and tearing up opponents nearly each time he takes the mound. Harrison has faced the Angels twice this year and is 1-1, has given up seven runs, struck out eight while pitching 12.2 innings.

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has crushed his former team and is 5-for-8 in this current series, and when visiting Angels stadium since being traded Napoli is batting .434 with eight homers in 14 games.

First pitch is a 7 p.m. CT on ESPN and can be heard locally on 103.3 ESPN Radio.

Read more on the Rangers at Lone Star Ball and SB Nation Dallas. Head over to Halo's Heaven and SB Nation Los Angeles for more on the Angels. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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