Texas Rangers (56-42) at Anaheim Angels (53-47), 10:05 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Kenny Rogers aims for his 14th win of the season tonight,
as he takes the ball for the visiting Texas Rangers in the rubber match of a
three-game series against the Anaheim Angels.
Rogers is tied with Oakland's Mark Mulder and San Francisco's Jason Schmidt for
the most wins in the major leagues this season. Mulder is pitching for the
Athletics this afternoon against Seattle.
The 39-year-old lefthander pitched last Friday in Oakland and beat Mulder and
the A's. He surrendered three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings for the
Rogers is 16-11 with a six complete games and a 4.18 ERA in 54 career games
(37 starts) against the Angels. Today marks the 10th anniversary of his perfect
game, which came against the Angels in a contest in Arlington.
The Angels send John Lackey to the mound tonight and hope the righthander can
pick up his second straight victory. Lackey won last Friday in Seattle after
allowing two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of action.
The 25-year-old Lackey has eight career starts against the Rangers and is 2-5
with a 5.55 ERA in those outings.
The Angels picked up a win on Tuesday evening against the Rangers. Texas leads
the AL West by 1 1/2 games over Oakland, while Anaheim trails the Rangers by
Bartolo Colon threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball to lead Anaheim to
a 2-0 victory over Texas and even the series at one game apiece.
Colon (9-8) struck out eight and walked two. The righthander struck out six of
the first seven batters he faced and allowed only a two-out single in the
third inning to Michael Young.
Colon has won his last four starts with an ERA of 1.67 in that span.
Robb Quinlan and Jose Guillen each drove in a run for the Angels.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out two during a 1-2-3 eighth and Troy Percival set
the Rangers down in order in the ninth for his 299th career save and 16 of
The teams were involved in a pre-game melee with Anaheim's Adam Kennedy and
Texas' Gerald Laird the main combatants. The two players, who exchanged words
during Monday's game and had to be separated, continued their verbal war
during batting practice Tuesday. The Angels were finishing batting practice
Tuesday and Kennedy was standing behind the cage. Laird came over and said
something and moments later the two were in a tussle. All the players joined
in a pushing, shoving and grabbing match before order was restored.
The Rangers have won seven of 11 meetings with the Angels this season and hold
a 17-13 edge since the start of last campaign.