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Rangers vs. Angels lineup: Texas sending out Ryan Dempster to the mound

The Texas Rangers are looking to lock up the A.L. West as they begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Currently, the Rangers have a four-game lead in the West, and the Angels are six back, but just two in the wild card spot.

This game will not be one that either team will be taking lightly as both are trying to nail down a playoff spot. The Rangers are sending out Ryan Dempster who is 7-2, but has an ERA at 4.48, and can vary form a short outing, like his one two starts ago where he lasted just 3.1 innings, or pitch over six innings which two of his last three starts have lasted. The Rangers would like to have Dempster make it at least five innings.

The Angels are countering with Jared Weaver who is looking for his 20th win of the year, and is the Angels ace. Weaver is a shutdown pitcher who has a very impressive 2.74 ERA.

Rangers lineup:
1. Mike Trout CF
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Kendrys Morales DH
5. Alberto Callaspo 3B
6. Howard Kendrick 2B
7. Erick Aybar SS
8. Mark Trumbo LF
9. Chris Iannetta C
Ryan Dempster P

Angels linsup:
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton CF
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Nelson Cruz RF
6. Michael Young DH
7. David Murphy LF
8. Mike Napoli C
9. Mitch Moreland 1B
Jared Weaver P

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