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  • Rangers(26-26) vs Rays(30-20)

    Monday, May 26
    TEX Sidney Ponson, RHP (3-0, 2.95)
    Rangers (26-26)

    TB Scott Kazmir, LHP (3-1, 1.57)
    Rays (30-20)

    Rangers: Ponson is coming off a complete-game victory over the Twins, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in a 10-1 victory over the Twins. It was the 29th complete game of his career, but his first since April. He is 8-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 24 career games against the Devil Rays. He is also 6-5 with a 3.96 ERA at Tropicana Field, his most victories in any Major League park except Camden Yards.

    Rays: Kazmir's 16-inning scoreless streak came to an end on Tuesday in Oakland, but not his ability to pitch effectively. The left-hander hasn't lost a thing since coming off the disabled list. He allowed one run on four hits over seven innings against the A's. Kazmir is 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four games against the Rangers. He's allowed the Rangers two runs in 16 innings at Tropicana Field.

    Tuesday, May 27
    TEX Vicente Padilla, RHP (6-2, 3.33)
    Rangers (26-26)

    TB Andy Sonnanstine, RHP (6-2, 5.09)
    Rays (30-20)

    Rangers: Padilla is now 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his last six starts. He did not get a decision in the Rangers 8-7 victory over the Twins on Thursday when he allowed three runs in five innings. But the Rangers victory left them 9-2 in Padilla's 11 starts. He is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in his three career starts against the Rays, his highest ERA against any Major League team. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts at Tropicana Field.

    Rays: All good things much eventually end, and it happened to Sonnanstine in his last start against the Oakland A's on Wednesday. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in six innings and lost for the first time since April 9, ending a personal five-game win streak. Throwing strikes was not the problem; it was keeping the ball in the ballpark. He gave up two homers and four doubles. After retiring the first seven batters, it all came crashing down. When he gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to the New York Yankees in mid-April, he came back to throw a three-hit shutout in his next start.

    Wednesday, May 28
    TEX Kason Gabbard, LHP (1-1, 4.34)
    Rangers (26-26)

    @ TB
    Matt Garza, RHP (3-1, 4.06)
    Rays (30-20)

    Rangers: Gabbard has allowed 13 runs in 13 innings in his last three starts, inflating his ERA from 1.85 to 4.34. He allowed six runs on four hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings in his last start against the Indians on Friday. He has made just one start against the Devil Rays, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Aug. 12 before leaving the game with forearm stiffness.

    Rays: Garza will be making his ninth start of the season and his second career start against the Rangers. Friday night against the O's, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season and his fifth win in six career starts against Baltimore. Garza has a mid-90s fastball that sinks, a curve, a slider and a changeup. He is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA against the Rangers.

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    Rays win last night losing 7-4 top 5 right now


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